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A Balanced Menu For Life
Tonight we've spent a lot of time talking about the four food groups we need to be healthy. And we've looked up some of those recipes, using those four food ...

A Key To Scouting
(Hold up a car key) I have here in my hand a key - a small item as you can see. Yet it ...

A Lesson in Trust
This is a "true" story I related to our Scouts. It seems that before the first man walked on the moon, NASA found an area of New Mexico where the topography ...

A Little Extra Effort
(You will need two poles and rope to secure them with a square lashing.  Tie a square lashing. ) As you watch me tie ...

A Scout Is Brave
In the Scout Law we say, "A Scout is brave. " What does that mean to you? (Get answers. ) Usually we think of bravery ...

A Scout Is Brave But Not Foolhardy
"What's the 10th point of the Scout Law? That's right, a Scout is brave. It means that a Scout is courageous enough to do ...

A Scout Is Cheerful
Two brothers once decided to leave their hometown and move to the city. Outside the city the first brother met an old man. "How ...

A Scout Is Clean
(Hold up two cooking pots, one shiny bright on the inside but sooty outside, the other shiny outside and dirty inside. ) Scouts, which ...

A Scout Is Friendly01
Tonight I'm going to tell you a little story that didn't really happen - at least, I don't think it did. It's about a ...

A Scout Is Friendly02
What's the fourth point of the Scout Law? That's right - "A Scout is friendly. " Do you have as many friends as you'd ...

A Scout Is Friendly03
Probably all of you know some guy who is grouchy all the time. His neighbors try to be nice to him, but he just ...

A Scout Is Kind
Scouts, our Law say’s "A Scout is kind. A Scout understand that there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants ...

A Scout Is Loyal
Scouts, what's the second point of the Scout Law? That's right, "A Scout is loyal. " Our Scout handbook explains that a Scout is ...

A Scout Is Obedient
What's the seventh point of the Scout Law? That's right, "A Scout is obedient. " Our handbook explains it this way: "A Scout follows ...

A Scout Is Thrifty
Scouts, here I have a handful of sand, and in my other hand I have a piece of topsoil, just sod. Do you see ...

A Scout Is Trustworthy
An architect who had just finished college was trying to get his business established and was having a hard time doing it. He still ...

A Warped Wheel
Scouts, if you loosen five or six adjoining spokes on a bicycle wheel, it will warp out of shape so that it no longer ...

A Winner
A Winner respects those who are superior to him and tries to learn something from them. A Loser resents those who are superior and ...

Aim So high Youll Never Be Bored
The greatest waste of our natural resources is the number of people who never achieve their potential. Get out of that slow lane. Shift ...

BadenPowell On Honesty
You remember that in September I mentioned Robert Baden-Powell, the British general who started Scouting a long time ago. He had a lot of ...

Be In Uniform
Scouts, what would you think of a policeman in full uniform except for trousers which were of bright ...

Be Prepared For Any Old Thing
What's the Scout motto? That's right, "Be Prepared. " Can anyone tell me where it came from? Well, it was started by a man ...

Be Prepared02
Next week we're going on our Winter Campout. For you new Scouts especially, it's going to be a test of what you've learned about ...

Be Proud
You can't watch TV or read a newspaper today without hearing the word "community. " There's talk about the black community, the ...

Being A Brother
Did you know that you have millions of brothers? Who do you think they might be. That's right, Scouts all over the world. We ...

Being Honest by Peter Van Houten
I'd like to share an experience I witnessed last night that exemplifies the virtues of honesty and the principles of being a Boy Scout! Beyond my role of Scout leader I ...

Big Enough
Scouts, for hiking you have to use a map scale to measure distance between points. Tonight I'm thinking of another kind of measuring. I ...

Boys Shave Heads in Show of Support
Radiation treatment may soon cost Mark Lowry his hair, but his bald head won't stand out in the classrooms at Cross Lutheran School. When his classmates learned that Mark, 13, would ...

Breaking Them In
(Show a pair of well worn hiking boots. ) These old boots have taken me over a lot of miles of trail. They're really comfortable. ...

Camp In A City
As we look at local government, perhaps we can gain a better understanding of its duties and responsibilities, if we compare it with our ...

Camping In The Twenties
Five months from now - in February - we'll be joining in celebrating the 75th birthday of Scouting in America. Actually, we're going to ...

Can Eight Words Make A Difference
Doctrines, credos, manifestos, laws, declarations, codes of ethics. Ever since people have been able to communicate they have compiled words to live by. But ...

Caring For Tools
(Show various hand tools)Tools like these are essential in making repairs around the house and in doing the kind of community Good Turn we're planning this month. ...

