Scouting, Volume 67, Number 5, October 1979 Page: 20
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Wear and wash Cubs
At a recent den meeting my Cubs con-
structed the solar system by making each
planet out of papier mache. Barely 60
seconds into the project I noticed their
clean, blue uniforms had become polka-
dotted from head to toe with flour and
water paste. It seems as if I had underes-
timated their talent for diving headfirst
into any project they tackled.
As they prepared to leave, I offered this
advice for their return home: "Before you
open the door, shout in first, 'It's OK,
Mom, it's washable!'"
Printed in red on a standard (2"x3y2")
white business card is the following:
"Your son has been invited to join Troop
22," and my name, address, phone
number, and the day and time and loca-
tion of our troop meeting place. As a
decoration, I inserted the Scouting/USA
logo in the center.
Here is some background on why I
developed this card. First, I wanted to
involve my Scouts in recruiting their
friends but I had not had much success in
getting them to carry around and hand out
the standard recruiting material at school.
Second, I collect and trade Scouting
memorabilia and always appreciate the
business cards others give me so we can
correspond, but I could never justify
spending money just to pass out a card
with my name and address on it to collec-
tors. So, I came up with a card with a real
purpose, one that I could give to collectors,
but most important, one that my Scouts
could easily carry around and give to their
friends at school and church.
Just last week Fwas visiting my brother
who teaches the fifth grade at a local
school (he is also my ASM). When the
students came back from lunch he sug-
gested I stick around and give a short
recruiting talk to his class, which of course
I did. When I asked how many boys age 11
or older were present, eight hands shot up.
I placed my card in each hand and invited
the boys to come check out our troop.
Two of the boys did come down to the
next meeting and both decided to join.
One boy knew very little about Scouting,
the other boy seemed to know a great
deal.The latter said he was from Australia
and was staying with his grandparents
temporarily. He also said his step great-
grandfather was high up in the Scouting
movement. (I assumed the Australian
Scouts.) When he turned in his application
at the next meeting, I noticed that it was
signed by his grandfather, Harvey L. Price,
Jr. I had recruited the step great-grandson
of our (then) Chief Scout Executive, Har-
vey L. Price!
Lloyd P. Stiewig
Scoutmaster, Troop 22
Mind your pints and courts
I had the pleasure of sitting in on a meet-
ing of our troop leaders' council. Normal-
ly, the committee rotates this job of over-
seeing the operation from the far corner of
The Scouts were reviewing the "Ten
Tests of Successful Scouting" and were
mentioning they had at least a gallon of
honor during the year. At that point I
leaned over to "Easy" Levin, a committee
member who had sat in on similar meet-
ings, and asked what a "gallon of honor"
"Oh," he replied, "that's what the boys
call four courts of honor."
One man's credo
In a testimonial to Scouting, Kansas City
attorney-Scouter Sidney L. Willens closed
his remarks delivered at a district banquet
in Prairie Village, Kan., by saying.
The Scouting program says, "Don't talk,
The Scouting program says, "An ounce
of application is worth a ton of ab-
Once a boy is taught he can do it, the
need for telling the man he should do it is
Performance teaches boys to believe in
Off with his head
When my Cub Scout son brought home
tickets for the '79 Scout Exposition, I
decided he needed a little practice in his
sales approach to door-to-door customers.
After several minutes of coaching, I asked
him what he would say when someone
opened the door. His reply was, "Would
you like to buy a ticket to an execution?"
Going to the dog
Our den decided to do something special
for the pack's Christmas tree. Each Cub
Scout got a long thread, needle, and
popped popcorn to string a long popcorn
garland. Each Cub's garland would then
be tied together to make one long string.
One Cub had worked hard for several
minutes stringing the popcorn then run-
ning it way down toward the end without
looking. He decided he'd inventory how
much popcorn he'd strung. But when he
looked at the thread he exclaimed, "Oh,
There wasn't a single piece of popcorn
on the thread. It seems as if as fast as he
threaded the popcorn, our dog was eating
Tom and Sherrie Strong
Den Leaders, Pack 9
Mason City, Iowa
Pack 181, Flint, Mich., turned a Christmas
service project into a year-round happen-
ing. "Adopt a Grandparent" is the title of
the Cub Scouts' idea.
First benefactor of the project was Ed-
son Leonard, age 93, a widower living
alone near where the pack meets. He takes
care of himself and the house very ef-
ficiently but is lonely because his children
live far away. The dens of Pack 181
decided to invite Leonard to their Christ-
mas party several years ago and now he
comes to all pack activities. They take him
to baseball and hock- (continued on page 74)
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