Scouter's minutes & Scouts' Owns
Colin Foster (cf4eg@AKELA1.DEMON.CO.UK)
Sun, 5 Jul 1998 20:36:35 +0100
Hi there to you all from England!
I've just returned from our annual District camp and I picked up this which
I thought that I would share with you all - my apologies if it has been
A while ago, on the border between Gibraltar and Spain there were some
Customs Officials on the lookout for smugglers. They picked out their
likely "suspects" by noticing regular travellers across the border.
After a few days observation, they noticed that, every morning, one young
lad was always to be seen wheeling his bike over the border covered with
onions for sale. They decided that he was a prime suspect.
The first day they took him aside and searched through his belongings
including the onions. They found nothing. They repeated this the next day
with the same result.
The third day, they took his bike apart. Again, zero result!
This continued all week, with the Customs men becoming more and more
frustrated and more and more convinced that the youth was smuggling
something, but they couldn't prove anything.
Then, one day, the Chief Customs man took the lad to one side after a
further unsuccessful search. "Look," he said, "I know you are smuggling
something. You know that I know you're smuggling something. And we both
know that I can't prove it. Now, I want to make a deal with you. I leave
for England, tonight, as my term of office here has finished. If I promise
not to tell anyone in authority how you did it or what it was you were
smuggling, will you let me in on your secret?"
"OK," said the lad with a grin, "bicycles!"
Apparently he had been going into Gibraltar each morning with the bikes and
returning on foot in the evening without being seen. The thing that he was
smuggling was right in front of the Customs Officers' eyes, but they didn't
It's like that with God, sometimes. We take for granted all of the good
things around us, perhaps even more so on camp, and don't thank God for
them. We can tend to concentrate on the "difficult" things in life and
forget the basics!
So, next time you're on camp, spare a thought for all the work that God
does in "the background" for us to appreciate.
I've also been clearing out back copies of Scouting magazine, and found
this in "A canny crack" by Colin McKay:
"Overheard, last night, from my darling daughter in prayer at her bedside -
'Bless and take care of Daddy and Mummy and Nana, and please God take care
of yourself because if anything happens to you, we're sunk!'"
Yours in Scouting
3rd Gee Cross Cubs
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City