Baloo's Bugle

December 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 5
January 2008 Theme

Theme: Cub Scout Car Show
Webelos: Fitness & Scientist
Tiger Cub Requirement 3


Our Pinewood Derby
Grand Teton Council

At the conclusion of our Pinewood Derby I would like to say that we were all winners here tonight. Dad has more respect for his son whether he was a humble winner or a graceful loser. Mom was proud of her son whether she gave him a hug of congratulations or comfort. The boys gained a better knowledge of competition; how to win, how to lose, how to be happy for a friend, who is taking home the trophy he himself wanted so badly. The leaders, in the pride they felt knowing that each of their boys had done their best. Building the car helped bring dad and son closer together. No, there are only winners here tonight. Thank you all for helping to male the pack go and the Cub Scouts grow. Good night and congratulations to all of us winners.

Henry Ford
Alice, Golden Empire Council

Henry Ford is certainly an example of positive attitude -  He built his first vehicle, called the Quadricycle in 1896, and with two other investors founded the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899.  But that company folded in 1900.  Then in November of 1901, along with five other investors, he started the Henry Ford Motor Company. But after only four months, he left or was forced out of that company. When he left, he took with him his tools and rights to his name.In 1903, he again started the Ford Motor Company.  He continued to work on new models and techniques, even visiting other countries to see their methods.  In 1909, Henry Ford finally produced the "Model T" -  a basic, sturdy, inexpensive car that was reliable and available to the ordinary family.  But he kept on looking for even better designs and cheaper, more efficient methods.  He introduced the moving assembly line in 1913, and by 1925, his basic car reached the unbelievable low price of only $260.  He had set himself the goal to produce a basic, sturdy, reliable vehicle, and in spite of  the failure of his first two companies and many design and production challenges, he kept a positive attitude and met his goal.  Cub Scouts, too, have goals to reach | some they choose for themselves and some are requirements for advancement.  And in spite of challenges, they can learn to keep a positive attitude and keep focused on their goal.  Let's make sure that we as adults also model a positive attitude when we play and work with Cub Scouts | keep focused on your goal!

Pinewood Closing
Grand Teton Council

Set Up - Form a circle around a the derby track

Cubmaster: "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." This is a quote from the famous carmaker, Henry Ford. All of the dens come together to form the beginning of our pack. Keeping together at our monthly pack meeting is progress. Working together in Cub Scouting is surely a success story of which you can have a great part. Let's remember this in the coming months.

Please repeat with me the Law of the Pack. Thanks for coming out for our Pinewood Derby tonight. We've worked together and made ever boy in Pack a winner!

Capital Area Council

Hold up a tire advertisement. Cub scouts, tire manufacturers are constantly working to make a better tire; one that can withstand the pounding and abuse that high-speed driving demands. In other words, a tire that "can take it". Like the tire, you and I are put to the test everyday. When things are going along smoothly, it's not hard to get along. The real test is how we'll do when the going gets rough; when things do not turn out the way we want them to. At times like these, the Cub Scout Promise can help you carry on with the right attitude and do your share without grumbling or griping. It will help you meet the test. Can you take it?

Do Your Best
Capital Area Council

When you give the Cub Scout Promise, the words "Do your Best" are often lost among all the other very important words. Let's stop for a minute and carefully consider these words.

Best describes effort and action above our usual performances. You are the only person who can possibly know whether or not you have done your best. Every time you repeat the promise, you agree to do your best. Your best is just that: The very best that you can do. Think about the meaning of the promise that you repeated at the beginning of the Pack Meeting. Decide that you will always do your best, no matter what the job is that is facing you.

Baltimore Area Council

You have a choice.
You can be pleasant or unpleasant.
Which do you choose?

You can be grouchy and grumpy
or you can be happy and cheerful.
Which would you rather be?
It is up to you.

Tonight, we're all winners.
We had fun and enjoyed each other's company.
Let's take that warm feeling of friendship home and keep it close to our hearts until our meeting next month!

Keeping Fit
Grand Teton Council

Cub Scouts, I hold in my hand a pocketknife. This is a valuable tool because it can be used for many useful things. It is a dependable tool as long as the blade is kept sharp and free from rust and the working parts are in good condition. But, if it is neglected and becomes dull and rusty, it can be a dangerous tool.

The same principle can be applied to ourselves. We have a body, which when kept in good condition, will serve us well. If we get plenty of exercise, eat the proper foods, and have good health habits, we will be able to enjoy to the fullest the things we do. But if we fail to take care of ourselves, we can become rusty and dull like the neglected knife. Do your best to keep fit!

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