Baloo's Bugle

October 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 3
November 2007 Theme

Theme: Indian Nations
Webelos: Craftsman & Readyman
Tiger Cub
Requirement 5

Cubmaster’s Minutes

Native American Closing

Baltimore Area Council

Traditionally, many native peoples were farmers. An important crop was maize, or corn. They needed rain to grow their maize. In Scouting, our most important crop is the boys. Parents and leaders guide them with all their skill and knowledge. Just like the maize, the boys need ‘rain’ to grow into healthy young adults. The rain in Scouting is love, understanding, patience, and a good program. Let us use all our skills to bring rain to our boys this month.”

Closing:

Baltimore Area Council

Medicine man (Cubmaster) raises his coup stick to the north and asks for the blessing of the north wind upon the pack, the east, the south and the west in turn. He then holds it high above his head and asks the Great Spirit to watch over the boys in the pack and guide them upon the straight trail to the Arrow of Light.

Indian Prayer Closing I

Baltimore Area Council

For that solemn moment toward the end of den or pack meeting, try this Cub Scout Indian Prayer.

Morning Star wake to us, filled with joy

To new day of growing to man from boy.

Sun, with your power, give us light

That we can tell wrong and do what’s right.

South Wind, we ask, in your gentle way,

Blow us the willingness to obey.

North Wind, we ask, live up to thy name.

Send us the strength to always be game.

East Wind, we ask, with your breath so snappy,

Fill us with knowledge of how to be happy.

West Wind, we ask, blow all that is fair

To us, that we may always be square.

Moon, that fills the night with red light,

Guard us well while we sleep in the night.

Akela, please guide us in every way;

We’ll follow your trail in work or play.

Indian Prayer Closing II

Heart of America Council

Props: Indian Chief costume worn by the Cubmaster.

This is best recited with arms raised towards the sky.

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world. Hear me. I come

before you, one of your many children. I am weak and small. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in

beauty and make my eyes ever behold the orange and red of the sunrise; My ears sharp so I may hear you voice.

Make me wise, so I may learn the things you have taught my people, the lessons you have hidden under every rock

and leaf. I seek strength, not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy - myself. Make

me ,ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, that I may always walk in your light.

An Indian Prayer

Heart of America Council

Let me walk in beauty and make
my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the tings you have and
my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise, so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in
every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be the greatest enemy – myself.

Make me always ready to come to you,
with clean hands and straight eyes.

Native American Blessing:

Heart of America Council

Walk as tall as the trees,

Be as strong as the mountains,

Be as gentle as the Spring Wind,

And the Great Spirit will always be with you.

Lessons from the Native Americans

Heart of America Council

To be brave when courage is called for.

To be strong when strength is needed.

To be quick to help our brothers.

To respect the land we live on and the animals we live among.

And to listen to the words of the Great Spirit that we may grow in wisdom.

 

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