Volume 6 Issue 6
January 2000

Spirit of Lord Baden-Powell
York Adams Council


The Narrator, the "Spirit of Lord Baden-Powell," is a Den Chief in full uniform wearing a campaign hat; he reads the entire script from a lectern.


Narrator: I represent the Spirit of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting. I am also the Spirit of Scouting past and present. (Gestures to Cub Scouts.) Here is our future -- Cub Scouts of America.


(First boy enters carrying toy church or Bible. Narrator continues.)


We take turns praying in our Den. I like to wear my uniform to church on Scout Sunday. (or Sabbath) Nearly half of all Cub Scout Packs in America are sponsored by churches.

(Second boy approaches in complete Cub Scout uniform. Narrator continues.)


The two colors of the Cub Scout uniform have special meaning. Blue stands for truth and loyalty; gold for good cheer and happiness.


(Third boy enters carrying Wolf Cub Scout Book and Kipling's The Jungle Book.)


Early Cub Scout ceremonies were based on Kipling's Jungle Tales. When Cub Scouting was organized in America, in 1929, Native American themes were used.


(Fourth boy enters, carrying a craft project of wood.)


Cubbing means fun. We have lots of fun. But I like making things-real boy projects-things we can play with or that follow our themes.


(Fifth boy carries in a nature collection.)


I like to go on hikes and collect things for my nature collection or the den museum.


(Sixth boy enters with a "buddy burner.")


I like to go on picnics. We Cubs sure do like to eat! This is the cook stove I made.


(Seventh boy, the smallest Cub Scout, enters with American Flag.)


I am proud to be an American so I can salute the flag. I also like to see our Pack flag (points to it) because then I know I am part of XX years of Scouting. I belong!


Yes, I represent the past and the present. These boys, Cub Scouts now, are the men of tomorrow. They will be the preservers of our American heritage. Please stand and join us in singing "God Bless America." (Or saying The Pledge of Allegiance.)


Cub Scouting Timeline
York Adams Council


Props: Have the boys create a scroll-type timeline that starts just before the turn of the century (no, the other century!). You'll need to do a little research about your Pack to include it in the timeline. You can use a roll of freezer wrap and some colorful markers to make the timeline. Make sure the boys write large enough that the dates and main words can be seen from the back of the meeting room. Attach a dowel to the "pulling end" and have another inside the scroll so that the boys can unroll it in front of the Pack as each boy points out a "special date" as the scroll is unwound.


At the end of this section is a very detailed Scouting Timeline. I have highlighted many of the entries related to Cub Scouts. You can pick and choose from this and then go visit www.bsa.org to get more details about each, so the boys can talk to some of the events.


Narrator: Everyone knows the many cannot/will not clichés about time, like "you can't make time stand still" and "time waits for no one." But there is something we can do with time gone by, and we'll do a little bit of that tonight-we can recall the times that have been so good to us. Tonight our Cub Scouts who will help us remember some very important times in the history of Cub Scouting.


Cubs are grouped together at unrolled scroll and slowly begin unwinding it. As they get to specific points on the timeline, the boys take turns saying something about them.

"The Age Of Scouting"
Paul Perkinz

Personnel: 1 announcer (a Cub Scout or adult leader), 10 Cub Scouts (or use five and have each say two parts)

Material: Text for the announcer, 10 cards with specified dates written in large letters on one side, script on the back side, American flag (if used for opening/closing ceremony)

Arrangement: If 10 Cubs are used, have each one of them hold a cardboard sign with a date (printed in very large letters) on one side and the associated text for them to read on the other side. Have the Cubs line up in chronological order off to the side of the stage or presentation area. This skit uses a timeline to graphically show that Boy Scouts has been around for nearly 40% of the time the United States of America has-something most people don't realize. That's why the Boy Scout card needs to be card #6, to represent that almost 40% of American history happened after BSA was founded.

Announcer: "For well over 200 years now, the United States has been an independent nation. Throughout this period, our country has undergone many changes and made great progress. Today, America still stands as an example of goodness and righteousness for all the world."

"Many people may not be aware of how long the Boy Scouts of America has been an organized youth group, but we have been in existence for a very long time. Tonight, the Cubs (or specific Den) of Pack (pack #) are going to present a timeline to demonstrate just how long Boy Scouts has been around." (have the Cub Scouts enter the presentation area one at a time. Have them hold up their card for the audience to see the date while they read the text on the back of the card. Different dates/events can be substituted for all except the date of 1910, the date Boy Scouts of America was founded. For chronological accuracy, this card should be the sixth card in the lineup. Have the Cubs line with the oldest date on the audience's left, side by side)

Cub Scout #1: "In 1776, the 13 colonies declared their independence from England. The United States of America was born."

Cub Scout #2: "In 1787, George Washington was elected the first president of the United States of America."

Cub Scout #3: "In 1814, the "Star Spangled Banner" became the official National Anthem of the United States of America."

Cub Scout #4: "In 1845, Texas became the 28th state to join the Union."

Cub Scout #5: "In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th president of the United States."

Cub Scout #6: "In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was founded."

Cub Scout #7: "In 1914, World War I began in Europe."

Cub Scout #8: "In 1941, America entered World War II."

Cub Scout #9: "In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated."

Cub Scout #10: "In 1969, the United States became the first country to put a human on the moon-Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong."

Announcer: "As you can see, the Boy Scouts of America has been around a lot longer than it may seem. Since just after the turn of the century, Boy Scouts has provided boys an opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun while doing so. In the past 89 years, Boy Scouts of America has become the largest youth organization in the world, and continues to grow each year. So next time someone asks about Boy Scouts, tell them just how long we've been here.

(If used as an opening/closing ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance can be said now)

(If used as an independent skit, the Cub Scout Promise and/or the Law of the Pack can be said now)


Simon Kenton Council

Scouting was started by Lord Baden Powell of yore
To teach young boys hunting and tracking lore.

Our boys learn to have pride in all that they do
Whether it be daily activities, crafts, or what have you.

So wear the Blue & Gold for truth and spirituality,
Also for sunshine, happiness, and steadfast loyalty.

Blue and Gold Welcome
Simon Kenton Council

Personnel: Eight Cub Scouts say each line

Cub 1: We'd truly like to welcome you.
To our banquet of gold and blue

Cub 2: The food is great, the program grand
And everyone lent a hand

Cub 3: We're having a party to celebrate
The Cub Scout birthday

Cub 4: And we give our thanks to all those who
Have helped promote the gold and blue.

Cub 5: Blue and gold are our colors true
No other colors would really do.

Cub 6: Blue is the color of the sky above.
Gold is for sunshine, warmth, and love

Cub 7: Come join us in our Cub Scout fun
And delight in our colors of sky and sun

Cub 8: So now we'll say it loud and bold
Welcome to our Blue and Gold.

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