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Baloo's Bugle

July 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 12
August 2006 Theme

Theme: Scouting It Out
Webelos: Naturalist & Forester
Tiger Cub
Activities

PACK & DEN ACTIVITIES

Advancement Opportunities
Sam Houston Area Council

Tiger Activities

Achievement 5 – Let’s go Outdoors

Wolf Achievements and Electives

Elective 23 - Let’s go Camping

Bear Achievements and Electives

Achievement 12 – Family Outdoor Adventures

Elective 24 – Let’s go camping

Webelos Activity Badges

Naturalist Activity Badge

Forester Activity Badge

August Pack Summertime Activities:
Sam Houston Area Council

  • Rally Night Preparations and Training
  • Pack Pool Party: See Webelos Aquanaut section for aquatic ideas.
  • Pack Campout
  • Campfire Program: see the “Fun at Camp” article

Build a Simple Den Doodle:
Sam Houston Area Council


It is important for the life of the den and for effective pack meetings, that each den has a Den Doodle.  No one knows why it’s called a “doodle”; it just is.  A Den Doodle is a totem with a spot for every boy in the den to hang recognition items for his rank progress, achievements, and attendance.  If you use a long leather shoelace for each boy, his Cub Scouting career can be chronicled for 5 years, as he moves it to each new Den Doodle each year.  Some packs have a Tiger Den Doodle that is passed from one Tiger Den to another each year.  Den leaders should bring the Den Doodle to every Den Meeting and Pack Meeting, and have a ready supply of pony beads and trinkets to commemorate every success.

Making the base:
In a 9” diameter plastic flower pot, stand-up a 6” long 1¼” inner diameter PVC pipe sleeve, and fill the pot with wet concrete up to just below the top of the PVC pipe sleeve, and let dry.  Make sure the pipe sleeve stays upright.

Making a Den Doodle:
The shaft of this doodle will be a broomstick.  The cross piece will be a two foot long 1x6.  Paint the 1x6 gold on all sides and drill two 5/16” holes.  Line up the top hole to the broomstick and drill through the 1x6 and clear through the center of the broomstick.  Attach the 1x6 to the broomstick with a 2½” long 3/8” bolt and wing nut.  Now straighten the 1x6 and drill the bottom hole clear through the broomstick.  Drill ¼” holes at regular distances along the board, so that you can hang a leather lace for each boy to show his accomplishments.  Tie the top and bottom of the laces with simple overhand knot that is easily untied.  Write the boys names on the 1x6 and decorate it as you see fit.  This can all be taken apart safely to transport it to meetings.

Homemade Popcorn popper
Baltimore Area Council

  • Use two tin foil plates that are the same size.
  • Place one Tbsp. of oil and l/4 cup of popcorn in one pie pan.
  • Invert the second pie plate and set it on the first one.
  • Staple the edges together.
  • Cut a wire clothes hanger in the center of the bottom wire and straighten the wires parallel to each other.
  • Push the hanger through the pie plates and bend the ends over to clamp onto the pie plates.
  • Keep the popper moving while it is over the heat to keep the popcorn from burning.

Paper Bag Kite
Baltimore Area Council

  • For the kite, use a brown paper grocery bag with rectangular bottom.
  • Cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the bottom.
  • Cut an oval shape in the center of the cardboard.
  • Using the cardboard as a pattern, cut a matching hole in the bottom of the bag.
  • Punch a hole in each corner of the cardboard piece.
  • Attach a long piece of string to each corner,
  • Glue cardboard to bottom of bag, matching the oval openings.
  • Take all free ends of the string and tie them together, so that all lengths are even.
  • Tie them to the actual kite string, which is already wound around a piece of wood or other kite string holder.
  • Decorate as desired.
  • Have fun kite flying! !

Survival Kit
Baltimore Area Council

Material:

  • 35mm film can
  • For Inside:
    • 1 chalk stub
    • 4 paper clips
    • 1 pencil stub 6 straight pins
    • 2 safety pins
    • 2 thumb tacks
    • 1 black crayon
    • 1 piece of string
    • 2 kitchen matches
    • 4 aspirin
    • 1 band-aid
  • Outside:
    • 1 piece of masking tape
    • rubber bands
    • piece of sandpaper glued to bottom

Sit-Upon
Baltimore Area Council

Summertime cushion for picnics or backyard fun!

This is a GREAT project.

Materials: 12 double pages of newspaper

Preparations:

  • Start at one side of double page, make a 2 ½”  fold and crease well.
  • Continue folding paper over and over until you have one strip.
  • Fold all 12 pages the same way.

Weaving:

  • Lay out 6 strips side by side.
  • Beginning approximately 4” from one side, weave remaining 6 strips of paper in and out.
  • Leave a 4” tail of each of the 12 strips on all sides.

Finishing Edges:

  • Start with all ends facing upward (every other one), make a 1 “ fold
  • Then fold over and tuck inside of strip beneath it, as shown. Turn Sit-Upon over and do the same with the remaining ends.
  • All corners will be double-tucked (on top and bottom).

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