December 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
January 2008 Theme
Fitness and Scientist
THOUGHTFUL ITEMS FOR SCOUTERS
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“Lord, you amaze us with everything you do: your
beautiful creations—sunrises and sunsets, mountains and valleys, planets and
space; your mysterious ways; even our very lives, our bodies, and our ability to
reason. Please help us keep our Cub Scouts in amazement and awe or your
Please guide us through the maze of life. Teach us to enjoy
and share all of your gifts. Amen.
Scouter Jim, Bountiful UT
take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
In our part of the world, many
people would consider one of the most amazing games in history to be the 1980
Holiday Bowl. BYU was behind SMU 25 to 45 with less than three minutes to go.
This would be a time when many people would be headed for the exits to beat the
crowds and television viewers would be looking for what was on another channel.
BYU had never won a bowl game and it looked like they were in for their third
straight Holiday Bowl loss. In less than four minutes, BYU lead by quarterback
Jim McMahon, who would lead the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl Championship in
1986, would score 21 points, with the final, winning point, being a point after
kick with no time left on the clock. This game has long be known as the Miracle
Bowl in these parts.
Last summer there was a finish
just as amazing in the Summer Olympic games in Beijing. In his quest to best
the great Mark Spitz, Michael Phelps would win his seventh gold medal to equal
Spitz, in a faction of a second. The finish is, and may forever be, the most
amazing finish in sports. He did go on to win another gold Medal to take the
title of the Most Winning Athlete in a single Olympic games.
As amazing as these events
were, they were not the most amazing games I have personally witnessed. Years
ago, I was on a crew officiating a football game, and at the introductions, one
coach explained to the opposing coach the he has a medically fragile special
needs boy on his team that he would like to play as a 12th man on
defense. The opposing coach, knowing that there was no real advantage to this
situation for either team agreed and told his players to be careful of the boy
on the other team. Late in the game, the opposing coach sent a message via the
game officials across the field asking the coach of the special needs boy to put
him in on offense and give him the ball. The coach compiled with the request.
The boy was given the ball and to the cheers of both teams ran untouched for a
This year I watched another
amazing game. I was behind the plate for a local Ten-year-old and under,
Recreation League softball game. As time ran out, I declared the game over, as
the team up to bat would be unable under the rules of the League to come back
and win. The coach of the winning team looked over at me and shook his head,
“They have two players who haven’t batted yet. Let them bat.” The first girl
came up to bat and swung at three balls for three strikes making three outs. I
looked at the winning coach and he was holding up four fingers. I asked him if
he want to play four outs? He shook his head and told me to let the batter take
another pitch, which I did and she hit the ball and made it to first base. The
final batter came up and hit the ball and the game was ended.
What made these two games
amazing wasn’t that the players were making lots of money or that there was a
championship on the line. There wasn’t so much as an inexpensive trophy at
state. It was just for the love of the game and letting children enjoy the real
reason games are played, for the fun of playing and the association of others
who love the game. There was not a big crowd watching either game, just the
players, the coaches and officials. Let us teach our Cub Scouts that games are
Amazing not because we win or lose, but for the love of the competition and the
lessons they teach.
I have often told people that
when I am officiating, I have the best seat at the game. It isn’t because of
the amazing things that are done. Often it is the amazing things that are
taught to the players by the good men and women who are the coaches. As Cub
Scout leaders, we are also in that role. Let go out an teach something
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
You have to learn the rules of
the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
Champions keep playing until
they get it right.
Billie Jean King
Show me a guy who’s afraid to
look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.
Don’t look back. Something
might be gaining on you. Satchel Paige
If at first you don’t succeed,
you are running about average. M.H. Alderson
It is a rough road that leads
to the heights of greatness. Seneca
Adversity cause some men to
break; others to break records. William A. Ward
Sweat plus sacrifice equals
success. Charlie Finley
It's not the size of the dog
in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
Archie Griffen, two-time Heisman trophy
winner (at 5ft 9 inches tall)
How you respond to the
challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game,
whether you are a winner or a loser. Lou Holtz
My motto was
always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having
trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging
Besides pride, loyalty,
discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.
The will to win is important,
but the will to prepare is vital. Joe Paterno
You have to expect things of
yourself before you can do them. Michael Jordan
Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do. John Wooden
To succeed...You need to find
something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
Set your goals high, and don't
stop till you get there.
The difference between the
impossible and the possible lies in a mans determination
You can become a winner only
if you are willing to walk over the edge. Damon
If you can believe it, the
mind can achieve it. Ronnie Lott
To be prepared is half the
victory. Miguel Cervantes
The only place where success
comes before work is in the dictionary. Vidal Sassoon
The best and fastest way to
learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion.
Sam Houston Area Council
The integrity of the game is
everything. Peter Ueberroth
Do you remember who Peter Ueberroth was?
The way a man plays a game
shows some of his character. The way he loses shows all of it.
Life is a challenge, meet it!
Life is a dream, realize it!
Life is a game, play it!
Life is Love, enjoy it!
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Don't go through life, GROW
through life. Eric Butterworth
Happiness, that grand mistress
of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and
meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
The three great essentials to
achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness;
third, common sense. Thomas A. Edison
Common sense is the knack of
seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe
Man is most nearly himself
when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
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