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August Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 1
September Theme

Soaring to New Heights
Webelos Citizen and Communicator
  Tiger Cub Achivement #1





A Way to Close –

Viking Council


Prior to the Cubmaster’s Minute or other closing have the Cubmaster ask the Cub Scouts and parents to join hands all around the room. Cubmaster then explains that a chain is no stronger than its weakest link. The real joy of Cub Scouting comes when complete unity exists between parents and Cub Scouts. End with Cubmaster’s Minute or a Patriotic song or simply stating “Every boy and parent here tonight can help Scouting keep America strong by learning more about our great heritage.


 “The Sky Is The Limit Closing

Circle Ten Council


Den Leader:  Cub Scouts, it wasn’t long ago that we heard some people say, “The sky is the limit.” That meant that a man could make anything of himself wanted…at least, on the earth.  Well, that limit is off now.  There is almost no limit to what you can aspire to do, either on earth or in space.  Our astronauts showed us that.

Committee Chairman:  Colonel “Buzz” Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was a member of Troop 12 in Montclair, NJ. He once told a group of Scouts, “Set your goals high and settle for nothing less than accomplishment.  Don’t settle for mediocrity.”

Cubmaster: How well you perform will depend on how you accept this new challenge which says, “The sky is NOT the limit.”  A Cub Scout who does his best in everything he undertakes now is preparing himself for that challenge.  If you want to aim for the stars, you must remember that you are building your launch pad right now, by your willingness and initiative in every task you tackle - at home, church, school and Scouting.


Space Shuttle Closing

Circle Ten Council


The word CUBS is spelled out on a poster board replica of a space shuttle.  “Fanfare of the Common Man” by Aaron Copeland or similar music is played in the background.  A flashlight or other light lights each letter as it is shown.  Parts may be read by Cubs (preferably) or adults.

Speaker 1:  “C” stands for catch.  Catch the spirit of Scouting and you’re starting the countdown.

Speaker 2:  “U” stands for unite.  When we unite, we see how much we can do and how important teamwork really is.

Speaker 3:  “B” stands for balance.  In Scouting, the hard work that we do can be fun.  As a Scout, work and fun are balanced.

Speaker 4:  “S” stands for straight.  The Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack remind us that if our arrow is true, we may cross the bridge and become Boy Scouts.


Speaker 5:  Together these letters form the vehicle that will transport us to the outer limits of Scouting in hopes of one day being able to say those well-earned words, “Another Eagle Has Landed.”


Cubmaster Minutes

Heart of America Council


Aim For The Stars #1- If you want to aim for the stars, you must remember that you are building your launching pad right now by your willingness and initiative in every

task you tackle ... at home, in church, in school, and in Cub Scouts.


Aim For The Stars #2- The words "Aim for the Stars" has an important meaning to Cub Scouts. Think of Thomas Edison (A New Jerseyan – “My Home State is coming soon!!)  who tried and failed hundreds of times before he perfected the light bulb. He never quit trying. A Cub Scout, who tries to do his best and keeps trying, is preparing himself for greater responsibilities when he becomes a man. What you do and how well you do it becomes your launching pad to "Aim for the Stars".


The North Star – (Form the pack in a large circle.)

We've had lots of fun this month imagining what life may be like on other planets. We've looked into the night sky and enjoyed its beauty. Some of you may have learned, too, that the North Star, Polaris, is fixed overhead and that it is used by space travelers and ship captains to find their position. In Cub Scouting we have our own North Star, the Cub Scout Promise. Like the North Star, the Promise is a guide for people on earth. If we follow the Promise, we can be pretty sure that we will be good men. Please join me now in repeating the Cub Scout Promise". (Make the Cub Scout sign and lead promise).

Viking Council


Tracks On The Moon - Over twenty-three years ago, man first set foot on the moon.  That first footprint of Neil Armstrong is still there on the moon, preserved in the lunar dust where no wind will blow it away.  Other footprints are there, too; Gene Cernan, Alan Bean, Buzz Aldrin, Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard, and others who explored the lunar surface.  Here on earth we can't literally see our footprints forever, but what we do where our feet carry us is preserved.  Every kind deed is remembered and has a lasting effect on those around us.  Every hurtful word has a lasting effect as well.  Let's decide to choose our words and our deeds as carefully as if they were to be recorded forever like the footsteps on the moon.




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