Rank Advancement Ceremonies -- Part 3
Back in My
OLD MAN: Back in my day, the
trail to the Wolf had many challenges. The way took effort and work. You
leaned about the flag, home, the community, conservation and safety. It
challenged you will skills, knots, and collections. It taught you about
good health and books. And you had fun at the same time. For the Cub Scout
that wanted more, there were the many challenges of the arrow points.
CUBMASTER: Cub Scout,
line up over here while I tell Mr. Blue N. Gold something. Mr. Gold...
OLD MAN: Mr. Cubmaster,
it's about time you called me Blue. My father was Mr. Gold.
CUBMASTER: Ok, Mr. Blue.
Today's Cub Scout program has all you mentioned and we certainly challenge
the Scouts with the requirements. These Scouts have gone further up the
Scouting trail by earning the Wolf rank, the second rank in Cub Scouting.
Mr. Blue, will you help me honor them?
OLD MAN: I didn't know
that. I'd be honored to help. (Gives awards and sits back in rocker.)
Well, I guess you can learn something, even at my age. Let me continue,
the next rank was the Bear. And I suppose the requirements today are as
challenging as those were then?
CUBMASTER:Will the following
Scouts please join us. (reads names of boys to receive Bear rank. Have
them sit around Blue.)
OLD MAN: To earn the Bear
rank during the early days, the Scouts had to overcome bigger challenges
requiring more skills and effort than for the Wolf. It should be that
way because the older Cubs needed more of a challenge. They had to learn
about ropes, woodworking, conservation, American heritage, and the folklore,
along with whittling and games.
CUBMASTER: Cubs, come
here for a moment. Mr. Blue, I'm proud to tell you these Cub Scouts have
done all that and more. They have come even further up the Scouting trail
beyond the Wolf to earn the Bear rank, the third rank of Cub Scouts. Mr.
Blue, you have the honor of presenting these awards.
OLD MAN: We'll, I am impressed
and proud to give these awards. (Presents awards and sits back in rocker.)
I think I've got you now. The Lion Rank really required a lot. I'm sure
your Cub Scouts haven't worked nearly as hard for their Lion badges.
CUBMASTER: Mr. Blue, I
know that in the past there was a Lion Badge program that was quite a
OLD MAN: You can say that
CUBMASTER: However, we
have a program called Webelos - a separate program for the older Cub Scouts
that prepares them for Boy Scouts. It has crafts, sports, outdoor activities,
camping and hiking.
OLD MAN: Sonny, it sounds
great!! If these boys work hard they will be Webelos Scouts before you
know it. Well, I'll be going now. I'll see you. So long, folks, and keep
up the good work, Cub Scouts!! (Old man exits, waving to the audience
as he moves off stage.)
of Baden-Powell and William Boyce
CUBMASTER: Scouting began
in England in 1907, with a small group of boys. Lord Baden-Powell, our founder,
took these boys to Brownsea Island, off the coast of England for 12 days
of adventure in camping and pioneering. He was testing an idea for an organization
for boys. That was how Scouting began.
Tonight we have some boys
who are beginning their adventure in Cub Scouting. (Call names of Bobcat
candidates and ask them to come forward with their parents.) Baden-Powell
based his idea for Scouting on some principles which he had been taught
as a boy...things like trust and loyalty, helpfulness and courtesy, cheerfulness.
In Cub Scouting, we have these same principles encompassed in the Cub
Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack. Will you repeat with me the Cub
Scout Promise? (They do.) Now I'll ask all the Cub Scouts here tonight
to stand, give the Cub sign and repeat with me the Law of the Pack. (They
do.) Cubmaster presents Bobcat badge to parents and congratulates boys
and parents.) You boys have now started your Scouting adventure, just
like the boys on Brownsea Island.
Scouting had been in America
for only a few years when younger boys and their parents asked for a program
of their own. That's when Cub Scouting started. The first year there were
5,000 Cub Scouts and now there are millions. Scouting was really growing.
There are some boys in
our pack who are really growing, too. They have completed the requirements
for Bear badges and arrow points. (Call boys and parents forward to receive
awards.) You are moving along the Scouting trail.
Baden-Powell left a message
for Scouts before he died. In that message he said: "Try to leave this
world a little better than you found it." We have some Webelos Scouts
in our pack who are doing just that. They have been working hard in the
different activity badge areas, exploring fields of knowledge, which will
be helpful to them all their lives. (Call boys and parents forward to
receive awards.) Congratulations. Continue to do your best along the Scouting
A Chicago publisher, William
Boyce was lost in a London fog. A boy appeared and offered to take him
to his destination. Mr. Boyce offered a tip, but the boy said "Scouts
do not accept money for doing a good turn." Mr. Boyce was interested in
Scouting and was responsible for starting it in America.
We have some boys here
tonight who have been doing their daily good turns, and have been working
hard on achievements and electives, so that now they have earned Wolf
badges and arrow points. (Call boys and parents forward to receive awards.)
