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Baloo's Bugle

June 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 11
July 2006 Theme

Theme: Red, White and Baloo
Webelos: Aquanaut & Geologist
Tiger Cub
Activities

CUBMASTER'S MINUTES

America The Beautiful
Baltimore Area Council

This evening we have shared our respect for our great country. We have seen some of the glory that is the United States. The most fitting end to our meeting is to sing “America the Beautiful”. In this great song we sing of the glory of our great land, but the last two lines of every verse have an acknowledgement of God who guides us all.

Just to recall the last two lines of the first verse.

“America, America,
God shed his grace on thee.
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.”

Everyone please stand and join me in singing “America the Beautiful.”

America Promises
Sam Houston Area Council

America promises us freedom to worship, to learn, to assemble, and to debate any issue. It is a land where people from other countries can find a home, where there is work to do, where we can express our opinions, and where we are free to come and go as we please. Our wonderful heritage, earned for us by our forefathers, is sometimes taken for granted. Unless we cherish this legacy and use it wisely, it may be lost to future generations. People working together with imagination, vitality, and persistence, have produced marvelous inventions and wonders of technology beyond anything our forefathers might have dreamed of. Working together, we can preserve and protect our beautiful land for future generations.

STRENGTH IN UNITY
Sam Houston Area Council

This ceremony can be used just before returning the colors or by itself to emphasize patriotism.

PERSONNEL: Cub Leader, Cub Scout color guard and bearer.

EQUIPMENT: A single wooden match and a bundle of five wooden matches, US flag.

LEADER: I hold in my hand several wooden matches. You can see that one match alone is easy to break (demonstrates by breaking in two a single match).

But when I put five or more together, they are almost impossible to break (makes unsuccessful effort to break bundle of five matches). 

Each month we learn more about the wonderful freedom and responsibilities our national flag stands for.  If it could speak, it could tell about many battles fought to maintain these freedoms we love. 

When our pack works together to uphold the wonderful traditions behind it, we, too, will be very hard to stop.


One Nation Under God, Part 1
Great Salt Lake Council

The pledge of allegiance symbolizes our loyalty to America. In 1892 Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, wrote the original pledge to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America. After a proclamation by President Benjamin Harrison, the pledge was then used in the public schools. For Flag Day in 1924 the words “my flag” was officially changed to “the flag of the United States of America”. The United States Congress officially recognized the pledge of allegiance in 1942. Then in 1954 the words “under God” were added, stating that we are not “Godless people”.

Dwight D. Eisenhower quoted, “From this day forward, millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and every rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.” Cub Scouts, Scouts, and leaders all over the U.S. Recite the Pledge at meetings and gatherings. All Scouts are asked the meaning and purpose of the Pledge and if they are willing to live accordingly. Let us now show our gratitude for this symbol of Happiness and freedom. Please arise and give the proper salute.

One Nation Under God, Part 2
Great Salt Lake Council

 “Little bits of flag information”-- The pledge reads”…one nation under God…” You will notice that the comma is before and after the phrase. Most Americans pause after the word nation. It should read in one breath “…one nation under God…”

The surrender of the eleven Southern States, who in 1861 seceded from the Union, established forever that the United States was “One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”


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