July 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
August 2008 Theme
S'MORE SUMMER FUN
Forester & Naturalist
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
As we have fun in the summer, we
give thanks for the wonderful world we live in and for the people who care for
us. As we explore outdoors, let us be safe from harm. AMEN
Go Discover America
Scouter Jim, Bountiful UT
In thinking about “S’more Summer
Fun” I had difficulty coming up with an appropriate subject for this month’s
thought. I started to look for important dates and holidays during August. I
found that Hawaii became our fiftieth State on August 21, 1959, adding the
fiftieth star to our American flag.
After that, I started to look at
birthdays for the month and found the following list, among many, many, others:
1 Aug 1770 – William Clark
18 Aug 1774 – Meriwether Lewis
1 Aug 1779 – Francis Scott Key
17 Aug 1786 – Davy Crockett
5 Aug 1930 – Neil Armstrong
As you look at the list, what
pattern do you see? The first thing I noticed was William Clark and Meriwether
Lewis of the Corps of Discovery. Then I noticed Davy Crockett and Neil
Armstrong. Finally I noticed the birthday of Francis Scott Key. The common
thread of the first four men mentioned above is the spirit of discovery. Davy
Crockett helped open up the western frontiers and Lewis and Clark extended it to
the limits of the Pacific Ocean. Neil Armstrong extended the frontier to the
surface of the moon. Each of these four men carried the American Flag to a new
and then distant frontier.
Francis Scott Key’s was a
contemporary of all the other men, except Neil Armstrong. He is most famous for
his authorship of “The Star Spangled Banner,” our national anthem. With his
words he has helped lead others to follow our nation’s flag to new, and in some
cases, distant journeys of discovery.
In 1803 Captain Meriwether Lewis
and Lieutenant William Clark helped form the “Corps of Discovery.” The Corps
of Discovery brought back invaluable geographic and scientific data, including
178 new species of plants and 122 previously unknown species of animals. Lewis
and Clark succeeded in mapping a route beyond the Mississippi River to the West
Coast. For two years they served both as explorers and ambassadors for the rest
of America. Not only were they on a mission of discovery, but they were
developing relationships with the native peoples who lived on the land they were
Davy Crockett explored the western
frontier and served his nation as a member of Congress and a soldier, losing his
life in battle at the Alamo in Texas.
Neil Armstrong was an aeronautical
engineer and Navy Pilot (and an Eagle Scout). He became a test pilot and
astronaut and was the Commander of Apollo 11 and the first man to step foot on
the moon, uttering the phrase, “That's one small step for man; one giant
leap for mankind.”
August is a great time for Cub
Scouts to go on their own journey of discovery and proudly represent the nation
and the Boy Scout of America. It can be a time for them to learn new things,
meet new people as did Lewis and Clark, and seek the sense of adventure that led
Neil Armstrong to be a test pilot and walk on the moon.
Let’s lead our Cub Scouts
outdoors, and have “S’more Summer Fun” as we explore America with a new sense of
Wow, I now feel honored to have my
birthday in the same month as these great men. Especially Davy Crockett who is
my personal favorite hero. I was just the right age when Walt Disney brought
out Davy Crockett with Fess Parker and have loved Davy Crockett ever since.
Thank you, Scouter Jim for another
fine column. And good Scouting as you guide those Owls this fall. They knew it
would take a great and majestic Bob White o get the job done right. CD
And speaking of birthdays -
As Bill smith would say -
The best gift for a Cub Scout.......
......get his parents involved!
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
A discovery is said to be an
accident meeting a prepared mind. Albert
Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)
One doesn't discover new lands
without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)
The beginning of knowledge is the
discovery of something we do not understand. Frank
Herbert (1920 - 1986)
No pessimist ever discovered the
secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the
human spirit. Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
I do not know what I may appear to
the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the
seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a
prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all
undiscovered before me.
Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727),
From Brewster, Memoirs of Newton (1855)
If I have ever made any valuable
discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other
talent. Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)
Mistakes are the portals of
James Joyce (1882 - 1941)
A perfect summer day is when the
sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower
is broken. James Dent
Ah, summer, what power you have to
make us suffer and like it. Russel Baker
August creates as she slumbers,
replete and satisfied.
Joseph Wood Krutch
Celebrate Summer - Sun drenched
days and starlit nights... Gooseberry Patch
Heat, ma'am! It was so dreadful
here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and
sit in my bones. Sydney Smith
I know that if odour were visible,
as colour is, I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
John Vance Cheney
In summer, the song sings itself.
William Carlos Williams
Knowing trees, I understand the
meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
Oh, bring again my heart's
Thou Spirit of the Summer-time!
Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne.
Rest is not idleness, and to lie
sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or
watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
Someone's sitting in the shade
today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Summer afternoon - summer
afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the
English language. Henry James
The dandelions and buttercups gild
all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens
all to me. James Russell Lowell
The summer night is like a
perfection of thought.
You can never appreciate the shade
of a tree unless you sweat in the sun. Author Unknown
Sam Houston Area Council
“We do not inherit the earth from
our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” –
Native American Proverb
“The whole secret of the study of
nature lies in learning how to use one's eyes.” –
“A weed is no more than a flower
in disguise.” – James Russell Lowell
“Fire is the best of servants; but
what a master!” – Thomas Carlyle
“How is it that one careless match
can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?” –
“It always rains on tents.
Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the
opportunity to rain on a tent.” – Dave Barry
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