PRAYERS AND POEMS FOR SCOUTERS
I Am Just One Quite Small Kid
By Carol Shaw Lord
Great Salt Lake Council
just one quite small kid,
only but a boy,
what I do can make a difference,
actions can bring pain or joy.
bring a smile to friends
the smile upon my face.
help to keep my world
and lovely, safer place.
only one, but I am one;
other people hear my voice,
may come and join my quest
make the better choice.
A Cub Scoutís Prayer
Barbara Haig, Pack 231,
St. Sebastian Parish, Milwaukee, Wis.
Barbara wrote this prayer for the Home Alone theme
but it could be used anytime. And we need to encourage our Cubs in their Duty
to God every chance we get. CD
God. Thank you for being with me throughout this day. I know my family loves
me and will be home later. So for now, itís just you and me.
my hands with good ideas that will keep me busy. When Iím bored, bring me
awesome sparks of imagination. Remind me that TV and video games are fun for a
while, but art projects and music let my own creativity soar.
my legs with energy. When Iím lazy, bring me outside games and sports that
keep me active. Remind me that many people canít run and jump, and that fresh
air contains life.
my eyes with vision. When I see a mess, even if it isnít mine, bring me the
patience to clean it up. Remind me that books and puzzles also can provide
my ears with listening. When someone calls on the phone, bring me the wisdom
to really hear what they need. Remind me that sometimes I need help, too.
my mouth with flavor. When I need a snack, bring me healthy choices. Remind me
that Iíll probably have dessert at lunch tomorrow, so fruit or peanut butter
is fine for now.
my mind with responsibility. When I forget what Iím supposed to do, bring me a
hint. Remind me that homework and chores come first, but I will have time to
play when Iím done.
my heart with peace and comfort. When I am afraid, bring me courage. Remind me
that I am strong, I can handle things pretty well, and I know who to call in
Thanks, God. The key that opened the door to this empty house opens the way to
your love, because I know you are always with me. Amen.
This three quotes came to me while preparing the
final Pow Wow report and I wanted to share them with you. CD
Nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished without the will to start, the
enthusiasm to continue and, regardless of temporary obstacles, the persistence
to complete. Waite Phillips
Somehow I can't believe there are many heights that can't be scaled by a man
who knows the secret can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity,
confidence, courage and constancy, and the greatest of these is confidence.
When you believe a thing, believe it all the way. Have confidence in your
ability to do it right. And work hard to do the best possible job. Walt
words "perseverance'' and stubbornness'' are not synonymous but it is
distressing to observe that many people do not recognize the difference.
We Are Not Experts
Circle Ten Council
not experts. We're your next-door neighbors. We're not perfect, we are just
parents like you. We don't have anymore spare time or energy than you do, we
all work full time and juggle our families and our schedules and try to keep
it all together as best we can. The only difference between us is that we
believe in what Boy Scouting has to offer. So much so, that we contribute our
time, our miles and our talents to help our sons and your sons grow in
complete authorization forms, budgets and registrations and fill our homes
with boxes of paperwork that you will never see. We are required to take
training the first year, as well as attend Roundtable meetings every month, so
that we can meet our greatest challenge providing a variety of programs which
meet the needs and interests of very individual boys. We try to involve
parents who want us to understand that they don't have the time to drive on
outings or help at meetings. We rejoice at the generosity of others. Sometimes
we find ourselves going in too many directions. We run out of steam. We have
memory lapses. Communication lines break down. Time slips by. But that doesn't
mean we don't care.
many evenings we spend on the phone, seeking advice and support from other
leaders when disappointments or problems occur. "How do I keep my boy's
attention?" "What are your ideas for the ceremony?" "How do you work with boys
in three different grades?" Our dining tables are covered with bits of rope,
menus, tour permits and merit badge cards for each and every boy in the troop.
A couple of them won't show up and don't think to call and let us know.
Sometimes we feel unappreciated. Yet, these boys can fill us with pride at
their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles light up a room; and
when they say "Thank You" it makes it all worth it. We help these boys build
relationships. Some struggle more than others.
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly - is encouraged by the Scout Oath and
Law. And sometimes we too must learn these lessons over and over again with
the boys. But we are willing to keep learning.
be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times.
Forgive us if we are not the kind of Boy Scout Leader you would be if you had
Instead, provide us with encouragement or offer your help. Keep us in your
thoughts and prayers. We are, after all, only mentors, role models, and
leaders. Volunteers who have taken an oath to give these boys, your boys, the
most precious gift we have to offer -- the gift of time.