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Baloo's Bugle

January 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 6
February 2006 Theme

Theme: Cubs in the Future
Webelos: Scholar & Engineer
  Tiger Cub
Activities: Requirement #4


A to Z of Outer Space

Greater St. Louis Area Council

This game is similar to Madlibs. Give each boy a letter or two and have him come up with a something spacey that starts with the letter and then place it where the corresponding letter is.  (Or you can just call for words from the audience at the Pack Meeting but then not everyone may have a word chosen)

A____________ B____________ C____________

D____________ E_____________ F_____________

G____________ H____________ I_____________

J_____________ K____________ L_____________

M____________ N____________ O____________

P_____________ Q____________ R____________

S_____________ T_____________ U____________

V____________ W____________ X____________

Y____________ Z_____________

The other day I saw A and B walking down the C. I said D to them but they didn't say E. F I said and ran after G. Again I yelled H. This time they heard me. When they stopped, I saw they had a J and a K with them. 'We can't talk now. We are going to L this and M is waiting for it. So I said good-bye and went to lunch. At the N I had an O and P and got in my Q to go. When I got there, I found I had lost my R. Then I knew it was going to be a bad S. So I picked up my T, U, V, W and X, said so long to my Y and got on my Z and left.

Space: The Final Frontier

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, Verdugo Hills Councils

Divide the group into 2 smaller groups and assign each group one of the words listed below.  Read the story.  After each of the words is read, pause for the group to make the appropriate response.

SPACE:                  Way out there (Point ahead moving finger from left to right)

ASTRONAUT(S):    Onward and upward (Stand up and thrust arm toward sky)

In the whole universe there's an enormous place, which we all refer to as merely SPACEASTRONAUTS spend many hours untold searching that SPACE where mysteries unfold.  They bring back dust and rocks galore, with each ASTRONAUT

striving to always learn more. They circle around for days in SPACE, keeping up such a strenuous pace.  Our country explored SPACE and then, very soon, our

ASTRONAUTS landed upon the moon.  Oh what a thrill as we witnessed the sight; ASTRONAUTS raised our flag on that first moon flight.  Right out there through outer SPACE, upon the moon stands our flag in place, just where the ASTRONAUTS left it that day, as a part in history they did play.  One fact discovered, about which story writers won't pleased, was that the moon is not really made of green cheese.  So way out in SPACE when you see the Man-in-the-MOON, remember the ASTRONAUTS

proved we can't eat him at noon. But all of this is old today; ASTRONAUTS often go in

SPACE and say, ”travel in SPACE, here and there, is easily done without a care.”

This and That Narrative:

Sam Houston Area Council

This has been in Baloo before but if you haven’t used it before, this story is always good.  CD

Before he tells the story, the narrator divides the audience into 5 groups and assigns each a "part" - a sound and action each group makes at the mention of a certain word.  The narrator pauses after each capitalized word.  The words and their responses are:

  1. NORMAN Say "Oh, my!" and raise both hands
  2. RIGHT Say "This!" and raise right hand
  3. LEFT Say "That!" and raise left hand
  4. THIS Say "Right!" and raise right hand
  5. THAT Say "Left!" and raise left hand

All - GENIUS All clap and Cheer!

Practice as you assign the parts

Well, now that everyone is entirely confused, let’s begin!

This is the story of NORMAN, a boy who wanted very much to be a GENIUS. But, no matter how hard he tried, it just didn’t work out. You see, NORMAN had a problem - he could not tell RIGHT from LEFT.

At school, the teacher would say, "When you know the answer, raise your RIGHT hand." By the time NORMAN figured which hand was which, it was too late!  At home it was the same thing. It was, "NORMAN, you have your LEFT shoe on your RIGHT foot."

Things weren’t any better outside. In football, they would send him in at LEFT end and he would be RIGHT.  In baseball, they’d yell, "NORMAN, ‘move to your LEFT!"  He’d move RIGHT.

Poor NORMAN! No matter what he did, it wasn’t RIGHT!  or LEFT!  But NORMAN was determined!  Finally, he figured out what to do.  He’d call it THIS and THAT.  THIS for RIGHT and THAT for LEFT.  Somehow, it all seemed easier.  And in no time, he had it down pat.

One day, while NORMAN was home alone, a burglar forced his way in. NORMAN was frightened!  The burglar asked where his mother’s jewels and furs were.  NORMAN said, "In the closet."  But when the burglar said, "Which way is THAT, NORMAN, of course answered, "LEFT."  The burglar followed these instructions and found himself in the kitchen!  Being a smart burglar he said, "THIS isn’t RIGHT!" and NORMAN said, "Oh, yes it is - but your asked for THAT!"

The burglar became angry and said, "Now listen, I asked where the closet is, do you understand THAT?" And NORMAN answered, "Oh, yes THAT is LEFT!"  The burglar said, "THIS is enough!"  And NORMAN said, "Oh, no, THIS is RIGHT!"  Exasperated, the burglar said, "Oh, forget it! Just tell me where the closet is!"  And NORMAN said, "Turn THIS."  But naturally, the burglar misunderstood and turned the knob on the door in front of him, and plunged headlong down the basement stairs.

Just then, NORMAN’s parents came home, and when he told them what had happened, his father said the words he’d been waiting so very long to hear, "NORMAN, you’re a GENIUS"

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