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Archive for March, 2007

Water Rockets

“A good Cub program should not be rocket science … but it can involve Rocket Science!”

A bottle rocket is a 2-liter (soft drink) bottle with compressed air and water released in an upward direction. We can use this model to learn many concepts about motion, forces, energy and flight.

Why do bottle rockets fly? The air pressure propels the bottle rocket skyward.

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Swimming Sports

Cub Scout Swim Carnival

Objective: Cub Scouts swimming carnival, there are no trophies or competition between Packs. The main objective is to have fun!

Where: Use a local swimming complex with an 8 lane 25 meter pool.

Who can participate? All registered Cubs. All participants must be between 7.5 and 11 years of age on the day of the event.

Cost: Will depend on the venue but would be between approx $5. (prize ribbons should be included in the cost)

Prizes: All children entering an event will receive a ribbon: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and competitor.

What to Wear: Group Scarf. Bathers, Track Suit and take your own towel.

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Klondike Derby

A Winter (Snow) Camping and Outdoor Skills competition

Klondike Derby is a Scouting Winter Skills and Camping event, held every winter in the snow. Sometimes it involves an overnight campout and multiple Camporee type competitions, where Teams compete against each other. Each Team uses a Dog Type sled that uses Scout power to pull it instead of dogs. The Teams pull the sleds that are loaded with their personal and patrol equipment. The Teams journey through woods and fields, up and down hills and stop at different activity stations ( sometimes named after Alaskan towns) where they are tested on different Scout skills. Usually the Scouts have to use a map and compass to navigate themselves and their sleds to their destinations (each activity station). When they arrive at these stations they are timed and tested on their Scouting knowledge, their team work and their problem solving skills

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Spooks Night

Halloween Programs

Halloween is the evening of October 31st it is followed by All Hallows’ Day or All Saints’ Day on November 1st.

The feast of Halloween, also as All Hallows Eve, began in pre-Christian times. It was originally a Celtic festival celebrated widely among the peoples of the British Isles and northern France as the ancient festival of Samhain (sow-en), the Celtic New year … Traditionally for Halloween, fires were lit as protection against evil spirits and many of it’s customs and superstition, are thousands of years old. Traditional Halloween fires were still being lit as late as the 19th century.

Halloween has an extensive history, reaching back into the mists of time. The rituals we so light-heartedly employ today have their origins in the most serious protective rites, designed to keep the world of the supernatural at bay.[2]

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Billy Cart Derby

Billy Cart Derby
A traditional Cub Scout competition

BILLY CART — A child’s four-wheeled go-cart. Billy comes from billy goat. In the past the term applied to a small cart, often two-wheeled, that was pulled by a goat. These billycarts were used for such purposes as home deliveries, and they were also used in races. The term was then applied to any homemade go-cart. First recorded 1923. In some places these are known as push-carts.

Objective: Cub Scouts prepare their own carts (handcraft), with leader or parental assistance. Cubs then compete over the course of an afternoon through a variety of fun and skill based challenges. The main objective is to have fun!

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Adventurous Activities are defined in the Victorian Branch “Info Book”.

Activities that present a greater element of risk than any other normal Scouting activity are referred to as “Adventurous Activities”. (These are activities for which our leaders are required to undergo specialised training and/or to demonstrate a prescribed level of competency [RPL] in any one or more of these particular activities. [InfoBook 2007]

An opinion must always be sought from the Branch Activity Leader concerning any other aspect of the proposed activity that may be material to the conduct of that activity or to the proper assessment of the risks associated with the following Adventurous Activities:

External Experts

From time to time inquiries are made by Leaders for their youth members to participate in an adventurous activity for which the Branch does not have a Branch Activity Leader or a Branch Activity Unit with accredited expert knowledge or experience eg Skydiving. Consequently, it is most unlikely that our Public Liability Insurance would extend to cover youth members or Adult Leaders participating in any such activity. … for more detail see the Info book 2007.

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The Law of the Jungle

‘We be of one blood, ye and I’

Baden-Powell used the Jungle Book, written by Rudyard Kipling, as the symbolic framework for the Cub Scout section. The Jungle Book is a wonderful story about what education really is.

