February 2009 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
March 2008 Theme
Theme: "When I Grow Up"
Athlete and Engineer
Tiger Cub Activities
THOUGHTFUL ITEMS FOR SCOUTERS
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 www.usscouts.org. CD
Roundtable Planning Guide
guide us during this meeting to see things with the eyes of a child. Grant that we may use our newfound
knowledge to help our children grow and become the best they can be. Amen
“God lead us forward into the future, as
we lead our boys and build the foundations of Character in their lives., Help
us help you build the men and
women of tomorrow from the youth of today. Let us be an example and a light to these youth in our
deeds, our works, and our lives. Amen”
Sam Houston Area
Please watch over us and give us
Your wisdom. Help us to grow into the best adults we can be. Amen.
Oregon Trail Council
Dear God, help us to learn how to develop our skills and
abilities to make our world a better place for everyone. Thank you for the
blessings of freedom to choose our own path that you have bestowed upon us. Amen.
Scouter Jim, Bountiful UT
Keep in mind in all your teaching
that the whole . . . object . . . is to form character in the boys.
Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys, 1908
I asked a Scout Leader Friend of
mine, what she wanted to be when she grew up. (She is getting a lot of experience at being nine-years-old,
more than forty years worth).
“Do I have to?” was her
When we were young there were
things we wanted to become and many people have reached their goals, but some
have not. Many have ended up
someplace else just a wonderful they could only dream of as youth.
Today we have President, Barack
Obama, who is breaking new ground and showing young men and young women as whole
new vision of what is possible when they “grow up.” Much will be written on the subject, I will not do that
Tom Brokoff has written about
the men and women who lived through the depression and fought World War II as
“the greatest generation.” I think
the boys and girls living through these times and learning to meet the
challenges of a new century may turn out to be the next Greatest
Generation. I read the other day
of a girl who set a goal to raise enough money needed to build a school in an
underprivileged country. It took
her two years, but she raised twenty-five thousand dollars, and I believe she
was twelve when she finished. Where do children like that come from, and how as Cub Scout leaders do
we build men of boys that will do the great things that will be needed in Scouting’s Second Century.
During my youth, I watched my
father build houses. I knew what
footings and foundations were. I
learned the importance of a good solid foundation. Quoting from the Bible:
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings
of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his
house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for
it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth
these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man,
which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and
great was the fall of it. (New Testament | Matthew 7:24 – 27, King James
What is the solid foundation
that the Boy Scouts of American and Cub Scout Leaders offer Cub Scouts? What foundation can we give our Cub
Scouts to weather the 9-11s that will come in their time? How do we make out of them, “the
What will prepare Cub Scouts for
the storms of life that will come as they “grow up” is “Character.” Cub Scouting teaches
Character Connections; the 12 Core Values of Cub Scouting. Through the use of these Core
principals, Cub Scouts will become the men of the future that future generation
will thank us for the effort we gave to help make boys better men, “When they
Every Activity we have as packs
and dens, we need to ask ourselves, “Which of the 12 Core Values does this
activity teach or support. I not
suggesting that we take all the fun out of Scouting, just remember that
“Scouting is fun with a purpose.” We also need to live those core values in our own lives as we work,
teach and play.
Success in training the boy depends largely on the
Scoutmaster's own personal example. Robert Baden-Powell
Let us go and “Rock” our Cub Scout’s Future with the 12
Core Values of Cub Scouting!
Cub Scouts 12 Core Values
Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an
educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for
Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills,
and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and
continue to be part of Cub Scouting today
Character development should extend into every aspect
of a boy's life. Character development should also extend into every aspect of
Cub Scouting. Cub Scout leaders should strive to use Cub Scouting's 12 core
values throughout all elements of the program—service projects,
ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and all the other activities enjoyed
at den and pack meetings
Citizenship: Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national
Compassion: Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of
Cooperation: Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal
Courage: Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the
difficulties, or the consequences.
Faith: Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.
and Fitness: Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.
Honesty: Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.
Perseverance: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.
Attitude: Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find
the best in all situations.
Resourcefulness: Using human and other resources to their fullest.
Respect: Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
Responsibility: Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves.
Character can be defined as the
collection of core values possessed by an individual that leads to moral
commitment and action.
Character development should
challenge Cub Scouts to experience core values in six general areas: God,
world, country, community, family, and self.
Character is "values in
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
An individual step in character
training is to put responsibility on the individual. Robert Baden-Powell
Correcting bad habits cannot be
done by forbidding or punishment. Robert Baden-Powell
Without an acquaintance with the
rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
People grow through experience
if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
Forming characters! Whose? Our
own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and
responsibility of our existence. Elihu Burritt
Personality can open doors, but
only character can keep them open. Elmer G. Letterman
In attempts to improve your
character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it. Francis Thompson
Our character...is an omen of
our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler
that destiny is likely to be. George Santayana
Character cannot be developed in
ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be
strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller
You cannot dream yourself into a
character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. James A. Froude
Character - the willingness to
accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self
Nature magically suits a man to
his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character. Ralph Waldo
Sam Houston Area
You have to do your own growing
no matter how tall your grandfather was. Abraham
When you refuse to set boundaries
to what is achievable, you can inspire others to believe that they, too, can
make things happen. Innerspace
A life spent making mistakes is
not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw
Always do your best. What you
plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino
Before anything else,
preparation is the key to success. Alexander Graham
Twenty years from now you will
be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in our sails. Explore. Dream.
Discover. Mark Twain
Stay the course, light a star.
Change the world where'er you are. Richard Le
If you want children to keep
their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. Abigail Van Buren
Unless you try to do something
beyond what you’ve already mastered, you will never grow. Ronald E. Osborn