Carrying Scoutings Flame
At this moment, somewhere in our country, a Boy Scout is carrying a flame for Scouting. It's called the Heritage Flame, and it will ...

Coal And Diamonds
Scouts, I'm sure you've all seen a diamond. It's very hard, very bright and very beautiful. Most of you have probably seen coal, too. It's dull black ...

Communication
Scouts, have you ever considered how important it is to speak clearly and concisely about something so that the other person is in no ...

Computer World
This month we've had a chance to learn a little about computers. You've seen that they're good for a lot more than playing games, ...

Cubmasters Closing Minute
"I will do my best!" Do these words sound like there is a job that has to be done? Yes, it does. What do they mean? These words explain what ...

Dont Be A Litterbug
(Hold up a paper carton or other piece of litter) This month we've been talking a lot about conservation of natural resources, and next week ...

Dont Get Hooked
(Stick a fish hook in a piece of cloth and show how difficult it is to back out the way it when in. ) Scouts, ...

Emergency Preparedness
So far this month, we've spent most of our time learning first aid. We've been trying to prepare ourselves to help other people when ...

Even A Parrot
Once a Scoutmaster was visiting in a new Scout's home. He was there to test the boy for his Scout badge. Now it happened ...

Everyone Can Win
In a competitive rally we have winners and losers in the various events, yet it is possible for everyone to win something. A losing ...

Family Night
Next week we'll have our big family night and court of honor, and I'm hoping that all your families will be her and have ...

Finding Your Way
(Show a Scout badge. ) Scouts, where did the design for the Scout badge come from? Did you know that it's from the north ...

First Class
In our everyday speech, "first class" means the best. When we say that a man is traveling first class, or that's a first class ...

Fit For Life
One of the goals of Scouting is physical fitness, and we've been paying special attention to it this month. It's fun to test yourself ...

Flag Day
Who can tell me what day falls on June 14th? That's right it's Flag Day. Another question, why do we celebrate Flag Day on ...

Freedom For What
We've been talking about the Constitution and the freedom it gives us as citizens. But how free are we? What does freedom mean? Does ...

Gigo
Like any other profession, the computer field has a lot of special words, like pixel, RAM, ROM, crash, bits, bytes and nibbles. All these terms ...

Good Turn Closing Thought
Most of us are happiest when we are doing something for others. Think, for a moment of a time when you were helpful to someone. Chances are it made you ...

Good Turn Hint
Our program theme this month is called "Good Turn Hunt. " Makes it sound like Good Turns are really hard to find, doesn't it? ...

Good Turnabout
The name of our program this month is "Sharing the Good Life. " At times you may think your life isn't all that great, ...

Handicapped Awareness
Most of you probably know somebody who has a physical or mental handicap. Chances are that he or she functions pretty well in spite ...

Happy Birthday
We're calling our campout next week a Happy Birthday Campout because February is the anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. We're going to ...

Hes No Ordinary Boy
When a Scout becomes an Eagle Scout he's still a boy. only a little more than a million Scouts have ever advanced to Scouting's ...

Hey Kids
Just before you go to sleep tonight, check this list: Did you get up on time? Did you make your bed? Did you eat ...

Hibernation
Does everybody know what the word "hibernation" means? That's right, it means to sleep through the winter. Woodchucks do it. So do some chipmunks, ...

Holiday Spirit
Christmas and Hanukkah are, for the most people, the most joyful holidays of the year. The holiday parties, the exchange of gifts, and the ...

How To Catch A Monkey
Anybody here want to know how to catch a monkey? Well, I can tell you how they do it in India. They take a ...

I Used to Work in a Zoo
This is a Scoutmaster's minute that I used recently that still has the Scouts talking. It starts with the following story told in the first person. You have to keep ...

I Wish I Was That Brother
Upon graduation from college, a few years back, a young man received a gift from his older brother. It was a shiny brand new Packard. The car of his dreams! ...

Independence Day
Everybody loves the Fourth of July. In many communities it's a time for parades, fireworks, ball games and picnics. Real fun! But we ought ...

It All Depends
A lot of you Scouts have been working on the Communications skill award and merit badge, and I hope you've learned the importance of ...

Its Only a Pin
Two fond parents watch their boy where he stands, Apart from his comrades tonight, And see placed on his camp-battered tunic, a badge... An Eagle... the emblem of right. It ...

Jamboree Spirit
Thousands of lucky Scouts will be at Fort A. P. Hill in Virginia for the 1989 National Scout Jamboree. We'll have our own troop ...

