January 2009 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
February 2008 Theme
Scholar and Engineer
Tiger Cub Activities
The Transcontinental Train
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.
NEW YORK DOCTOR
“The Big Apple!”
“Forged in Steel!”
ST. LOUIS BUSINESSMAN
“Gateway to the West!”
“Breadbasket to the World!”
Just before the transcontinental TRAIN pulled out of Grand
Central Station in New York City, the CONDUCTOR held the door for one more
passenger, a NEW YORK DOCTOR who hurried aboard. The TRAIN moved slowly between
the tall buildings, out of New York State, through New Jersey and on to
Pennsylvania. The CONDUCTOR checked the ticket of the NEW YORK DOCTOR as the
TRAIN pulled into the Pittsburgh Station. A Pennsylvania STEEL WORKER boarded
the TRAIN and sat across the aisle from the NEW YORK DOCTOR.
Climbing through the Allegheny Mountains, the TRAIN
continued past rivers and forests across the Midwest to St Louis, Missouri. The
CONDUCTOR greeted a ST. LOUIS BUSINESSMAN who boarded the TRAIN at Union
Station. The ST. LOUIS BUSINESSMAN smiled at the STEEL WORKER, and sat behind
the NEW YORK DOCTOR.
The TRAIN picked up speed as it passed the Gateway Arch.
The CONDUCTOR paused to look out the window with the STEEL WORKER as the TRAIN
traversed a long bridge over the Mississippi River. It made its way to Kansas
City where a KANSAS FARMER boarded the TRAIN. The KANSAS FARMER greeted the
STEEL WORKER and shook hands with the NEW YORK DOCTOR and then sat beside the
ST. LOUIS BUSINESSMAN.
Continuing west, the TRAIN moved up steep mountain passes
and through the snow-covered Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Utah. The CONDUCTOR
checked his watch as the TRAIN sped out of the mountains and into the desert of
the Great Basin in Nevada. The passengers watched the vast landscape as the
TRAIN sped by.
The ST. LOUIS BUSINESSMAN and the NEW YORK DOCTOR admired
the large trees, as the TRAIN wound through the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the
Redwood forests. The transcontinental TRAIN pulled into its final destination of
San Francisco, California. It had made its way from east to west, from coast to
coast. After this long journey it was time for the CONDUCTOR to say “Good-bye”
to the tired travelers: the NEW YORK DOCTOR, the Pennsylvania STEEL WORKER, the
ST. LOUIS BUSINESSMAN, and the KANSAS FARMER. The TRAIN had made a very
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