ceremony should be held as soon as a new denner and/or assistant denner is
Equipment: Table, candle, denner and assistant cords.
the candle) Will ___ and ___ please come forward. On the table in front of
you stands the candle representing the Spirit of Cub Scouting. The spirit can
be kept alive as long as we all work together to a common goal.
and _____ , you were elected as our new denner and assistant denner.
You both know the duties involved with each job. Do you willingly accept the
duties and will you do your best to perform them? If so, answer yes.
I’m happy and proud to present to you your badge of
office. Wear it on your shoulder with pride and honor.
Den Advancement (Led By Den
Set up the den doodle in a convenient spot where all the
boys can see it. Have the boys stand facing the den doodle, in a circle around
it, or in a semi-circle or line facing it.
Today we have a boy (or boys) who is ready to add another achievement marker
to his string on our den doodle (or who has completed three more achievements
and has earned a bead for his Progress Towards Rank.) He has been working hard
en achievements to earn his (Wolf or Bear) badge.
Will _____ please come
forward? 1 would like to present you with your doodle marker to add to your
string. (Or bead to add to your thong).
Now while _____ is adding
his doodle to his string on our den doodle (or adding his bead to his thong)
our Den Chief will lead us in an Achievement Cheer.
We the boys of Den _______
Promise to do our best
To keep working on achievements
So our den will be better than the rest
DEN LEADER: Let's give
________ Big How’s. (Match the number of How’s to number of achievements
completed) HOW! HOW! etc.
This ceremony can easily
be changed for variety. Sometimes the boys could give the den yell or sing a
Cub Scout Song instead of the cheer led by the Den Chief.
The Living Circle Closing
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Note from Commissioner Dave – I remember learning this ceremony at my first
Den Meeting at Mrs. Kneale’s house in September 1957. We have taught it to
Based on an Indian custom, the living
circle may be used alone or as a part of another ceremony. It reminds a Cub
Scout of the fine friendships he is making in Cub Scouting.
the Living Circle by standing with your Den Leader and den in a close circle,
facing inward. Ask everyone to turn slightly to the right in the circle and
extend his left hand into the center, palm downward and left thumb pointing to
the right. Have each boy grasp the extended thumb of the person on this left,
thus making a living circle.
person should hold his right hand high above his head in the Cub Scout sign.
The Cub Scout Promise or Law of the Pack may then be said as part of the
the Promise or Law, everyone can pump the left hands up and down, say
"Ah-KAY-la, we'll do our best!" or “We’ll be Loyal Scouts”
(As you see sports teams break a huddle)
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Cub Scouts form a circle and give the
Cub Scout handclasp, completely around, ending when it has reached the boy who
started it. As each boy receives the handclasp he makes a wish, silently, and
pledges to do his best.