Junk Food
You all know what junk food is - stuff like potato chips, soda pop and candy. Probably you've heard people say it's not good ...

Keep Your Cool
Scouts, I have a sort of trick question for you. Think before you answer. What's the most important thing for a first aider to ...

Laws And Men
Why do we have laws? What's the purpose of laws? That's right, we need laws to govern society. To protect life and property and ...

Leisure
Scouts, I wonder how many of us are really mentally awake, keep our eyes open and are really aware of what goes on around ...

Little Things
Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer, The Nobel, Oscars, Tonys, Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small pleasures. ...

Living Your Law
Nations, states communities and even families have laws. These are simple rules by which people must live in order to have harmony. If we ...

Looking Forward To Your Career
How many of you think you know what career you will choose when you become men? Most of you have plenty of time to ...

Making A Fresh Start
Well, Scouts, the new year is here and it's time for New Year's resolutions. In other words, as our theme this month says, it's ...

Many Good Turns
Back when Scouting was young, one of our national leaders was Ernest Thompson Seton. He was called the Chief Scout and he often visited ...

Measure Yourself By The Golden Rule
(Show an ordinary ruler) What do I have here? Right, it's a ruler. Some people call it a rule. This one isn't golden but it ...

Measuring Up
This month we're learning how to measure heights and distances by estimation. It's fun, and it can be a useful skill in the outdoors ...

Minnows And Whoppers
Everybody here likes to hear fish stories, the wilder the better. I expect we'll have a lot of them after our Fishing Camp-Out this ...

Moving On The Scouting Trail
Scouts, our theme this month is called, "Moving on the Scouting Trail". What do we mean when we talk about the Scouting Trail. That's ...

New Years Resolution
Well, Scouts, did you make any New Year's resolutions? I hope some of you resolved to bring up your grades in school and be ...

Night Is For Sleeping
You can always spot the greenhorn - the first year camper - as soon as "Taps" sounds on the first night in camp. He's ...

Olympic Oath
I imagine most of us have watched the Olympic Games on the television. It's really great watching the world's greatest athletes competing, isn't it? ...

On Patriotism
True patriotism is more than getting a lump in your throat when the flag passes by. it involves determination on your part ...

On The Trail
Once a long time ago a hound was out with his master trailing a mountain lion. The hound came to a place where a ...

Our Home In Camp
Scouts, when we go to our camporee, and later when we are in summer camp, let's remember that our campsite is our home. The ...

Our Natural Resources
(Hold up two glasses, one filled with dirty water, one sparkling clean water. ) Scouts, which would you prefer to drink? The answer is ...

Our Oath And Law
Last week for the Scoutmasters Minute, I talked a little about what Scouting was like a half century ago. You may remember that I ...

Outdoor Housekeeping
Some of you are working on the Environment skill award or Environmental Science merit badge. You're learning how everything in nature is connected in ...

Parents
Scouts, if you're like most boys, you don't think of your parents very often. Oh, they're around all the time, of course, and sometimes ...

Pass It On01
What magic there is in togetherness alone. Unshared. Undivided. Far away in your soft green world of solitude of things to fill the dreams of ...

Patrol Spirit
I'm sure all of you Scouts have played team sports, so you know what teamwork means. Most football fans see a touchdown run and ...

Picking On Him
On a hike or in camp we reveal our true selves most. Did you ever know a Scout who thought people were always picking ...

Pink Champagne Punch
1 12-ounce bottle white grape juice 1 6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 1 16-ounce pkg. frozen whole strawberries, thawed 1 12-ounce can lemon-lime soda, chilled ...

Planting Seeds
(Have an apple and a plate with a few apple seeds) If I gave you a choice, which would you rather have, the apple or ...

Reach For The Stars
There used to be a saying that if a man had great ambition, he was "reaching for the stars". The idea was that he ...

Recipe For Life
This month you young Scouts are learning something about food and cooking and how to use recipes to whip up a tasty meal. I hope ...

Road Test Yourself
Did you know that car manufacturers try out there new models on some of the worst roads in the world? They can't find any ...

Safety Afloat
Scouts, what do the following merit badges have in common: Canoeing, Motorboating, Rowing, Small-Boat Sailing, and Water Skiing? I'll give you a hint - ...

Safety Through Skill
We've been talking a lot about safety tonight, how to be safe ourselves and make our homes and community safe. I think the lesson is partly exercising our common sense ...

Salt Of The Earth
Who can tell me what "salt of the earth" means? That's right, it means a person who has a fine character and is a ...

Scouting Is Alive
Our theme this month is called "Scouting is Alive," but I think it ought to be "Scouting is alive and well and living in ...

