Volume 5 Issue 9
April 1999

PRAYERS AND POEMS FOR SCOUTS

On my way to Covington, for the "Cub Scout Idea Factory." I choose a slightly longer route to drive through Anniston, AL to visit a scouting friend, Len. I got to tour his Scout Service Center where his unit meets, have lunch, visit his scouting den in his basement. Before I got back on the road, Len shared the following prayer with me. Thanks Len!!

Dear Lord, Bless all those everywhere who contribute to shape the hearts, minds and bodies of young people. Let us remember what they have taught and apply it daily.

When facing deceit and dishonesty, let us be Trustworthy. If we see hypocrisy and faithlessness, let us be Loyal. Where disregard of others and mere materialism prevail, let us be Helpful. When we find people in despair, let us be Friendly. In an atmosphere of ill manner, let us be Courteous. Where some measure manliness in brutality and crudeness, let us be Kind. Though lawbreaking and rule-scoffing are common, let us be Obedient. While others grumble and grouch, let us be Cheerful. In an environment blighted by waste and extravagance, let us be Thrifty. When confronted with danger and temptation, let us be Brave. As we see filth and pollution everywhere, let us be Clean. While witnessing impiety, let us remember to be Reverent.

In short, in a world that has for generation after generation lamented the lack of good examples, let us, as Scouts, stand out, grow up, and be real adults. Amen.

You Ask Me
Trapper Trails Council

You ask me what it's all about
Why turn a boy into a Scout?
To take some boy, so young and frail,
And start him up the Cub Scout Trail.
From Bobcat, to Wolf, and on to Bear,
With all those awards and arrow points share.
Through to Webelos and then on to Scouts,
Giving Guidance through his problems,
Fears and doubts.
And on through school and into life he'll trod.
With respect and love for his fellow man and God.
To watch him grow so tall and free,
'Til one day a leader, he too, will be.
And then, he too, just like you and me,
Will take another boy so small and wee.
And will teach that boy, With pride and joy,
To grow in love and kindness and to be a Scout.
Yes, Yes! That's what tonight is all about!

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