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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


The Invisible Bench
Baltimore Area Council

Need: 4 (or more) scouts and a leader .

Have two boys building an invisible bench using invisible tools.  They can pretend to hammer and saw, lift pieces and carry the completed bench to a spot on stage.  Make sure they make it look heavy! 

Cub #1:   Boy am I glad we are done building this invisible bench for Elective 92 in our Book (Or if a Webelos Den – for our Craftsman Activity Award)

Cub #2:   Yes, let’s go get Mr./Miss (name of leader) and show him/her.

Two other boys now enter and move the invisible bench to the other side of the stage and leave.

Cub #1 returns and squats as though sitting on the invisible bench where it was originally placed

Cub #1:   I’ll just sit here on the bench until (Cub #2’s name) returns with the (leader’s name) to check our work.

Cub #2:   (enters with leader) Here it is (Leader’s name) Come try out our bench

Cub #2 and Leader sit in bench. All three discuss how comfortable and well made the bench is.

If you have more den members, have them come in one at a time and ask

Cub X:    What are you doing?

Cub 1:     I’m sitting on the invisible bench..

Cub X:    Can I join you?

Cub 2:     Sure, there’s plenty of room.

Each additional boy pretends to sit on the bench.

Go on for as many boys as you want.

After the last boy is sitting , the two Cubs who moved the bench return.

Cub 3#    What are you guys doing?

All:          We’re sitting on the invisible bench..

Cub #4:   (points) But we moved it over there this morning!”

All:          :AAAAHHHHHH!!!! All seated boys fall down.

New Saw
Baltimore Area Council

Greater St. Louis had this as the Cubmaster’s Saw CD

AnnouncerThis scene takes place in a hardware store in a small north woods lumber town.

Lumberjack     (Enters) My old crosscut saw is worn out, and I need something that will let me cut more wood or I’m going to go broke!

Owner:      Yes, sir! For only one hundred bucks you can be the proud owner of this chain saw. I guarantee that it will cut twice as much wood in a day as your old crosscut.

Lumberjack:    (Handing over money) O.K. great! (Exits)

Announcer:     The next day.

Lumberjack: (Enters tiredly) There’s something wrong with this saw. I worked very hard yesterday but only cut half as much wood.

Owner:      Well, sir, I have a lot of faith in this product. Here, I’ll put a new chain on it and you give it another try.

Lumberjack:    O.K., but if it doesn’t do any better, I’ll be back! (Exits)

Announcer:     The next day.

Lumberjack     (Enters exhausted) This darned saw is no good. I worked even harder and still it won’t cut half the wood of my old saw! I want my money back!

Owner:      Yes, sir! Just let me check it out here. (Pulls starter rope)

Announcer(Makes sound effects of saw running.) Lumberjack: Oh, my gosh! What on earth is all that noise?

Great Salt Lake Council

Cast: Two Webelos Scouts and one Cub Scout

Set Up: Two Webelos Scouts come on stage carrying a long pole. They prop it up, then stand back and look at it.

Scout 1: Now, there are several ways we can figure out the height of this pole. How do you want to start?

The Scouts unsuccessfully try various methods of estimation to calculate the height of the pole.

The conversation goes something like...

Scout 1: According to my calculations, that pole is about 2 meters high.

Scout 2: There's no way. It has got to be shorter than that. Just look at it.

This kind of exchange repeats several times as the Scouts obviously become more and more exasperated.

A Cub Scout strolls onto the stage.

Cub:        Hi! (He watches a bit). What are you guys trying to do?

Scout 2: We are trying to measure the exact height of this pole.

Scout 1: We haven't had too much luck yet, but we will get it.

Cub:        Why don't you just lay the pole on the ground and measure its length?

Scout 2: (To the Cub) Didn't you hear right?We want to know how tall the pole is—not how long it is.

Dad's Tools
Greater St. Louis Area Council

Props – tools mentioned through out the skit

Characters: Narrator, Dad, Mom, Cub Scout

Narrator: As our skit begins, Dad is looking for his hammer...

