Utah National Parks Council
as ringmaster) Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to witness feats of
daring-do never before witnessed by the human eye. Acts so astounding you
will ooh and aah with amazement. Stupendous sights! Thrilling acts! Welcome
to our circus!
For our first act tonight,
we present our trained Bobcats and their fearless trainers, also known as
parents. They will be in the center ring in a few moments and will perform
for us, showing the amazing feats they have mastered. (Bobcats and parents
come forward and the boys answer questions regarding the Bobcat
requirements. Cubmaster awards the badges.)
Notice how well these
Bobcats have been trained by their trainers. Let's have a cheer for this
fine act which we have just witnessed with our very own eyes! (Lead
Ladies and gentlemen, now
for our second colossal act of achievement this evening, we present a fine
trained Wolf act. The Wolves in this act are as follows: (read boys' names
if receiving Wolf badge or arrow points.) Here come these astounding Wolf
Cubs and their trainers into the ring now! (Boys and parents come forward.
Cubmaster goes through similar circus talk to introduce Bear award and arrow
points. Lead appropriate applauses after each group.)
Now in our center ring, a
most stupendous act, seldom seen by the human eye. A rare and mysterious
animal, known as the Webelos! They are extremely smart, faster than a
speeding den leader, and able to leap tall activity badges in a single
bound! Introducing, the Webelos! (Call up Webelos who have earned activity
badges, compass points and/or Webelos badge. Quiz the boys on what they
learned to earn their award. Lead appropriate applause.)
Ladies and gentlemen, for
our finale tonight, we have a stupendous act that requires much work and
patience as these mysterious Webelos climb to great heights of fame and
achievement. In fact, they have climbed to the very pinnacle of achievement
as a Cub Scout. Let's all watch breathlessly as we now give special honor in
a ceremony that will demonstrate to you what heights these boys have climbed
with the help of their trainers. It is a privilege now to introduce you to
the participants in this outstanding feat. (Call boys and parents forward.
You could do a separate Arrow of Light Ceremony at this time. Lead
appropriate applause when finished.)
Balloon Break Advancement
Set up the large rank advancement cards
facing audience. Hide them from view by placing a large balloon in front of
each card. Tape balloon to table to secure it.
Have a dart to break balloons.
HINT: Arrow points and other recognition's can be put in
balloons before balloons are blown up.
CUBMASTER: To continue with thus festive occasions we have
several young men who have worked hard to advance in rank. They have come to
celebrate here tonight. (call Bobcat candidates and parents forward.)
These young men have started on their way in
Scouting. They need to be congratulated on a job well done. (Have
Bobcat break first balloon. Give his parents his patch and congratulation
Cub and parents with handshake.)
(Call Wolf candidates and parents
forward.) These young men
have worked a little harder and a little longer to reach the rank of Wolf.
They also need to be congratulated on a job well done. (Have Cub break
balloon. Give his parents his patch and congratulation Cub and parents with
Now, in our evening of celebration, let us
honor our Bear candidates. (Call them and parents forward.) To
receive the rank of Bear the Cub Scout has to put forth much more effort.
(Have Cub break balloon. Give his parents his patch and congratulation Cub
and parents with handshake.)
To complete our celebration, we need to
honor our Webelos candidate. To achieve the rank of Webelos, our young man
has entered a world of different requirements that are signed off by adults
other than his own parents. This is a giant step for our boys to take.
(Have Cub break balloon. Give his parents his patch and congratulation
Cub and parents with handshake.)
2 identical balloons with strings attached,
1 filled with helium and 1 blown up by mouth; awards/certificates;
Cubmaster, new Cubs and parents. Cubmaster has balloons secured so that no
one knows that one balloon is filled with helium. When he is ready to begin
the ceremony, he holds the balloons by the necks.
CUBMASTER: (holding balloons) Would (name) and his parents
please come forward. These balloons represent two of our local boys. Both
come from great families and have good friends. Both go to school, they are
both involved in sports programs in the community, they both attend church.
(Add anything else that fits the lifestyle of the boys in your area.)
But there is a difference between these two
boys. This boy (indicate the balloon without helium) is happy
and he can keep being happy just doing the things he’s doing now. (Let
the balloon without helium drop to the table or floor.) But this boy
(indicate helium filled balloon) is (name) and
he has found something extra. That extra something 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 family to our pack. (If the new Cub has earned
his Bobcat badge continue.) As is our custom, we will now present
his Bobcat badge to his parents to honor them for the 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
Note that this and
other ceremonies should be reviewed and modified to suit the specific awards
being giving at the meeting. This ceremony is written so that any particular
award can be used or omitted without impacting the whole of the ceremony.
You might, also, want to break up the speaking parts amongst several
are a lot of computer games on the market today, and while I was surfing the
Internet the other day, I found a really good one that I want to share with
you. It's called "Advancement."