Your Wolf achievements and electives are helping you along the Scouting
Scouting has spread to
just about all the countries of the world. Tonight we're celebrating the
birthday of Scouting in America, and that of Cub Scouting. From that small
group of 20 boys on Brownsea Island, Scouting has grown to more than 12
million boys and adults around the world. You can be proud to be a member
of such a world-wide organization.
Pioneers and the Outdoor Code
EQUIPMENT: Items that
Scouts may use in the out-of-doors; pots, pans, Dutch oven, tripod pot
holder, wooden homemade utensils, etc.. A tent could be set up with a
simulated campfire. Awards for the boys, copies of Outdoor Code for boys.
in front of audience.
CUBMASTER: Our theme this
month has been Buckskin Pioneers. What does this mean to you? What does
this mean to Cub Scouts? One way to look at the meaning of this theme
is how pioneers lived as well as survived in nature. They cook outdoors
using various utensils (show some items used). They lived in tents. They
collected their own food using various means. There were no grocery stores
or department stores to go to. These people survived by will and determination.
People like Daniel Boone and Davy Crocket.
Part of the Cub Scout
process helps a boy learn about outdoor survival ways that will benefit
him while in the outdoors. Cub Scouts learn about where to put a tent.
They learn about the various tools that can be used to cook outdoors.
They are taught various knots that will help them. All these are done
while working in the various Cub Scout books. These benefits are only
a small part of the Cub Scout program.
Tonight we have some Cub
Scouts who have completed the requirements to advance in rank. Will the
following Cub Scouts and their parents come forward. (Give the badges
to the parents to give to their Cub Scout. A copy of the OUTDOOR CODE
could be presented to the advancing Cub Scouts).
The advancement ceremony at
a derby should be short effective and to the point.
The Cubmaster holds up
a block of wood in one hand and a finished car in the other. "Just as
we carve a rough block of wood into a sleek pinewood racer, so we turn
a rough boy into a Cub Scout. WE do it with challenges in the form of
advancements. This month, we honor those Cubs who have worked hard to
complete the various requirements for their awards." Beginning with Wolf,
then Bear and Webelos, call each boy to the front WITH his parents. Present
the award to parents who present it to their son. The Cubmaster gives
the Cub Scout handshake to each boy and congratulates parents.
Let the Compass
PROPS: You will need a compass
made of heavy cardboard; placed in front on the advancement table.
CUBMASTER: We look to
the compass for our guide. To the East, we find a Cub ready for his Bobcat
Badge. Will (name) and his parents come forward, (Present award) He brings
his eagerness like the dawn of a new day.
To the South is the Wolf
with his spirit of adventure. Will (name) and his parents come forward.
To the West is a Bear
hunting on the trail of Scouting. (Present awards)
To the North is the Webelos
about to realize his boyhood dreams, alive with Scout action. Will (name)
and his parents come forward. (Present awards)
Let the compass guide
all of you on your trails and may you all carry into your adult lives
the ideals of Scouting.
EQUIPMENT: Box made up to
look like a computer, large cards with Bobcat, Wolf, etc. on them, actual
CUBMASTER: In keeping
with our theme of "Invention Convention", I would like to unveil my latest
invention. (Uncover, or bring in "Computer") This amazing device is able
to collect all the information that comes in from our pack committee members,
den leaders, Webelos den leaders, and parents. It can then determine which
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts are eligible for which awards. Allow me
(Hold up Bobcat card.
Insert into slot in machine. Pick up pre-positioned Bobcat awards from
rear of box.)
Will (name) and his parents
please come forward? (Present awards). (Follow similar procedures for
awards of Wolf, Bear, arrow points, and Webelos badge and activity badges).
(Hold up Arrow of Light
card. Insert into machine. Call for Arrow of Light recipient).
These young men may or
may not be real inventors, but they have shown the truth of the old saying
90 percent of success is perspiration. They have worked long and hard
- some as long as three years - to achieve their goal. What they built
was not a better mousetrap, but something far more valuable to the world
today, better young men. In recognition of this achievement, we present
them with an award that is so highly thought of that it is the only Cub
Scout badge that can be worn on all other Scout uniforms. (Present awards).
I want to congratulate all of you and your parents. The whole pack is
proud of your accomplishments, and we're sure you will continue to "Do
of Cub Scouting
We all know that the Boy Scout
movement in America was started by William Boyce after he was directed to
an address in London by a boy who refused a tip because he was a Scout.
Mr. Boyce was so impressed by his talk with Lord Baden-Powell that he helped
incorporate the Boy Scouts of America of February 8, 1910. It is this date
that we celebrate each year with our Blue and Gold Banquet.
Almost as soon as Scouting
began, younger boys started clamoring for a chance to participate in Scouting.
This resulted in the Wolf Cub program being started in England in 1916.
It wasn't until August 1,1929 that the first demonstration Cub units were
started. By 1933, it was felt the time had come for promoting Cub Scouting
as a part of the Boy Scout program.
As we read in the Wolf
book the basis for much of the program came from THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard
Kipling. In this book is the story of two wolves who find a man cub who
is being hunted by SHEREKAN, the tiger. They take in the boy, whom they
name Mowgli, (which means frog) and raise him as part of their family.
