OPENING, CLOSING, AND FLAG CEREMONIES/04-06
“DINOSAUR” FLAG CEREMONY
Back in the time of the Dinosaurs, there were no people. The reason they became extinct was that they just were not good citizens.
A good citizen learns about the issues and votes, not like the lazy APATOSAURUS who was too comfortable in his swamp to go to the polls.
A good citizen pays his fair share of taxes, honestly and with a minimum of gripping, not like the screaming PTERANODON, with his 12 ft. wingspan, that would fly to another country when it was tax time, screaming his doctrine from up in the sky all the way.
A good citizen is a good family person and raises responsible children, not like the huge HADROSAUR who wouldn’t even help his children with their homework. A good citizen volunteers and helps other people with love in his heart and is grateful that he has so many blessings, not like the early DIDELPHODEN, who was an early marsupial that looked like an opossum. He hid in his den when his neighbor needed some help. Let's all be good citizens so we don’t become extinct.
CUBMASTER MINUTE—“BIG MUD PUDDLES & SUNNY YELLOW DANDELIONS”
When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on. When I look at a homeless person, and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money, and I look away. My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back. When I feel the wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk.
My kids close their eyes, spread their arms, and fly with it until they fall to the ground laughing. They make kites out of the trash blowing around. When I pray, I say thee and thou and grant me this, give me that. My kids say, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends and that I didn’t live when the dinosaurs did. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy and Daddy." No wonder God loves the little children! Enjoy the little things in life for one day instead of always looking at the imperfections you perceive.