Volume 7 Issue 7
March 2000

ADVANCEMENT CEREMONIES

Trapper Trails Council

  1. Using a big net drag "insect" scout up for awards. Attach a bug to each award.
  2. Attach awards to a plastic bug and pull them out of an aquarium that has some dirt, etc., set up like you were going to keep bugs in it.
  3. Attach awards to a large bug chart. (Bugs could be made of dark sandwich cookies with licorice string legs.)

Insect Advancement
Trapper Trails Council

Attach a gummy worm to a card saying: BEE, cause of your hard work, you are a most X-L-ANT dude, WORM-est congratulations.

Beehive Award

Make a beehive and pace awards in it. Play "The Flight of the Bumblebee: song while presenting awards.

Spider Award
Trapper Trails Council

Make a spider web and tape award to it.

Little Tree
Heart of America Council

Personnel: Cubmaster, Webelos Leader

Equipment: A three foot high tree limb with several branches set as if it were a tree, in a can of plaster of Paris
Green paper leaves (made out of a thin wire and wire stem sticking out) with the Cub Scoutsí names, awards, badges and arrow points.

Cubmaster: This little tree is a symbol of natural beauty of our land. The tree also represents Cub Scouting. It takes a long time for a beautiful tree to grow. In the same way, a Cub Scout spends a lot of time and effort in advancement from rank to rank, so do his parents which help him. Today we will see how much prettier this Cub Scout tree will be when we put some leaves on it. Each of these leaves represents the time and effort put into their advancement work by our Cub Scouts and parents. (Call forward boys and parents, who are receiving Wolf badges and arrow points, give them their awards and have them put one leaf for each award on the tree. Then award the Bear awards and arrow points, putting their leaves on the tree. Have the Webelos leader call the boys and parents forward for activity badges, Webelos badges and Arrow of Light awards. They then add their leaves to the tree. After all awards are presented and leaves added to the tree, the Cubmaster speaks.)

Each of you have helped to nurture this tree. Just as trees endure for many years, so the values gained from working on achievements, electives and badges will last a lifetime. May you always stand strong and tall like a tree and be a beautiful resource for our land.

Bugs and Things
York Adams Council

Personnel: Cubmaster, Advancement chairman, Den Chiefs

Equipment: Pictures of: caterpillar (Wolf), cocoon (Bear), butterfly (Webelos)

Setting: Cubmaster, advancement chairman, and den chiefs with appropriate picture are in front of room. The awards can be put inside a cocoon, which can be a bottle, balloon, or toilet tissue tube.

Cubmaster: In the spring of the year many things are unfolding. One of these great events is the caterpillar that wants to grow up and be something beautiful. He seals himself up in a cocoon and awaits the changing into the beautiful butterfly. Tonight we want to remember that like the caterpillar, our Cubs are also changing and growing. And so they too, represent the coming of spring.

Advancement Chairman: Will these boys please come forward and stand behind the Den Chief holding the proper picture. Will these Cubs stand behind the caterpillar. (Calls the Cubs receiving their Wolf. Continue until all boys have been called and standing behind proper picture.)

Cubmaster: These Cubs have shown that by working on their projects they have grown in their own skills and stature. We would like to present the awards representing their part in their own life's drama.

Just Like the Caterpillar
York Adams Council

Equipment: You will need a circle, about 15 inches across for each boy who is receiving either the Wolf or Bear rank, a circle decorated like a caterpillars head for the boys who are receiving Bobcat to stand behind, a roll of batting for the boys receiving Webelos to hold, and a large poster or cut-out of a butterfly for the boys who are receiving Arrow of Light to hold.

Cubmaster: This month the dens have been learning about nature. Things in nature change and grow, but the differences aren't always noticeable. But, there is one insect that we can watch change right before our very eyes! The caterpillar is a simple animal, starting with a head and big eyes to take in the entire world around him. Our Bobcats have big eyes too, as they take in all of the new adventures waiting for them! (Call up Bobcats and parents, present rank, have parents sit back down and give the Bobcats the caterpillar head to hold.)

Cubmaster: The caterpillar is made up of segments, which all work together to get him where he wants to go. Our Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts have learned to work together as a den, with their leader and with their families to reach their goal.

(Call up Wolves and parents, resent rank, have parents sit down, give each boy a circle (body segment) to hold up and have them line up next to "Head". Repeat the same for the Bears.)

Cubmaster: As the caterpillar matures, some changes begin to take place. The caterpillar spins a cocoon and closes itself within. Our Webelos don't spin cocoons, but the have learned to work more independently of their families and closer with their leader and Activity Pin counselors.

(Call up boys receiving Webelos and their parents, present rank, have parents sit down; have the Webelos stand alongside the Wolves and Bears and hold the batting. If you have a small number of Webelos, they could even wrap themselves up in the batting.)

Cubmaster: The end result of the caterpillar's life, is the new life form that it takes on, a butterfly. The boys who are receiving the Arrow of Light tonight are ending the Cub Scout portion of their Scouting adventure, and are now ready to move on to Boy Scouts. (Call up boys receiving Arrow of Light and their parents, present them their rank, have parents sit down, and have boys hold up butterfly cut-out.)

Cubmaster: Just like the caterpillar grew and changed, so did the Cub Scouts in our Pack, it just took a little bit longer and maybe wasn't quite as noticeable, but Mother Nature came through once again with another miracle!

Happy Birthday, Brand New Scout
Bill Leighton

The following poem on the twelve points of the Scout Law was written by Den Mother Marty Ackerman, of North Highlands, California, for a Cub Scout graduation. Why not adapt it to one of your Webelos graduation ceremonies.

The Scout Law is a lengthy one-sometimes it's hard to keep,
But if you take it step by step-the climb won't seem so steep!

Trustworthiness comes first of all-that's always good to know,

And loyalty comes next in line-be proud-and let it show.

A friendly, helpful Scout is one who's courteous and kind,

And then, of course, obedience is always on your mind.

A good Scout is a cheerful one-and you're glad to meet,

You must be thrifty and be brave and always clean and meat.

A Boy Scout must be reverent-but that's not hard to do,

So happy birthday, Brand New Scout, we're all so proud of you.

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