Compass Guide You
Heart of America Council
You will need a prop compass made of heavy cardboard. Place it in front on the
We look to the compass for our guide just as the Pilgrims used a compass to
cross the Atlantic. To the East, we find a Cub ready his Bobcat Badge. Will
(name) and his parents come forward, (Present award) He brings his eagerness
like the dawn of a new day.
To the South is the
Wolf with his spirit of adventure. Will (name) and his parents come forward.
To the West is a Bear
hunting on the trail of Scouting. (Present awards)
To the North is the
Webelos about to realize his boyhood dreams, alive with Scout action. Will
(name) and his parents come forward. (Present awards)
Let the compass guide
all of you on your trails and may you all carry into your adult life the
ideals of Scouting.
PROPS: Cardboard Mayflower, Plymouth Rock out of cardboard or paper
mache', one small rock for each boy, Indian costume for Cubmaster, Pilgrim
costume for Cubmaster's assistant.
rowing a cardboard Mayflower) I've been rowing for four month now. Hope I find
land or a place to rest soon! Wait, what's that? Could it be? Yes, It Is! Land
ho! Think I'll park by that big rock. (Gets out by Plymouth Rock) This looks
like a nice place. Wonder if anyone lives here?
Howdy Pilgrim (John Wayne style). Welcome to the new world: Come on over to my
tepee and we'll play some video games.
later. Right now I'm starving. What do your have to eat?
INDIAN: We have corn
bread, corn on the cob, corn flakes, corn meal, popcorn, corn oil, corn chex,
corn nuts, corn pone, and corn curls.
PILGRIM: You forgot
to mention corny jokes!
INDIAN: Ha, ha!
That's very punny, Pilgrim. Say, as long as you're here, how about joining us
for our Thanksgiving feast?
Thanksgiving, what's that?
INDIAN: That's when
all the tribes get together and talk turkey. We give special thanks for
everything we have and that this skit won't last much longer.
PILGRIM: Sounds like
INDIAN: Before we
eat, there are several young braves that we are honoring. Will you help me?
PILGRIM: Sure, what
have they done - broke the Nintendo record or won the tribal rap-singing
INDIAN: They've done
much more than that. They've eaten an entire Thanksgiving dinner without
taking a nap afterwards. But even more impressive, they've earned the ranks of
Bobcat, Wolf, and Bear.
PILGRIM: Wow! I'd
like to meet these braves and their parents. Who are they?
INDIAN: Will the
following braves and their parents, please come forward. (Reads names)
PILGRIM: What did
they do to earn these honors?
Make it up from here…
At this point you work in all your usual Pack rituals for awards – explain
the badges, present to parents, move markers along the trail.
Needed: A large
turkey with a feather for each award to be presented (or one feather for each
Cub receiving an award). Awards are placed on the feathers prior to the Pack
Meeting. Feathers can be made out of poster board. The turkey can be made
from a box, with wiggle eyes, poster board cut out for head, wings, and
feathers. And a little imagination in painting the box.
Cubmaster: This is a
special time of the year. We have a lot to be thankful for: Our families and
friends, our homes and schools. We should be especially thankful for this
land we live in. Tonight we have our Thanksgiving turkey with us, but it's
not ready for the oven yet. We still need to pluck it, and this is how we will
I will call the name of a
Cub Scout that has earned an award. He will go get his parents and they will
come up to the turkey and pluck out the feather with their son's name on it.
At that time they will present the award to their son. Once you have received
your award, please stand to my left and remain there until all the names have
been called and all the feathers plucked. Call names of boys until all have
come forward. Then perform other Pack rituals for award presentation.
Webelos Leader can also use the turkey to present Webelos awards if desired.
Congratulations on your hard
work. Our turkey is now plucked and ready for the oven. It will ensure us all
a Happy Thanksgiving.
Setting: A table
set with Thanksgiving items; a bag of corn kernels
and gentlemen, tonight we are remembering the founders of our country and the
native American Indians. The pilgrims came to this country for religious
freedom, and when they got here, they found new friends. The sharing that
occurred between these two different peoples was something to behold. We have
all shared things in much the same way.
Would the following boys
please come forward? (List those earning Wolf badges.) You boys have shared
with each other the gift of working together in your dens and homes. For
this, we give you your awards and a kernel of corn, as the Indians gave to the
Would the following boys
please come forward? (List those earning Bear badges.) You have worked hard,
and work was one of the things most respected by the pilgrims and Indians
alike. The pilgrims even had a rule that if persons did not work, they would
not eat. For your work, we give you your award along with a kernel of corn,
just as the Indians gave the pilgrims.
Would the following Webelos please come forward? (List names.) You boys have
been working for a long time and have learned many new skills working with
metal, wood and leather. These are the same skills that the pilgrims had to
learn to survive and help build this great country we live in today. We give
you your awards and a kernel of corn to remember this special time of the
Early Colonists Days
Cubmaster, Cub Scouts, Advancing Cub Scouts
Stage curtains, Props for pioneers, Badges, certificates, pins
CM: American Pioneers have been men with curious minds, strong purpose,
courage, determination, stick-to-itiveness and a proud, fierce loyalty.
Through every hardship they have refused to give up.
Our purpose is to remind Ourselves of how our country grew out of a wilderness
into a great world power. Let us quickly take a brief look at some of the men
who helped build it.
MILES STANDISH came with the Pilgrims
seeking religious freedom and learned to live with the Indians. After the
first year's harvest they celebrated Thanksgiving together.
Other great men followed. PATRICK HENRY,
who said "Give me Liberty or give me death;" DANIEL BOONE opened up the trail
west through the Cumberland Gap; THOMAS EDISON invented the electric light;
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL gave us the telephone.
As we entered the 20th
century, HENRY FORD produced a successful motorcar. ORVILLE and WILBUR WRIGHT
launched our first airplane.
For you, Cub Scouts, the
United States is still a land of expanding opportunity and tonight we have the
following boys who have had the determination, stick-to-itiveness and loyalty
to follow the trail of (Wolf), (Bear) and complete the achievements of
(their/his) badges. Will (names) and their parents please come forward?
Now we have boys with
strong purpose and curious minds who have completed the requirements for their
Webelos badge. Will the following boys and their parents please come forward?
Will the Pack stand with me and salute these fine Cub Scouts who have had the
courage and loyalty as the Pioneers of our past years to advance.