York Adams Area Council
Cub Scouts of Pack ___. We are gathered here
for our graduation campfire. This is a special occasion, a special tradition
which has special memories! At the first Boy Scout camp, on Brownsea Island,
Baden-Powell and the boys were winding down at the last campfire. Baden-Powell
during the campfire told the boys that a campfire was a special time of
fellowship, spirituality, and good fun. He told the boys that he wouldn't be
around forever, and that to keep the spirit of this time alive, he invited
them to take some of the campfire ashes, when they cooled, and to spread them
on all the future campfires they would be at. This way the spirit of the first
scout camp would live on forever.
To help start our campfire this evening I've
brought with me ashes from last years campfire! These ashes contain the
memories of that campfire and the fun we had. By adding them to our campfire
this year we will build new memories of our campfire this year! I ask that all
scouts take a few moments to think of the good times you've had in Cub
(Have a moment of silence to let the boys
reflect) I need your help in starting the campfire! Yell after me everything I
say! (Hold the bag of ashes up and face each of the directions (N, E, S, W)
and yell out the following to add mystery to the fire lighting.)
Leader faces to
the north and says in a loud voice:
the North we call... (All repeat each line)
Hunger must be fed
(Face to the East)
the East we call…
Forget us not
(Face to the South)
the South we call…
the year grows old
us from the cold
(Face to the West)
the West we call…
the darkness of the night
our shining light.
(Pour the ashes over the campfire. Use one
of the many 'magic campfire' starts to ignite the campfire. If it takes a few
seconds for the fire to ignite, have the boys chant 'Cub Scouts' loudly saying
it is the Spirit of Scouting that lights our fire.) I now declare the campfire
Smokey The Bear Ceremony
Trapper Trail Council
Materials: Smokey the Bear
posters, story on Smokey the Bear. These can be obtained at your nearest
Forest Service Center. Using parts of the
story, write parts for each boy on the
back of some of the posters and have the boys give a shortened version of
"Smokey the Bear". Then say, "This could only happen in America, Let's pledge
our Allegiance to Her."
Balloon Critter Ceremony
Trapper Trails Council
Personnel: 7 Cub Scouts Equipment:
7 balloon critters to be popped
Cub 1 Pop balloon critter and
read: I (name) Pomise
Cub 2: Pop balloon critter and
read: To do my Best
Cub 3: Pop balloon critter and
read: To do my Duty to God
Cub 4: Pop balloon critter and
read: And My Country
Cub 5: Pop balloon critter and
read: To help other People and
Cub 6: Pop balloon critter and
read: To Obey the Law of the Pack
Cub 7: "The Cub Scout Promise
reminds us to be "The Best that we can be, to be Proud to be an American."
The Outdoor Code
Inland NW Council
As an American, I
will do my best to:
of my favorite hobbies is camping. As our opening today, I would like to read
the Outdoor Code.
(carries a large trash bag and trash) Be Clean In My Outdoor Manners. I
will treat the outdoors as a heritage to be improved for our greater
enjoyment. I will keep my trash and garbage out of, America s waters, fields,
woods, and roadways.
(carries a Fire bucket and shovel) Be Careful With Fire. I will prevent
wildfire. I will build my fire in a safe place and be sure it is out before I
(carries camera to "shoot" wildlife) Be Considerate In
The Outdoors. I will treat public and private property with
respect. I will remember that use of the outdoors is a privilege I can lose
(carries a small tree) Be Conservation Minded. I will
learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forest, minerals,
grasslands, and wildlife; and I will urge others to do the same. I will use
sportsmanlike methods in all my outdoor activities.
us keep this pledge in mind as we enjoy our day in the out of doors. Please
stand for the presentation of the colors.
This parody on “Hiawatha” may be changed
to fit the name and location of the camp. If your master of campfire can
memorize this, it will be quite an impressive ceremony especially if it is
accompanied by a trick method of lighting the fire.
On the shore of Old
By the bright shining water.
Stand the wigwams of our campers.
Dark behind it
stands the forest,
Stand the chestnut, oak, and hemlock,
Stand the firs with cones upon them.
Many things they
learn and do here:
How Wakonda, the Great Spirit,
Cares for all his faithful children,
Learn they of the stars in heaven.
Cares for all the
Of the birds that fly and nest here,
Learn the language of all creatures,
Call them friends whene’er we meet them.
Oh Great Spirit, there in heaven.
Send us flame to
light our campfire
That we may for this be thankful:
Oh Great Spirit, this we ask thee,
Send us fire and we shall praise thee!
invocation, possibly a staff member in Indian costume lights the fire.
The pack is seated around an un-lit
campfire. A Webelos
leader enters with a lit torch or candle.
Who are you?
Leader: I am the Spirit of Scouting
Why do you come?
Leader: To give light to those who need it.
Will you give light to us?
Webelos Leader: If you are
prepared to serve God and country, to help people, and to live by the Cub
Scout Promise and Law.
will do our best.
Leader: Then take your light from my light. (Kneels to light fire.)
Crossroads of America
Four large candles and four muffin cups and a flashlight for the narrator.
Four adults and a narrator.
All lights are out. All leaders stand in a line by the narrator.
To a Cub Scout it can look so very black when there is no leader. Wait
here is a leader (First leader lights their candle) to guide the way.
But there is so much
to do other dens to lead and a committee too. (Second leader lights their
candle.) Now there are two!
Here’s a committee
member (third leader lights their candle) and a Cub Master too (fourth leader
lights their candle.)
We started in the
dark and now see the light. Just imagine the glare if all our leaders were
Please rise and join
us in the pledge of Allegiance.
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