PRAYERS & POEMS FOR SCOUTERS
Why do they do this? Ever wonder, whenever you see a
flock of geese overhead, why they fly in a formation, and why they are always
honking so loud?
Lessons from the Geese
by Robert McNeish, Associate Superintendent of
Baltimore Public Schools
We live in an area where geese are very common.
We see them coming in the Fall and leaving early Spring. Their migration is an
awesome sight. There is an interdependence in the way geese function.
FACT: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates
an "uplift" for the bird following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole
flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
LESSON: People who share a common direction and
sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because
they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
FACT: Whenever a goose falls out of formation,
it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone. It quickly
gets back into formation to take advantage of the "lifting power" of the
bird immediately in front.
LESSON: If we have as much sense as a goose, we
will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go.
FACT: When the lead goose gets tired, it
rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.
LESSON: It pays to take turns doing the hard
tasks and sharing leadership -- people, as with geese, are interdependent with
FACT: The geese in formation honk from behind
to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
LESSON: We need to make sure our "honking" from
behind is encouraging, not something less helpful.
FACT: When a goose gets sick or wounded or shot
down, two geese drop out of formation to follow it down to help and protect
it. They stay with it until it is either able to fly again or dies. Then they
launch out on their own with another formation or catch up with their flock.
LESSON: If we have as much sense as the geese,
we will stand by each other.
When we think of our responsibilities toward boys, let us
remember that our task is larger than ourselves, our influence more lasting
than our lives. (Thomas S. Monson., Ensign, April 1955, page 77
Men have explored the wisdom of ages to give you the program of Scouting. (Boy
Scouts of America, Revised Handbook for Boys, 1943, page 5
When you get to the top, throw ropes— not rocks.
If someone accuses you
of being a Scouter, will he/she be able to find enough evidence to convict
How did we get daylight?
From the Net Woods virtual campsite
Crow brings Daylight
An Inuit Story
retold by Oban
A long time ago when the world was first
born, it was always dark in the north where the Inuit people lived. They
thought it was dark all over the world until an old crow told the them about
daylight and how he had seen it on his long journeys. The more they heard
about daylight, the more the people wanted it.
"We could hunt further and for longer,"
they said. "We could see the polar bears coming and run before they attack
us." The people begged the crow to go and bring them daylight, but he didn’t
want to. "It's a long way and I'm too old to fly that far," he said. But the
people begged until he finally agreed to go.
He flapped his wings and launched into the
dark sky, towards the east. He flew for a long time until his wings were
tired. He was about to turn back when he saw the dim glow of daylight in the
distance. "At last, there is daylight," said the tired crow.
As he flew towards the dim light it became
brighter and brighter until the whole sky was bright and he could see for
miles. The exhausted bird landed in a tree near a village, wanting to rest. It
was very cold. <Picture>
A daughter of the chief came to the nearby
river. As she dipped her bucket in the icy water, Crow turned himself into a
speck of dust and drifted down onto her fur cloak. When she walked back to her
father's snowlodge, she carried him with her.
Inside the snowlodge it was warm and
bright. The girl took off her cloak and the speck of dust drifted towards the
chief's grandson, who was playing on the lodge floor. It floated into the
child's ear and he started to cry.
"What's wrong? Why are you crying?" asked
the chief, who was sitting at the fire. "Tell him you want to play with a ball
of daylight," whispered the dust. The chief wanted his favourite grandson to
be happy, and told his daughter to fetch the box of daylight balls.
When she opened it for him, he took out a
small ball, wrapped a string around it and gave it to his grandson. The speck
of dust scratched the child’s ear again, making him cry. "What's wrong,
child?" asked the chief. "Tell him you want to play outside" whispered Crow.
The child did so, and the chief and his daughter took him out into the snow.
As soon as they left the snowlodge, the speck of dust turned back into Crow
again. He put out his claws, grasped the string on the ball of daylight and
flew into the sky, heading west.
Finally he reached the land of the Inuit
again and when he let go of the string, the ball dropped to the ground and
shattered into tiny pieces. Light went into every home and the darkness left
All the people came from their houses. "We
can see for miles! Look how blue the sky is, and the mountains in the
distance! We couldn't see them before." They thanked Crow for bringing
daylight to their land. He shook his beak. "I could only carry one small ball
of daylight, and it'll need to gain its strength from time to time. So you'll
only have daylight for half the year."
The people said "But we're happy to have
daylight for half the year! Before you brought the ball to us it was dark all
And so that is why, in
the land of the Inuit in the far north, it is dark for one half of the year
and light the other. The people never forgot it was Crow who brought them the
gift of daylight and they take care never to hurt him - in case he decides to
take it back.