Baloo's Bugle

December 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 15, Issue 5
January 2008 Theme

Theme: A-MAZE-ing GAMES
Webelos: Fitness and Scientist
Tiger Cub
Achievement 3


Family Game Night

Sam Houston Area Council

Divide the audience into 6 groups. Assign each group one of the words listed below. When their item is mentioned in the story, the assigned group should shout the designated saying. Have a practice session before starting the story.

GAME(S):             Everyone says, “Let’s play!”

FAMILY:                      “We have fun together!”

HOMEMADE:                      “I made it myself!”

SKILL:                              “More points for me!”

ACTIVE:                                               “My turn!”

RIDE (RIDING):                         “Zoom, zoom!”

CHASE (CHASING):           “Try to catch me!”

If you ask the Link FAMILY what their favorite FAMILY activity is, they will certainly tell you, “FAMILY GAME Night.” That’s when they have the most fun together.

The Link FAMILY takes their GAME night very seriously. Everyone in the FAMILY gets to suggest their favorite GAMES. Choosing GAMES to play on GAME night is an important decision and this is how that decision is made.

Each person in the FAMILY chooses two GAMES they would like to play. Dad usually suggests a HOMEMADE GAME like Box Hockey or The Putting Game. Mom’s favorite GAMES are usually GAMES of SKILL. She might suggest darts or ping pong. Sally likes ACTIVE GAMES like Red Light, Green Light and Potato Race. Mitch likes everyone to play GAMES while RIDING on their bicycles. He chooses GAMES like Hitting the Target or Snail Race. And little Charlie’s favorite GAMES are CHASE GAMES like Body Tag or Catch the Dragon’s Tail.

Dad Link writes each FAMILY member’s GAME suggestions on strips of paper. This adds up to 10 strips of paper with GAME ideas. There are always two HOMEMADE GAMES from Dad, two GAMES of SKILL from Mom, two ACTIVE GAMES from Sally, two RIDING GAMES from Mitch, and two CHASING GAMES from little Charlie. Dad puts all the suggestions in a hat. Every FAMILY GAME Night they take time to play four games. Tonight, little Charlie picks out four strips of paper.

The first strip reads “Hitting the Target.” This is a RIDING GAME so Mitch is happy, but since it is also an ACTIVE GAME, Sally is happy, too. And it is a GAME of SKILL, Mom is excited about this choice. The second strip reads “Body Tag.” This is a CHASING GAME, so little Charlie is ready to run. But it is also an ACTIVE GAME, so Sally is on her toes, too. The third strip of paper reads “The Putting Game.” This is a HOMEMADE GAME from DAD, so he is all prepared with what he made. But it is also a GAME of SKILL, so Mom likes this game, too. And the fourth strip has “Potato Race” written on it. That is Sally’s suggestion for an ACTIVE GAME but it is also a RIDING GAME so Mitch is very excited to play. And Dad says, it is also a HOMEMADE GAME, so he gets another favorite, too.

There seems to be something for every member of the Link FAMILY to like about each of these GAME suggestions! Each person liked each GAME for a different reason. But no matter which GAME is chosen, the one thing that all the Links agree on is that because it is their FAMILY night, they choose to play together, and that is the best choice of all.

Casey at the Bat

Catalina Council

The parts in this are not very evenly divided - there are 22 Casey's, 11 Bats and Balls and 6 Fans.  Maybe you divide the group in half and have everyone do Fans??  CD

Divide the audience into 3 groups. Assign each group one of the words listed below. When their item is mentioned in the story, the assigned group should shout the designated saying. Have a practice session before starting the story.

Casey:                         “That’s me”

Fans:                      Cheering sound

Bat or Ball :                   “It’s a hit”

Now enjoy this famous poem.

Casey at the Bat
by Ernest L. Thayer

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day, the score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play. And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same, a pall-like silence fell upon the FANS of the game. A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast.

They thought, "If only CASEY could but get a whack at that. we'd put up even money now, with CASEY at the BAT." But Flynn preceded CASEY, as did also Jimmy Blake; and the former was a hoodoo, while the latter was a cake. So upon that stricken multitude, grim melancholy sat; for there seemed but little chance of CASEY getting to the BAT.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all. And Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the BALL. And when the dust had lifted, and the FANS saw what had occurred, there was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third. Then from five thousand FANS and more there rose a lusty yell; it rumbled through the valley; it rattled in the dell; it pounded through on the mountain and recoiled upon the flat; for CASEY, mighty CASEY, was advancing to the BAT.

There was ease in CASEY's manner as he stepped into his place; there was pride in CASEY's bearing and a smile lit CASEY's face. And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat, no stranger in the FANS could doubt t'was CASEY at the BAT. Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt. Five thousand FANS applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.

Then, while the writhing pitcher ground the BALL into his hip, defiance flashed in CASEY's eye, a sneer curled CASEY's lip. And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air, and CASEY stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there. Close by the sturdy BATsman the BALL unheeded sped -"That ain't my style," said CASEY. "Strike one!" the umpire said. From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar, like the beating of the storm waves on a stern and distant shore.

