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BALOO'S BUGLE Volume 14, Number 11

"Make no small plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized." D. Burnham

June 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable July 2008 Cub Scout Theme

H2Ohhh!

Tiger Cub Activities Webelos Aquanaut & Geologist

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FOCUS

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Dive right in as Cub Scouts spend a month enjoying water activities and learning about water creatures and water conservation. It is a perfect time to learn about safety rules in and around water. This month's pack activity might be a safety carnival, an outdoor raingutter regatta, or a pack beach party. This is an ideal opportunity for the boys to work on the Swimming or Fishing belt loops and pins.

CORE VALUES

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:

· Personal Achievement, Cub Scouts will gain self-confidence and self-esteem as they develop their swimming skills and water safety knowledge.

· Character Development, Cub Scouts will learn the importance of water conservation..

· Preparation for Boy Scouts, By learning swimming safety Cub Scouts will be ready for bigger adventures in Boy Scouts.

The core value highlighted this month is:

· Responsibility, Cub Scouts will gain a sense of responsibility through the Buddy System and other safety rules in and around water.

Can you think of others??? Hint – look in your Cub Scout Program Helps. It lists different ones!! All the items on both lists are applicable!! You could probably list all twelve if you thought about it!!

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

I am back at home and at work. All seems to be going well and in four months a blood test will verify that all our prayers have been answered and I have been cured. It seems appropriate that I go for the blood test on my birthday!!!

It is summer and I need to be

Cub Scout Extravaganza & Program Enrichment Conference @ Philmont Training Center

I have been invited to the First Ever Program Enrichment Conference and my wife, Donna, to the Cub Scout Extravaganza - August 10 - 16, 2008 at Philmont!!! Our money is in and we will be there! My daughter (Four summer Phil staffer is trying to see if she can arrange to be there, too!!). Hope to see many of you there, too!!!

Months with similar themes to

H2Ohhhh!

Dave D. in Illinois

Month Name

Year

Theme

January

1951

Rivers

July

1967

Cub Scout Water Fun

March

1968

Rivers of the World

July

1970

Old Swimming Hole

August

1971

Cub Scout Water Fun

July

1974

Water Fun

August

1977

Water Fun

March

1984

Wheels, Wings & Rudders

March

1994

Wheels, Wings & Rudders

August

1994

Water Fun

July

1995

Water Carnival

July

1996

Water Fun

August

1999

Splish, Splash

June

2001

Wet & Wild

July

2004

Fin Fun

April

2005

Waterways of the USA

National makes a patch for every Cub Scout Monthly theme. This is the one for this theme. Check them out at www.scoutstuff.org go to patches and look for 2006 Cub Scout Monthly Theme Emblems.

THOUGHTFUL ITEMS FOR SCOUTERS

Thanks to Scouter Jim from Bountiful, Utah, who prepares this section of Baloo for us each month. You can reach him at bobwhitejonz@juno.com or through the link to write Baloo on www.usscouts.org. CD

Roundtable Prayer

CS Roundtable Planning Guide

Thank you for the rocks, the wind, the water, and the woods. Help us as we learn to take better care of your gifts. AMEN

Water and Scouting

Scouter Jim, Bountiful UT

Most of the Scout Camps I attended as a youth, were involved in someway with water, great or small, lakes, rivers, or streams, we spent part of our time near of on the water.

My first camp, as a new Scout, was a winter camp; on a small stream know as Mill Creek in Mueller Park Canyon, north of Salt Lake City, Utah. From this small stream, I filled my canteen for drinking water and took the water I used to cook the first meals I had ever cooked over a campfire.

My first weeklong summer camp was at the Great Salt Lake Council’s Bear Lake Aquatics camp near the Utah-Idaho border. We spent a week, swimming, boating, and playing in the crystal blue waters of the Bear Lake, and looking for the Bear Lake Monster. (See story to follow.)

