Trapper Trails Council
As a Cub Scout completes three achievements for
Wolf or Bear, the Den Leader should make sure that a simple recognition
ceremony is held in den meeting. Use the Immediate Recognition Kit (No.
1804), which contains enough materials for a den of Cub Scout for two years.
This is a motivational device used to encourage each boy to complete the rank
for his age.
Use a brief ceremony related to the monthly
theme, or the one below.
We would like to tell you the story behind these
wonderful beads. The custom of awarding beads stated in the ancient tribe of
the Webelos. They were given to braves who did their best to help the tribe
Many moons ago, when wolves and bears ruled the
animal world, the braves of the Webelos tribe feared these strong beasts.
But some braves named (names of boys being
recognized), still untried, decided that the best way to live without fear was
to learn to understand the creatures of the forest.
So they went, disguised as animals, to live with
the wolves and bears. The animals accepted them and all their brothers and
called them 'cubs', just as if the braves were their own. This was according
to the Law of the Pack.
For their bravery and friendliness to the beasts,
they were given a leather thong with colored beads on it. It signified that he
knew the ways of the tribe and did his best at everything without worrying if
someone else did better. This is the law which the tribe borrowed from the
animals and had the 'cubs' learn.
For doing your best in completing three
achievements towards your (Wolf) (Bear) badge, I award you (names) this thong
and this bead. May you always obey the Law of the Pack.
Trapper Trails Council
This can be used
with a few or many boys that are getting their awards. It signifies setting
goals and achieving them, and it is one ceremony that the boys don't forget.
The goal can be the
awards the boys are getting or anything else you wish. If a number of boys are
getting awards, they should be placed in another room or out in the hallway
with supervision. All the boys receiving the Wolf Badge (or Bear or Webelos)
would be called into the Pack Meeting. For each boy, there should be a row of
mousetraps, and at the end are his parents with his award. The Cubmaster
explains that as the boys go through life working toward their goals, there
are numerous obstacles in their way. Tonight they are to pick their way
through the obstacles that lie between them and their award. They should have
well in mind where these obstacles are so that they could find their way blind
folded. Which is exactly what you do, and to make it even more exciting, you
have them remove their shoes. (While this is taking place, someone replaces
the mousetraps with pieces of wood of a similar size. As the boys go through
the course and touch a piece of wood, a trap is snapped at their elbow.)
This is very
effective for an Arrow of Light Ceremony also. There is only one draw back- it
can only every three years.
Cub Scout Shirt Ceremony
Trapper Trails Council
Make it just like
their shirts, council patch, Pack numbers, etc. have their awards on the
shirt. Let the boys come up and "pick" their awards off. This is also an
easy way to show them just where badges should be.
Rank Candles (For Awards Ceremony, Outdoor Use)
Inland NW Council
needed: 4 wooden poles, 2" in diameter, cut 3—6 feet long. 1 Set of
Advancement Stickers (large size), Scrap wood pieces, cut to sticker size, 2 x
2 blocks of wood, with holes for candles drilled inside, 4 Large Nails
Tonight we light the candle in front of the Bobcat sign. We have the
following boys who have distinguished themselves by learning the Cub Scout
Promise, Law, Motto and have earned their Bobcat Badge. Would the following
Scouts and their parents please come forward? (Call names of Cub Scouts,
present them with their Bobcat badges and parents' pins.) Thank you and
Next, I will light
the candle for the Wolf Sign. (Call names of Cub Scouts, and parents for each
rank, Wolf, Bear and Webelos in turn).
As you can see, our
Outdoors is brightened by the spirit of Cub Scouting. Let us all strive to
bring a pleasant light to our surroundings by following the Cub Scout trail.
The Great White
Trapper Trail Council
Wolf Den, new Bobcat and parents (Can also do this for Wolf and Bear.
Props: Extra large
play gun made from cardboard.
cap and/or hunting vest
Wolf den in front of room holding hands to make a pen to put the Bobcats and
parent in. Award cards are attached to wide velvet ribbon collars. Mother's
pins are on a velvet yellow ribbon.
I'm going to capture some wild critter (animals) and fill my pen up. (Picks up
gun and goes into the audience runs around looking, ham it up. Goes to where
the Bobcats or other Cubs are seated and takes them and their parents to the
pen. Make it fun.) Repeat until you get all the Bobcats.
