By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 12, 2013

Cub Scouts Learn to Fly

Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has been a fun and educational experience concerned with values. Besides providing a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, Cub Scouting focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service. [1]

Boys join Cub Scouts at 8 years old. Like with starting school, Cub Scouts are trying something new for the first time. They have seen other Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts but do not yet understand what it is all about.

Trying something new calls for bravery. Courage is one of the 12 core values of the Cub Scout program: Citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health and fitness, honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect and responsibility.

How the Little Kite Learned to Fly

“I never can do it,” the little kite said,

As he looked around at the others high over his head.

“I know I should fall if I tried to fly.”

“Try,” said the big kite, “only try!

Or I fear you never will learn at all.”

But the little kite said, “I’m afraid I’ll fall.”

***

The big kite nodded: “Ah well, goodbye;

I’m off,” and he rose toward the tranquil sky.

Then the little kite’s paper stirred at the sight,

And trembling he shook himself free for flight.

First whirling and frightened, then braver grown,

Up, up he rose through the air alone,

Till the big kite looking down could see

The little one rising steadily.

***

Then how the little kite thrilled with pride,

As he sailed with the big kite side by side!

While far below he could see the ground,

And the boys like small spots moving round.

They rested high in the quiet air,

And only the birds and the clouds were there.

“Oh, how happy I am!” the little kite cried,

“And all because I was brave, and tried.” [2]

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Adventure and fun awaits boys who give Cub Scouting a try.

Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council

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References

1. See Boy Scouts of America, “About Cub Scouting.”

2. See William J. Bennett, “The Book of Virtues,” (1993) Simon & Schuster, p. 446.

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