Baloo's Bugle

July 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 12
August 2008 Theme

Webelos: Forester & Naturalist
Tiger Cub

Cubmaster’s Minutes

Three Important Things

Capital Area Council, TX

To the sailor, three things were essential - a compass, a sextant, and a flag.  The compass to tell them where they were heading during the day.  The sextant to tell them where they were at night,  And the flag to tell them which way the wind is blowing


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May the sun be warm and kind to you,

May the darkest night bring a shining star through.

May the dullest day bring a ray of light to you,

And when you leave here tonight, God’s hand to you.

Good night Scouts!


The Gilwell Camp Fire Book

Via Utah National Parks

Have you ever watched the campfire,

When the wood has fallen low,

And the ashes start to whiten

Round the embers' crimson glow?

With the night sounds all around you

Making silence doubly sweet,

And the full moon high above you

That the spell might be complete?

Tell me - were you ever nearer

To the land of heart's desire

Than when you sat there thinking

With your feet before the fire?


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When you give the Cub Scout Promise, the words "Do Your Best" often are lost in all of the other very important words. Let's stop for a minute and carefully consider those words.

ü  “Do” signifies effort and action.

ü  "Best" describes effort and action above our usual.

ü  "Your Best" is just that–the very best.

You are the only person who can possibly know whether or not you have done your best to do certain things.

Think about the meaning of the Promise and decide that you will always do your very best, no matter what the job facing you might be.



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A smile costs nothing, but creates much. It happens in a flash, but the memory sometimes lasts forever. It cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, but it is something that is of no earthly good to anyone unless it is given away. So, if in your hurry and rush you meet someone who is too weary to give you a smile, leave one of yours. No one needs a smile quite as much as a person who has none left to give. What better way to spread good will.

Helpful to Others

Capital Area Council

An excellent way to close a campfire on a starry night.  CD

Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting said this to scouts everywhere: "I often think that when the sun goes down, the world is hidden by a big blanket from the light of heaven, but the stars are little holes pierced in that blanket by those who have done good deeds in this world.  The stars are not all the same size; some are big, some are little, and some men have done small deeds but they have made their hole in the blanket by doing good before they went to heaven.  Try and make your hole in the blanket by doing good work while you are on earth.  It is something to be good, but it is far better to do good".  Think of Baden-Powell's words when you promise "to help other people".

Closing Thought

Capital Area Council

Put me in touch with the heart of a boy—

Let me study his doubts and fears.

Let me show him a way of life

and help him avoid its tears.

For the heart of a boy in its buoyancy

is one that is pure and true.

So, put me in touch with the heart of a boy…

and the heart of a man to be.


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