The wolves are part of
a pack which is led by Akela, the great gray Lone Wolf. Once a month,
the new cubs are presented to the pack for acceptance. If they are not
accepted by two members of the pack they are turned out. When Mowgli was
presented to the council, none of the other wolves would speak for him.
Just as Mother wolf was ready to give up. Baloo, the kindly brown bear
who taught the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle stood up and said, "I will
speak for the man cub." When no one else spoke, Bagheera, the black panther
rose and offered to pay one bull if the man cub would be accepted into
the pack. And so it was that Mowgli came a part of the Wolf Pack, for
the price of a bull and on Baloo's good word.
In looking back at old
Cub Scout books, we are reminded that the Cub Scout program has survived
with very little change. In a 1934 Cub Book, the rules for becoming a
1. He has taken the Cub
2. Explained & repeated the Law of the Pack.
3. Explained the meaning of the ranks.
4. Shown the Cub sign and Handclasp.
5. Given the Cub Motto and Cub Salute.
Today as Bobcats, we must
do the same requirements. When Akela says that we are ready, we are presented
to the Pack or recognition. Will the following Cubs and their parents
please come forward.
Just as the Wolf cubs
learned about the world around them by taking short trips into the woods,
so have our own Cubs grown in their understanding of nature and of their
families. Will the following Cubs and their parents please come forward?
Originally, only two arrow
points could be earned for each rank. The basic rank was called the Bronze
Badge. The first ten electives earned the Cub the Gold Rank, and the next
ten elective the Silver Rank. Today we award the Gold Arrow Point for
the first ten elective and Silver Arrow Points for each ten additional
electives Will the following Cubs please come forward?
Just as Baloo the kindly
Bear, taught the young Wolves the secret names of the trees, the calls
of the birds and the language of the air so must each of you help others
in you Den in order to meet the requirements for Bear. Will the following
Cubs and their parents come forward?
Up until a few years ago,
the next rank was Lion. In 1967, this was dropped and the Webelos program
expanded to cover an entire year. The Webelos Colors (GOLD representing
the Pack; GREEN, the Troop, and RED the Explorers) and 15 activity badges
were added at this time. A new Webelos Badge was also created and the
original Webelos Badge retained as the Arrow Of Light.
The Webelos rank is the
transition between Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. Originally the name
was derived from the three ranks: Wolf, Bear, Lion and Scouts. To become
a Webelos requires a further expanding of one's horizons. Activity Pins
must be earned and involvement in Church and Civic activities are encouraged.
Will the following Cubs and their parents please come forward?
The Arrow of Light is
the highest award in Cub Scouting. It can also be worn on the Boy Scout
uniform in recognition of your achievement. To be standing here tonight,
means that you have reached the highest point along the Cub Scout trail.
Do not stop here for the trail leads on to Boy Scouting and great new
adventures which can only be dreamed about for now. Will the following
Cubs and their parents please come forward?
CUBMASTER: Tonight, we present
the Cubbing Awards. These are for superior achievements in the Cubbing programs.
Our first award this evening is for the Bobcat program shown on channel
(Pack#) every (meeting time and place). The Bobcat program features young
Cub Scouts learning special handshakes, mottos, salutes, and the most interesting
features are the Law of the Pack and the Cub Scout Promise. The stars of
this program are ( read Cub's names). Will your parents please join you
and present this award to you.
CUBMASTER:Our next Cubbing
Award goes to the Wolf program. This very special program features Bobcats
Cub Scouts who learn about citizenship, how to tie things, and feats of
fitness and skill. This program asks Bobcat to "Do His Best" to become
a Wolf Cub Scout. Tonight this award goes to the stars of the wolf program
(read Cub's names). Will the parents of these stars please come forward
with them and present their awards?
CUBMASTER: And now our
next Cubbing Award goes to the Bear program. This is an action packed
show which features Wolf Cub Scouts working on achievements. Some action
features of this program are sports and other physical activities. This
is not just a "Macho Man" show either. The stars learn to spend money
wisely, to participate in religious activities as will as learning about
our American heritage and respect for the flag. Will the parents of these
stars(read cubs names) please come forward with them and present their
CUBMASTER: The next program
honored tonight is the Webelos program. This is a most unusual show and
it stars will each receive awards for special achievements. As I call
your name and the award you are to receive, would you and your parents
please come forward (read Cub's name and Activity Pin each receives)?
CUBMASTER: What a pleasure
to be a part of this great programming for our young Cubs. Congratulations
to you all on a job will done.
EQUIPMENT: Cloth or paper
sack labeled "Johnny Cub Scout Seed" with advancement awards inside.
CUBMASTER: Most of the
heroes of American Folklore were fictional people. They were born around
the campfire in the 19th century when story telling was like TV is today
- the main entertainment of the people.
But a few of them were
real. One was Johnny Appleseed, who wandered through Ohio and Indiana
for 40 years after the American Revolution planting apple orchards. For
generations afterward those trees helped feed the people.