Scouting Pathfinder BadenPowell
Three months from now, we're going to be celebrating the ___th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. But Scouting is even older than ...

Scouting Pathfinder Daniel Carter Beard
I told you last week about Ernest Thompson Seton, who was one of the earliest leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. Another important ...

Scouting Pathfinder Ernest Thompson Seton
Last week I talked about Baden-Powell, the English general who founded Boy Scouting. While Baden-Powell was working out his ideas for Scouting, in this ...

Scouting Plumb Line
(Show a carpenter's plumb line) Does anybody know what this is? That's right it's a plumb line. Carpenters and masons use a plumb line to make sure their work is ...

Scoutings Directions
Tonight we've been learning how to find directions on a map and use the compass to stay on course. By now I hope most ...

Set Of The Sails
"If you have ever been sailing, or at least watched sailboats, you may have noticed that two sailboats can sail in different directions in ...

Setting Standards
As Scouts and as school pupils, you spend a lot of time meeting standards. In school your work may be graded on a scale ...

Setting The Example
In the patrol leaders council, we often talk about the skills of leadership. Patrol leaders who have taken the junior leader training course know ...

Smilin In The Rain
A long time ago, a joker said, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. " That isn't really true anymore ...

Solid To The Core
Every once in a while when you're working on a pioneering project, you'll find a spar that looks great but that turns out to ...

Someone Else
With great regret we announce the loss of one of the councils most valuable families - Mr. & Mrs. Someone Else have moved away, ...

Spell It Honesty
Tonight we've spent a lot of time talking about ethics - about honesty and fairness and respect for others. Now I'll tell you a ...

Sportsmanship
Probably some of you will earn the Sports merit badge this month. If so, the first thing you'll have to do, is understand what ...

Spring Phenoms
I know that some of you read the sports pages and follow the big league pennant races. So probably you have heard of spring ...

Strengthening Our Troop
(Hold up two ropes of different sizes) Which one of these ropes do you think is stronger? You're right. Common sense tells us that the ...

Teamwork
(Show three or four short pieces of rope) These pieces of rope are a lot like individual Scouts. You can use these ropes for ...

Thank You Dad
Now, Scouts, don't answer this question out loud, but how long has it been since you said, "Thank you, Dad. " I'm afraid that ...

Thanks To BSA
Last week I told you a little story about a Good Turn and an early leader of the Boy Scouts of America named Ernest ...

Thanksgiving01
Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means a school holiday, probably some football games to watch, and surely a big meal of turkey with ...

Thanksgiving02
As Americans, we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We live in freedom, most of us have an abundance of food ...

That First Step
The Chinese have a saying, "The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. " There's a lesson for us in that ...

The Boy Scout Neckerchief
You new Scouts probably learned tonight that our troop neckerchief has other uses besides looking good and showing our troop's colors. You found that it can be used in first ...

The Buddy Plan
(Hold up buddy tags) What do I have here, Scouts? That's right, they're buddy tags. We use them whenever we go in the water, so ...

The Bullfrog
Once there was a very large green bullfrog who lived in a modest sized pond. Even though many other animals and fish lived around this pond the bullfrog didnt have ...

The Eagle and the Wolf
There is a great battle that rages inside me. One side is a soaring Eagle. Everything the Eagle stands for is good and true and beautiful, And it soars above ...

The Empty Pot
The following is a paraphrase of "The Empty Pot" by Demi. A Chinese Emperor is dying and needs to pick his successor. Since he loved gardening (this is the outdoor ...

The Good Samaritan01
This month we've been talking a lot about the Good Turn. The Good Turn idea has been a tradition of the Boy Scouts of ...

The Knot That Tells A Story
Scouts, if your rank is between Second Class and Life, take a look at your badge of rank. What do all those badges have ...

The Man Without A Country
In the year 1805, some plotters tried to set up a new government in some of the southern states. When the plot was discovered, ...

The Monk and the Missionary
There is an old story of the missionary Sadhu Sundar Singh. He was traveling through the Himalayas with a Monk in the bitter cold. Night was coming and the Monk ...

The Most Eleusive Gift Of All
If you asked most sane and temperate men and women throughout the world what they wanted most for the holidays, their first choice wouldn't ...

The North Star
Scouts, we've been learning how to find Polaris, the North Star, because we know it will help us find our way in the wilderness. ...

The Origin of the Left Hand Shake
The Left hand shake goes way back to the origins of Scouting, and was inspired like many original Scouting concepts by B.-P.'s Army career. When Captain Baden-Powell entered the capital city ...

