Baloo's Bugle

January 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 6
February 2008 Theme

Theme: Chinese New Year
Webelos: Scholar & Engineer
Tiger Cub
Requirement 4


Thanks to Scouter Jim, who prepares this section of Baloo for us each month.  You can reach him at or through the link to write Baloo on   CD


Roundtable Prayer

CS Roundtable Planning Guide


The Chinese New Year’s Celebration is also called the “Spring Festival.”  Messages are hopeful and uplifting; greetings offer good luck and abundant fortune.  It is a time for family reunion and for visiting friends and relatives.  This is our Prayer: “Lord, grant that each of us gives messages that are hopeful and uplifting as we celebrate a new year and Scouting’s birthday.  As we learn more about other cultures, their customs and belief, may we learn more respect for diversity. Amen”


The Eagle and the Dragon

Scouter Jim, Bountiful, Utah


The theme for this year’s Blue and Gold Banquet is “Chinese New Year.”  2008 is also the year of the Beijing Olympic Games. The Beijing Olympics will have five mascots.  The following paragraph is from the official Beijing Olympics Website:

In the ancient culture of China, there is a grand tradition of spreading good wishes through signs and symbols. Each of Fuwa symbolizes a different blessing -- and will honor this tradition by carrying their good wishes to the children of the world. Prosperity, happiness, passion, health and good luck will be spread to every continent as Fuwa carry their invitation to Beijing 2008 to every part of the globe.

The Fuwa are also known as the “Five Friendlies.”  Their names are Beibei,  who carries the blessing of prosperity; Jingjing, who brings the blessing of happiness; Huanhuan, who brings the blessing of passion; Yingying,  who brings the blessing of health, the strength of body that comes from harmony with nature; and Nini, who carries the blessing of Good Luck.  When combined the phrase translates to; “Beijing welcomes you.  More than 4000 Chinese children share their names with the five mascots.  Another almost 3,500 people are named Aoyun, meaning Olympics.

This month also gives Cub Scouts an opportunity to learn about the Chinese in America and their contributions and prepare to watch the Olympic Games next fall with new eyes. 

September’s theme was Cub Scout Express.  The transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869.  Many of the men who built the railroad east from Sacramento were Chinese men who had traveled to the United States with the Gold Rush twenty years before. They found they were forced to leave the gold fields and to take menial jobs to make a living because they were banned by California laws from the gold fields.  The Chinese men also helped develop coastal fisheries and reclaimed swamp land for farming.  As the need for labor to build the railroad increased, many Chinese men went to work for the Central Pacific Railroad.

In the Book, The Great Iron Trail, As Chinese Railroad foreman is quoted as saying, “Men of China were skilled at work like the big job. . . . Their ancestors has built fortresses in the Yangtze gorges, carved and laid the stones of the Great Wall.  The 2007 Utah State Quarter commemorating the completion of the Tran-Continental Railroad

(It might be fun to hide these in cakes for treats)

A nationwide depression made work hard to find for everyone, and in 1882 Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Acts suspending Chinese immigration and denying all Chinese children born in America the basic rights of citizenship.  In 1898, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned that part of the law and established the legal rights of citizenship of all Americans by birth.  The children of Chinese immigrants born in the U.S.A. were legally American Citizens.

Angel Island in San Francisco Bay became the main processing center for incoming Asians, but for Chinese immigrants it was a particular harsh stay.  To discover illegal entrants, Chinese citizens were detained on Angel Island for long periods of time in degrading conditions as their loyalty, and allegiance was questioned..  The Angel Island immigration station was closed in 1940 after fire destroyed several building.    It was reopened as a processing center for Japanese Prisoners of War in World War II.

In 1997, Angel Island in San Francisco Bay was designated a National Historic Landmark.  Many of the buildings are being restored and it may become the site of a West Coast immigration museum.

Let us take this month to learn more about the Chinese Culture and people, and gain a respect for those Americans of Chinese decent among us.




