I Have A Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.", Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)


Mother's Day 2013

Mother's Day is this weekend! Below are some great ideas to show your appreciation to Mom on her special day.

  • Clean your room (should be done every day!)
  • Make her breakfast
  • Have a mandatory "No work for Mom day"
  • On the Saturday before, take her out to a dinner and a movie. She will be very impressed that her scout paid the bill!
  • For Cub Scouts - make some Mother's Day coupons that don't expire.  Examples are doing the dishes without complaining, cleaning items around the house that are not usually on your list..
  • Maybe the perfect day would just be having family time at the park, or playing your families favorite board game.
  • On Saturday, make a special hand made Mother's Day card to give to her on Sunday morning with her favorite chocolate bar or a small potted plant.
What ever you choose to do to show Mom your appreciation, make sure to give her one of the best gifts she could ever ask for... Make sure to say that you love her.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day to all you Den Mom's and Scouter Mothers out there.
Photo: Urbana Cub Scout Pack 114

Valentines Day

How did this holiday start?...

There were a few different early Christian saints that had the name Valentinus.  The most popular story takes place around 269AD. St Valentine was put into prison for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and also for ministering to Christians.  While he was in prison it is said that he healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius.  Legend has it that before St Valentine was executed he wrote "from your Valentine" as a farewell to her.

Today the holiday is observed by sending flowers, candies, and Valentines day cards to those we love.  There is an estimated 200 million Valentines sent on this day within the U.S.!

Happy New Year 2013

2012 was a great year for ScouterLife!  Not only was the website born, but we already have more than 250 posts on topics for both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.  In 2013 we hope to double our 2012 statistics.  We are looking forward to the many hikes, campouts, cookouts, videos, merit badges, rank advancements, belt loops, knots, patrol meetings, court of honors, and pack meetings this year.  We wish you and yours a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Trick or Treating Tips and Safety

Halloween is an extremely fun holiday for me, but going outside and trick or treating at night has it's risks.  The following are some tips on how to have have a safe and fun trick or treating experience.  
  • Plan your route ahead of time.
  • Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
  • Take along money for a phone call.
  • Wear identification that's easy to read.
  • Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
  • Follow a curfew and take a watch with a backlight.
  • Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
  • Walk. No running.
  • Don't trample through flower beds and gardens.
  • Watch out for open flames in jack-o-Lanterns.
  • Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Only visit well lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses.
  • Don't enter any houses unless you know the people.
  • Carry a spare Halloween bag, in case yours breaks or you fill your original one.
  • Don't approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
  • Don't cut across yards and stay out of backyards.
  • Follow traffic signals and don't jaywalk.
  • Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
  • Review the "stop, drop and roll" procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Respect other people and their property.
  • Be polite and say "thank you."
  • Don't eat any candy until it's inspected for tampering under bright lights.
  • Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
  • Small children should not be allowed hard candy they may choke on.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.
  • Consider having a party instead of Trick or Treating.

The Fourth of July!

We hope that you have a Happy and Safe Independence Day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those in the Armed Forces who are fighting and protecting our freedom, and to those that are being affected and those who are fighting against all the wild fires Nation wide.   

This day is to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.  American's have many customs and celebrations for this day.  The most common is lighting of fireworks (a scouts favorite... be careful and always have adult supervision), BBQ's, Parades, and Picnics.  Everyone has different ways that they celebrated... but we are all celebrating the same thing... our freedom.  John Adams wrote this of Independence day to his wife Abigail, "This day in July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

American Heritage Merit Badge - Requirement 1
Read the Declaration of Independence. Pay close attention to the section that begins with “We hold these truths to be self-evident” and ends with “to provide new Guards for their future security.” Rewrite that section in your own words, making it as easy to understand as possible. Then, share your writing with your merit badge counselor and discuss the importance of the Declaration to all Americans.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.