Volume 6 Issue 9
April 2000
TREE-MENDOUS opportunities for Cub Scouts to learn about the importance of trees. It's good to see that the National BSA office didn't LEAF this theme out for this year. If you STICK with this theme, Cub Scouts will BRANCH out and learn many different ways trees benefit all of us. This theme Forest Through the Trees, might STUMP you, but you can gain ROOTS on this theme by just a small amount of research.

Trees benefit everything and everyone for many reasons. Tree products are used in building our homes. Trees provide shelter for birds and other animals. Trees keep our homes cooler and our air cleaner. Trees feed insects, birds, squirrels, and Cub Scouts and their families. Just how good are those pancakes without maple syrup?

Those are just a few of the practical ideas about trees. How about the fun stuff we did as kids around trees. Did you ever sit under the shade of a tree talking to a friend and exploring everything that lived on the ground at the base of the tree? Or even picking apples or cherries and having your harvest made into a tasty treat is fun. And how about Hide and Seek. Big trees come in mighty handy during this game. Trees give us more than we realize.

And on a personal note, I might not be married if it wasn't for the mighty pecan tree. First food I made for Jim was a pecan pie. Okay, maybe that is a bit of a stretch about the reason we got married, but nonetheless, he really liked the homemade pecan pie.

Hopefully, a seed has been planted on the many ways you and your Cubs will have fun with this theme.

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