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July's Core Value - COURAGE

posted Jul 1, 2011, 3:33 PM by Pack 438 Cubmaster
Greetings Pack 438!  I hope everyone has been enjoying the Summer break!  I saw quite a few of our Scouts at the Big Cypress District Day Camp, shooting bows and arrows and keeping cool with plenty of snow cones :-)  Thank you to all our Pack 438 volunteers who braved the heat to help setup, run programs and walk with Dens.  The Day Camp Key Staff received a lot of positive feedback about your efforts and we hope you and your Scout had a great time.

 

As you relax, soak up the rays and have fun with your families, remember that your Pack 438 Committee has a number of Summertime Activities planned, including Bowling and Scout Day at the Astros.  The Pack has already visited the local and regional historic sites, including a fun day at Washington on the Brazos.  Keep an eye out for emails from the Pack Leadership, and check back on our website at www.rennellpack438.com for the latest information.  You can also check the Pack Calendar at www.scouttrack.com, if you're a new member or have not logged into Scout Track before, contact cubmaster@rennellpack438.com and we'll get you set up.

 

As most of you know, every month we focus on a Cub Scout Core Value, this month's core value is "Courage".  

 

"Courage: Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.

Exploring new territory and challenging oneself with new skills takes a certain amount of courage."

 

Here are some great lessons that you can share with your Scout about Courage and Doing their Best:

 

Don’t Give Up

From the Utah National Parks Council

To be good at anything, you have to have courage to believe that you can do it, and then practice it until you can. There’s no easy way to become an expert. You just have to keep at it, over and over. There will be times you’ll think that you just can’t make it. But be courageous.  Don’t give up a task because it seems hard. There are few things worth doing that are easy to do at first.

 

 
"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway."

John Wayne

 

 
Scouting Courage

From the Sam Houston Area Council

During Eagle Scoutmaster Conferences, Boy Scouts are often asked to describe the point of the scout law that they feel that they have had trouble providing an example to. Many answer, "I have never shown bravery." My answer has always been that I find that hard to believe. I invariably ask them if they have ever had the courage to say no to a friend because it is wrong, for example offers to drink, smoke or do drugs. Have you ever had the courage to tell a friend that he is doing something inappropriate? Have you ever had the courage to do the right thing, even when everyone else seems to be taking the easy way out such as wear your seatbelt, or life jacket? Do you have the courage to wait for the green light to cross, even when there are no cars, and no-one will know? Have you ever had the opportunity to cheat, and chose not to? Invariably they see that courage does not necessarily mean dodging bullets, or saving someone's life.

 
Cub scouts have lots of opportunities to show courage, because Cub Scouts sometimes tests boys' limits. Many Cub Scouts have never swum without a lifejacket, have never stayed overnight at a campout, have never cooked their family a meal. This month's theme provides ideas to help Cub Scouts to test their courage by trying many new things.

 

 
and finally...

 

Cubmaster Minute

When we begin to feel that life is hard and the task before us is more than we can handle, stop and remember those who forged the trails before us.  They left for a life in the unknown.  They didn't know what lay ahead of them, but with courage they moved on.  They hiked over mountains and through dry hot deserts, just to name a few of their difficulties. But they drew upon their faith, and their courage and determination to get the job done.

 

Enjoy your time together as a family this Summer, your fellow Scouts and Leaders at Pack 438 look forward to seeing you in the Fall!  Stay safe, drink plenty of water (we know what happens when you don’t!) and HAVE FUN!

 

Yours in Scouting

 

Gene Manuel

Cubmaster Pack 438

Wood Badge SHAC 111 - Owl Patrol

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