August 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
September 2008 Theme
Citizen and Communicator
THOUGHTFUL ITEMS FOR SCOUTERS
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Help us, Lord, always to remember that in order to have a
friend, one must first be a friend to others. Help us become better leaders and
friends to Cub Scouts and their families. AMEN
I have a Scout Leader friend,
who has a fun way of recruiting new Cub Scouts to her Den. She lives in an
inner-city area on the west side Salt Lake City, where there are many poor and
immigrant families. While she is holding her Den activities, she literally
grabs boys off the street that are walking by during her Den meetings that look
like the appropriate age to be Cub Scouts, and she invites them to join the fun
and games of her den.
Instantly these sometimes “lost
boys” have a place where they belong and have a new group of “Buddies.” This is
a great way to “grow” the pack and give some young men, some of which are “at
risk,” a safe, new outlet for their energy. How many Scout Leaders have boys
who live in their neighborhoods of Cub Scout age that are not in the program
anywhere? I am guessing the number is too great to count.
September begins a new Scout
year and a new chance to grow our Packs. We don’t want to grow our packs so we
can improve our numbers and look good to our peers. Boy Scouts of America is a
service organization. We want to grow our packs so we can reach more boys and
save more lives.
I am going to “borrow some ideas from the Longs Peak
Council’s website on recruiting ideas.
Cub Scouts and Leaders "sport" your uniform often. Wearing
the uniform is like a walking billboard, and can grab the attention of youth and
adults. The uniform also serves as a conversation piece. Scouts and leaders
should wear their uniforms to school, church, the grocery store, library,
sporting events, any place you can think of! The uniform is a great way to show
the presence of Cub Scouts in your community and spread the excitement.
Encourage Cub Scouts and Adult Scouters to talk about Scouting
with their friends. Word of mouth is one of the most powerful and lasting
forms of advertising. Kids talking to others about the fun they have is a great
way to spread excitement among youth. Use the recruiter patch or another
incentive program that rewards your Scouts if they bring a friend to join Cub
Scouting. Cub Scout families consistently see the value of Scouting in their own
lives and by this they are our best salespeople. Share Scouting's benefits and
excitement with other parents. Most families are looking for programs filled
with excitement and opportunities for leadership development and positive
"Show and Tell". Encourage youth to use Cub Scouting as a
part of their Show and Tell opportunities in school. Peer to peer recruitment is
very successful and this is a great forum for Scouts to share their stories and
the excitement of Cub Scouting. Be sure that they are prepared with a story or
exciting information. If possible provide stickers or other handouts for the
Scouts to distribute at the conclusion of the presentation.
Special Events. Plan a special event that you can invite
families to attend. Start to plan for your event well before the chosen date so
that you have plenty of time to ensure its success. Secure a location and date
for your event. Make sure you have a dynamic agenda and activities. In inviting
families to join, create and distribute the invitations.
These are just some of the ideas given. For the full list
here is the link:
Let all of us go out and share the “Scouting Spirit”
and touch some lives.
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
Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln
True friendship consists not in
the multitude of friends, but in their worth and value.
To cement a new friendship,
especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark
with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut
across the accidents of place and time. Cornelia Otis
One must be fond of people and
trust them if one is not to make a mess of life. E.M.
A faithful friend is a strong
defense: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.
When a friend is in trouble,
don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something
appropriate and do it. Edgar Watson Howe
Friendship is a plant of slow
growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is
entitled to the appellation. George Washington
True friendship can afford true
knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
Henry David Thoreau
Depth of friendship does not
depend on length of acquaintance. Rabindranath Tagore
If a child is to keep alive his
inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can
share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we
live in. Rachel Carson
The most basic and powerful way
to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most
important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence
often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned
words. Rachel Naomi Remen
I awoke this morning with
devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only way to have a friend
is to be one. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The ornament of a house is the
friends who frequent it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are all travelers in the
wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest
friend. Robert Louis Stevenson
But friendship is precious, not
only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent
arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
Sam Houston Area Council
“Don't walk in front of me, I
may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my
friend.” – Albert Camus
“A hug is worth a thousand
words. A friend is worth more.” Anon
“Your friend is the man who
knows all about you, and still likes you.” – Elbert
“The better part of one's life
consists of his friendships.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Treat people as if they were
what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of
being.” – Goethe
“My best friend is the one who
brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford
“A circle is round it has no
end, that's how long I want to be your friend.”Anon
Want some more quotes on
Friendship?? Check out these -
They are quotes on the Friendship Day page.
The following was written by Audrey Hepburn who was asked
to share "beauty tips."
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it
once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed,
revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the
end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have
two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure
that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be
seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love
The beauty of a woman is not in
a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is
the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.
A LEADER’S RESOLUTION
Heart of America Council
I shall study my Cub Scouts—
so that I may understand them.
I shall like my Cub Scouts—so that I can help them.
I shall learn—for they have much to teach me.
I shall laugh—for youth grows comfortable with laughter.
I shall give myself freely—
yet I shall take
so that they may acquire the habit of giving.
I shall be a friend—for a friend is needed.
I shall lead—yet I shall beware of pushing.
I shall warn them—when my experience warrants it.
I shall commend—when actions merit it.
I shall no overlook mistakes—yet I shall not blame them.
Lastly, I shall try to be that which I hope they think I
A Den's Leader's Discovery
I was sure they
wouldn't ask me;
I knew I couldn't serve.
I didn't know the books or boys;
I didn't have the nerve.
Then my 9 year old said, "Mama,
Won't you take my den this year?
They can't find anybody else,
Though they've looked far and near"
I took my training and waited
for those unknown Cubs to come.
I shook and worried and fretted:
And hoped to protect my home.
They seemed to delight
In breaking every rule.
Then somehow or another each boy
Made a home within my heart.
The Promise and the Living Circle
Is a memory apart.
I found they weren't small devils
Overflowing in my cup,
It's just that an 8 year old needs horns
To hold his HALO up.
What Is A Boy
Louis Area Council
A boy is what he does, he does what he can.
What he is going to be, he is now becoming.
He is going to sit right where you are sitting.
And when you are gone,
he will attend to those things you think are important.
You may adopt all the policies you please,
but how they are carried out depends on him.
Even if you make treaties and leagues,
he will have to manage them.
He is going to sit at your desk in Congress and assume
your place on the Supreme Court bench.
He will take over your churches, schools, universities
He will assume control of your cities, states and nations.
All your books are going to be judged praised
and condemned by him.
All your hopes for him and the faith of the nations
and humanities are in his hands.
SO YOU MIGHT AS
PAY SOME ATTENTION TO HIM!!
WHAT CUBS ARE MADE OF../
Heart of America Council
Cub Scouts are made of all of these,
Scarves of gold, patches on sleeves,
Trousers of blue with well-worn knees,
That what Cub Scouts are made of.
They’re partly Indians, of fringe and feather,
And beads and buttons and bits of leather,
With war-paint and freckles mixed together,
That’s what Cub Scouts are made of.
They’re made of a promise, a pledge, a prayer,
Of hands that are willing, of hearts that play fair,
With something inside them that God put there,
And that’s what Cub Scouts are made of.
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