"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted some FANS on the stand, and it's likely they'd have killed him had not CASEY raised his hand. With a smile of Christian charity, great CASEY's visage shone, he stilled the rising tumult, he bade the game go on. He signaled to the pitcher and once more the dun sphere flew, but CASEY still ignored it, and the umpire said, "Strike two!" "Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered "Fraud!"

But one scornful look from CASEY and the audience was awed. They saw his face grow stern and cold; they saw his muscles strain, and they knew that CASEY wouldn't let that BALL go by again. The sneer has fled from CASEY's lip; the teeth are clenched in hate. He pounds, with cruel violence, his BAT upon the plate. And now the pitcher holds the BALL, and now he lets it go, and now the air is shattered by the force of CASEY's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright. The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light. And, somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout, but there is no joy in Mudville - mighty CASEY has struck out.


Catalina Council

This is just a fun read-it-to-them story. Better get lots of practice before attempting it, though—
it’s not an easy read!

Once upon a time in a corn foundry there lived a geautiful birl and her name was Rindercella. Now Rindercella lived with her mugly other and tow sad listers. Also in this same corn foundry there lived a pransome hince, and this pransome hince was going to have a bancy fall and he’d invited people for riles amound especially the pick reople. Now Rindercella’s mughly other and her tow sad blisters went to town to buy some dancy fesses for the cancy fall, but Rindercella cound’t go cause all she had to wear were some old ruddy dags. Finally the night of the bancy fall arived and Rindercella coudn’t go so she just crank down and shried. And she was sitting there shrieing when all of the sudden there appreared before her, her gay mudfather and he touched her with his wagic mend and there appeared before her a kig hutch and hix white sorces to take her to the bancy fall, and he said-“Rindercella, be sure and be home before midnight or I’ll purn you into a tumpkin!”

When Rindercella arrived at the bancy fall the pransome hince met her at the door because he’d been watching behind a wooden hindow. Rindercella and the pransome hince mance all night until nidnight and they Jeff in fove. And finally the midclock struck night, and Rindercella spaced down the rairs and just as she beached the rottom she slopped her dripper! The next day this pransome hince went all over the corn foundry looking for the geutiful birl who had slopped her dripper. They finally came to Rindercella’s house, and he tried it on the mugiy other and if fidn’t dit. The he tried in on the two sisty uglers and if fidn’t dit and then he tried it on Rindercella and if fid dit! It was exactly the sight rite! And so they were marrned and lived heavely after nappily. Now the storal of the mory is: If you go to a bancy fall and you want a pransome hince to Tell in

A Day at the Ball Game

Catalina Council

Divide audience into four groups. Assign each group a response to say when their word is said in the story. Practice as you assign parts.

Johnny                               “Cheer, Cheer”

Den Leader                    ”Happy, Happy”

Umpire                            ”Blind As A Bat”

Kirby                                         “Our Hero”

One fine day Johnny’s (____) Den Leader (____) decided to take his Den to a ball game. Johnny (____) was so excited because his idol Kirby (____) was playing that day. The Den Leader (____) and some of the parents loaded all the boys into their cars and headed for the ballpark.

On the way to the game, the Den Leader (____) pointed to a man in another car and asked, “Why would a person put on such a dark suit on such a warm day?” Johnny (____) looked at the man and exclaimed, “He’s an umpire! (____) I wonder if he is going to the game?” Sure enough, when Kirby (____) and the other players ran onto the field, out strolled the same umpire (____) that Johnny (____) and his Den Leader (____) saw on the way to the game.

When Kirby (____) ran out to his fielder’s position, Johnny (____) and all the other people cheered for they knew Kirby (____) was a great player. The Umpire (____) called “Play Ball” Everyone was on the edge of their seats as the pitcher took his sign, wound up and delivered his first pitch. “Crack” went the bat and a long fly ball was headed toward Kirby (____). Back Kirby (____) ran, nearer and nearer to the fence, until he was right up against it. At the last minute he made a great leap into the air and the ball thudded into Kirby’s (____) glove. Johnny (____)., his Den Leader (____) and everyone cheered as the Umpire (____) signaled “He’s Out.” The pitcher then struck out the next two batters with the Umpire (____) calling the strikes real loud.

Now it was Kirby’s (____) teams turn at bat. Johnny (____) was hoping Kirby (____) would hit a home run. First man up, “Crack,” a single. The next batter also singled and now to bat came Kirby (____). Johnny (____), his Den Leader (____), and everyone was cheering and hollering for Kirby (____) to hit a good one. “Strike One”, called the Umpire (____) and Johnny’s (____) heart came up in his throat. “Strike Two”, called the Umpire (____), and Johnny’s (____) heart sank. The pitcher took his sign, checked the runners, wound up, and delivered. “Crack” went the bat and Johnny (____) knew Kirby (____) had hit a long one. Back, back went the fielder, clear to the wall. He leaped, but the ball hit the wall above him. Kirby (____) was churning his wheels around first, around second, heading for third. In came the ball and Kirby (____) hit the dirt. “Safe” yelled the Umpire (____). Johnny (____), his Den Leader (____) , and everyone cheered.

Johnny (____) was real happy because although his idol Kirby (____) had not hit a home run, he had hit a triple. And that is as close as any idol can come to what is expected of him. Therefore, Johnny (____) , his Den Leader (____), and everyone went home happy.


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