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

ONE TWO LAST THINGS

The Cricket

National Capital Area Council

A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. Suddenly, the Native American said, "I hear a cricket."

His friend said, "What? You must be crazy. You couldn't possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!"

"No, I'm sure of it," the Native American said, "I heard a cricket."

"That's crazy," said the friend.

The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed.

"That's incredible," said his friend. "You must have super-human ears!"

"No," said the Native American. "My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you're listening for."

"But that can't be!" said the friend. "I could never hear a cricket in this noise."

"Yes, it's true," came the reply. "It depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show you."

He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.

"See what I mean?" asked the Native American. "It all depends on what's important to you."

Everybody’s Canoe

Heart of America Council

A young Indian brave was busy at work carving a canoe out of a log. As he worked, members of the tribe passed by. Everybody had a piece of advice to offer to the young man.

“I think you are making your canoe too wide,” one of them said. The young brave, wishing to show respect for the advice of an elder, narrowed down the canoe.

A little later, another warrior stopped by. “I’m afraid you are cutting the stern too full,” he said. Again, the young brave listened to his elder and cut down the stern.

Very soon, yet another member of the tribe stopped, watched for a while, then said. “The bow is too sheer.” The young brave accepted this advice as well and changed the line of the bow.

Finally the canoe was complete and the young brave launched it. As soon as it hit the water, it capsized.

Laboriously, he hauled it back onto the beach. Then he found a log and began his work anew.  Very soon, a member of his tribe stopped by to offer some advice, but this time the young, brave was ready.

“See that canoe over there” he asked, pointing to the useless craft on the beach. “That is everybody’s canoe.” Then he nodded at the work in progress “This one,” he said “is my canoe.”

Kind of reminds me of the old joke that a Camel is  horse designed by a committee.  CD


 

 

POW WOW BOOKS NEEDED

 

All my fall Pow Wow Books are running out.

Those of you with Fall Pow Wows

I need your books as soon as you can get them to me –

 

Pat in Baltimore,

Cubmaster Bob in Heart of America.

The lady at Rice who sends me Sam Houston Area Council.

Scouter Jim at Great Salt Lake

Alice’s daughter-in-law(?) at Utah National Parks

I really would like a St. Louis this year. 

How about Crossroads of America (Indianapolis)??

Chief Seattle – is Vince still there??

 

And many more Three Fires, Viking, …

Thank you in advance

 

The Southern NJ Council Pow Wow CD will be out in January and you will get a copy of that along with copies of whatever else I receive.

 

Dave

 

 

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