Now unlike many of the
games out there, this one doesn't have all the wiz-bang violence and
high-speed flying and diving; it doesn't involve racking up billions of
points on the scoreboard; and it can only be played by a very select group
of people—Cub Scouts. This is a "game" that checks out your ability to "Do
And as in any game, the
player must first learn the rules of the game. In this program, the players
start in any grade, from 2nd through 5th. They learn the rules, such as the
Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack; what the different signs and
signals mean in the activity, like the handshake and Scout sign; and special
phrases and messages used during play, like Webelos and "Do Your Best." Once
they've learned these basic rules, they are ready to begin the game in
earnest. And once the player has learned the rules, the computer places an
icon on the screen that shows the player has completed the "rules" phase—the
icon looks like this.
[Cubmaster holds up
a Bobcat badge.] It looks like a Bobcat!
As a matter of fact, I
think we have some Cub Scouts here tonight who also found that program and
have been studying the "rules" so that they are ready to join in.
[List names of Bobcat
recipients and call them with their parents to the front of the room.]
As with any program,
software or otherwise, we have to understand what we are getting ready to do
and how we're supposed to do it before we get started. You guys have done
that. Just to help remind the rest of the players, will join with me now in
reciting the Cub Scout Promise?
[Hand parents the awards to
present to the boys and congratulate them with the Cub Scout handshake.
To get to the first level,
the player has to get through 12 achievements. And like in other computer
games, the player has to "learn" how to do things to complete these
achievements. In the first level, the achievements include everything from
doing physical feats of skill to learning about the flag and holding a flag
ceremony to learning make the right decision in unsafe situations. And once
you've completed the 12 achievements, another icon is displayed [holds
up Wolf badge]. This one looks like a Wolf.
Among all of you computer
wizards out there tonight, it turns out we have some who have reached this
level of the program. [List names and invite them with their parents
to come forward.] These players have spent a lot of time learning
new skills and have reached the Wolf level. [Hand out badges to parents to
give to the boys.
Once the program advances
the players to the next level, the achievements become a little tougher and
the players have to make some program choices to complete this level of the
program. I guess the program uses "if… then" statements or something.
Anyway, at this level, the players again try to complete 12 achievements,
but in four different subject areas—God, Country, Family, and Self. Once
they've completed 12, a new icon is displayed
[Hold up the Bear
Again, we've got some real
program experts with us tonight who have completed these achievements.
[List off Bear candidate names and invite them and their parents to the
front of the room.] These Cub Scouts have mastered their level to
get the Bear icon, but they are encouraged to keep working on this level
until the program moves them up to the next level. [Hand parents the
awards to present to the boys and congratulate them.}
The Advancement program is
a little different than other programs. Because once you've gotten the Wolf
icon, you still stay at that level until the program tells you it's time to
begin working on the next level. But while you're working at the Wolf level,
you still do other things and learn new skills. And as you do, the program
gives you bonus icons [hold up arrow points]. An arrow point
is awarded each time a boy completes ten electives; a gold arrow point for
the first ten and a silver arrow point for each ten after that.
[List off Arrow Point
candidate names and invite them and their parents to the front of the room.]
These players (in both the Wolf and Bear levels) have really mastered the
program and are gaining a lot from it. Tonight we award them with the extra
arrow points they've earned. [Hand parents the awards to present to the boys
and congratulate them.
This Advancement program
is really a pretty smart program. Whether or not a player gets the icon for
a level, the program automatically advances the player to the next level
when the player is ready to take on new challenges. For those who have
advanced to the level above Bear, they begin to get ready for an even
greater, more challenging program that they'll be able to enjoy in just a
couple of levels later—it's called the Boy Scout Advancement program. So the
players in the next level begin to "prep" for this Unlike the Wolf and Bear
levels, this next level of play involves completing separate activities for
which the program recognizes the player. These activities are more
challenging than the Bear achievements, but then again, the players are
ready for them too. While the player completes the activities, he also works
on special challenges—part of the "prepping" I mentioned. This assures that
the player will understand the rules and requirements of the program after
this one. As the player completes activities, he gets a mini-icon
[hold up Activity Badge pins] and when he has gotten certain
mini-icons and completed the "prep" challenges, the program gives him yet
another icon [hold up Webelos badge].
With us tonight are some
players who have done just that. They have worked the program to get several
mini-icons (or Activity Badges) and some have even completed the prep
challenges to get the Webelos icon. [List names and invite them with
their parents and Webelos Den Leaders to come forward.]
[Hand parents the awards
to present to the boys and congratulate them.]
So the program seems to go
on and on. But really, there is a "finish" to the program, and some very
hard-working players even reach the pinnacle (the top) of the program by
going all out. These players have to "capture" other mini-icons and complete
even more of the challenges in this level of the program. But when they
have, the program awards them the top icon [hold up Arrow of Light
Award]. It takes a lot of program skill and perseverance—sticking to
it—just like with any other computer program. This icon is so special, that
the players who get it carry it over into the next program, Boy Scout
(ARROW OF LIGHT)
Tonight we recognize those
players who have displayed their skills in the program, have worked hard to
master the challenges of the "game" and have come out on top. [List
names and invite them with their parents to come forward.]
[Hand boys the parent's Arrow of Light pins to present to their parents.
Then give parents the awards to present to the boys and congratulate them.]
One final word about this
program. Anyone can play. And for the players who Do Their Best, they all