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Baloo's Bugle

 

March 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 8
April 2005 Theme

Theme: Waterways of the U.S.A.
Webelos:
Family Member and Sportsman
  Tiger Cub:
Activities

 

FOCUS

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Rivers are a vital part of our landscape; Cub Scouts can explore their local river, learning their history and their importance to their communities.  Dens can work with a local environmental agency to clean up a river while working on the World Conservation Award or Conservation Good Turn Award. This is an excellent time to work on the Map and Compass Academics Belt Loop and Pin.  Packs can hold a raingutter regatta using a variety of boat types.

CORE VALUES

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

Some of the purposes of Cub Scouting developed through this month’s theme are:

ü     Good Citizenship, Cub Scouts will learn about their role in preserving our environment.

ü     Fun and Adventure, Boys will enjoy exploring the mighty rivers of the USA and will have fun preparing for the raingutter regatta.

ü     Friendly Service, Boys will learn to be friendly during their efforts for conservation and that those friendly efforts are warmly received.

The core value highlighted this month is:

ü     Perseverance, Boys will learn the value of sticking with a project or activity and not giving up, even if it becomes difficult.

Can you think of others??? Hint – look in your Cub Scout Program Helps.  It lists different ones!! All the items on both lists are applicable!!  You could probably list all twelve if you thought about it!!

Update on status of

www.USScouts.org

Fellow Scouts and Scouters,

Thank you for your patience and your generous contributions.  Through your help we have been able to begin the process of recovering your websites after a catastrophic server failure. 

In recent days we have been able to purchase a new server and after a lot of work, it is nearly ready to begin its job of providing you with the best Scouting information we can find. 

In the near future you can look forward to visiting the sites we have operated including:

ü     USscouts.org

ü     Clipart.usscouts.org

ü     Jambo01.org

ü     Cubmaster.org

ü     Scoutmaster.org

ü     Scoutcamp.org

ü     MacScouter.com

ü     NetCommish.com

ü     WorldScouting.com

We have placed some recent items that we wanted to share with you while rebuild on-line for your use:

·      Ask Andy from Mid January

·      February Issue of Baloo's Bugle for March Theme

We apologize for any inconvenience or anxiety you may have experienced when you couldn't find information or join in a discussion.  And most of all we look forward to serving you once again.

Board - U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.

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Bill Smith's Roundtable

http://wtsmith.com/rt/bb.html

If you have never visited Bill Smith's RT, take some time and look around it is a great site!!!

Sean’s site has the last year’s Baloo’s in .pdf format

Bill Smith’s site has more bandwidth and he has almost all the old Baloo’s. Some in MS Word some in .pdf

Donations are still needed -

To be able to continue we will need more donations to help us through this tight spot. Donations are accepted via PayPal™ by using the following email address:

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The U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc., started in 1994, is a non-profit organization that makes available to the Internet community additional information, resources and reference material concerning the Scouting programs carried out through the Boy Scouts of America. It is not funded nor supported by the Boy Scouts of America. All members of the Project serve as volunteers to plan, create, develop, post, maintain and enhance a family of websites and web resources as well as to promote the responsible usage of the Internet and its capabilities. This is in addition to their daily work, family and community, and Scouting obligations. The Service Project is always looking for additional hands to "share the fun of another one night a week" of Scouting and additional ways that we can leverage the potentials of the Internet and in particular the World Wide Web against the needs of the volunteer, professional, families and their youth involved in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America.

A special Thanks to the Northwest Scouters (www.nwscouters.org) for their generous donation!!

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

This is a great theme that can build upon stuff you did last year – Take he interest you developed in your home state with that theme and the knowledge of the need for conservation the Cubs caught in Cubservation and go out and fire them up for a project on a local waterway.  In my case – the Delaware River!! 

I now have Southern NJ Pow Wow Book CDs available for trade for your Pow Wow Book CD.  Please E-mail me (commissionerdave@comcast.net) and let me know.  Apology needed – I lost the name and address of the Voyageur Council leader who sent me their CD.  Please E-mail me and I will get an SNJC CD off to you quickly.  Sorry, I had saved the mailer with your address but it is gone now. 

Speaking of Pow Wow CDs – when prepping for your Pow Wow please review the material in your “Book” (CD) closely.  I received a 2004 Pow Wow CD this month that had a Tiger Section explaining all about the 17 Big Ideas.  Not a word on the 5 Achievements and the Tiger Badge.

