Volume 6 Issue 3
October 1999


Greater St. Louis Area Council

Perseverance is the word. Can you stay in there, accepting discouragement, but bouncing back again to achieve the ultimate victory? Never admit defeat. Even though you lose a battle here and there, you'll probably win the war.

The value of courage, persistence and perseverance has rarely been illustrated more convincingly than in the life story of this man

His Experiences His Age
Failed in business 22
Ran for legislature-defeated 23
Again, failed in business 24
Elected to legislature 25
Sweetheart dies 26
Had a nervous breakdown 27
Defeated for Speaker 29
Defeated for Elector 31
Defeated for Congress 34
Elected to Congress 37
Defeated for Congress 39
Defeated for Senate 46
Defeated for Vice-President 47
Defeated for Senate 49
Elected President of the United States 51

That's the record of Abraham Lincoln

The Cub Scout's Thanksgiving
Santa Clara County Council

O, Heavenly Father, we ask for Your blessing
For loved ones and friends that are near.
We thank you for food and for love and for life
And the Spirit of Cub Scouting that's here
We thank you for leaders who care about boys,
Who give us their time--that's better than toys!
We thank you for dads who help us learn right,
For moms who sew on our badges at night.
For all this, thank you dear Lord, up above,
For being in Scouting is something we love!
A Den of Six
Trapper Trails & Heart of America Councils
Six pair of eyes-brown, gray and blue;
Six tousled heads of varied hue,
Six appetites so sharp and keen,
Six growing boys, short, tall and lean,
Six voices making walls resound,
Six little bodies hopping around,
Six busy nimble pairs of hands,
Six eager minds respect commands.
Six citizens of a future date,
Six guarantees we're going straight.
Put together-what have we then?
A priceless venture-you have a den!

Cub Parents' Prayer
Heart of America Council
(can be used as closing)

Personnel: A mother and father, a Cub Scout, a reader

Equipment: Spotlight, armchair, book

Setting: A Cub Scout sleeps in an armchair with a book on his lap. A mother and father stands beside his chair looking down at him. The spotlight is on them. The reader is concealed.

Reader: This month we pay tribute to our families. We appreciated their importance in our lives and in our Cub Scouting.

A Cub Parents' Prayer
Heart of America Council

He's just a little laddie, God,
This blue-eyed Cub o'mine.
Take Thou his hand along the way,
Help him be square and to obey.
Bless all these busy Cubs, dear God!
Grant they true Cubs may be -
For if they follow all Cub rules,
They won't stray far from Thee.
Bless all, dear God, who guide them,
Crown each effort, noble, true -
Sustain the good Cub parents
They need Thy blessings, too!

Mike Bowman's Mom sent this to him and he was kind enough to share it with us on Scouts-L. His Mom is a sweetie-pie too.


I woke up early today,excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have. Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free. Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste. Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive. Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born. Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses. Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships. Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do. Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge. Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because God has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul. Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have! Have a great day...unless you have other plans.


100th Psalm of Scouting
Heart of America Council

Make a joyful noise unto the world, all ye Scouters;
Serve Scouting with gladness, and join the circle of Scouting with singing.
Know that Scouting is the way:
Its lessons have made us and we are grateful;
We are its leaders, guiding young Scouts.
Enter its programs with a cheerful spirit, and offer boys your praise.
For Scouting is good!
Its lessons endure forever, and its truths to all generations.

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