February 2009 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
March 2008 Theme
Theme: "When I Grow Up"
Athlete and Engineer
Tiger Cub Activities
ONE LAST THING
Great Salt Lake
Towards the end of his life,
although still in comparatively good health, he prepared a farewell message to
his Scouts for publication after his death. It read:
Dear Scouts -
If you have ever seen the play
‘Peter Pan’ you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying
speech because he was afraid that possibly, when the time came for him to die,
he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me,
and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of
these days and I want to send you a parting word of goodbye.
Remember, it is the last time
you will ever hear from me, so think it over. I have had a most happy life and
I want each one of you to have a happy life too. I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy
and enjoy life. Happiness does not come from being rich, nor merely being
successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness
is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be
useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.
Nature study will show you how
full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy.
Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright
side of things instead of the gloomy one.
But the real way to get
happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world
a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die
happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done
your best. ‘Be Prepared’ in this way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to
your Scout Promise always - even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God
help you to do it.
Baden Powell of Gilwell