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Baloo's Bugle

November 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 4
December 2005 Theme

Theme: Faith, Hope and Charity
Webelos: Craftsman & Scientist
  Tiger Cub
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THOUGHTFUL ITEMS FOR SCOUTERS

Thanks to Scouter Jim from Bountiful, Utah, who prepares this section of Baloo for us each month.  You can reach him at bobwhitejonz@juno.com or through the link to write Baloo on www.usscouts.org.   CD

Scout Beatitudes

2005-2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide

Blessed are the Scouts who are taught to see beauty in all things around them, for their world will be a place of grace and wonder.

Blessed are the Scouts who are led with patience understanding, for they will learn the strength of endurance and the gift of tolerance.

Blessed are the Scouts who are provided a home where family members dwell in harmony and close communication, for they shall became the peacemakers of the world.

Blessed are the Scouts who are taught the value and power of truth, for they search for knowledge and use it with wisdom and discernment.

Blessed are the Scouts who are loved and know that they are loved, for they shall sow seeds of love in the world and reap joy for themselves and others.

Charity Begins At Home

Scouter Jim, Bountiful Utah

One of my favorite quotes is, “When all is said and done, more is said than done.”  This past year has been a historic year.  We have seen devastating events all around the world.  We have seen a massive tsunami hit Southeast Asia.  Hurricanes and the resulting floods of mud have covered portions of Central America.  A killer earthquake flattened whole villages in Pakistan leaving thousands dead.  Closer to home, a series of Hurricanes has left many parts the Gulf Coast of the United States in ruin.  With each disaster the call for aid has gone out and the American people have responded by opening their hearts and wallets.  All this is wonderful, but we need to remember Charity begins at home.  Where I live the local food pantry shelves are almost bare.  Many of my neighbors are going hungry because much of the food and money that is normally donated to the Food Bank has gone elsewhere.

This summer a bus pulled up in front of a home in my community.  It was the ABC Television Network’s, Extreme Makeover, Home Edition crew.  They built the Gordon Harrison Family a new home.  Gordon has for years been a volunteer Scout Leader.  He has pancreatic cancer, which very well might take his life.  This episode has already aired, so many may have seen that while he was sick in the hospital, his thoughts turned to neighbors and friends in need.  He found a way to give a neighbor a Kitchen Makeover.  Why, when his life was fading away, did his thoughts turn to others?  “Do it now.  There may be no tomorrow,” is his answer.  He chooses to live out the life he has left giving back to others.

Each of us can look around and see others in need.  Even if we can’t do something as dramatic as Gordon Harrison, we can give generously of our time and money to those in need.  Drop some extra money in the Salvation Army Kettle, buy a sack of groceries for your local food pantry, or even just visit an elderly neighbor, begging for someone to talk to.

When all is said and done, lets all make sure more is done than said.

Quotations

Santa Clara Council Pow Wow Book

“A. C. Benson used to say “There are four Christian values, not three: they are Faith, Hope, Charity – and humor” - Lord Robert Baden-Powell

“Press forward with Hope; mix it with optimism and temper it with the sense of humor which enables you to face difficulties with a sense of proportions.” - Lord Robert Baden-Powell

“I’ve always maintained that if the right spirit is there, it can knock the “im” out of impossible.” - Lord Robert Baden-Powell

“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.” - Anonymous

 “Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.” - Jean Kerr

 “All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope.” - Alexander Dumas

 “Expect to have hope rekindled.  Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.  The dry seasons in life do not last.  The spring rains will come again.” - Sarah Ban

“ Listen now to the gentle whispers of hope.” - Charles D. Brodhead

“While there's life, there's hope!” - Ancient Roman Saying

“Hope has been and always will be safe.  It's inside every one of us.” - Xenia

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” - Emily Dickinson

“Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.”  - English Proverb

“Never deprive someone of hope -- it may be all they have.” - Unknown

“Hope is a waking dream.” - Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

“In all pleasure hope is a considerable part.” - Samuel Johnson

“Hope is necessary in every condition.  The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, be insupportable.” - Samuel Johnson 

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.”

Anne LaMotte; Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.” - William Shakespeare; King Richard

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  The important thing is to not stop questioning.”  - Albert Einstein

“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.”  - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.” - Vaclav Havel

“Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate.  They are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the storms, if you only let them.” - William James

“We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“There is no hope of joy except in human relations.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” - Bob Hope

“Make your thinking orderly and free from emotional overtones, and you will see people and things as they are, with clarity and charity.” - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Peace, like charity, begins at home.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure.  Wealth enough to support your needs.  Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.  Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A little more patience, a little more charity for all, a little more devotion, a little more love; with less bowing down to the past, and a silent ignoring of pretended authority; brave looking forward to the future with more faith in our fellows, and the race will be ripe for a great burst of light and life.” - Elbert Hubbard

“Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” - Albert Einstein

“It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.” - Muhammad Ali

“Enthusiasm is nothing more or less than faith in action.” - Henry Chester

“All effort is in the last analysis sustained by the faith that it is worth making.” - Ordway Tead

“Faith is the very first thing you should pack in a hope chest.” - Sarah Ban Breathnach

“You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.” -  Samuel Butler

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.” -  Helen Keller

“Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.” - Norman Vincent Peale

 “Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the best minds. Men live the brink of mysteries and harmonies into which they never enter, and with their hands on the door-latch they die outside.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “The mason asks but a narrow shelf to spring his brick from, man requires only an infinitely narrower one to spring his arch of faith from.” - Henry David Thoreau

“He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more, He who loses faith, loses all.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“The leader seeks to communicate his vision to his followers.  He captures their attention with his optimistic intuition of possible solutions to their needs.  He influences them by the dynamism of his faith.  He demonstrates confidence that the challenge can be met, the need resolved, the crisis overcome.” - John Haggai

“Leaders are the custodians of a nation's ideals, of the beliefs it cherishes, of its permanent hopes, of the faith which makes a nation out of a mere aggregation of individuals.” - Walter Lippmann

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” - Helen Keller

“Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe.” -Albert Einstein

“Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure.  Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

“Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Minister, Civil Rights Leader

“I do not pray for success. I ask for faithfulness.” - Mother Teresa

“Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.” - Kahlil Gibran

“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; A great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” - Charles Spurgeon

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today; Let us move forward with strong and active faith.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

“A little more patience, a little more charity for all, a little more devotion, a little more love; with less bowing down to the past, and a silent ignoring of pretended authority; brave looking forward to the future with more faith in our fellows, and the race will be ripe for a great burst of light and life.” - Elbert Hubbard

 “Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.” - Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955) Educator

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.  To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”  St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

What Cubs Are Made Of

Baltimore Area Council

Cub Scouts are made of all of these,

Scarves of gold, patches on sleeves,

Trousers of blue and well-worn knees,

That’s what Cub Scouts are made of.

They’re partly Indians, of fringe and feather,

And beads and buttons and bits of leather,

With war-paint and freckles mixed together,

That’s what Cub Scouts are made of.

They’re made of a promise, a pledge, and a prayer

Of hands that are willing, of hearts that play fair,

With something inside them that God put there,

And that’s what Cub Scouts are made of.



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