The Real Way To Happiness
Who can tell me what the Scout slogan is? That's right, “Do a Good Turn daily". The handbook tells us that a Good Turn ...

The Scout Handshake
Our Scout salute and handshake are ancient signs of bravery and respect. During the colonial period of our country, many men carried weapons for ...

The Scout Trail
When we go hiking we spend most of our time on trails. Sometimes the going is easy because the ground is flat and smooth. ...

The Smallest Factory
(Show a leaf of a tree or plant. ) Tonight we've been discussing the oxygen and water cycles and how food chains support life on ...

The Snake
A group of Arapaho Indian boys decided it was time to prove to the tribe elders that they were old enough to be considered men. By custom, the rite of ...

The Snake That Poisons Everybody
It topples governments, wrecks marriages, ruins careers, busts reputations, causes heartaches, nightmares, indigestion, spawns suspicion, generates grief, dispatches innocent people to cry in their ...

The Sunday Run
Last Sunday as I was finishing my run through Tree Tops Park with my running buddy, I saw a neighbor standing in her garage doorway about to get her newspaper. ...

The Two Knapsacks
Perhaps you've heard some people say that life is a hike between the cradle and the grave. For some, it's a long trip of ...

The Wilderness Pledge
Next week we'll be outdoors again, and it's good to remind ourselves that Scouts obey the Wilderness Pledge whenever they are hiking, camping, or ...

The Winning Spirit
Scouts, what is a winning spirit? In some sports, people say that a guy who has the winning spirit really comes to play. That ...

They Saved Life
Every year about 200 Scouts earn medals for saving life. A lot of them performed water rescues. Probably you've read about some of those ...

Two Hundred Years Of Freedom
Can anybody tell me what holiday falls on September 17. It's Citizenship Day or Constitution Day. Probably you've been talking about the reason for ...

Two Little Words
Scouts, here's a little quiz for you: What's the most welcome two-word sentence in the English language? Some of you might say, it's "We ...

Value Your Conscience
It may seem funny to say so, but you're very lucky that is hurts when you hit your finger with a hammer. If it ...

Welcoming The Webelos
It won't be long now before we'll be adding several new Scouts to this troop - the Webelos Scouts who will be graduating from ...

What Are We Doing To Ourselves
Many books offer answers on how to live our lives. But, there's one book that raises questions about what kind of lives we lead. ...

What Money Cant Buy
(Hold up some money)All of you recognize this and know that it will buy certain things. It can purchase a candy bar, a stamp, or a little ...

Whatever Happened To
It went the way of "Thank you," "Excuse me," "Yes, sir. " Do you know who just about killed all those phrases? All of ...

Who Are You
Your third grade teacher said you had a problem with math. You gave up on math, and you eliminated two-thirds of the jobs available ...

Wilderness Pledge
Scouts, next week we're going to practice some of the skills of what is called minimum impact camping, when we're outdoors for our Park ...

Winning Isnt Everything
Some years ago a hard-nosed coach said, "Winning isn't everything, but it sure beats whatever's second. " There's some truth in that. Everyone likes ...

World Friendship02
During the coming months we'll be doing some things that remind us of Scouting's past. We'll also try to show you that Scouting is ...

Youre The Finest
In just two hundred years, your country, through freedom and hard work, has changed the world. In agriculture, industry, education, medicine, law, transportation, and ...

Youve Got To Get It Over
You've probably seen a baseball pitcher who can throw a ball through a brick wall, but he can't throw strikes. In baseball, if you ...

Your Basic Survival Tool
If someone told you that you would be dropped from a plane in the heart of the Canadian wilderness and could pick one tool, ...

Your Cook Kit
Scouts, have you ever heard of people who claim to be able to read your character by the lines in your hand, the shape ...

Your Development
(Show a roll or package of camera film) If you looked at this roll of film before development, you cannot tell what kind of ...

Your Direction
(Take a bearing with a compass) One day a Scout named Bill was sighting with his compass, as I'm doing now. "Top of that hill ...

Your Fitness Quotient
I'm sure you've all heard of the IQ and know it stands for intelligence quotient. It's supposed to be a measure of intelligence. Probably ...

Your Label
Smart shoppers read the labels when they go to the supermarket. Product labels tell them a number of things: Whether the can or package ...

Your Mark Which Will It Be
(Hold up a plaster cast of a track. ) Scouts, here you see permanent evidence that an animal (or bird) has passed along the way. ...

Your Wild Animal
Scouts, did you know that everybody, including you, has a wild animal behind bars? The wild animal is your tongue, and the bars are ...



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