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Dave's Variation - Go backwards and ask people how much influence and control they will have at that time and snap off the sections as they are discussed – First from college after (11 inches), essentially none, snap it off. Then during high school (7 to 9 inches), almost none, snap it off. Next middle school (5 ½ to 7 inches) weakening, snap it off, Then tell them that whether they did good or didn’t, the first 6 years are gone and snap off 0 to 3 inches. Now you are left with the piece from 3” to 5 and one half inches.

I'd like to go back to the 2 1/2" between 3 " and 5 1/2" (between 6 and 11 years old). [Hold your fingers at these two marked lines]. These 2 1/2", or 5 years are key years in your son's development. Many of his decision-making skills, ethics and morals will be developed and reinforced during this time. A recent study showed that young people who were close to a caring adult in these early years were less likely to get into trouble with drugs, crime, etc. and were more likely to continue in school.

These five years are the years of the Cub Scout - Tiger Cub through Webelos Scout. [At this point drop the yard stick, but keep your finger spaced the 2 1/2 " apart]. In Cub Scouting we need every family to get involved this much.[refer to the distance between your fingers]. "This much" is different for everybody. Your "This much" might be as a committee member, or a den leader for your son, or for others'. It might be organizing an outing, handling the Pack treasury, writing a newsletter, organizing the Blue and Gold banquet. It might be as a Cubmaster.

[Lift the whole yard stick again]. If one person tries to do this much the program will surely fail, but if everyone does "This much" in your son's Scouting career both he and you will have a great experience!

So what are you waiting for? Let's make your son's Scouting Experience something he will remember for a lifetime!

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Do Your Best

Great Sauk Trail Council

When you give the Cub Scout Promise, the words Do Your Best often are lost among all the other very important words. Let’s stop for a minute and carefully consider those words.

“Best” describes effort and action above our usual.

“You” are the only person who can possibly know whether or not you have done your best. Every time you repeat the Promise, YOU agree to do your best to do certain things.

“Your Best” is just that, the very best. Think about the meaning of the promise and decide that you will always do your very best, no matter what the job facing you might be.

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