August 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
September 2007 Theme
Cub Scout Express
Citizen & Communicator
Tiger Cub Activities
THOUGHTFUL ITEMS FOR SCOUTERS
Thanks to Scouter Jim from Bountiful, Utah, who prepares
this section of Baloo for us each month. You can reach him at
firstname.lastname@example.org or through the link to write Baloo on
CS Roundtable Planning Guide
Father, we stand before you as
leaders of youth. Help us to guide our boys along the tracks
toward manhood. Bless us and watch over us, and keep our wheels
on the rails leading toward your purpose.
The Iron Road
Scouter Jim, Bountiful UT
In a barren
wasteland just north of the Great Salt Lake is Promontory
Summit. It is just ten or so miles south of the headquarters of
Morton Thiokol, where the booster rockets for the Space Shuttle
were developed and built. Promontory Summit, however owns its
own legacy as a National Monument.
On May 10,
1869, a large group of men from both the east and west of the
United States joined together marking the completion of the
Transcontinental Railroad. This final stretch went from Omaha
Nebraska to Sacramento California. The west had been open for
migration for over twenty years, but the completion of this
railroad would break the flood gates wide open and make an
arduous journey of many months hard travel by horse or ox into
an easy trip of days by way of the Iron Road.
relatively few people make the trip coast to coast by rail, but
the lionís share of Americanís freight is still moved by rail
from our ocean ports and all across the land. Our nationís
economy depends on the Iron Road.
The only trains
I have ever ridden were the zoo train, an amusement park ride,
and a local commuter line.
I do remember,
however, standing in line with thousands of other Utah School
children at the State Capital Building in Salt Lake City in May
1969 to see the original Golden Spike brought from California in
celebration the Centennial of the completion of the Iron Road.
occasion as a Scoutmaster in the Uinta Mountains of Utah with my
Troop of boys we saw the ruins of cabins built by the
Tie-Hackers, the men who harvested and shaped the railroad ties
from the mountain forest for the Iron Road.
The work on
this Transcontinental Railroad was begun in the west on January
8, 1863 in Sacramento by the Central Pacific Railroad and in the
east on December 2, 1863 on the Missouri River bluffs by the
Union Pacific Railroad. There was no diesel-powered equipment
to grade the roadbed or move dirt or rails as the railroad moved
along. All this work had to be done by hand.
east passed the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Central Pacificís
Charles Crocker claimed the CP could lay 10 miles of track in
one day. The Union Pacific scoffed and bet that it couldnít be
done. Taking up the challenge and with a little planning, on
April 28, 1869, the Central Pacific laid 10 miles of track in
one day. It would only take another twelve days to complete the
As we teach our
boys about trains and the Cub Scout Express, let us help them
learn what can be done with great effort and planning. Even
what seems impossible is possible with planning and great
effort. Letís go lay some track!
Quotations contain the wisdom of
the ages, and are a great source of inspiration for Cubmasterís
minutes, material for an advancement ceremony or an insightful
addition to a Pack Meeting program cover.
I knew I was
going to take the wrong train, so I left early.Ē
Express was the easiest of my picture book manuscripts to
write... Once I realized the train was going to the North Pole,
finding the story seemed less like a creative effort than an act
of recollection. I felt, like the story's narrator, that I was
remembering something, not making it up.
Chris Van Allsburg
When a train
goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the
ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.
Corrie Ten Boom
States as we know it today is largely the result of mechanical
inventions, and in particular of agricultural machinery and the
railroad. John Moody
indeed linger for a time as feeders... but every one now
realized that the railroad was to be the great agency which
would give plausibility to the industrial organization of the
United States and develop its great territory.
In 1862, when
the charter was granted by the United States Government for the
construction of a railroad from Omaha to the Pacific coast, the
only States west of the Mississippi Valley in which any railroad
construction of importance existed were Iowa and Missouri.
riding the railroad to visit relatives in the Lower 48, enjoying
beautiful scenery and spectacular views aboard a train.
I was the
conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can
say what most conductors can't say; I never ran my train off the
track and I never lost a passenger.
There seemed to
be an interesting connection between a generation of pioneers
coming to the Gold Rush and then 20 years later the building of
the railroad and the connection of California to the rest of
America. Michael Winterbottom
The Boy Scout train, 1930. Such was
the importance of Scouting in the early twentieth century that a
Royal Scott Class Locomotive was named ĎThe Boy Scoutí
often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing.
That's why we recommend it daily.
The history of the human race
is the history of ordinary people
who have overcome their fears
and accomplished extraordinary things.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
Cub Scouting At Its Best
Circle 10 Council
You are serious minded,
Because you care so very much
You are funny,
Because you canít help it.
You are hard-nosed and hardheaded
Because you want to maintain high quality.
You can welcome a different idea,
If it benefits the boys.
You welcome an argument to sharpen
You like peace,
To give thoughts, time to root and grow.
You are happy inside,
No matter what.
You say, ďThis is the way we do it,Ē
To share experiences.
You speak my language
Itís called Love and Hope
for the youth of the entire world.
You are Cub Scouting at its best,
And you are beautiful
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