Scouting, Volume 78, Number 3, March-April 1990 Page: 1
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America's Buckskin Pioneers, the men
who blazed the trails westward during
the 17th and 18th centuries, were among
the world's best outdoorsmen. Their
ability to find their way through wilder-
ness, improvise shelter, use an ax, and
scrounge for food became the basis for
many Boy Scout skills.
BUBBLE BLOWING. You need an ordi-
nary thread spool and soap and water
to make a lather. Dip one end of the
spool in the lather and blow through
the other end to make bubbles. From
1987 Pow Wow Book Alamo Area
Council, San Antonio, Tex.
Start with Boys' Life—and finish first
So this should be a month of outdoor
fun for Cub Scouts as they play Buckskin
Pioneers. Dens will make buckskin cos-
tumes, learn crafts of the pioneers, and
play games from early America. The cli-
max will be a pack picnic featuring inter-
den contests in a skill learned by pioneer
This theme is designed to achieve Cub
Scouting's purposes of:
• Encouraging good sportsmanship and
pride in growing strong in mind and
• Fostering a sense of personal achieve-
ment by developing new interests and
• Providing fun and exciting new things
• Encouraging them to become Boy
PLANNING THE PACK ACTIVITY. The
ideal site for the pack activity would have
picnic tables and a large play area. It
would be a big plus if an open fire is
permitted for your campfire program.
There are four good possibilities for
the main activity. All of them are based
on games, sports, or events of early
• Archery Tournament. Cub Scout-age
boys were not equipped with rifles in the
age of the Buckskin Pioneers, but they
learned to use bow and arrow. If you have
access to archery equipment, this would
be a good choice. For suggestions on how
to teach boys to use the equipment, see
Cub Scout Sports: Archery, Supply No.
• Marbles Tournament. Marbles was a
popular pastime among boys in early
America, so this is another good choice.
For rules and techniques, see Cub Scout
Sports: Marbles, No. 2158.
• Top-Spinning Tournament. Top-spin-
ning was also common in the age of the
pioneers. You might plan a tournament
using the contests outlined on pages 9-31
and 9-32 of the Cub Scout Leader How-To
• Gold-Rush. This is a recreation of the
gold rushes in the Old West, after which
the boys spent their "nuggets" on mid-
way games. For ideas, see pages 9-21 to
9-23 in the Cub Scout Leader How-To
A suggested program for the picnic
and activity is on page CUB 4 JUL 90.
Adapt it to your needs.
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Appoint the following committees of
Site—To choose a location and secure
permissions, if needed.
Picnic—To decide on feeding arrange-
ments (which might be either by dens or
the pack as a whole) and to secure treats
of ice cream and soda for all.
Program—To plan and run the highlight
event (archery, marbles, top-spinning, or
gold rush) and to secure the necessary
Campfire—To plan and conduct the
campfire program. A Webelos den might
be assigned to help this committee.
Cleanup—To supervise cleanup of the
site by Cub Scouts.
CUB 1 JUL 90
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