January 2009 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
February 2008 Theme
Scholar and Engineer
Tiger Cub Activities
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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O Lord, we thank you for all the blessings you have
bestowed upon us and this nation. Help us do our duty to you and our county.
Help us do our best to guide the youth so they can grow up to be good men for
this great nation. AMEN
We are thankful to live in
this country where we have the freedom to worship as we wish. May we always
remember that all of us are Your children. Amen.
Scouter Jim, Bountiful UT
One early morning, while
waiting for the bus, after not working for a while, I realized I had missed road
noise. As Scout Leaders, we are all about nature and the outdoors. When we
think about Scouting, most think about quiet and solitude or the wilderness, the
sound of a mountain stream, the call of wild birds. We don’t often think about
the places we live, in the cities and towns of America. Roads as we know them
are an invention of the last century. Many if not all of us have heard the song
about Route 66, the road that crossed the country from Chicago across the
country to Los Angeles. There is also the Lincoln Highway, the Dixie Highway
and many other named roads. There are Scenic Byways all across the country,
place to visit, with a history to tell
The street where I catch the
bus every workday morning has a number, but just down the street it changes to a
named road. Most people don’t remember why they call it “Orchard Drive.” On
the far south end many years ago there were orchards where people would come
from miles around to purchase fruit. On the far north end, there used to be a
church owned farm with fruit trees and a small dairy, all of which, for the most
part, were operated by volunteers with all the production of the orchard and
dairy being processed and given to needy families. I remember being taken there
by my father with my older brothers to do volunteer work. I did what little
work a young lad could do, picking up branches and hauling them out of the
fields after other had pruned trees. The orchards and the farm are now gone,
replaced by urban sprawl and a subdivision.
There is a another road in my
county that runs east to west named Antelope Drive. Should you drive the road
west from I-15to the edge of the Great Salt Lake, you would come to an entrance
booth to the causeway to Antelope Island State Park. After paying a Park
entrance fee, you could drive the road across the Great Salt Lake to a wonderful
State Park with clean sandy beaches and its own herd of Buffalo roaming the
I am not trying to brag about
where I live. I am merely trying to raise the competitive spirit in the reader
to say, Oh yea, well you aught to see what we have around here. There is
this great place right down the road. We have some wonderful history right here
in our city park. That is the reaction that this month is all about.
Teaching boys about where they live and the reasons that things are the way they
are. Where did your town get its name. I bet there is a story to tell there.
Beyond the boundaries of your community, to the wonders of you state, what
stories are there to tell? What places are there to visit near where you live?
Beyond the boundaries of your state, what places of history and beauty are there
in you region? Let us teach our Cub Scouts about the America, and the States
and the towns where they live.
http://www.byways.org America’s Scenic Byways
Bless The Cub Scouts
(Tune: Bless This
Bless the Cub
Scouts, Lord, we pray.
Keep us healthy
all the day.
Let us know our
Cub Scout sign,
Have it always on
If you do, we
We'll become good
Hear our prayers
at night and day,
Guide us, O Lord
along your way.
Bless the Cub
Scouts, Lord, we pray,
Keep us healthy
all the day.
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
The World is a book, and those
who do not travel read only a page. St. Augustine
Wandering re-establishes the
original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
No one realizes how beautiful
it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar
Travel and change of place
impart new vigor to the mind. Seneca
The traveler was active; he
went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist
is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes
"sight-seeing." Daniel J. Boorstin
It is not down in any map;
true places never are.
The whole object of travel is
not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country
as a foreign land. G.K. Chesterton
To get away from one's working
environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the
chief advantage of travel and change. Charles Horton
And that's the wonderful thing
about family travel: it provides you with experiences that will remain locked
forever in the scar tissue of your mind. Dave Barry
I soon realized that no
journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes
an equal distance into the world within. Lillian
I have found out that there
ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to
travel with them. Mark Twain
Travel is fatal to prejudice,
bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these
accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be
acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
We wander for distraction, but
we travel for fulfillment. Hilaire Belloc
Like all great travelers, I
have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
America’s future walks through
the doors of our schools each day. Mary Jean Le Tendre
A journey of a thousand miles
must begin with a single step. Lao Tzu
One’s destination is never a
place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller
Two of the greatest gifts we
can give our children are roots and wings. Hodding
There are no seven wonders of
the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.
It was kind of solemn,
drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs, looking up at stars,
and we didn't even feel like talking aloud." Mark
Twain (from Huckleberry Finn)
Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on
it. Not Your Average Dictionary
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