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Baloo's Bugle


December 2003 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 5
January 2004 Theme

Home Alone
Webelos Fitness & Readyman
  Tiger Cub Achivement #5




Heart Of America Council

A lot of participants are like wheelbarrows - no good unless pushed.

Some are like canoes - they need to be paddled.

Some are like kites - if you donít keep a string on them they fly away.

Some are like kittens - content when petted.

Some are like footballs -. you canít tell where theyíll bounce next.

Some are like balloons - full of air and ready to blow up.

Some are like trailers they have to be pulled.

But most are like a good watch - open to face, pure gold, quietly busy and full of good works.

Roundtable Prayer

Cub Scout Roundtable Leadersí Guide

God, guard and protect the youth of our nation as they grow into our citizens of tomorrow.  Help us as leaders to teach our Cub Scouts to be prepared for whatever challenges they face as they grow into manhood.  Amen

Take Time

Heart Of America Council

Take time to work;

This is the price of success;

Take time to think;

It is the source of power,

Take time to read;

It is the foundation of knowledge;

Take time to give to other;

It will bring you a happiness;

Take time to love;

It is the sacrament of life;

Take time to dream;

It hitches the soul to the stars;

Take time to laugh;

It lightens the highway to eternal life;

Take time to plan,

And you will have time for all the rest.

Itís Up To You

Heart Of America Council

God gave you this day to do just what you would,

You can throw it away; or do some good.

You can make someone happy; or make someone sad.

What have you done with the day that you had?

God gave it to you to do just as you would,

You can do what is wrong; or do what is good.

You can hand out a smile; or just give Ďem a frown,

You can lift someone up; or just put them down.

What did you do with your beautiful day?

God gave it to you; did you throw it away?

Time Is Of The Essence

Author Unknown

Circle Ten Council

This is in the Circle Ten Pow Wow Book and although itís not a prayer or a poem I thought it appropriate for this section because it is thoughtful.  It fits well with the Home Alone theme as it should get parents thinking about why and how long and how often we leave our children alone.  And what we should be doing while with them.  CD

The key to a happy child is having a parent who is there with him consistently, day in and day out. It is far better to spend evening after evening just sitting near him while he reads a book or plays on the computer than to spend a couple of hours every Saturday buying him toys or taking in a movie.

Share Your Strengths And Fears

You are your child's ally, not his adversary. The child, who knows that his parent was once afraid of the dark, and is still afraid of needles, gets to know that his own weaknesses are part of mankind, not a unique shame.

Look For The Good And Praise It

Encouragement is the primary engine of human development. I have been telling my son for over a year that he is a whiz in math because I know he can calculate in a nanosecond the number of toys he can buy with his allowance. Now he's a whiz in math at school too. Consistent recognition of a child's strengths is more important by far than vitamins. You deny it to them at their peril and yours.

Do Not Allow Your Children To Be Rude

My son is expected to share, answer others when they greet him and congratulate those who succeed. By teaching him about politeness, I make sure he realizes that others' feeling are worth taking into account. If he can get that in his head he will have learned the most basic foundation of human interaction.

Let Your Child Teach You

A common misstatement about child development is that "kids don't come with instruction manuals". Au contraire - they do. They tell you when they're hungry. They tell you when they're lonely or scared. They are little guided tours of themselves. Children will tell you what they want, although not always with words. Fatigue, irritability and sadness are ways of telling parents what they need. Look and listen.

Value Your Child For What He Is

When my son knows he is loved for himself, not for any particular accomplishment, he has a certain peace that allows him to learn better, sleep better, play better, and be more helpful around the house. Whether he becomes a rocket scientist or a plumber, I want my son to know he's No. 1 with me.

Being A Parent Is Your Top Priority

If you decide your kids come before your sales quota or other activities, you will find that all the other pieces of parenthood fall into place. When you put your kids first, you're getting the most value for every hour on earth. What's more, you have made the most Righteous decision of your life.


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