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Baloo's Bugle

February 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 7
March 2006 Theme

Theme: Cubstruction
Webelos: Engineer & Athlete
Tiger Cub


Award ceremony for the Outdoor Activity Award
Bill Newman, Cubmaster, Pack 131
Clinton Valley Council

Can be performed indoors with appropriate candle lighting or outside at the campfire.

Cubmaster and award chair light one candle for each of the number of awards completed by the recipient (one year, two years, etc.)

Cubmaster   Tonight we have a special award made to our scouts who have taken the extra effort to learn about the environment, the world around them, and the great outdoors.  Just as Akela led the pack to be aware and considerate of the outdoors, so have our recipients tonight demonstrated this same dedication.  Can I please ask ____________ (list scout names) and their parents / adult partners to come forward for the presentation of the outdoor activity award.

Camp Chair  Scouts may earn the outdoor activity award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the scout receives the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap.

Cubmaster   Tonight ____ (number) of scouts will earn their award for the (first / second/ third / etc.) time.  We light one (two / three / etc.) candle(s) representing the number of years these scouts have earned the award.

Camp Chair  The requirements to earn the outdoor activity award become more difficult as the scouts grow older in scouting.  Regardless of their rank, all recipients must attend Cub Scout day camp or resident camp. 

(Discuss each award per level, Tiger is provided, additional details may be found at www.scouting.org):

Tiger scouts, earning the award for the first time, need to complete one requirement in Achievement 5, "Let's Go Outdoors" and complete 3 of the listed outdoor activities to earn the award during a 12-month period.

Cubmaster   These scouts have completed (three / four / etc.) or more of the following outdoor activities:

  • Earn the Summertime Pack Award
  • Attend a pack overnighter
  • Complete a nature / conservation project in our area
  • Complete an outdoor service project
  • (additional activities can be mentioned)

Camp Chair  On behalf of the pack and the council, we would like to present your (parent / adult partner) with this award to pin on your right pocket flap.

Cubmaster   May the great Spirit of Scouting follow you always as you commit good deeds to care for nature and the great outdoors!

Cubstruction Ceremony
Great Salt Lake Council

Cubmaster in a work smock with a carpenter's tool belt. 
Awards and mother's pins are taped to wood scraps that are hidden in tool belt. 
Be sure to emphasize the "puns" though out the ceremony.

Cubmaster:     Tonight, we have some boys who "saw" the opportunity to "nail down" some advancement.  At times these boys had to keep "hammering" on some of the tougher requirements, but they kept on "drilling", "carving" and "sanding" and finally "cut" through.  We "wood" like to honor themtonight.  Will Cub Scout         please come forward with his parents?

Cubmaster:                 has "chiseled" through the requirements for the Wolf badge.  (Cubmaster takes the Wolf award fromhis tool belt and holds it up.)
We "wood" like to have his parents present himthis award.  (Cubmaster hands the award to the parents who present the boy the award.)
"Wood" you please pin the mother's pin on your mother.

Create similar presentation lines for other awards to be given that night.

Other "puns" which could be used when presenting awards include: "filed", "planed", "sharpened", "glued", "cut", "painted" or any other tool related name or adjective.

Working with Wood
Greater St. Louis Area Council

Boyslovetobuildthings.Thismonth havethedensworkwithtoolsandwood. Learnaboutdifferentkindsofwoodand whereitcomesfrom.Makegiftsforyour familyorbirdorbathousesforthe community.Workwithyourfamilyto makerepairsaroundyourhome.Visitthe localhardwarestoreorhome- improvementstoreandseeallthedifferent tools.Getpermissiontovisita local construction site. Since the best gifts are often homemade,makehandcrafted awardstopresentatthepackmeeting.

Props:Pocket knife, Saw, Screw driver, Sandpaper and Varnish.

Narrator: Before you are a variety of tools used by carpenters and wood workers to transform plain wood into objects of beauty and usefulness. There are many steps between beginning to work with a piece of wood and completing a project. So it is with Cub Scouting. Tonight we are recognizing significant steps of progress along the Cub Scout trail.

Bobcat recognition- (Use a pocket knife) Of course a carpenter has to start with a plan. Once he has a plan in mind, the first tools he uses begin to shape the wood. We have young carpenters who have completed the initial step and are here to receive their Bobcat award.

Wolf recognition- (Use a saw)

Once started on the project, a carpenter has to focus on the major task of shaping this project- whether the finished product is a chair or a bowl. Many, many steps are required to complete this stage of the task.  We have several Cub Scouts who have completed the Wolf rank and have earned

Wolf arrow points.

Bear recognition- (Use screw driver)

Once the wood is shaped, it is ready for the assembly process. This stage required many different types of tools and fasteners and precision in assembly. Much patience is needed. Our Bear Cub Scouts have a tougher set of requirements to fulfill to qualify for Bear rank and Bear arrow points. We honor them.

