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Baloo's Bugle

December 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 13, Issue 5
January 2007 Theme

Theme: Poles Apart
Webelos: Fitness & Scientist
Tiger Cub


Compass Closing Thought
Southern NJ Council

Prop – Compass (maybe a demonstration teaching one would be easier to see but the magnet would not affect it)

Cubmaster - I have here a compass.  Normally because of the natural magnetic forces of the earth, the needle faithfully points north and keeps you on the right path.  But when a magnet is brought near the compass, the magnet is an outside influence on the character of the compass.  The integrity of the compass can no longer be trusted.

This compass represents Cub Scouting.  The Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack are the natural magnetic field that directs the compass needle of our boys.  Just like this magnet, outside influences are trying to affect our purposes.  Our youth are continually faced with temptations – temptation to get by without working, to lie, to cheat, to give in to the negative peer pressure of friends.  If our boys are going to grow up to be the good citizens we want them to be, watch out for the magnets in their lives.  Help them to work hard to live up to the ideals of Scouting.

Polar Express
Great Salt Lake Council

The Christmas season has recently passed but I’m sure it’s still fresh in your minds.  Do you remember all the fun times you had with friends and family and your participation in some Christmas traditions?  One of your newer family traditions may be to watch and discuss the movie “The Polar Express.”  It’s one of my new traditions too.  When we watch that movie, what kinds of characteristics does the boy possess that we want to try to keep with us?  He had courage and a desire to believe.  This month as you complete Cub Scouting requirements, work on them with a new feeling of determination and Do Your Best! 

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