Now I've got all the
Bobcats captured. I think I'll put these Den Tracking collars on them, so we
can keep track of their travels. Places the collars on each Bobcat as he
names each one. This device is to remind you that on the Wolf trail the Pack
will keep track of you and your advancements. You may remove them when you
have done a good deed. Congratulations on your hard work. Let Cubs out of
pen. Give them the Mother's Pin to present to their Moms.
Wally The Worm
Inland NW Council
an apple made of cardboard with several holes in it. Have the awards in a box
in the back. Create a worm puppet for the central character living in the
Have Wally the Worm hiding in his apple and coax him out to tell everybody
what kind of special things he has hiding in his apple. Proceed through an
advancement ceremony starting with Bobcat ranks as Wally shares his special
treats (awards) with the recipients.
Inland NW Council
Props: A large
butterfly net, large enough to catch a Cub Scout size butterfly. Have badges
attached to colored, construction paper bugs that have been "mounted" on a
enters ready for a butterfly collecting expedition. (Wear pith helmet,
binoculars and the like). Spot and catch such rare breeds of butterflies such
as the Tiger, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos as well as the Gold Arrow and Silver
Arrow tipped Monarchs.
National Capital Area Council
Electric Campfire with dimmer switch, which Akela may operate unseen. Start
with it dim.
Tonight we have gathered at the ceremonial campfire to hear an ancient tale.
It was once believed that a campfire had great magic. Of course it cooks our
food, lights our way and wards off wild animals, but the magic of this Pack
Council Fire is that it can light up our future! But only when we approach it
after making a great accomplishment.
Will (Read Names)
and their parent please stand by their chairs? See how the fire burns
only dimly when there are no advancing Scouts nearby? Now please come forward
and join me at the fire’s side. See how it has begun to burn brighter now!
The fire tells us that you have completed
all the requirements for your _____ rank. You have worked hard to be worthy
of this great honor, so the fire has given us a sign that you will continue to
find great joy and success in Cub Scouting. You will soon be on your way to
earning the next rank in Scouting. The fire tells us you will do so!
Please stand. I
present this award to your parent to present to you. Congratulation! (Akela
sits again so he can work the controls to dim the fire as Scouts leave.) I
now dismiss you to your seats, and watch the fire as you leave its side!
(Repeat as many times as needed for awards.)
Painted Wolf Ceremony
Crossroads of America
Black face paint, Wolf Badges, safety pins and parent’s pin, drum, and an
Indian blanket with headdress if available for Akela.
Cubmaster (Akela), Assistant Cubmaster and a Den leader to beat the drum.
the drummer begin a slow rhythmic beat.
Akela: When a
boy joins our Pack, he earns the Bobcat badge and moves up the trail to the
Wolf badge. Tonight we honor the boys who have made this significant step
towards the Arrow of Light. Would the following boys ____________ and their
parents please step forward.
the names and has the people form a straight line.
each of you seek to wear the sign of the Wolf? If you do, please say yes.
recite after me, the Cub Scout Promise.
Cubs and Akela: I
promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other
people and to obey the law of the Pack.
Akela: I can
see by your knowledge of the Cub Scout promise and the achievements you have
done that you and your parents have worked hard. These achievements are very
important, as they have given you a deeper appreciation of many things. Now
you are ready to wear the sign of the Wolf.
The first toe of the
Wolf paw is for your growth through feats of skill and having fun with your
family. (Have Baloo paint a toe on the forehead of each boy.)
The second toe
represents what you have learned about your home, community and country. (Have
Baloo paint another toe on the forehead of each boy.)
The third toe
represents the skills you have gained handling tools. (Have Baloo paint a
third toe on the forehead of each boy.)
The fourth toe
represents your new appreciation of conservation. (Have Baloo paint a fourth
toe on the forehead of each boy.)
The pad represents
your growth as a Scout and shows you are ready for the advancement trail.
(Have Baloo paint a pad on the forehead of each boy.)
Presents the advancement badge to the parent(s) to be given to the boy and the
parent pins to the boy to be given to the parent(s).
Congratulations! To everyone for making this step a reality. Shake everyone’s
hand and have them take their seats.
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