Quotations contain the wisdom of the ages, and are a great source of inspiration for Cubmaster’s minutes, material for an advancement ceremony or an insightful addition to a Pack Meeting program cover This month in keeping with the theme of “Chinese New Year,” the quotes are from the philosopher Confucius.


Chinese Proverbs

Sam Houston Area Council


  •  “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”

  •  “Preserve the old, but know the new.”

  •  “If you want happiness for a lifetime - help the next generation.”

  •  “If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”


Scouter Jim, Bountiful, Utah


Confucius was a scholar (551-479 BC) who searched for the fundamental principals of social order and harmony.  He wandered from court to court attempting to convince rulers of the right way to govern.



·         A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

·         Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

·         An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.

·         And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

·         By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

·         Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.

·         Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

·         Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.

·         He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

·         Heaven means to be one with God.

·         Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

·         I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

·         I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.

·         I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.

·         If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

·         If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot.

·         If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

·         It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.

·         Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

·         Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

·         Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.

·         No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

·         Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

·         Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

·         Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.

·         Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

·         Respect yourself and others will respect you.

·         Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

·         Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.

·         Study the past, if you would define the future.

·         Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

·         The cautious seldom err.

·         The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

·         The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.

·         The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

·         The object of the superior man is truth.

·         The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

·         The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

·         The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

·         The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

·         The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.

·         The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

·         The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

·         There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.

·         To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

·         To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

·         To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.

·         Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

·         We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

·         What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

·         When anger rises, think of the consequences.

·         When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

·         When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

·         When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.

·         Where-so-ever you go, go with all your heart.

·         Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

·         Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

·         You cannot open a book without learning something.

Chinese Proverbs and Western equivalents

Scouter Jim, Bountiful, Utah



There are always ears on the other side of the wall.

Walls have ears .

Flowers look different in different eyes.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

(As rare as ) phoenix feather and unicorn horns.

Scarce as hen’s teeth

Water spilled can never be retrieved.

Don’t cry over spilled milk

Fish a needle in the sea.

Finding a needle in a haystack

Play a harp before a cow

Cast your pearls before swine

Seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times.

Seeing is believing

Lift a stone only to drop on your own feet.

Shoot yourself in the foot

A bottle half filled (with vinegar) tends to rock.

Still waters run deep

Love my house, love the crow on it.

Love me love my dog

Pluck flowers as they bloom; wait and you'll have only the twigs.

Strike while the iron is hot

Add oil to a flame.

Add fuel to the fire

Disasters never come alone.

Misery love company

An overcrowded chicken farm produce fewer eggs.

Too many cooks spoil the soup

Pick up a sesame seed only to lose a watermelon.

Strain at a gnat to swallow a fly

A sly rabbit will have three openings to its den.

Keep your options open

Flowing water never goes bad; door hubs never gather termites.

A rolling stone gathers no moss

Throw in a rock as someone is drowning in the well.


Kicking a man while he’s down

Fallen leaves return to the root.

Apples don’t fall far from the tree

It is easy to dodge a spear that comes in front of you but hard to avoid an arrow shot from behind.

Watch your back

Honing your hatchet will not delay your effort of wood cutting.

Take time to sharpen you saw

A person cannot be judged by his appearance in the same token as the sea cannot be measured with a bucket.

Don’t judge a book by the cover

Good will be rewarded with good and evil with evil; it is only a matter of time.

You reap what you sow

No banquet in the world that never ends.

Nothing last forever

He who plays with fire may become its victim.

Play with fire and you’ll get burned.

Mend the pen only after the sheep are all gone.

Close the gate after the cows are out.

Add frost to snow.

Adding insult to injury.

A deliberate inaction is better than a blind action.

Look before you leap.

Once bitten by a snake, one is scared all his life at the mere sight of a rope.

Once bitten, twice shy.

Fight poison with poison.

Fight fire with fire.

Pass off a fish eye for a pearl.

Pig in a poke

Be considerable to others and you will be treated likewise.

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.


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