May Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 7, Issue 10
Webelos Traveler & Artist
Tiger Big Ideas 17
Balloon Welcome Advancement
Simon Kenton Council
2 identical balloons with strings attached; one filled with
helium and one blown up by mouth, awards and or certificates
Cubmaster, new cubs and parents
Cubmaster has balloons secured so that no one knows one balloon
is filled with helium. When he
is ready to begin the ceremony, the balloons are held by the necks.
Would (name) and his parents please come up. (Now holding
balloons) These balloons represent two 8-year-old boys.
Both come from great families have good friends. Both go to school.
They both are involved in sports programs in the community. They both attend church. (add anything else that fits the
lifestyle of the boys in your pack.)
But there is a
difference between these two boys. This
boy (indicate the balloon without helium) is happy just by doing the things
he's doing now. (Let the
non-helium balloon drop to the table or floor.)
But this boy (indicate helium filled balloon) is (name) and he has
found something extra. That
extra is Cub Scouting. With his
parents and leaders helping, (name) will be able to soar to new heights
(release balloon) just like this balloon.
We are excited
to welcome (name) and his parents and family to our Pack. (If the new Cub
has earned his Bobcat badge continue.) As is our custom, we will now present
to his parents his Bobcat badge to honor them for their work that they have
done in helping their son earn this badge, and ask them to award it to their
son. Congratulations on earning your Bobcat which is only your first step as
you soar higher and higher in Scouting. (Give the Cub Scout handshake.)
Wet and Wild Advancement Ideas
Heart of America Council
1. Cut shark
fins from black poster board and staple to the side of a 2x4. Spread a blue tarp on the floor and crumple it to look like
waves in the ocean. Put shark
fins around the tarp between the waves.
Make a narrow bridge across the water by putting an 8" length of
2x4 on top of a block at either end. Nail
it to be firm. Tell boys
receiving the awards that they must walk across the bridge without falling
in the water to receive their award. You
can liken the sharks to the 5 national concerns, or you can liken them to
the bad things in the world and the bridge can be how Cub Scouts helps to
keep you safe from them. Mom
and Dad can help hold the boy’s hand, just as they do during the scouting
2. Attach awards
to oars. Might write on awards
You “OAR” fantastic
3. Attach awards
to small boats. Float in small
swimming pool. Boy can retrieve
his boat. The boat - make out
of cork with toothpick sail. Glue
penny on bottom for weight - “You sailed away with first place” or
“Congratulations on sailing away with your Bear badge!”
Heart of America Council
Cubmaster, various adults in costume
Various items used in the water: mask, snorkel, fins, ski tube, and/or skis.
wearing these items. Cubmaster
needs, fishing hat and a vest available.
Enough dowel rods with string attached to badges in plastic sealed
bags and awards for cubs
Cubmaster in front of audience
Water Fun is something that is enjoyed by nearly everyone.
We have some special people here tonight to show you ways to have fun
in the water. (The following
are fun ways to show the items)
1. Maskman - the person who does not want to get water on his face.
The person who does not want to be seen.
2. Snorkeler - The next person thinks he/she is a shark.
They think they are a part of the great white shark family and are a
member of the Jaws fan club.
3. Finner - this person only walks on the beach and leaves big prints
in the sand thinking that everyone will think Big Foot has reappeared.
Tuber - someone who thinks they can swim but really can’t.
Someone who has always wanted to drive on water but has not yet
figured out how to do it.
Skier - This person is ready for water and snow.
Or does this person like big shoes that make a lot of noise.
These are just a
few items that can be used to have fun in water.
Another thing that is very popular in water is fishing.
(Put on a fishing hat and jacket if available).
In this fish tank I have caught some badges for Cub Scouts who have
advanced in rank. (Pull out badge and call boy forward with his parents.)
Going Fishing Advancement
Circle 10 Council
can be used indoors or at the waterfront.
If you are
indoors, pin the badges that were earned to cardboard fish.
Make a fishing pole out of a dowel rod, string and a paper clip hook.
Put a paper clip vent into a circle into the snout of the fish.
Make the fish different colors according to the badge pinned to it
and tell each boy who earned an advancement to go fishing for a color fish.
Make a statement
about the boy’s achievements and have the parents help the boy if needed.
If you are at the waterfront, you could use the same process or you
could use the water instead of a bucket to put the “fish” in. Simply
wrap the badges tightly in tin foil and have the father who swims best in
the water with the badges. When
the boy casts his line out, the dad can attach the paper badge to the hook
and give it a tug.
Trail To Arrow of Light
Northwest Suburban Council
required: Akela (Cubmaster), Baloo (Assistant Cubmaster), One Webelos Scout
One Bear Scout,
One Wolf Scout
Oregon Trail scenery, Badges (with tape affixed to the card the badge is on)
ceremony, Baloo explains to the Bobcats that when indicated, each will walk
to the line of Scouts and Cubmaster and shake each person's hand. Akela is standing in front.
Next to him are the Webelos Scout, the Bear Scout, and lastly the
Will the following boys please join me in front?
(Baloo lists the names of the boys who are to receive their Bobcat
As settlers moved west along the Oregon Trail, they followed a train blazed
by others who came before them. Just
as those settlers followed others on the Oregon Trail, our Cub Scouts too
follow others on the Cub Scout Trail. (Baloo
starts first Bobcat along the trail of Cubs)
Cub: I have earned my Wolf Badge. Now I'm working toward earning my
Bear badge. (Wolf Cub shakes
Bobcat's hand using the Cub Scout handshake)
Cub: I have earned my Bear Badge. Now I'm working toward earning my
Webelos Badge. (Bear Cub shakes
Bobcat's hand using the Cub Scout handshake)
Scout: I have earned my Webelos Badge. Now I'm working on earning my
Arrow of Light. (Webelos Cub
shakes Bobcat's hand using the Cub Scout handshake)
Welcome to the Scouting campfire. (Akela shakes Bobcat's hand using the Cub Scout handshake)
These Cub Scouts represent the trail toward the Arrow of Light,
the highest rank in Cub Scouts. No matter where they started their journey,
they all started with the Bobcat. You
may be called on to travel a trail that other Cubs in our pack haven't yet
traveled. When the settlers
traveled such a trail, they looked for help from the Indians. When you travel such a trail, your parents and leaders will
be there to help you.
Will the parents of these new Bobcats please join us at the fire
now. I would like to thank the
Cub Scouts who have welcomed these Bobcats. They may return to their dens
now. (Hand a Bobcat Badge to
each set of parents)
Please attach the Bobcat badge, upside down, to the left pocket of your
son's uniform. Once he performs
a good deed, the badge may be attached to his uniform right side up. Pack
(number), let's congratulate these Bobcats with a hearty cheer!
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