OPENING, CLOSING, AND FLAG CEREMONIES/05-05
By: Great Salt Lake Council
Posted On: 2022-02-04
FLAG CEREMONY---ODE TO ANIMALS
[by Joyce Warby]
As Cub Scouts, we share our world with our pet pals with
Wolf, Bear, and Webelos dens.
In the WOLF den, we walk like an elephant, leap like a frog,
jump like rabbits and do the crab walk. We don’t monkey
around but use our Cub Scout manners. We learn to sing
such songs as “Old McDonald had a Farm EIEIO” for part
of the music achievement.
When we are BEARS we are so hungry we could eat a
horse. We roar like a lion or hoot like an owl when
involved in fun activities, even if we just play the game of
“Fish.” If we don’t do our best in all that we do, we’ll be in
the doghouse for sure. In Bear achievement #20, the Cubs
hammer-like woodpeckers to make a bird feeder.
As WEBELOS we snorkel and learn to swim like a fish for
Aquanaut. In Handyman we get to wash a car and if we are
lucky get as wet as a drowned rat in a fun water fight.
In time we grow into SCOUTS as tadpoles turn into frogs.
And eventually, we learn to soar like Eagles.
Join with us now as we pledge our allegiance to this great
country that allows us the privilege to share our world with
our animal friends and partners.
OPENING QUESTIONS---- WHAT ANIMAL AM I?
1. My coat is shaggy, my tail is waggy
I’m man’s best friend, so they say.
I like to slurp, and will even work,
And love to engage in horseplay.
2. Is it right that I am white
With stripes of black amusing?
Or am I black with white rick-rack?
It’s really the most confusing.
3. I crawl on my belly, I’m never smelly,
But most folks try to keep away,
I smell with my tongue like to bask in the sun,
And don’t much like to play,
4. I honk and waddle, in the water I paddle,
When we’re in a crowd, it’s a gaggle.
Although I’m a bird and my tail is curled,
I always win, in a haggle.
5. I can sing like an oboe, they call me a Lobo,
I like to live in a pack,
I can live in desert, prairie, mountains or snow,
If I eat one little sheep they go loco!
Once there was a farmer who had a
cantankerous old mule that was always
looking to give the man a kick if he
could. One day the mule fell into the
well. After assessing the situation the
farmer decided that neither the mule nor
the well was worth the trouble of saving.
He started hauling dirt to the well and
shoveling it down to bury the old mule to
put him out of his misery. At first, the
mule was hysterical when the dirt started
hitting his back but as the dirt continued
to descend a thought struck him. It
dawned on him that every time a shovel
of dirt landed on his back HE COULD
SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This
he did, blow after blow, “Shake it off and
step up...shake it off and step up!” He
repeated this to encourage himself. No
matter how distressing the situation
seemed the old mule fought panic and
just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF
AND STEPPING UP! It wasn’t long
before the old mule, dirty, and exhausted,
STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER
THE WALL OF THAT WELL!
What seemed like it would bury him
actually helped him..all because of the
manner in which he handled adversity.
THAT’S LIFE! If we face our problems
and respond to them positively and
refuse to give in to panic, bitterness or
self-pity...THE ADVERSITIES THAT
COME ALONG TO BURY US
USUALLY HAVE WITHIN THEM
THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT US!
Great Salt Lake Council