Webelos recognition- (Use varnish) The crowning touch to finishing a fine piece of furniture is what truly makes a piece of wood a masterpiece. Many coats of glass and sanding in between are needed to make wood glow. Drawers and doors without proper hardware are useless. Webelos who earn The Arrow of Light have demonstrated a commitment to becoming master craftsmen.



  • A worktable to the side of the awards table. 
  • Candles and rank poster on table. 
  • Large sign "WOODY THE CARPENTER AT WORK"  to be set up to hide what is on table. 
  • Adult in work coveralls carrying tool box.

CUBMASTER: Hello, who are you?

ADULT: Hello, I'm Woody the carpenter.  I have skills, but no work.

CUBMASTER: Well, let's see. I think I can use your help.  Here, set up your tools on this worktable.

ADULT: (sets up sign to hide what he is doing) I'm ready, what do I do first?

CUBMASTER: I need a Bobcat plaque.

ADULT (Starts to hammer, saw, etc. hands a rough cut board with Bobcat rank on it.)  Will this do?

CUBMASTER: Woody, this is a fine job. That is just like a Bobcat; it has been roughly cut but there is no question that it's a board not a tree.
A Bobcat has also just been cut. His skills and crafts are rough and just starting to develop. But he has just taken the first step in Cub Scouting. We can see the difference in this board and a tree.

ADULT: Will the following Cub Trade School Students and their teachers please enter the lumberyard?  (Read Names.)

CUBMASTER: (puts board by Bobcat poster and lights candle) Parents I have the honor of giving this Rank to you so you may present it to your sons.  Let's see, I guess we need a Wolf plaque next.

ADULT: (Starts to saw, hammer, sand etc. hands our a clean square cut board with Wolf rank on it).  Will this do?

CUBMASTER: That certainly will do Woody.  A Wolf is very much like this piece of wood.  It is clean and square cut, but still pretty basic with a long way to go.

ADULT: Will the following Apprentices and their parents please come down to the shop? (Read names).

CUBMASTER: (Places board by Wolf poster and lights candle).  Parents I give you the Wolf badge to present to your sons.
What next( pause) I know, Woody, I need a Bear Plaque.

ADULT: (saws, hammers, etc. hands a board with routed edges and the Bear rank on it)  How is this?

CUBMASTER: Woody, you have done it again!  This is just like the Bear Cub Scout, a lot of effort and accomplishment has gone into this, but, it's not quite completed yet. 
A Bear has accomplished many things on the trail of Cub Scouting, yet he is not at the end and his training is not complete.

ADULT: Will the following Cub Journeymen and their foremen join us on the job? (reads names)

CUBMASTER: (Places board by Bear Poster and lights candle) Parents please present the Bear Badge, the third rank of Cub Scouting to your sons. Woody, I know what I need now, the Webelos plaque.

ADULT: ( Saws, Hammers, drills, paints, etc. ) Hands out a finished plaque with Webelos rank on it.

CUBMASTER: Woody, you certainly have done a fine job. This plaque is just like a Webelos Scout. His skills and crafts are almost completed. His Cub Scout trail has but a few steps left.

ADULT: Will the following Master Craftsman Cub Scouts and their parents join us? (Read names).

CUBMASTER: (Place plaque by Webelos poster and lights candle). Parents, you have the honor of presenting the Webelos Rank to your son.  Just as a skill and accomplishments were shown on these pieces of wood tonight, the skills and accomplishments were shown on these pieces of wood tonight, the skills and accomplishments of these Cub Scouts were evident as they progress along the Cub Scout trail.

Pinewood Derby Advancement
Baltimore Area Council

Equipment:  Pinewood Derby track, badges of rank, or decals, and awards to be given. Put decals or actual badges of rank on cardboard and attach to 8 inch long sticks.  Tape or tack these to side rails of derby track in ascending order - Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light. At the appropriate places on the track, have the badges and arrow points.

Cubmaster:  We’ve all had a great time tonight watching the pinewood derby cars race down this track. They really speed downhill, don’t they? Well, you can go uphill on this track too.  It’s a little harder, but it’s worth the climb from Bobcat to Wolf to Bear, etc. Some of our Cub Scouts have been climbing this course, and now we are going to show how far they have progressed.  Will the following Cub Scouts who have made the climb as far as Wolf please come forward with their parents.

(When boys and parents come forward, remove the awards from the track and have the parents pin the badges on.  Repeat for Bears and Webelos.)

Race Car Advancement Ceremony
Baltimore Area Council

The Cubmaster enters after a brief absence wearing a helmet and racing clothes. He carries with him a tool chest.

Race car teams need lots of tools to keep their cars running fast. They also need awards for the races they finish. I’11 bet that a tool chest this big holds lots and lots of awards.

The Cubmaster then proceeds with the award ceremony calling on the Chief Mechanics (Assistant Cubmaster and Den Leaders) to help him/her.

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