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Guiding Star

Personnel: Akela, 8 Cub Scouts
Equipment: Small campfire; blue paper or cardboard, three foot square, with cutouts for stars in Big Dipper and the North Star; 8 small or pen-type flashlights, one for each Cub Scout.
Arrangement: Akela and 8 Cub Scouts stand near campfire with the figure of the Big Dipper and North Star at one side of the fire.  Cub Scouts stand behind the figure with lights which they flash behind their star in the Big Dipper as they speak.

Akela: For thousands of years, people have grouped the stars together as figures in constellations.  This was probably done by the early shepherds as they lay on the grass looking at the sky while tending their sheep.  There they could see pictures of heroes, kings, queens, men, maidens and monsters in the stars.  The constellation we know best is the Big Dipper.  

Taking the stars that form the outer edge of the Big Dipper sight upward and the Bright star that you see is the North Star, which for centuries has been the guiding star for travelers.

(#1 Cub Scout flashes his light at the cut out for the North Star).

It remains in the same place all the time.  Let the North Star represent God.  Keep your eyes on the North Star.  Each star in the Big Dipper can help you keep your eyes on the North Star to become your guide for living.  Then let your light shine so that you can help others find the way.

Listen now as our Cub Scouts tell what each star in the Big Dipper represents to them in their quest to find the guiding star.

(As they speak, they flash their light behind their star).

#2: The Holy Bible
#3: My minister, pastor, priest or Rabbi
#4: My mother and father
#5: The Cub Scout Promise
#6: The Law of the Pack
#7: My Den Leader
#8: My Cubmaster

Akela: All of these are excellent guides for us to follow on our Cub Scout Trail.  Let each one help you as you travel onward.  Good Night.

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