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Baloo's Bugle

December 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 5
January 2006 Theme

Theme: Music Magic
Webelos: Fitness & Readyman
  Tiger Cub
Activities: Requirement #3


Note on Word Searches, Word Games, Mazes, and such – In order to make these items fit in the two-column format of Baloo’s Bugle they are shrunk to a width of about 3 inches.  Your Cubs probably need bigger pictures.  You can get these by copying and pasting the picture from the Word version or clipping the picture in the Adobe (.pdf) version and then enlarging to page width.  CD

Name the Instrument

Baltimore Area Council

Give everyone a piece of paper with the word “ORCHESTRA” written on it in a vertical line.  At the starting signal, everyone must write in a musical instrument beside each letter.  The first person to complete the list, or the person having the most instruments listed wins and is awarded a prize.

Just One Word Trick

Southern NJ Council

You'll really have them at a loss for words with this one!  Cut out the following letters from magazine or newspaper headlines (or draw black letters on paper and cut them out,)

J  N  O  O  R  S  T  U  W

Place the letters in any order on the floor or table (or any flat surface), Ask the players to rearrange the letters to spell "just one word.”  If they give up, rearrange the letters to spell the three words, "Just One Word."

Musical Mixers

Baltimore Area Council

Have several sets of small cards with song titles on them.  Choose songs from the Cub Scout Songbook, or pick Pack favorites.  Give each Cub and parent a card and ask him to find others with the same song title and rehearse the first verse with them.  Have plenty of copies of the complete songs for the groups to use.  Have the groups sing the first verses of their songs, in turn, during the meeting.

Musical Get to Know You

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, & Verdugo Hills Councils

Find someone who:

  • Plays a musical instrument
  • Knows the first verse of the national anthem
  • Sings in a choir
  • Knows what an octave is
  • Knows what the first action is in Hokey Pokey
  • Can describe and draw a whole note
  • Can pronounce and tell what a glockenspiel is
  • Can sing the first verse of ANY song
  • Can explain and draw a treble clef
  • Knows the term for singing without musical accompaniment        
  • Likes the same kind of music that I do
  • Knows who wrote Star Spangled Banner
  • Can name the four sections of an orchestra
  • Plays with a band or orchestra
  • Can give a brief history of God Bless America

Getting To Know You - Mixer

Baltimore Area Council

Copy the statements below and give one to each person as they arrive at the meeting.  During the meeting, award those who have largest number of spaces filled with small prizes.

Find people who can complete the following sentences.  The person’s name can only appear once on the quiz (you can’t put your name).  For more fun, arrange the categories in a BINGO board!

_______________ was born in the same state as I was.

_______________ knows how to play a musical instrument.

_______________ has the same middle initial as I do.

_______________ sings in a choir.

_______________ has a birthday in the same month as I do.

_______________ knows the words to “America the Beautiful.”

_______________ wears the same size shoe as I do.

_______________ can whistle.

_______________ likes the same sports as I do.

_______________ has a harmonica.

_______________ has the same favorite color as I do.

_______________ takes piano/key board lessons.

_______________ has the same hair color as I do.

_______________ knows the Cub Scout motto as I do.

_______________ likes the same kind of music as I do.

String Maze

You will need for each player (or Team):

A different colored ball of sting or yarn

A pencil

A prize


Tie the prize to the end of the string

Hide the prize somewhere in the room

Unwind the ball of string completely, passing over, under, and around table legs, furniture, and other objects in the room.

Tie a pencil on the remaining end of the string.

Repeat this with each ball of string, don't worry about crossing the strings; this will add to the fun.

To play:

Give each boy (or team - could be a den) a pencil and tell him there is a prize at the end of the string.

Have them wind the string around the pencil as they work their way around the room to find the prize.

Instrument Word Search

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, & Verdugo Hills Councils

Find words that describe a musical instrument in the word search below.  They can be upside down, backwards, forwards or diagonal.

Words to Find:

Base                  Bassoon               Cello          Clarinet

Flute               French Horn       Glockenspiel       Guitar

Hand bells            Harp             Kettledrum          Oboe

Organ               Percussion             Piano          Piccolo

Saxophone          Strings           Tambourine     Timpani

Trombone           Trumpet               Tuba          Ukulele

Violin                 Vocals                Wind      Xylophone

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