Where are the Boys? (From the September Baloos Bugle)

Taken from the September Baloos Bugle http://usscouts.org/bbugle/bb1309P.pdf

Where are the Boys?

During the 2013 Super Bowl, Ram Truck ran a commercial featuring a voice over from a 1978 speech Paul Harvey gave to the Future Farmers of America Convention. It began:

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer.

This was not a convention of grizzled sun baked men and women who worked the fields.

This was a convention of Scout aged young men and women. As homage to Paul Harvey, this is the rest of the story.

On the 9th day, God looked down on his world and saw its beauty and majesty. “Who will enjoy this world I have created? Where are the boys?”

God looked for the boys. He searched the earth found one of them running wild in the jungle. “I don’t want this boy in my jungle,” he said,“until someone teaches him some responsibility.

This boys need guidance and instruction. The farmers are too busy to train this boy, so who can I get to teach them responsibility?”

He sat on a cloud and watched the boy. The boy met a tiger playing games in the jungle with his cubs. This looked like fun to the boy.

“Go get you father,” he told the boy, “And play with us?”

The boy joined in with his parents and they learned and had fun together. He was no longer running wild in the jungle, he was learning responsibility.

As the boy grew older, the tiger introduced him to the Wolf Den Mother, Akela. He joined with her and her Cubs. Akela taught the boy with her other Cubs the skills of the Wolves. As new Cubs entered the den, the older Cubs went with the boy to the den of the Bears to learn more and enjoy the jungle. Baloo had been to Basic Training, Pow Wow and was attending Roundtable. He even planned to go to Wood Badge. He was also the Cubmaster to all the Cubs.

From time to time Baloo would blow his Bugle to share his knowledge with other Cub Leaders in the jungle. They would bring their Pow Wow books to him so he could share knowledge with others.

As the boy grew older, Baloo introduced the boys to a wise leader that would teach him the things they would need to know to cross the bridge to the next level of his training to manhood. This leader taught the Cub to be a Loyal Scout. All the Cubs in this Den were loyal Scouts. After God had seen this, he gathered as many seven, eight, nine and ten-year-old boys as he could find and made them Cub Scouts, so they would learn responsibility and enjoy the world he had created. “These are the boys that will grow up to be my farmers and caretakers of my world,” he said.

And now you know the “Rest of the Story.”

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