September Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 7, Issue 1
Pockets (Webelos Communicator & Citizen)
PRAYERS AND POEMS FOR SCOUTS
You should not be content with sitting down to defend yourselves against evil habits, but should also be active in doing good. By 'doing good' I mean making yourselves useful and doing small kindness to other people - whether they are friends or strangers.
It is not a difficult matter, and the best way to set about it is to make up your mind to do at least one 'good turn' to somebody every day, and you will soon get into the habit of doing good turns always.
It does not matter how small the 'good turn' may be - even if it is to help an old woman across the street, or to say a good word for somebody who is being badly spoke of. The great thing is to do something."
I Took His Hand and Followed
My dishes went unwashed today,
Oh yes, we went adventuring
We waded in a crystal stream,
We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
We watched a robin feed her young,
That my house was neglected,
But that I've helped my little boy
I Am A Den Leader
For any of you that have never had the experience of spending a great deal of time with bunches of little boys dressed in blue and yellow, I am going to give you a glimpse at an incredible phenomena of nature-yes, you are going to get your first (and probably your last) peek at what it's really like to be a Den Leader.
A Den Leader is a man or woman who signs up to "help out for a month or two," and ends up "helping out" for two and one-third years per son, times the number of sons they have. Any Den Leader having more than 2.7 sons is eligible for the Grand Award of the Rubber Room, if they can stick it out that long (at least that's what they promised ME!!)
Den Leaders are people who go to Day Camp!! Hey go with great enthusiasm, high expectations, and a bright smile! They come home with at least two blisters, sand in their teeth, Sloppy Joe down the front of their uniform, and a heavy backpack that contains three neckerchief slides, one old tennis shoe, someone's damp T-shirt, and that tooth Freddy Benson lost when bit into his celery at lunch. You can always spot a Den Leader coming home from camp. They're the ones in the car with 6 sleeping boys, holding a wet swimming suit over their foreheads, and babbling to the steering wheel about a hot shower. THAT person has been to Day Camp-you can bet your life on it.
A Den Leader learns early to over plan for every den meeting... way over!! Show me a person who can run a successful den meeting, and I'll show you a person who has learned the hard way that every planned 90 minutes of activity will be accomplished in 12 minutes flat.
Den Leaders are highly educated people. They know how to tie knots, and sometimes which is often more crucial, how to untie them. They know how to come up with 14 consecutive "quiet" indoor games when it hails on a picnic day; the know how to take 11 boys to the circus and come home with at least 8 or 9. They know how to decipher an 8 year old's directions on just where his house really is, in the dark, and how to mentally block out the last 47 verses of "99 bottles of beer on the wall" when they are driving.
A Den Leader is a person with a strong back, very sharp hearing, an extremely patient spouse, and preferably a minivan.
They are also people who have participated in the development of a truly marvelous creature-a boy. And when they see a group of 3rd year Scouts receiving their Webelos colors, they get a lump in their throat. Because even though there were many days of frustration, even though they remember finding gum under their chairs and chocolate on the car seats, and even though only one of the boys in the group is actually their own, they have become, and will always be, their boys.
Charlotte Nelson Abenth, "Through Strands of Redhair."
1996 Pow Wow Book, Blackhawk Area Council, BSA (Dixon, Illinois)
My pocket is a special place
I gather things as I walk home
The things that go in my ol' pocket
They are not money, or expensive goods
Someday I won't see things like
So while I can collect neat things
Children will invariably talk, eat, walk, think, respond, and act like their parents. Give them a goal to work toward. Give them a pattern that they can see clearly, and you give them something that gold and silver cannot buy!
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