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An Ace Cubmaster Minute
Trapper Trails Council Pow-wow Book
(revised slightly)

In ancient Rome 'as', spelled A S, was a pound weight. In the markets, goods sold by merchants that weighed an 'as' were considered good for selling. Latin influenced the French language. When 'as' became a French word it no longer had anything to do with a pound, it just meant 'terrific.' In WWI, the French called a victorious pilot, an 'as.' The English translated this into 'ace,' spelled A C E.

As I look over the audience I see many terrific scouts, Cub Scouts who do their best. I see Cubs who serve God, Country and community---family and friends. What I see are 'ace scouts' of whom I'm proud.

Closing (Prayer from Apollo) Indian Nations Council Pow-wow Book Have the pack form a large brotherhood circle (arms over each other's shoulders) and then read the prayer that was broadcast from outer space by Frank Borman from the Apollo in March of 1968.

"Give us, O God, the vision which can see Thy love in the world in spite of human failure.

Give us the faith to trust Thy goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.

Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts, and show us what each of us can do to set forward the coming of universal peace..."

At this time, ask for a moment of reverence, then dismiss the pack until next month.

Pack Meeting Ideas
Istrouma Area Council Pow-wow Book

Try tying the opening, awards, and closing ceremonies together. Why not have the meeting room seating arranged like the seating on a giant airliner.

For a pre-opening activity, have everyone coming in issued a ticket. The opening is a call, announcing Cub Scout Air Lines flight number (your pack number) is ready for boarding. People board, (Cub Scout flight attendants check tickets) and all are seated and fasten their seat belts.

The Captain (Cubmaster) announces the destinations of this flight and wishes all a pleasant trip. The aircraft takes off, flies all around the United States, landing at various cities to see a skit by that nationally famous Den or to sing a song led by the Den Singers.

For the awards, the airplane lands at various places to see famous people (brand new Wolf Cub Scouts), takes off and lands somewhere else to see a Cub Scout who is receiving arrow points. The Captain might present each boy earning an award with some silver pilot's wings (cardboard cutouts covered with aluminum foil) with his award.

At the end of the round trip flight, the aircraft returns home. Pilot announces that he was pleased to have all on the trip with him (that was the closing). The folks disembark and go home.

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