The badges we're awarding
tonight are like those seeds. They are symbols of growth for our Cub Scouts,
who are themselves growing straight and tall like johnny Appleseed's trees.
And like those trees our Cub Scouts will help other people.
(Take badges from sack
and give them to parents to pin on son's shirts.)
Cubmaster can have awards
at rear of assembly and drive his dog sled back and forth bringing the
next set of awards on each trip. He could call the back of the room the
landing area where a bush pilot flies in with the next batch of awards.
Have someone back there dressed like a bush pilot making plane sound effects
for each landing. Then Cubmaster drives the sled to the front after each
delivery and does the presentation. Add information about the importance
of these rank advancements and the work of the Cubs who are receiving
them. Relate it to something about Alaska: Eskimos, the oil pipeline and
those who worked on it, one of the many National Parks in that state,
Mt McKinley or the gold rush. Let the boys and their parents know that
you care about their progress in the Cub Scout program and expect them
to continue the hard work and service necessary to maintain a successful
pack. A little effort for your ceremonies will encourage all to attend
A Piece of
EQUIPMENT: Large cutouts of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webelos badges
ARRANGEMENT: Each cutout is to be displayed so they can be seen from the
CUBMASTER: A badge of
Cub Scouting is a piece of embroidered cloth. If you were to try to sell
one of these badges, you'd find that it wouldn't bring much money. The
real value of the badge is in what it represents...the things you learned
to earn it...how to keep healthy, how to be a good citizen, good safety
practices, conservation, and many new skills.
BOBCAT Now we have some
Cubs who are to receive the badge of Bobcat and to advance along the Cub
Scouting Trail. (Call forward the boys and their parents, who are to receive
their Bobcat badges.) To earn the badge of Bobcat these boys had to learn
the Cub Scout promise, the Law of the Pack, the Cub Scout sign, and the
Cub Scout motto. These things are just part of the adventures on the Scouting
Trail. Now as I present to each of you your Bobcat badge remember the
value of this badge and the Cub Scout motto..."Do Your Best." Congratulations!
WOLF (Call forward the
boys and their parents that are to receive the Wolf badges.) As each of
you worked toward your Wolf badge, you had the opportunity to develop
new skills, help at home and in your community and learn respect for our
flag. You have now completed the 12 achievements of your badge and wear
it with pride. Congratulations!
BEAR (Call forward the
boys and their parents that are to receive the Bear badge.) As each of
you worked toward your Bear badge you found that there were 12 achievements
to perform for this new badge. We experience choices in our everyday lives.
We must each decide the best choices to live by. To achieve the rank of
Bear, choices had to be made as to which of the 12 achievements from the
group of 24 to do. These too, are each new adventures along the Cub Scouting
Trail. Remember the value of this badge as you make your choices in life.
WEBELOS (Call forward
the boys and their parents who are to receive their Webelos badges.) As
each of you joined the Webelos den, you experienced a change from the
Cub dens you had known. As an older Scout, you experienced new choices
and new experiences in how you were to earn the Webelos badge. No longer
is it a parent that signs your book, but it is your Webelos den leader.
To earn advancement in the Webelos den you have activity badges to earn.
These activities are for you, the older Scout and they are activities
that a more grown up person enjoys. Remember the value of the Webelos
badge and the changes that took place in order to earn this award. Congratulations!
ARROW OF LIGHT (Call forward
the boys and their parents who are to receive the Arrow of Light award.)
The trail to the Arrow of Light is a long hard trail to climb. It was
full of adventure in the achievements you learned as a Wolf. As a Bear
you were faced with new choices and different directions to turn. And
as a Webelos Scout you encountered change and more grown up activities
that have helped you develop into the person you are today. To earn the
Arrow of Light, you worked to understand the future. Many of the achievements
you accomplished have prepared you to move into Boy Scouting. These achievements
have been new and varied with the purpose to have you experience even
greater adventures in the future. Now take one more moment to remember
the value of each badge you have earned. Each badge was a step by step
adventure in your life and an adventure along the Scouting Trail. Remember
the value of this badge. It is the highest award in Cub Scouting and is
also honored along the Boy Scout Trail of adventure. Congratulations!
PROPS: Cardboard pieces painted
to represent palm trees, waves, coral reef, and a ship wreck. Cardboard
fish are needed to attach awards to. The coral reef and shipwreck should
be large enough for someone to hide behind.
ARRANGEMENTS: The Cubmaster
should assemble all the Cubs who are to receive awards then lead them
onto the stage, under the tree(s). The Cubmaster acts the part of the
Pirate Captain with the Cubs as the crew.
CUBMASTER: Well me lads,
the storm has gotten the best of us! Here we are, stranded on this blasted
desert island and all our supplies went down into the sea. Look around
ye mates not even a pretty native gal to capture. I'm just afraid we'll
have to wait till old Blue Beard's ship moseys by. Well mates, does anybody
have a candy bar they'd like to share with their dear old captain? NO??
