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Susq Council Official sight.
Hummels Wharf Cubs & Scouts sight
National Scout sight.
Great sight for Cub leaders!
Lots of material on Scout Sunday (various faiths)

SCOUT SUNDAY PROGRAM for February 6th 2005
BEFORE Sunday:

1) Set up Scout & Cubs display tables in the Fellowship Hall. Display any relevant information, crafts, projects, or pictures that would let people get a "feel" for scouting. Show some unique features having to do with your troop or pack. Make sure to put a sign in the foyer telling people of the displays! IDEA: You may want to incorporate some camp or trail food samples and displays.

2) BY February 2nd (Wed), coordinate with Sharon Reeder on putting a bulletin insert in the Sunday Bulletin briefly explaining scouting, charter procedures, and Members of the Church of Christ for Scouting. Maybe have the boys help Sharon with the bulletin for that week.

3) You will need an MC (suggest the Scoutmaster), a song leader (from the congregation?), someone for the audio booth, and the troop Chaplain or Chaplain Aid.


BEFORE Bible Study (9AM) and/or the 10AM Worship Service:

1) Have 4 boys (cubs or scouts in uniform) "man" the entrance doors as people enter in.
IDEA: Can have 4 boys for Bible study and 4 different boys before Worship.

After the AM worship service (Apx 11:15 AM)

FLAG CEREMONY: MC have audience stand. Cubs march in and "plant" the flags, then lead all present in the Pledge of Allegiance. (Scouts march in behind cubs and stand behind the cubs in formation.)
1 Scout step forward and lead the other scouts in the Scout oath and the Scout law.

SING "America the Beautiful" # ______________ in the song books.

MC give a brief history of the Scouts. Focus on Robert Baden-Powell, Daniel Beard, and William Pryce.

Have a Cub Scout read the exert from "Scouting For Boys" by Baden-Powell

Have a Cub, Cubs, or a Cub leader share some activities (past and present) and some future goals of their pack.

Have a Scout, or Scouts, share some activities (past and present) along with some future goals of their troop.

Present 1 short and fun skit from the Cubs, and 1 from the Scouts.

Responsive reading "On My Honor" between Chaplain and the Scouts.

Have a Cub leader lead the Cubs in the "Cub Scout Promise"

Have the Scoutmaster, or Cubmaster, read "Baden-Powell's Final Message"

Have one of the leaders thank The Susquehanna Valley church of Christ for the use of their building.

SING "God Bless America" # __________ in the song books.

Chaplain close in prayer.

Responsive Reading: On My Honor

Leader: All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. (Psalm 25:10)

Scouts: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country.

Leader: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord the people whom he has chosen as his heritance. (Psalm 33:12) My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare will they give you. (Proverbs 3:1-2)

Scouts: On my honor I will do my best to obey the Scout Law—and the Law is this: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Leader: And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39) Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
Scouts: On my honor I will do my best to help other people at other times.

Leader: Remember also the Golden Text: And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. (Lk 6:31)

Scouts: On my honor, I will do my best to keep myself mentally awake.

Leader: Wisdom is the principal thing: Do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Get wisdom; get insight. (Prv 4:5) How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word. (Ps119:9)
Scouts: On my honor, I will do my best to keep myself morally straight.

Leader: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord,that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7) May God's word dwell in us and keep us honorable.


Baden-Powell's Last Message
Towards the end of his life, although still in comparatively good health, he prepared a farewell message to his Scouts for publication after his death. It read:

"Dear Scouts - if you have ever seen the play 'Peter Pan' you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possible, when the time came for him to die, he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of goodbye.
Remember, it is the last time you will ever hear from me, so think it over. I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have a happy life too. I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness does not come from being rich, nor merely being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.
Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.
But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. 'Be Prepared' is the way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout Promise always - even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you to do it.

A Thought for Scout Sunday
From Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys:

The old knights were very religious. They were always careful to attend religious services, especially before going into battle or undertaking any serious difficulty. They considered it the right thing always to be prepared for death. Besides worshipping God in church, the knights always recognized His work in the things which He made, such as animals, plants, and all scenery.
And so it is with peace scouts today. Wherever they go they love the woodlands, the mountains, and the prairies, and they like to watch and know about the animals that inhabit them, and the wonders of the flowers and plants.
No man is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws. So every Scout should have religion. Religion seems a very simple thing: First: Love and serve God. Second: Love and serve your neighbor. In doing your duty to God always be grateful to Him. Whenever you enjoy a pleasure or a good game, or succeed in doing a good thing, thank Him for it, if only with a word or two, just as you say grace at a meal. And it is a good thing to bless other people. For instance, if you see a train starting off, just pray for God's blessing on all that are in the train. In doing your duty towards man, be helpful and generous, and always be grateful for any kindness done to you, and be careful to show that you are grateful. Remember again that a present given to you is not yours until you have thanked the giver for it. While you are living your life on earth, try to do something good which may remain after you.