Baloo's Bugle

October 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 15, Issue 3
November 2008 Theme

Theme: Seeds of Kindness
Webelos: Citizen and Communicator
Tiger Cub
Achievement 2



Thanks to Scouter Jim from Bountiful, Utah, who prepares this section of Baloo for us each month.  You can reach him at or through the link to write Baloo on   CD


Roundtable Prayers

CS Roundtable Planning Guide

"We come together in the spirit of brothers and sisters, each charged with taking care of one another. God, give us what we need to serve each other to the best of our ability. AMEN

Thank you, Lord, for all you have given us.  Help us notice people who need our help.  Help us do our best in helping children who are alone, and our parents and teachers when they need a hand.  AMEN

Sowing Seeds of Kindness

Scouter Jim, Bountiful UT

Paul, the Apostle, gave the following quote and attributed it to Jesus Christ.: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Holy Bible, Acts 20:35 Currently I have been going through a health crisis in my life. I can assure you that  it is easier to give than to receive.  I have  friends all around the world praying for my health.  November is a great time to teach the joys of service.  We can remind our Cub Scouts of the help the Native Americans gave the Pilgrim that first year and beyond.  There are many ideas for giving service.  It may be harder to find someone to give service to, than to find service to give.  I have had many people ask me what they can do, and I am at a loss.  It is not that I do not care about these wonderful friends, I have just been a Scout for so long, it is hard for me to take service, even when I am in real need.  Try to think outside the box, think of someone completely different to give service to.  You might find someone in real need of service that you would not expect. I would much rather give service, it is easier.  However, I realize that sometimes each of us must receive the harvest of kindness sown by others with dignity and gratitude. 


Blessed are the Cub Scouts

Capital Area Council

Blessed are the Cub Scouts
who are taught to see beauty in all things around them.
For their world will be a place of grace and wonder.

Blessed are the Cub Scouts
who are led with patience and understanding
For they will learn the strength of endurance and gift of tolerance.

Blessed are the Cub Scouts
who are provided a home where family members dwell in harmony and close communion
For they shall become the peacemakers of the world.

Blessed are the Cub Scouts
who are taught the value and power of truth,
For they shall search for knowledge and use it with wisdom and discernment.

Blessed are the Cub Scouts
who are guided by those with faith in a loving God
For they will find Him early and will walk with him through life.

Blessed are the Cub Scouts
who are loved and know that they are loved
For they shall sow seeds of love in the world and reap joy for themselves and others.




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


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.  Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse


The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.  Albert Einstein


There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness. Cicero


Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. Confucius


Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. George Sand


That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.   William Wordsworth


When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people. Abraham Joshua Heschel


Great persons are able to do great kindnesses. Cervantes


There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.   Nathaniel Branden


If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.  George MacDonald


Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.  Eric Hoffer


When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel.  Harold Kushner


Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  The Apostle Paul (Colossians 3:12)


No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.  Amelia Earhart


Do something wonderful, people may imitate it. Albert Schweitzer


Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.  Scott Adams


Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.  Barbara De Angelis


Kindness is the oil that smoothen the friction of life.  Anonymous


You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.  Ralph Waldo Emerson


I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.  William Penn


Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.  Albert Einstein


Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.  Albert Einstein


I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.  Albert Schweitzer


A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.  Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world -- that is affirmation of the will to live, which appears in phenomenal forms all around me -- is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life.  Albert Schweitzer


If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.  Alex Noble


One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.  Ann Radcliffe


Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.  Barbara Bush


Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.  C. S. Lewis


He, who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.  Confucius


Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.  Edmund Burke


Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.  Helen Keller


We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.  Herman Melville


Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.  James M. Barrie


If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.  Margaret Fuller


Service is what life is all about.  Marian Wright Edelman


An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.  Martin Luther King, Jr.


Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.  Martin Luther King, Jr.


Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble.  Ralph Waldo Emerson


It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Kings and cabbages go back to compost, but good deeds stay green forever.  Rick de Marinis


Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity. Thomas Jefferson


There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.  Walter Reuther


Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.  William Menninger



Sam Houston Area Council

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – The Dalai Lama


If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. – Bob Hope


Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain


I’ve always maintained that if the right spirit is there, it can knock the ‘im’ out of impossible. –Robert Baden-Powell


How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it! – George Elliston


Scatter seeds of kindness everywhere you go;
Scatter bits of courtesy - watch them grow and grow.
Gather buds of friendship; Keep them till full-blown;
You will find more happiness than you have ever known.
 – Amy Raabe


The Bridge Builder

By Will Allen Dromgoole

Grand Teton Council

An old man, going a lone highway,

Came, at the evening, cold and gray,

To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,

Through which was flowing a sullen tide.


The old man crossed in the twilight dim;

The sullen stream had no fears for him;

But he turned, when safe on the other side,

And built a bridge to span the tide.


"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,

"You are wasting strength with building here;

Your journey will end with the ending day;

You never again must pass this way;

You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide-

Why build you a bridge at the eventide?"


The builder lifted his old gray head: 

"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said

"There followeth after me today,

A youth, whose feet must pass this way.


This chasm, that has been naught to me,

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;

Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."


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