September 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
October 2008 Theme
Adventures in Books
Citizen and Showman
THOUGHTFUL ITEMS FOR SCOUTERS
Thanks to Scouter Jim from Bountiful, Utah, who prepares this section of
Baloo for us each month. You can reach him at
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“We thank you
for the pleasure we find in reading. As we read books, help us open our hearts
and minds to allow us to learn courage, faith, and strength. Help us do our
best to guide our boys so they will appreciate books and retain their
imagination and sense of adventure for the rest of their lives.”
Learn to Read, Love a Book
Scouter Jim, Bountiful UT
The slogan of the American
Library Association is “Libraries Change Lives.” Many years ago, I won a State
Libraries Association essay contest by writing an essay about how my local
library had helped me complete my education and earn a degree in English. I was
raised in a home where books were valuable and available. My mother was in a
second-hand-store one day and saw a worker piling books into a laundry basket.
She asked him, “What are you
going to do with all those books.”
He told that he was getting
rid of them and, “Lady, if you want these books, you can have every book here
for ten dollars.”
Money was tight at our home,
but that was an offer she could not resist. She called my father at work and he
drove his ¾ ton pickup truck to the store, and the books were loaded into the
back. The load was so heavy that the truck was running on the flat overload
leaf springs. As I recall, we spent the better part of the summer going through
those boxes of books and sorting them out. There was a little bit of
everything, from paperbacks to a 1909 Encyclopedia set.
Love of books and libraries
are intertwined with the history of America. Before 1730, books generally were
a rare commodity. Even today, there are homes where there are no books and
there are children who have never owned their own book other than a Bible or
other religious book. Companies like Scholastic Books and organizations like
Reading is Fundamental (R. I. F.) and others, have made an effort to put
books into the hands of children.
Before 1730 in America only
the very wealthy could afford to own large collections of books. Men of
moderate means were limited in the number of books they could own or read. On
July 1, 1731 Benjamin Franklin with a group of men drew up “Articles of
Agreement” to create a private library. This small venture would lead to the
creation of America’s Library system. Abraham Lincoln was known to have walked
twenty miles to borrow a book. He was largely a self-educated man, deriving his
education from the books he could read.
As Cub Scout Leaders,
illiteracy is one of the unacceptable of Scouting. There is much we can do as
Scout Leaders and Parents to combat illiteracy and improve reading. Below are
some suggestions from the Reading is Fundamental website,
http://www.rif.org, and is used by their permission:
Your Independent Reader (ages 9-12)
A child in grades four through six has probably mastered
basic reading skills and can read independently for pleasure. This is a great
time for you to keep encouraging and motivating your child to read more often.
And don't forget the importance of reading aloud to your child and participating
in reading- and writing-related family activities.
are a few things that you can do to help build your child's literacy skills:
- Continue reading aloud books that challenge your
child’s listening vocabulary and thinking skills. Reading books that are
above your child’s reading level will help him or her grow as a reader.
- Encourage your child’s independent reading by
providing a steady flow of books and conversation about them.
- Help children who seem to lose interest in reading
find the time to read at home for pleasure. Make sure that their lives
haven’t become overly scheduled.
- Help your children find more reasons to write.
Enlist them in taking messages, making the shopping list, writing letters,
and answering email.
Reading is Fundamental has
a children’s activity page, Reading Planet, which can be used as a
valuable resource for Cub Scouts.
October is a great time for Scout
Leaders to read stories of adventure to our Scouts. Let’s go out and read and
spread the spirit of literacy.
Quotations contain the wisdom of the ages, and are a
great source of inspiration for Cubmaster’s minutes, material for an advancement
ceremony or an insightful addition to a Pack Meeting program cover
Education is not the filling
of a bucket but the lighting of a fire. William
Honesty is the first chapter
in the book of wisdom.
No two persons ever read the
same book. Edmund Wilson
My first book was the book
that changed my life. Stephen Ambrose
A real book is not one that we
read, but one that reads us. W. H. Auden
Outside of a dog, a book is a
man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
Ideally a book would have no
order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
O Day of days when we can
read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Any book that helps a child to
form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs,
is good for him. Maya Angelou
The book you don't read won't
help. Jim Rohn
When I read a book I seem to
read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps
only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
W. Somerset Maugham
When you read a classic, you
do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there
was before. Clifton Fadiman
A book is a gift you can open
again and again. Garrison Keillor
Each book first begins with a
little idea. Dick Bruna
A book is a version of the
world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
The way a book is read, which
is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book can have as much to do with
its worth as anything the author puts into it.
The reason a writer writes a
book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
The book to read is not the
one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the
world equals the Bible for that. Harper Lee
When I was about eight, I
decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.
When a new book is published,
read an old one. Samuel Rogers
The only true equalisers in
the world are books; the only treasure-house open to all comers is a library;
the only wealth which will not decay is knowledge; the only jewel which you can
carry beyond the grave is wisdom. J. A. Langford
Perhaps no place in any
community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance
requirement is interest. Lady Bird Johnson
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