July Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 6, Issue 11

Sea To Shining Sea (Webelos Aquanaut & Geologist)



Although not a prayer or poem, an important lesson in life.

At the end of every Scout meeting, it is the custom to take a few minutes to share a piece of wisdom with the boys.

Preferably, it should be something that they can all understand and relate to. This is a moment that is titled, "The Scoutmasters Minute".

This was recently sent to me and I believe that it is perfect for such a purpose because it is also easy for adults to understand.

Mike Stevens,
Scoutmaster, Troop 509

**********************************************Take this quiz:

* Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

* Name the last five Heisman trophy winners

* Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

* Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.

* Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

* Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

* List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

* Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

* Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

* Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

* Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

* Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.


The lesson? The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

Author Unknown

A Boy
Greater St. Louis Area Council

After a male has grown out of long dresses and diapers, and has acquired pants, freckles, and so much dirt, that relatives don't care to kiss it between meals, it becomes a boy.

A boy is nature's answer to the belief that there is something as perpetual motion. A boy can run like a deer, swim like a fish, climb like a squirrel, balk like a mule, bellow like a bull, eat like a pig, or act like a jackass, according to climatic conditions.

The world is so full of boys that it is impossible to touch off a firecracker, strike up a band, or pitch a ball, without collecting thousands of them.

Boys are not ornamental - they are useful. If it were not for boys, the newspaper would go undelivered and unread and a hundred thousand picture shows would go bankrupt.

A boy is a natural spectator. He watches parades, fires, fights, fast ball games, automobiles, and planes with equal fervor. However, he will not watch a clock except at school.

A boy is a piece of skin stretched over an appetite. However, he eats only when he is awake. Boys imitate their dads in spite of all efforts to teach them good manners.

You can absolutely rely on a boy, if you know what to expect.

Boys are very durable. A boy, if not washed too often, and if kept in a cool, quiet place after each accident, will survive broken bones, hornet nests, swimming holes, and five helpings of pie and ice cream.

Boys like to trade things. They'll trade fishhooks, marbles, broken knives, and snakes, for anything that is priceless or worthless.

When he grows up he'll trade puppy love, energy, warts, bashfulness, and a cast iron stomach for a bay window, pride, ambition, pretence, and a baldhead, and will immediately begin to say that "boys aren't what they used to be in the good old days."

Don't Waste Boys
Greater St. Louis Area Council

In a world now of recycle
There is much that we can do.
Re-use the things around us,
Bottles, cans and paper, too.

There are some things in this world though
That cannot be restored.
The life of a boy for instance,
Once it's wasted - it's no more.

Together we can teach them
Let's say "No" to harmful ways
To be strong is what we show them
"You're important!" is what we say.

We have fun when we are with them
For they bring us love and joy.
Remember - they are our future.


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