Dad:     Has anyone seen my hammer?

Mom:   No dear, did you look in your toolbox?

Dad:     It's not there. No one ever puts anything back where it belongs around here.

Cub      Look, Dad. I found it. It's over here behind the door where you used it to fix the loose door hinges.

Dad:     Now, where is my saw?

Mom:   It should be on your workbench.

Dad:     Well, it's not there. No one ever puts my tools away.

Cub      Dad, don't you remember? You left it out by the garage when you were sawing those boards to build my clubhouse.

Dad:     Good grief! Now where is my file?

Cub      Oh, that's out in the yard where you used it to sharpen the lawn mower blade.

Dad      I can't find my screwdriver now, and I just had it! Did you use it, son?

Cub      Yes, Dad. And here it is in the toolbox-right where I put it when I finished with it.

Dad      Oh! I never thought of looking for it there!


Wood Project
Greater St. Louis Area Council

Cast:    1 Adult, 3 Cubs

Den Leader: Wow, boys, we've been working on this wood project for an hour now. I'm really tired!

Cub 1:     I've almost finished mine, but my feet are tired.

Cub 2:     I've stood here so long I think my feet are stuck to the floor.

Cub 3:     Yeah, I agree. Let’s stretch and take off our shoes for a while.

All:          Wow, what smells so bad? Is it the wood? Is it a stink bug?

Den Leader: Boys, I hate to tell you this, but I think it's your feet! (All boys pass out)

The Failing Engine
Baltimore Area Council

This skit takes place on an airplane. Participants enter and form up in two rows, seated. The Announcer becomes the pilot at the front. Various sound effects of flying are suitable.

Props: Seating for the pilot and two rows of passengers.

The plane is flying along when the pilot announces:

Pilot: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry to tell you that the far starboard engine is overheating and the engineer is going to shut it down. Don’t worry, the plane is quite able to fly on three engines but the flight will take about an hour longer.

Passengers:Mumble unhappiness but then settle down.

Pilot:(A few moments later.) Ladies and gentlemen, I must tell you that the outside port engine has low oil pressure and the engineer must shut it down also. Again, don’t worry as the plane will fly on two engines but we will be delayed by two hours.

Passengers:More disgruntled mumbling then the sound of an engine sputtering.

Pilot:(After more flying with a tight, controlled voice.) This is your pilot. You will have noticed that the engineer has shut down the remaining port engine due to a faulty fuel line. The plane will fly on one engine but this is very difficult and we will arrive four hours late!

Passenger : (Loud voice.) What a rotten airline! If that last engine goes we’ll be up here forever.

Cub Cookout:
Sam Houston Area Council

Characters: Several Cubs around fake campfire pretending to cook hot dogs on sticks. Two Cubs dressed as mosquitoes--antennae, wings etc.

Setting: Boys around fire keep slapping as if they are being attacked by mosquitoes throughout the skit. As the scene opens, the two mosquitoes enter the stage and continue walking randomly around the boys as they deliver their lines.

Mosquito #1: Hey, I got a good one! Which sport do we mosquitoes like best?
Mosquito #2: Easy! Skin diving. Say, did you hear what the Cub Scout said to the mosquito.

Mosquito #1: No, what?
Mosquito #2: Don't bug me!

Mosquito #1: Are you related to any of the bugs around here?
Mosquito #2: Sure. My ant.

Mosquito #1: Did you hear what the mother grasshopper said to her children?
Mosquito #2: No -- tell me.
Mosquito #1: Hop to it!

Cub #1: These mosquitoes are awful! Lucky I brought the insect repellent.
(Pretends to spray air.) (Mosquitoes exit quickly -- choking and gagging.)

Cub #2: (To cub #1) Say, what has 18 feet, red eyes, and long claws.
Cub #1: I don't know.
Cub #2: Neither do I, but it's crawling up your neck.
(All boys run screaming from stage.)


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