(Cubmaster shrugs) I guess you'll have to try and catch us some fish,
then. You know waiting makes me hungry, but I'm getting might tired of
the same old fish everyday, you boys try to catch something different
for a change. Let's get cracking' lads! Here's some line I've saved, try
your luck over by yon reef.
(Let each Cub "fish",
tossing his line behind the reef were a fish with his award is attached
to the line. The Cubmaster make appropriate comments as he presents each
award, such as:)
CUBMASTER: Wow Bill, me
friend, you've caught your old cappy a nice big porkfish! What's this?
A bobcat in his mouth? Well, you can keep that me toddle, for a job well
Chester, my boy,you've
reeled us in a fat snapper. That line made from WOLF's hair really works
great. Fine fishing me boy, fine fishing indeed.
AH! Scott, me old mate,
I see a yellow-fin grouper dangling from your line. And I see you were
using your lucky arrowhead instead of a hook. Now that takes ingenuity!
Jason, me lad, I see you
have caught me a nice big barracuda! That's what happens when you old
BEAR bait on you hook!
Danny, what is that you
have there? A swordfish? Look he's caught a WEBELOS on his snout! Now
I'd call that a pretty sharp catch!
Steve, me dearest old
pal, you seem to have caught us a whale. Look at the ACTIVITY PIN caught
in his fin! I'd say you've been doing a whale of a job.
Cubmaster is dressed in Daniel Boone costume, complete with wooden rubber
hand gun. Cubmaster is in uniform.
DANIEL: Howdy, folks!
My name is Dan'l Boone. I understand this is a good place to get me a
mess of Bobcats.
CUBMASTER: You must be
a stranger around here. This is a Cub Scout meeting and the only Bobcats
around here are the Cubs who have earned the Bobcat badge. Would the following
Cub Scouts and their parents please come forward. (Cubmaster relates story
of Bobcat badge, how Bobcats are so fierce and mean that the badge can't
be turned upside down, so the boy must be turned upside down. Dan`l could
comment about that sounding like a tall tale to him! (Cubmaster presents
badges and pins to families and they return to their seats.)
DANIEL: Well, that was
very interesting, but you must have that pack of Wolves I was told about.
CUBMASTER: No, Mr. Boone,
our Wolves are the Cub Scouts who have climbed the trail of Scouting to
the next advancement rank. (Cubmaster calls forward boys and parents to
receive wolf rank and presents badges.)
DANIEL: Very impressive!
But I don't see nary a single bear our there.
(Shades eyes and looks into audience.)
CUBMASTER: Our Bears are
a year older and wiser than our Wolves. They have learned to take care
of knives and tools, learned how to tie knots, and even learned about
you, Mr. Boone. (Cubmaster calls forward Bear recipients and their parents
and presents badges.)
CUBMASTER: Would you like
to see our Webelos get their awards?
DANIEL: What in tarnation
is a Webelos?
(Prompt boys in advance to yell "We'll be loyal Scouts!")
DANIEL: Now, that I understand.
I'm a loyal "Trail" Scout, too.
CUBMASTER: Webelos Scouts
have learned about our government, know the rules of outdoor fire safety
and have slept under the stars. (Cubmaster presents activity pins and
DANIEL: Well now, Cub
Scouting sounds like a mighty fine way to raise up a young'un. Wish we
had Cub Scouts when I was a lad. So long, now.
The Fur Trader
PERSONNEL: Cubmaster is dressed
as an Indian Chief; an adult is dressed as a medicine man, and another adult
is dressed as an old fur trader with saddle bags. Medicine man and Indian
Chief at front of room.
MEDICINE MAN: There are
several braves here tonight who have worked hard since we last met, and
have earned awards for their efforts. I sent an order to the trading post
last week and it should be here by now. I don't know what happened, but
they have not arrived. I fear we will have to wait until next month. Heap
FUR TRADER: (Looking wild,
wooly and hurried, enters room carrying saddle bags.) Is this the meeting
of Cub Scout Pack (#)?
CUBMASTER: Yes, it is.
Who are you?
FUR TRADER: I'm the rider
from the trading post.
MEDICINE MAN: Hmmm. I
have 3 blue beads for (name) who has earned the Bobcat rank.
FUR TRADER: Good enough.
Where is the varmint?
CUBMASTER: Will (name)
and his parents please step forward? Congratulations on your hard work!
MEDICINE MAN: I have 3
red feathers for (name) who has earned the Wolf rank.
FUR TRADER: Good deal!
CUBMASTER: (To Fur Trader.)
Thanks for getting here on time with all our awards. The boys really appreciate
MEDICINE MAN: Ugh!
FUR TRADER: My pleasure,
son. Now I gotta be gettin' along. So long! (He exits)
of our Country
In our American history, we
are fortunate to have many freedom symbols which have special meaning to
American citizens. Tonight I would like to tell you a little about one of
these symbols as we honor those boys who are advancing along the Cub Scouting
The Statue of Liberty
stands 305 feet high in New York Harbor, welcoming people of other lands
to become citizens of our democracy. The statue was given to the United
States by France as a token of friendship. Each year hundreds of tourists
go to see Miss Liberty. The inscription at the base of this statue was
written by Emma Lazarus, and reads in part: "Give me your tired, your
poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; the wretched refuse
of your teeming shores; send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door". There is a golden door to Scouting
which is open to all boys. By walking through that door to Scouting, boy
has an opportunity to grow in many ways and learn about citizenship, character
and physical fitness. The boys who wish to walk through that door to Scouting
tonight are (read names). Will you and your parents please come forward.
