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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


Merry Musicians
Baltimore Area Council

The announcer makes a flowery introduction about how fortunate the audience is to have this opportunity to hear the splendid musical abilities of the group about to perform.  After the introduction the group (at least six) marches on stage and lines up across the front.  The announcer states that their first number will be the appealing ballad “The Little Lost Sheep”

Following some throat clearing and changing places, singers open their mouths and produce a long, loud “Baa-a-a”

The announcer comes forward and tells the audience they were just kidding, “all in our group have musical hobbies, - they are just full of music.  Just listen.”

At this point the six or more members line up across the stage and get clown on hands and knees, facing audience.  Each has been assigned a note of the scale - do, re - mi- fa- so- la- etc.  The announcer dramatically plays “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or other tune that has a range of only six notes, by tapping on head of proper player with soft mallet.  Each sings his note at the proper time, when tapped.

Musical Merriment
Baltimore Area Council

The success of this stunt depends upon lively music and players. The audience will probably enjoy singing along with the boys and should be encouragedto do so.


  • Four or five boys are seated in the center of the stage.  They are wearing garden gloves, white ties, and large ovals of paper pasted on their foreheads.  These articles have been painted with phosphorescent paint to enable them to glow in the dark.
  • Two or three boys stand at each side of the seated group.  They wear straw hats (bands of paper taped to cardboard brims) tennis shoes, and garden gloves painted with phosphorescent paint.
  • Curtains are closed to conceal players.

At a signal, all lights go out, the curtain opens, to the audience, hats, shoes and gloves seem to be moving in space.

Off stage play a phonograph record of “Cantina Band” from Star Wars or a fast-paced Dixieland record

The seated boys pretend to play instruments, moving their gloved hands and heads around to match the beat of the music.  The boys who are standing tip their hats, shuffle their feet (soft-shoe style), and clap their hands to the music.

During the music, 2 or 3 of the boys will put their hands behind their backs, change hats, or place black paper over their eyes, so that the painted items are concealed.

Musical Routine

Southern NJ Council

This can be done with as few as 2 Cubs or as many as you wish depending on how you break up the gags.  Or maybe a series of run-ons throughout the meeting

  • My brother has been playing the guitar for ten years now.
  • He must be pretty good.

Cub # 1:  Not really it took him nine years to figure out you don’t blow through it

  • You should sing solo.
  • Do really think so?

Cub # 3:  Yes, so low that I can’t hear you, and you should sing tenor.

Cub # 4:  Really?

Cub # 3:  Absolutely, Ten or so miles away.

  • What did you get for your birthday?
  • A harmonica.  It’s the best present I ever received.

Cub # 5:  Why?

Cub # 6:  My mom gives me a dollar a week not to play it.

  • Great news!  I’ve saved enough money to go to Disneyland.
  • That’s great!  When are you going?

Cub # 7:  As soon as I save enough to get back.

The Sound

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, & Verdugo Hills Councils


  • Bells, whistles, drums, etc. – give one to each Scout
  • Triangle/dinner bell


(Scout 1 comes on stage)

C.S.#1:I’ve just got to find THE SOUND.  I’ve got to!

(C.S.#2 comes on stage, carrying his noisemaker)

C.S.#1:Have you got THE SOUND ?

C.S.#2:Sure.  (He makes his sound)

C.S.#1:No, that’s not THE SOUND.  That’s not it at all.

(Each Scout comes on stage and is asked by C.S.#1 about his sound.  Each one makes his sound  C.S.#1 rejects all sounds.  Suddenly, there is the sound of a triangle or dinner bell being rung offstage, or a boy wearing a cook’s hat enters ringing the triangle/bell).

C.S.#1:(excitedly)  That’s it!  That’s THE SOUND.

Others:  What is it?  What is THE SOUND?

C.S.#1:Why, it’s the sound that calls me to dinner – what’s a better sound than that?

Show Box Band

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, & Verdugo Hills Councils

Actors: 8 Scouts preparing their den to play at a pack meeting

Props:                    Homemade instruments


  • I’m sure glad we got here early.  We really need to get in shape for this song.
  • I can’t understand why our Den Leader wanted us to do this song.
  • Maybe it’s because we play so well.
  • I hope my Mother and Dad won’t mind.
  • It seems to me that the audience would get tired of hearing it.
  • Well, it is patriotic.
  • It’s almost time…here, everyone get in line…
  • Well, here goes.  It sure will be long…

(Pause as Den Leader enters and Scouts take their places around the microphone.)

Den Ldr:  Den ___ will now play… “God Bless America”!

Howling Dogs

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, & Verdugo Hills Councils

Players:                   “father”, “son” and several pet “dogs.”


“Father” is sitting in his easy chair, relaxing, and reading the evening paper.

“Son” is setting up his music to begin practicing his musical instrument (doesn’t matter which one). 

The pet “dogs” are lying about relaxing.

Son:      Listen to this new piece I learned today, Dad.  (Begins playing and the sound is horrific.  The dogs begin howling to the awful noise.)

Father:            (Grimaces at the clatter and howling.)  That’s fine son, just fine.  Are there any other pieces you know?

Son:      Sure, Dad.  (Plays another piece with the same noisy reaction.)

Father:            (Grimacing all the more at the noise.)  Just lovely, Son.  Why not practice that piece you learned last week?

Son:      Okay, Dad.  (Again the noise and the howling.  This can continue for several iterations, with the father trying to find something the son plays well enough that the dogs don’t go bonkers.)

Father:    (Slams down the paper and stands up irritably.)  Son, can’t you play a song that the dogs don’t know?!

Musical Genius

Southern NJ Council

The announcer makes a flowery introduction about how fortunate the audience is to have the opportunity to hear the splendid vocal group about to perform.  After the introduction, the group marches onto stage and lines up across the front.  The announcer states that their first number will be that appealing ballad "The Little Lost Sheep.”  Following a short musical introduction, singers open their mouths and produce a long, loud "Baa-a-a.”


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