June Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 6, Issue 10

Space the New Frontier (Webelos Traveler, & Artist)


Tomorrow's World
Indian Nations Council

Tonight I would like to tell you a story about a boy, his father and the paper. The boy's father is sitting in his easy chair after a hard day's work, with his feet propped up enjoying reading the evening's paper.

The boy, who we shall call Johnny, enters the room and asks his father, "Dad, let's work on Cub Scout achievements. Let's do the work in my book so I can get my award." Dad says he is too tired and wants to read his paper.

Then Johnny leaves, but comes back later and asks his Dad to play football or soccer with him. But his Dad says he is too tired and wants to read his paper. At this point Dad spots a picture of the world on one page of the newspaper. He removes it from the paper and tears it into small pieces, making a puzzle, thinking this puzzle will keep Johnny busy for hours. Johnny takes the paper pieces and goes to his room. Dad is very smug, thinking it will keep Johnny busy. However, in just a few minutes here comes Johnny. Dad is astounded to see Johnny has completed the puzzle. He says, "Johnny, how did you put that puzzle together so quickly?" Johnny says, "Dad, I noticed on the back side of those pieces of puzzle there is a picture of a boy. I found if I put the boy together right the world will also be all right."

And that, my friends, is what we are here for tonight. Good night and good Scouting.

Guiding Star
Greater St. Louis Area Council

Personnel: Akela, 8 Cub Scouts
Equipment: Small campfire; blue paper or cardboard, three foot square, with cutouts for stars in Big Dipper and the North Star; 8 small or pen-type flashlights, one for each Cub Scout.
Arrangement: Akela and 8 Cub Scouts stand near campfire with the figure of the Big Dipper and North Star at one side of the fire. Cub Scouts stand behind the figure with lights which they flash behind their star in the Big Dipper as they speak.

Akela: For thousands of years, people have grouped the stars together as figures in constellations. This was probably done by the early shepherds as they lay on the grass looking at the sky while tending their sheep. There they could see pictures of heroes, kings, queens, men, maidens and monsters in the stars. The constellation we know best is the Big Dipper.

Taking the stars that form the outer edge of the Big Dipper sight upward and the Bright star that you see is the North Star, which for centuries has been the guiding star for travelers.

(#1 Cub Scout flashes his light at the cut out for the North Star).

It remains in the same place all the time. Let the North Star represent God. Keep your eyes on the North Star. Each star in the Big Dipper can help you keep your eyes on the North Star to become your guide for living. Then let your light shine so that you can help others find the way.

Listen now as our Cub Scouts tell what each star in the Big Dipper represents to them in their quest to find the guiding star.

(As they speak, they flash their light behind their star).

#2: The Holy Bible
#3: My minister, pastor, priest or Rabbi
#4: My mother and father
#5: The Cub Scout Promise
#6: The Law of the Pack
#7: My Den Leader
#8: My Cubmaster

Akela: All of these are excellent guides for us to follow on our Cub Scout Trail. Let each one help you as you travel onward. Good Night.

JUNE, 2000

In the movie "Toy Story," an action figure named Buzz Lightyear became a hero. But at the beginning of the movie, Buzz did not act much like a hero. He acted more like a show-off, always thinking he was better than all the other toys because he could fly. It took a few hard bumps for Buzz to realize that he could not fly and that he was just another toy. That was a sad discovery, but it led to a much happier one. Buzz learned that when a person makes an extra effort to help a friend, then that person is a hero. Buzz rose out of his own disappointment and fear to help save his friend Woody from disaster. Thatís the way it is with us, too. We might never be able to fly off into space and save a galaxy, but if we learn how to be trustworthy and loyal to the people who depend on us, then we are heroes in the deepest sense of the word
Contributed by Scott Thayer
Sequoia Council, California

Stars War Closing
York Adams Council

Cub Scouts have large cards spelling out STAR WARS. As each one steps forward, he holds up his card and says his line:

S stands for seek. Seek the mysteries of the future.

T stands for Top. Top the obstacles of youth.

A stands for Advance. Advance in the Cub Scouting program.

R stands for Reap. Reap the fruits of your labors.

W stands for Watch. Watch for imperfections.

A stands for Attack. Attack you shortcomings.

R stands for Reach. Reach for the sky.

S stands for Shoot. Shoot for the stars.

All: And may the force be with you, all the days of your lives.

Astronaut Frank Borman Prayer
York Adams Council

Setting: Have Cub Scouts and their families form a large circle.

The Cubmaster then reads the following prayer, which was broadcast to earth by U.S. Astronaut Frank Borman while on a moon-orbiting mission in December 1968. (Cubmaster should explain what he is reading.)

"Give us, O God, the vision which can see the love in the world, in spite of our failure. Give us the faith to trust Thy goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts, and show us what each one of us can do to set forward the spirit of universal peace."

Aim For The Stars
York Adams Council

The words "Aim for the Stars" have important meaning to Cub Scouts. There have been many before us who have set their sites and lived their lives by Aiming for the Stars. And while they may not have made it on the first try, or the second, or even the third, they eventually do make it.

A Cub Scout who does his best like our motto says, is bettering himself. Sure, sometimes he may not "hit the stars," but he grows from his trying. He is preparing himself for greater attempts and for great successes.

Remember, not everyone makes their goals every time, but we all make the world a better place by doing our best and Aiming for the Stars. And isn't that what our real goal is in life?


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