(Continue with regular
Our American flag is much
more than the red, white and blue cloth of which it is made. It is the
symbol of America. It stands for the past, the present and the future
of our country. When we show respect for the flag, we are showing respect
for all that is America..our land, our people, our way of life. When the
13 original colonies set out to become a free country nearly 200 years
ago, their men and women needed a rallying point - a flag. "We will take
the stars and blue union from heaven", the great George Washington is
reported to have said, "red from our mother country, separating it by
white stripes thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white
stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty". Respect for
the flag is one of the requirements for a boy to earn the Wolf rank. Tonight
we have some boys who have completed all these requirements. (call boys
and parent forward and present badges and cards).
The Declaration of Independence
is one of many documents which established freedom in America. It was
on July 4, 1776, that the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and
announced the separation of the 13 colonies from England. In America,
we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people..
not for just some of them, but for all people...the people to whom the
Declaration of Independence refers when it says "all men are created equal",
not equally talented or equally rich, but equal under law, and under God.
All Scouts have an equal opportunity to advance in rank and earn badges.
The following boys have earned Arrow Points to wear under the Wolf badge.
(call boys and parents forward to receive awards).
One of the most beloved
of our freedom symbols is the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell was rung
in 1776 calling the people of Philadelphia to the signing of the Declaration
of Independence. During the British occupation of Philadelphia, the bell
was hidden beneath the floor of the Zion Reformed Church in Allentown,
Pennsylvania. Sixty years later, as the bell was tolled for the death
of Chief Justice John Marshall, it cracked. Since that time it has been
on display in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, for all Americans to see.
The bell is old, but the crack is plain to see, along with this inscription:
"Proclaim liberty thought the land". A study of our American Heritage
is one of the twelve requirements for a boy to earn the Bear badge. The
following boys will receive that badge tonight.
PROPS: 3 Pint containers,
1 each of: water with blue food coloring, clear cooking oil, alcohol with
red food coloring
Large, clear glass container
Test tube, 1 per boy
2 White lab coats
PERSONNEL: Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster
FORMAT: Bobcat says the Promise; Wolf pours the blue water; Bear pours the
cooking oil; Webelos pours the red alcohol.
CUBMASTER: Tonight, I
am going to give you the magic formula for building Cub Scouts. Our Bobcats
have done their best by learning the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the
Pack and the Motto. Would the following boys and their parents please
ASSISTANT: (Reads the
names of the boys while Cubmaster lines them up behind the table facing
CUBMASTER: (Hold up the
glass container) this glass represents the Bobcats. As with anything you
build, you need a foundation, a starting point, you need to know the basics.
This is what our Bobcats have learned. (Boys repeat the Promise)
ASSISTANT: (Hands out
badges to parents to present to their boys, everyone shakes hands. Bobcats
and parents return to their seats.)
CUBMASTER: The first part
of the magic formula is blue. This color represents the family, its strength,
unity and participation in building a Cub Scout.
ASSISTANT: (Reads the
names of the boys -- with parents -- receiving the Wolf award while the
Cubmaster lines them up behind the table and gives them each a test tube
full of blue water.)
CUBMASTER: Will each Wolf
pour the blue liquid into the larger glass?
ASSISTANT: (Badges are
handed out to parents, etc.)
CUBMASTER: The second
part of our formula is clear white. It represents the progress the Cubs
have made in character and spiritual growth.
ASSISTANT: (Boys and parents
of Bear rank are called while Cubmaster arranges the boys and gives them
a test tube with cooking oil.)
CUBMASTER: Bears pour
your clear liquid into the larger glass.
ASSISTANT: (Badges are
handed out to parents, etc.)
CUBMASTER: The third part
of our formula is red. This red color represents the Cub Scout being helpful
and doing his best as he continues to grow in all areas of his life.
ASSISTANT: (Webelos and
parents are called, etc.)
CUBMASTER: Webelos pour
your red liquid into the larger glass.
ASSISTANT: (Badges and/or
activity pins are handed to parents, etc.)
CUBMASTER: We have completed
out magic formula. It is the same colors as in our flag. May Cub Scouting
help to make this a better place to live.
PROPS:Four candles in
holder, each candle a different length.
CUBMASTER: Our history
is filled not only with the tall tales of American Folklore, but also
with the true deeds of some very brave men who explored, fought and in
some cases died, to extend the frontiers of our country. Men like Davey
Crockett, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, Lewis and Clark, Buffalo Bill Cody,
and many more.
The Scouting trail is
much like the trail these famous men followed and so, at this time, we
will recognize those Cubs in our Pack who have advance along this trail.