West of the town where I was raised is the Great Salt Lake. In 1971, the Great Salt Lake Council held a Conservation Camporee on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. Antelope Island is now a state park with its own herd of Buffalo. We spent the weekend hauling rocks, boy to boy, in a bucket brigade all the way up the mountain to the top of Buffalo Point, building a trail that is still in use today.

Farmington Bay Bird Refuge is a freshwater bay on the southeast side of the Great Salt Lake. It is home to millions of migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, and in the winter, nesting grounds for migrating Bald Eagles. In 1970, the father of one of the scouts in my local troop worked for Utah Fish and Game, now Utah Wildlife Resources, in waterfowl management. He recruited our large troop of Scouts to do a Saturday cleanup of the Farmington Bay Bird Refuge. We worked hard all day long filling a full sized dump truck with the trash that had floated, blown, or been carried into the bird refuge. As a reward for our hard work, the next winter, we were able to camp in one of the State owned cabins used by the rangers at Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Utah-Wyoming border and learn to ice fish. We exchanged a day of hard work cleaning up a bird refuse, for a fun day of fishing on hard water. Not a bad trade.

Growing up in the second driest state in the nation, I am very aware of water and the issues related to it. In the west, battles have been raged over water for as long as anyone can remember and they rage on now. Las Vegas is trying to take valuable underground water from a valley of farmers and ranchers in Utah and Nevada. Environmentalists are trying to get the government to drain Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona Border to expose Glen Canyon. A group known as Utah Rivers Council is pushing to protect many rivers of Utah from dams and development. In one of America’s driest states, these are fighting words and arousing concerns on both sides. But rather than fighting over water, it would be better to give something back.

July would be a great month to take our Scouts outside and do a water conservation project. Clean up a river bank, or a lake front, and enjoy a cookout next to the water, and maybe even wet a hook. There are many activities we can do with water, but why not give a little back in the process. The times we gave back as youths are some of the times we remember most in our lives. Not only does it help someone else, it makes us all feel better about ourselves and the contributions we are making to our world.

The Bear Lake Monster

The story was written in 1868 by Joseph C. Rich and was sent to the Deseret News Newspaper. It goes as follow:

"The Indians have a tradition concerning a strange, serpent-like creature inhabiting the waters of Bear Lake, which they say carried off some of their braves many moons ago. Since then, they will not sleep close to the lake. Neither will they swim in it, nor let their squaws and papooses bathe in it.

Now, it seems this water devil, as the Indians called it, has again made an appearance. A number of our white settlers declare they have seen it with their own eyes. This Bear Lake Monster, they now call it, is causing a great deal of excitement up here. S. M. Johnson at South Eden was riding along near the Lake the other day when he saw something a number of yards out in the lake which he thought was the body of a man. He waited for the waves to wash it in, but to his surprise, found the water washed over it without causing it to move. Then he saw it had a head and neck like some strange animal. On each side of the head were ears, or bunches the size of a pint cup. He concluded the body must be touching the bottom of the lake. By this time, however, Johnson seems to have been leaving the place so rapidly he failed to observe other details.

The next day three women and a man saw a monstrous animal in the lake near the same place, but this time it was swimming at an incredible speed. According to their statement, it was moving faster than a horse could run.

On Sunday last, N. C. Davis and Allen Davis of St. Charles; Thomas Sleight and James Collings of Paris, with six women were returning from Fish Haven when about midway from the latter place to St. Charles, their attention was suddenly attracted to a peculiar motion of waves on the water about three miles distant. The lake was not rough, only a little disturbed by the wind. Mr. Sleight ways he distinctly saw the sides of a very large animal that he would suppose to be not less than 90 feet in length. Mr. Davis doesn't think he was any part of the body, but is positive it must not have been less than forty feet in length, judging by the waves it rolled up on both sides of it as it swam, and the wave it left in the rear. It was going south, and all agreed it swam with a speed almost incr