Baloo's Bugle

June 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 13, Issue 11
July 2007 Theme

Theme: Rockets Red Glare
Webelos: Aquanaut & Geologist
Tiger Cub


Great Salt Lake Council

BOOM!! SIZZLE!! Oooh! Aaah! Don’t you just love a good fireworks display on the Fourth of July?  The colors are so beautiful, lighting up the night sky.  But did you ever stop to think how boring it would be if all the fireworks were exactly the same?  You’d have to sit there in your lawn chair for 20 minutes watching one after the other, every single one being red or yellow or green.  You’d be ready to go home in just a little while. What really makes a fireworks show interesting is its variety, when you never know what’s coming next. That’s true for our wonderful United States, too.  Americans come in all sizes and shapes and colors. We have different religious beliefs, different family customs, and different ideas about everything.  But our differences are good, because they make it possible for us to learn new things from one another.  Our differences make us a better people.  If everyone were just like us, life would be boring.  But when people are different, and when they respect each other’s differences, then life is rich and exciting, just like a good fireworks display.

Trapper Trails Council

We shouldn’t take our freedom for granted. Our right of free speech, to worship as we choose, and to enjoy the freedom we have as Americans. Our freedom is often taken for granted. There was a time in our history when man could only hope for these freedoms. And now they have become reality. Our freedom is a result of courage and sacrifice of thousands of our forefathers. Let us remember what is cost these men to provide our freedoms today and help our land free for those citizens of tomorrow.

Prisoners of War Closing
Utah National Parks Council

During World War II, at a prison camp where captured American soldiers had been starved and mistreated, their officers decided to rally their spirits by having a talent show.  Everyone practiced and did their best to entertain each other.  At the very end of the show, three of the prisoners got up on the improvised stage with a rolled-up blanket in their arms.  They made sure no German guards were watching, then unrolled the blanket.  Inside was an American Flag – it wasn’t pretty with bright stripes – it had been pieced together from bits and pieces of cloth the men had gathered.  But the men watching were at first stunned into silence – they hadn’t seen an American flag since their capture.  Then they burst into applause and started singing “God Bless America”  Let us all stand now as the flag is retired, while we sing “God Bless America”  (Post the words to the song on the wall or furnish the words to everyone before the closing.)

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