As I call your names, please come forward with your Parents. (call names)
As you Cubs can see, the
candles get taller as you advance. This represents the additional skills
that you must learn as you earn each higher rank. (Light Shortest Candle).
The Bobcat is the start
of the trail and the simplest to earn. (light next candle.) The Wolf is
a big step forward and harder as is (light the next candle) the Bear.
Finally, at last, (light
the tallest candle) you became a Webelos Scout, an earn the highest rank,
the Arrow of Light. And so with the spirit of the great explorers, folklore
heroes and frontiersmen to guide you, may you continue to climb the Scouting
Trail. (Present awards by Den and congratulates Cubs and parents).
(Cubmaster show picture
of a penguin or imitates one waddling) Cubmaster says "Boys, what do think
this is? (or what kind of bird am I?) That's right, a penguin." "Who can
tell me something unusual about a penguin." Right, a penguin is one of
the few birds that can't fly. There's nothing wrong with that because
penguins seem to get along just fine without flying. So do ostriches.
But we usually think of birds as fliers. Say the word "bird" and almost
everybody thinks of flight.
"We've got some high fliers
in the pack today. They're pretty smart birds. I'm talking about our Cub
Scouts and Webelos Scouts who are flying up the advancement ladder." (Call
forward advancing boys by rank, with their parents, and present awards
for parents to pin on their son's uniform.
For each boy who will receive
an advancement award or graduate from the pack, have a candle at least 6"
tall; one white candle for new Bobcats; red for Wolf badges and arrow points;
green for Bear, blue for Webelos activity badges and Webelos awards; yellow
for Arrow of Light; brown for boys graduating into scout troops. As guards
for candle drippings use muffin cups.
Call forward advancing
boys and their parents in sequence, from Bobcat to boys graduating into
troops. The Cubmaster speaks briefly about the achievements necessary
for each award and then asks the Cub Scout to light his candle from the
campfire. After he does so, his parents pin his new badge on his shirt.
The boy and parents then step back into line behind the fire as other
boys and parents are called forward.
For graduating Cub Scouts,
ask the scout master or other representative of the troops they will join
to come forward with the boys and parents. after the graduates have lighted
their brown candles and have been congratulated by the Cubmaster, the
Scoutmaster welcomes them into the troop and presents a troop neckerchief
(or other gift customary in his troop.)
EQUIPMENT: Awards for boys glued to gold nuggets (gold nuggets are butterscotch
candies or candy covered in gold foil)
ARRANGEMENT: Cubmaster in front of audience
CUBMASTER: This month
the dens have been exploring Alaska. Alaska is the most northern part
of the United States. The name Alaska comes from the Aleut native word
meaning "The Great Land." The nickname for Alaska is the Last Frontier
and the motto is North to the Future. In 1741, a Russian, Vitus Bering
led an expedition which landed in Alaska. The Russians found villages
of Eskimos, Aleuts and Indians. The Alaskan territory was good to the
Russians, this exporting of furs was a profitable industry until the sea
otter was almost wiped out. Just as Vitus Bering explored a new frontier,
we have some boys here tonight who are also in search of their new frontiers.
(Call forward the boys to receive their Bobcat Badges and their parents.
Present the badges.)
Later in 1778 James Cook
mapped the coast between Sitka and the Bering Strait. Also during the
18th and 19th Centuries, the other sea captains from Spain, France and
Great Britain came to explore the frontier of Alaska. As these explorers
kept coming to the frontier each was in search of the wonders Alaska has
to offer. We have some boys who have continued to explore the Cub Scout
trail. (Call forward the boys to receive their Wolf Badges and their parents.
Present the badges.)
On March 30, 1867, the
Alaskan territory was sold to the United States for seven million, two
hundred thousand dollars. This was less than two cents an acre. Now that
Alaska had become a territory of the U.S., prospectors started to explore
Alaska to see what additional treasures there were to discover. In 1896,
gold was discovered in Alaska. The Alaskan Gold rush was on. Tonight we
have some boys who have answered the challenges to explore the new territories
along the Cub Scouting Trail. (Call forward the boys to receive their
Bear Badges and their parents. Present the badges.)
The exploration of Alaska
hasn't stopped with the discovery of gold. In 1959, Alaska became the
49th state. And in 1963 Congress authorized the construction of a pipeline
to transport oil from the rich North Slope oil field on the Arctic Ocean.
The plans called for the 800 mile long pipeline to extend to the Pacific
coast port of Valdez. As the exploration continues in Alaska, so does
the exploration of the Cub Scout Trail. We have some boys here who have
discovered a new plateau along the Scouting Trail. (Call forward the boys
to receive their Webelos Badges and their parents. Present the badges.)
As we have explored Alaska
together we can also as Cub families find the treasures that are there
to be discovered along the Cub Scout Trail.
