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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through the link to write Baloo on www.usscouts.org. CD
Cub Scout Prayer
Cub Scout Roundtable Planning Guide
We hope to build up our Cub Scouts just as we show them how to build things in our world. May we maintain the same positive attitude we want our Cub Scouts to have. My they be reminded of the wonder and beauty of the creation around them as they do their best to create their projects. Amen
Lessons I Learned From My Dad
Scouter Jim, Bountiful Utah
The earliest memories I have of my father are seeing him working on our house with his tool belt around his waist and a carpenter’s pencil behind one ear. I always remember he had one short index finger from an accident with a jointer. He was a carpenter from the age of fifteen-years-old. He learned the trade from his father. He did not teach the trade to any of his four sons, but he did teach us many lessons. One was the proper use of tools. He taught us to drive nails with a hammer and if the nail bent, he taught us how to coach it into the wood. None of our Cub Scouts are perfect, but with proper coaching, they all can become useful members of the whole. My dad taught me how to use a tape measure and a pencil. I learned from him to measure, mark, and then measure again before I cut. Sometimes as we work with our Cub Scouts, we need to think about what we want to teach them, and then decide if that is what is really needed before we start to speak. Words spoken like wood cut, can never be brought back. The most important thing my father taught me about building was to see the vision of the end result. Before he cut his first board, even made his first mark, he saw in his mind what he wanted the finished product to become. The same is true for Cub Scouts. Before we give them their Bobcat of even before we teach them the first skill, we must have in our mind a picture of what we want them to become.
Thoughts on Building
It's not what the boy does to the board that matters, it's what the board does to the boy. Bud Bennett
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. Henry Ward Beecher
They can because they think they can. Virgil
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. Frank Lloyd Wright
The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight.
But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. Thomas S. Monson
The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid. Thomas á Kempis
People become house builders through building houses, harp players through playing the harp. We grow to be just by doing things which are just. Aristotle
It has always seemed to me that the most difficult part of building a bridge would be the start.
Robert Charles Benchley
The history of the building of the American nation may justly be described as a laboratory experiment in understanding and in solving the problems that will confront the world tomorrow. Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler
Where there is writing— there is a writer Where there is planning— there is a planner Where there is a building— there is a builder Where there is a miracle— there is a God!
William Bliss Carman
Hands untrained in the use of tools destroy what they want to build. It takes skill to use tools to achieve the result desired, whether it's tearing down an old house or building a new one.J. B. Charles
We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
The great successful men of the world have used their imaginations, they think ahead and create their mental picture, and then go to work materializing that picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that bit, but steadily building, steadily building.
The fate of the architect is the strangest of all. How often he expends his whole soul, his whole heart and passion, to produce buildings into which he himself may never enter.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Three things are to be looked to in a building: that it stand on the right spot; that it is securely founded; that it be successfully executed.Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Thomas Edison devoted ten years and all of his money to developing the nickel-alkaline storage battery at a time when he was almost penniless. . . . One night the terrifying cry of fire echoed through the film plant. Spontaneous combustion had ignited some chemicals. Within moments all of the packing compounds, celluloids for records, file, and other flammable goods had gone up with a whoosh. Fire companies from eight towns arrive, but the heat was so intense and the water pressure so low that the fire hoses had no effect. Edison was 67 years old — no age to begin anew. His daughter was frantic, wondering if he were safe, if his spirits were broken, how he would handle a crisis such as this at his age. She saw him running toward her. He spoke first. He said, “Where’s your mother? Go get her. Tell her to get her friends. They’ll never see another fire like this as long as they live.” At 5:30 the next morning with the fire barely under control, he called his employees together and announced, “We’re rebuilding.” Then, almost as an afterthought, he added, “Oh, by the way, anybody know where we can get some money?” Virtually everything we now recognize as a Thomas Edison contribution in our lives came after that disaster. Jeffrey R. Holland
Whatever good things we build end up building us.
E. James (Jim) Rohn
Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect, just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character. Without character, all effort to attain dignity is superficial, and results are sure to be disappointing. R. C. Samsel
“What are you doing?” a man asked of three laborers beside a building under construction. The first man replied, “Stone-cuttin’.” The second smiled. “Puttin’ in time—until a better job comes along.” The third man waited a moment and then said simply, “I’m building a cathedral!” Unknown
It's not a question of who's going to throw the first stone; it's a question of who's going to start building with it. Sloan Wilson
One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop. G. M. Weilacher