Full Weekend/Handicapped Tiger Cub
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 3 Jun 1997 20:26:16 -0500
Last weekend was a full weekend, as usual.
Friday through Saturday my troop helped staff the Kishwaukee District
Cuboree. Our event was outdoor cooking. About 300 Cubs and parents
attended. It was perfect weather and really a great event.
On Sunday we held our annual 100 mile bike-a-thon. When one of the women
at my church heard I was riding 100 miles with my Scouts she said, "Bless
your heart". I thanked her but said my buns were in greater need of
blessing. After riding 100 miles, my buns felt anything but blessed.
I biked to work and my troop meeting Monday. I can't really say that
it felt good to be in the saddle again, but it wasn't so bad either.
Yes, it was a very full and memorable weekend.
Out of everything though, the image I will remember most was that of a 7
year old Tiger Cub. He was enjoying the Cuboree from a wheelchair.
He has known both incomprehensible cruelty and unconditional love in this
About 7 years ago a very angry man in Chicago threw his baby against a
wall because it wouldn't stop crying. It was a miracle the doctors were
able to save the baby's life.
That baby grew up an orphan in a long term health care facility in
Sycamore, Illinois until recently when a very caring and loving middle
aged couple adopted the child.
Today that little boy is twisted and crippled, confined to a motorized
wheelchair. Last Saturday his physical condition didn't prevent him from
laughing and enjoying the Kishwaukee District Cuboree.
Despite the ugliness and tragedy that sometimes occur in our society,
there are acts of love and kindness that offer hope.
That little boy has been given a difficult life filled with challenge,
but he now has the love of a caring family for support, and a program of
Scouting to offer him opportunities for fun and adventure. Hopefully he
will come to know the kindred virtues that Scouting teaches, ideals that
eluded his natural father.
There is little we can do to straighten his twisted body, but Scouting
can be a positive force in helping him to build a character that is
straight, a mind that is alert and clean, and a spirit that is unconquerable.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City