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Baloo's Bugle

July 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 12
August 2005 Theme

Theme: Campfire Tales & Traditionsl
Webelos: Naturalist & Forester
  Tiger Cub


Thanks to Scouter Jim from Bountiful, Utah, who prepares this section of Baloo for us each month.  You can reach him at bobwhitejonz@juno.com or through the link to write Baloo on www.usscouts.org.   CD

August Theme Prayer

Spirit of the Campfire

Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide

Kneel always when you light a fire,
Kneel reverently and thankful be,
For unfailing good and charity.
Tall trees that reach the sky,
Mountains and lakes nearby;
Draw near my friends,
Come sing, my friends, our campfire time is nigh.
The fire is lit, come lift your voice;
Let song and skit beguile the hours;
The fire is lit, so let’s rejoice,
Our hearts are full, the night is ours.  AMEN

One note on the prayers from the CS RT Planning Guide.  They are usually adult oriented prayers.  They are intended for the RT audience.  The prayer in the CS Program Helps is intended for your Pack Meeting.  But if you like one of these, don’t hesitate to modify it so it works for the youth and adults at your pack meeting.  CD

Opening Prayer

Oh Great Spirit, under whose sky we meet, let us remember we are not alone here tonight and all your creatures are our brothers.  Let us be gentle to our earth mother and take care of our world.  Amen.

To Teach and Touch

Bobwhite Jonz

Years ago I attended a week-long Boy Scout Leader training at Snow Canyon State Park in the southwestern corner of Utah.  One evening at the conclusion of a rousing campfire program the training staff carried a large Park Service American flag out of the darkness.  The flag was carried into the campfire circle and held high above the fire.  After a flag retirement ceremony was read, the flag was slowly lowered until the cloth began to steam from the heat.  At the instant that the center of the large flag burst into flames, the staff folded it in on itself and it was immediately consumed without seeming to ever fall to the ground.

After the ceremony the staff disappeared again into the darkness of the night.  Those of us who had experienced this ceremony sat in stunned silence for forty-five minutes until we came to the realization that the ceremony was over.

Campfires are a time to teach and touch.  Don’t miss the opportunity to do both.

E. B. Browning.

The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the minds at play;
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming or the bees,
The foolish fears of what may happen,
I cast them all way,
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new mown hay.
Among the husking of he corn
Where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born
Out in the field with God.


R. L. Stevenson.

Did you ever watch the campfire
When the moon had fallen low,
And the ashes start to whiten
Round the embers’ crimson glow,
When the night sounds all around you
Making silence doubly sweet,
That the spell may be complete?
Tell me, were you ever nearer
To the land of heart’s desire,
With your face turned toward the fire?


A Japanese fable tells of an ancient prophet who every morning left his village and went into the mountains where he would study nature and God and learn of the laws, and each evening he would come home and teach his fellow villagers the things he had learned that day. One time as he was about to leave, one of this listeners came rushing to him and said, “Good Master, won’t you bring me a branch of holly when you  return tonight that I may learn more about the secrets which you say it holds?” The prophet answered, “Yes, I will bring you a holly branch.” Another stopped him and said, “Won’t you bring me a rose like the one you told us of last evening, that I may learn more completely its lesson of beauty of which you spoke?” To him the prophet said, “Yes.” A third listener came and said, “Please bring me a lily from the mountains that I may know more the purity of which you spoke last evening.”

The good prophet did as he was requested. As he entered the little village that night, he gave his first disciple a branch of holly, to the second a rose, and to the third a while lily. “Oh,” cried the first, “my branch has a dead leaf on it.” And the second said, “My rose has thorns on it.” The third said with disdain, “And this lily has dirt about its roots.” The prophet answered, “Let me have your green holly and your red rose and your white lily.”

He plucked the dried leaf from the holly, the thorns from the rose, and the dirt from the lily and handed these back unto his would-be disciples saying, “The thing of these beauties of nature which attracted you first shall be yours. I shall keep the rest.”

The Land Of The Storybook

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Baltimore Area Council

At evening when the lamp is lit,
Around the fire my parents sit:
They sit at home and talk and sing,
And do not play at anything.

Now, with my little gun I crawl,
All in the dark along the wall,
And follow ‘round the forest track
Away behind the sofa back.

There in the night, where none can spy,
All in my hunter’s camp I lie,
And play at books that I have read,
Till it is time to go to bed.


Santa Clara County Council

The Cubmaster can command rapt attention at any time by telling his Cubs a story, and through it he can convey the lesson he wants to inculcate. – Lord Robert Baden-Powell

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. - Hannah Arendt

There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. - Ursula K. LeGuin

The tale is often wiser than the teller. - Susan Fletcher (as Marjan, in Shadow Spinner)

 “Thou shalt not” is soon forgotten, but “Once upon a time’ lasts forever.” - Philip Pullman (1996 Carnegie Medal acceptance speech)

And a few from last month’s Theme – “Play Ball”

Play the game – don’t look on. – Lord Robert Baden-Powell

Kids are always chasing rainbows, but baseball is a world where you can catch them. - Johnny (Double No Hit) Vander Meer, Reds pitcher 1937-49 (The only pitcher ever to throw consecutive no-hitters)

A Cub Scout Prayer

San Gabriel, Verdugo Hills & Long Beach Area Councils

Oh Lord, that I will do my best
I come to thee in prayer.
Help me help others every day
And teach me to be square.
To honor Mother, Father
And obey the Cub laws, too.
And this I ask, that I may be
A loyal Cub Scout true.


San Gabriel, Verdugo Hills & Long Beach Area Councils

Johnny Appleseed Prayer
This grace is usually sung
The Lord is good to me
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me
The things I need
The sun, the rain and the apple seed.
The Lord is good to me.

Bless Us, O’Lord
Bless us, O’Lord, for these Thy gifts
Which we are about to receive
and supply the wants of others.

Thou Art Great
Thou art great and Thou art good,
And we thank Thee for this food.
By Thy hand must all be fed,
And we thank Thee for this bread.


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