The "To Give
Help and Goodwill" Ceremony
EQUIPMENT: Awards of Boys (Bobcat awards on a smile, Wolf awards on a helping
hand, Bear awards on a "T", and Webelos awards on a card)
ARRANGEMENT: Cubmaster in front of the audience
CUBMASTER: December is
the month when Christians recall the miracle birth of Christ. People of
the Jewish faith celebrate the Festival of Lights. Many people celebrate
this season by giving gifts, by waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus
and by festive gatherings with friends. Each person has their own way
of celebrating this holiday. The theme this month is Holiday Magic. As
Cub Scouters how can we join in this theme of Holiday Magic? As I reflected
on this month's theme I think about what magic has to do with this holiday
season and what it has to do with Cub Scouting? As I repeated to myself
the Cub Scout promise - the phrase "to help other people" stuck in my
mind. Next I repeated the Law of the Pack and the words "a Cub Scout gives
goodwill" came to mind. It dawned on me that this holiday season was a
perfect time for Holiday Magic - a theme for helping other people and
a time for giving goodwill. One small piece of Holiday Magic is to smile
and be cheerful to others. A smile is the first step to spreading goodwill.
And tonight we have some boys who are taking their first steps along the
Cub Scout Trail.
(Call forward the boys
who are to receive their Bobcat award and their parents. Present the badge.)
After a smile, the next piece of Holiday Magic is to lend a helping hand.
This helping hand might be to carry in groceries for someone or help set
the table for dinner or help wash the dishes after dinner - and all done
with a cheerful smile. By offering this helping hand and cheerful smile
we take the next step toward giving Holiday Magic.
Tonight we have some boys
who have taken the next step in Cub Scouting. (Call forward the boys who
are to receive their Wolf award and their parents. Present the badge.)
What can we do to continue
our Holiday Magic to help others and give goodwill? Our next step might
be to do a "Good Turn." A good turn is to do a job without being asked
to do it by someone. This good turn might include cleaning our rooms,
taking out the trash or raking leaves without being asked. This good turn
is a special step to bringing Holiday Magic to others. Tonight there are
some boys who have worked harder to take the next step along the Cub Scout
Trail. (Call forward the boys who are to receive their Bear award and
their parents. Present the badge.)
To spread more holiday
magic, we might go even further to make a gift for a friend. We could
make a special card of a small present or a holiday treat for someone
without expecting anything in return. With the giving of this special
gift to a friend we can continue the holiday magic. And continuing to
advance along the Cub Scout Trail we have some boys who are ready to be
advanced. (Call forward the boys who are to receive their Webelos badge
and their parents. Present the badge.)
Tonight we have seen how
we as Cub Scouts and we as parents can remember to spread the Holiday
Magic. It is so easy for each of us to help other people and to give goodwill.
And by helping others and giving goodwill we can spread the Holiday Magic
to those around us.
Gift wrap 5 boxes, preferably
all the same size. Wrap the lids separately so they can be removed. Attach
bows on top. Place a badge of each rank in each gift box (Bobcat, Wolf Bear,
Webelos, Arrow of Light). Actual badge or cardboard displays can be used.
Boys awards should also be in appropriate box.
CUBMASTER: "It's Christmas
time and what a great time for giving and receiving. We have some boys
that gave it all and completed their badge of rank and now the pack would
like to give them their award for their accomplishment." (start with Bobcat
box. Have a den leader from each rank help to open boxes and show the
badge or display card.) (explain the badge briefly and call boys up to
receive their badges from the box).
This ceremony works well
for Blue and Gold banquet as well. The boxes can be wrapped in blue paper
with gold bows.
Tiger Cubs can open boxes
and display badges instead of den leaders.
SETTING: Cubmaster and Assistant
Cubmaster in sports or exercise clothes. Sports and exercise equipment setting
CUBMASTER: There are many
ways to step into shape. They range from personal exercise to team sports
to international competition. All must be started slowly, done on a regular
basis, and be challenging to the abilities.
ASST. CM: The Cub Scout
program includes physical fitness as an important part of its program.
Each rank has requirements that challenge, but not overwhelm the boys
according to the their ages.
CUBMASTER: A good physical
shape also requires a good mental shape. Stepping into shape is like stepping
up the Scouting trail. They both make you look and feel better and they
can both be fun. Tonight, we are going to honor some boys who have begun
taking those steps into shape and up the Scouting trail.
ASST. CM: Will the following
Cub Scouts and their coaches, parents, flex your muscles and step into
the gym. (Reads names)
CUBMASTER: The Bobcat
is like a person just beginning to get into shape; he is unsure of what
to do and how to do it. However, he has made that most important first
step. Parents, your sons have earned the first rank of Cub Scouts, the
Bobcat, and I would like you to present their badges to them. (Gives parents
badges to give to boys. ) The next step has been taken by several boys
to better their condition and advance them along the Scouting trail.
ASST. CM: The gym is ready
to have the following Cub Scouts and their parents step up. (Reads Wolf
CUBMASTER: These boys
have gone beyond the beginning of the programs. While much is still new,
they are making advancements everyday. They are following the program
set up by their coaches and trainers and they have earned the second rank
in Cub Scouting, the Wolf Rank. Parents, I am honored to give you these
badges to present to your sons. (Gives parents badges. Continue along
with the Bear and Webelos Scouts.)