Baloo

This section will look at how Baloo teaches Mowgli the Laws of the Jungle;

ALL that is told here happened some time before Mowgli was turned out of the Seeonee Wolf- Pack, or revenged himself on Shere Khan the tiger. It was in the days when Baloo was teaching him the Law of the Jungle. The big, serious, old brown bear was delighted to have so quick a pupil, for the young wolves will only learn as much of the Law of the Jungle as applies to their own pack and tribe, and run away as soon as they can repeat the Hunting Verse:—‘Feet that make no noise; eyes that can see in the dark; ears that can hear the winds in their lairs, and sharp white teeth, all these things are the marks of our brothers except Tabaqui the Jackal and the Hyaena whom we hate.’ But Mowgli, as a man-cub, had to learn a great deal more than this. Sometimes Bagheera, the Black Panther, would come lounging through the Jungle to see how his pet was getting on, and would purr with his head against a tree while Mowgli recited the day’s lesson to Baloo. The boy could climb almost as well as he could swim, and swim almost as well as he could run; so Baloo, the Teacher of the Law, taught him the Wood and Water Laws; how to tell a rotten branch from a sound one; how to speak politely to the wild bees when he came upon a hive of them fifty feet above ground; what to say to Mang the Bat when he disturbed him in the branches at midday; and how to warn the water-snakes in the pools before he splashed down among them. None of the Jungle-People like being disturbed, and all are very ready to fly at an intruder. Then, too, Mowgli was taught the Stranger’s Hunting Call, which must be repeated aloud till it is answered, whenever one of the Jungle-People hunts outside his own grounds. It means, translated: ‘Give me leave to hunt here because I am hungry’; and the answer is: ‘Hunt then for food, but not for pleasure.’

All this will show you how much Mowgli had to learn by heart, and he grew very tired of saying the same thing over a hundred times; but, as Baloo said to Bagheera, one day when Mowgli had been cuffed and run off in a temper: ‘A Mancub is a Man-cub, and he must learn all the Law of the Jungle.’

‘But think how small he is,’ said the Black Panther, who would have spoiled Mowgli if he had had his own way. ‘How can his little head carry all thy long talk?’

‘Is there anything in the jungle too little to be killed? No. That is why I teach him these things, and that is why I hit him, very softly, when he forgets.’

‘Softly! What dost thou know of softness, old Iron-feet?’ Bagheera grunted. ‘His face is all bruised to-day by thy—softness. Ugh!’

‘Better he should be bruised from head to foot by me who love him than that he should come to harm through ignorance,’ Baloo answered very earnestly. ‘I am now teaching him the Master-Words of the jungle that shall protect him with the birds and the Snake-People, and all that hunt on four feet, except his own pack. He can now claim protection, if he will only remember the words, from all in the Jungle. Is not that worth a little beating?’

‘Well, look to it then that thou dost not kill the Man-cub. He is no tree-trunk to sharpen thy blunt claws upon. But what are those MasterWords? I am more likely to give help than to ask it’ Bagheera stretched out one paw and admired the steel-blue, ripping-chisel talons at the end of it—‘still I should like to know.’

‘I will call Mowgli and he shall say them—if he will. Come, Little Brother!’ …

— Kaa’s Hunting
Rudyard Kipling

Read all of Kaa’s Hunting at the WhiteWolf web site.

In the Jungle Books, Kipling instills the idea of “The Law of the Jungle” being Nature’s laws, which those who live in the Jungle break at their peril. Kipling deliberatly left most of the Law undefined. The longest section of the laws he presented are contained in the following poem (The Law of the Jungle), a selection of that part of the Law relating to wolves as the wolf-cubs and Mowgli were taught by Baloo the bear.

The Law of the Jungle

Now this is the Law of the Jungle–as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back–
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.
The Jackal may follow the Tiger, but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
Remember the Wolf is a Hunter–go forth and get food of thine own.

Keep peace with the Lords of the Jungle–the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.
When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken–it may be fair words shall prevail.

When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar,
Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him is home
Not even the Head Wolf may enter, not even the Council may come.

The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.
If ye kill before midnight be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay,
Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop, and your brothers go empty away.

Ye may kill for yourselves and your mates, and your cubs as they need and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!
If ye plunder his kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.

The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.
The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf. He may do what he will;
But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.

Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling. From all of the Pack he may claim
Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.
Lair-Right is the right of the Mother. From all of her year she may claim
One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.

Cave-Right is the right of the Father–to hunt by himself for his own:
He is freed of all calls to the Pack; he is judged by the Council alone.
Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
In all that the Law leaveth open, the word of your Head Wolf is Law.

Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
But the head and hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is–Obey!

— Rudyard Kipling

Compare the structured Seeonee Pack with that of the Bander-log who are ‘lawless’.

Bagheera

Bagheera, the panther, taught Mowgli to hunt and how to move silently in the jungle. He would sometimes lie beneath a tree and Mowgli would try and creep up on him without being heard.

References:

Rudyard Kipling (1894) “The Jungle Book

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