Crossroads of America
Use a bare tree
branch with play money hanging from it with the advancements hanging on it.
They say that money does not grow on trees. That’s true, but our pack has done
the next best thing to show how much we value the work of our boys. (Then pull
off the advancements and have the boys bring their parent(s) and award the
An Investment In The Future
York Adams Area Council
What is Scouting? What
is anything that’s worthwhile but an investment in the future. Tonight, as we
reflect on “Dollars & Sense,” it makes absolute sense that, if it is nothing
else, the Cub Scout program is about making a sound investment in the
future—the future of our children, our community, and the world as a whole.
It starts small, just as
most savings accounts do. Each boy invests his time in understanding the Cub
Scouting program, what it is, who he is in it, and what the program demands of
him. The dividend for his investment is not an award. It is not a badge.
The dividend is what he
has gained in knowledge and in understanding his ability to grow. That’s a
whole lot more than just a piece of cloth. What we do as a community is to
properly and appropriately recognize him for his accomplishment. We do this by
awarding him the rank, or status, of Bobcat. This is symbolized by his wearing
the Bobcat badge. But just as a savings book is only the record of the savings
(and not the money itself), the Bobcat badge is a record of all that the Cub
Scout has accomplished.
If I want to grow my
savings and investments, I have two options—I can depend only that initial
investment to gain value or I can continue to add to the initial investment
and watch the value grow a whole lot faster. Again, so it is with the Cub
Scout program. What our boys gain from one level of investing themselves can
never be taken away from them—that would be like trying to stop someone from
knowing how to ride a bike after they’ve already learned. That investment is
already locked in! But if our Scouts really want to grow, they must continue
to invest their time and energy in the program.
Each “advancement level”
of the Cub Scout program is more opportunity for each boy to invest and grow.
To be more valuable than they were before.
Whether it is the Wolf,
Bear, Webelos or Arrow of Light level, as the Cub Scout accomplishes the
requirements for the level, he grows and improves himself. And as he sticks
with it, he just gets better and better—more and more valuable.
Tonight we recognize all
of the Cub Scouts in the Pack who have been working to invest in their own
future and have made significant progress in doing that. [Call boys forward
with parents and award the badges earned.]
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