Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
|Volume 8, Issue 12
Webelos Forester & Naturalist
It’s All In Your Mind
National Area Capital Council
Stand up and jump once, say “Boing” and sit back down.
Stand up, run in place, stomp feet 3 times and say “Zip!” Sit back down.
Stand up, swing arms back and forth (like the robot from “Lost in Space”) and
say, “It Computes, It Computes.” Sit back down.
“This is the story
about a boy named Jumping Jack, and another boy named Running Ralph,
and still another boy named Computer Charlie. These three boys were
close friends and they went everywhere together.
got his name because everywhere he went he was always jumping over things for
no apparent reason except that he liked to jump. You could see all three boys
walking around town with Jumping Jack jumping over benches, curbs,
bushes, fences and almost anything that wasn’t too high.
As you may have
guessed, Running Ralph got his name because he was always running.
Maybe his legs were shorter than his two friends and he had to run to always
keep up, or maybe he just liked to run.
got his name because he was a very intelligent boy who excelled at mental
skills. Everyone always teased Computer Charlie because Computer
Charlie wasn’t very good at sports or as strong as Jumping Jack and
Running Ralph. But this never seemed to bother the three friends
because they stuck together no matter what.
One day, Jumping
Jack, Computer Charlie, and Running Ralph were on their way to the
store when they saw a local bank being robbed. The robber was making his
getaway. Jumping Jack jumped over the bushes and a fence to get to a
neighbor’s house to call the police. RUNNING Ralph was right behind
him. But Computer Charlie just stood there, watching the whole thing.
Thanks to Jumping Jack’s jumping and Running Ralph’s running,
the police arrived at the scene in no time at all. They started to ask
questions, but Jumping Jack and Running Ralph didn’t know what
to say because they had been too busy running and jumping to see what had
Charlie began telling the police everything they needed to know. He knew
the model and color of the getaway car, the license plate number, the
direction the robber went, and a description of his clothes and size. His
mental skills were a great help to the police.
After reading about
the theft in the newspaper, all of the children were so proud of Computer
Charlie. They never teased him again about his mental skills. They came
to realize that Computer Charlie was just as important as Jumping
Jack and Running Ralph. Together, by pooling their talents, they
were able to accomplish many great things.
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