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CLOSING CEREMONY

Just Imagine Closing Ceremony
Trapper Trails Council

1 - Rudyard Kipling, the famous English author, who wrote the story of the Jungle Book, wrote a little poem. It begins like this:
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew)_;
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
2 - If you make these six your servants imagine the things you could do! Just imagine for a minute that a little green man from outer space lands in your backyard. Now he wants to know how the picture gets in the television? What causes thunder? Why does night come? Where did your parents live before you were born? Could you answer his questions?
3 - From this moment on you can decide to be an investigator. Ask questions about everything that you have ever wondered about. What are clouds made of? Are all of the lights in the night sky stars? How would I take care of myself if my parents were gone all day? What can I make by myself? How old are my pets compared to me? What kind of insects live in the field behind my house? How do they protect themselves? What is the street made of? Why is it cooler in the mountains than down in the valley? If the mountains are closer to the sun shouldn't it be hotter? If your parents, teachers and leaders can't give you the answers, then look to books and computers. Just imagine!
4 - Look around and you will find hundreds of things waiting to be investigated. You've only one life and future -- make the best of both!

I got this from Scouts-L, that wonderful electronic RT .

HOW BIG IS YOUR JAR?


Here's an interesting science fair experiment I read about. The student took a baby food jar, a peanut butter jar, a gallon jar, & a big five-gallon bucket and filled each one with dirt. Then he planted a bean seed in each and tried to raise it. Well you can probably guess that the one in the baby food jar never amounted to much and the one in the peanut butter jar was stunted too. The one in the gallon jar did OK but the one in the big bucket did the best. The plants that sprouted in the small containers just didn't have enough room for the roots to grow & spread. You may not realize it but you are all like those plants; you've been planted in different sized jars--some big and some small. But the jars aren't physical ones, they're mental ones. The jars are the limits you impose on yourselves. If you believe yourself to be inferior or if you believe you aren't able to do something you are indeed inferior & unable to do it. But you can face up to your shortcomings and work around them or overcome them. You can say "I'm not very good at this but with work I can improve", or "I can't do this but I can do that & that, and being able to do those things compensates for not being able to do this". So even though you may be in a small jar you're not stuck there. You can transplant yourself to a larger one. It might not be easy, but it can be done.

SO, HOW BIG IS YOUR JAR?

Mark W. Arend sent this in to Scouts-L
www.centuryinter.net/bdlib/ Scoutmaster, Troop 736

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