Months with similar themes to

Waterways of the USA

Voyageur Area Council

June 2000 ........ Sea to Shining Sea

April 2004........ Cubservation

May 2004......... My Home State

July 2004.......... Fin Fun

THOUGHTFUL ITEMS FOR SCOUTERS

After I had this Nathaniel Hawthorne quote last month

“Easy reading is hard writing”

My friend, Dr. Benson (of Penn), told me I left off the corollary.  I told him I did not have a source but said I should run it anyway, so here it is –

“Hard reading is easy writing”

That reminds me of the following quote that is often misattributed to Mark Twain:

“If I had more time I would write a shorter letter.”

This quote is by the 17th-century French philosopher and mathematician, Blaise Pascal (1623-62), written in a letter to a friend. Maybe that explains why Baloo’s Bugle editions get so long!!  CD

April Theme Prayer

Cub Scout Roundtable Leaders’ Guide

We give thanks for the journey that we as leaders are privileged to take with our boys.  We hope to be the leaders they need to show them the way today, that they may become young men of character tomorrow.  AMEN

"It is better to give others a piece of your heart rather than a piece of your mind."--Our Daily Bread

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." --Soren Kierkegaard

A Recipe for Children

Leslie of  http://www.cubbobwhite.net

Reported that a friend found this in the “Centennial Cookbook 1875-1975," made by the ladies of  First Baptist Church in Oelwein, Iowa. J

Be sure to visit her site for many useful items  CD

Take:

1 large field

1/2 dozen children (any size)

3 small dogs

1 narrow brook. pebbly if possible,

ü     Mix children and dogs;

ü     Empty into field, stirring continually.

ü     Sprinkle with field flowers;

ü     Pour into brook gently over pebbles;

ü     Cover all with a deep blue sky to bake in the sun.

ü     When children are well browned they may be removed for they will be found

ü     All right and ready to be set away to cool in the bathtub.

The 12 Best Myths About Scouting

Baltimore Area Council

1.     It’ll take you only a couple of hours a week.  It’s authorship has been lost in the mists of time, but this one has probably been around since 1908 when the first Scouters were being recruited. Being a dedicated Scouter (is there any other kind?) takes an average of at least seven hours, 52 minutes, and 36 seconds per week.

2.     The parents will help you.  Sure, some parents will help you, but they will be the same few people every time. Remember, however, that the amount of parental help you receive is directly proportional to the amount of parental involvement you encourage. If you don’t ask, you won’t get.

3.     You only have to wear a uniform from the waist up.  Originally, this may have been an attempt to soften the paramilitary label often hung on Scouting. Certainly, no one can accuse a bunch of half-dressed slobs of resembling anything military. If the members of your group look like the rear guard of a peasant revolt, who’s setting the example? Surely not you!

4.     You don’t have to take training if you don’t want to.  Everyone knows that any adult Scouter can fool a bunch of kids, right? Who needs special training, right? What could you possibly learn? Well, with an attitude like that, probably not too much. But, would you want your kids coming to your meeting with the same attitude?

5.     The community will support you.  They will support you. They’ll give you their newspapers in paper drives. They’ll donate food during food drives. But they won’t actually come out to your meetings to help you run an exciting program.

6.     You’ll love every minute of it.  Let’s face it; you’ll have moments of deep, dark, desolate despair when you think your program will never work. Luckily, exhilarating flashes of sheer delight when your program does work will vastly outweigh these moments.

7.     It won’t cost you a dime.  It will, however, cost you several dollars - for uniforms, transportation to and from events, training literature, annual registration, and badges. Yes, your Pack will have a budget for program items. You will still have to fork over some cash, usually when you can least afford it. Think of it as the best investment you will ever make.

8.     Your family will be thrilled by your involvement.  Your family will initially be very proud of your altruism. Their pride will be replaced shortly by a sense of loss as you become more and more immersed in an organization they don’t understand. Examine your priorities. If Scouting is Numero Uno, review your list one more time.

9.     The youth you serve will thank you.  They will, but probably not in your lifetime.

10.   The parents will thank you.  Only mentally, for giving them a brief respite on Thursday nights from the onerous task of raising young Johnny (or Daniel or Nick...).

11.   Your country will thank you.  Not really. The Governor may one day shake your hand in grateful acknowledgment of your contribution to the development of youth, but don’t hold your breath.

12.   Going back to the basics would solve all our problems.  Retrospective rubbish that only rates about half on the scuttlebutt scale. We’re trying to develop leaders, not nostalgists. The past was a blast, but that was then, this is now. Current problems need modern solutions. By all means let’s keep this movement moving in the best direction… Forward.

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