WEBELOS -to- Boy Scouts Bridging Ceremony
I picked this up at Del-Mar-Va Council Pow Wow a few
years ago and it has become my favorite bridging ceremony. The bridge I made
for this ceremony generally gets used several times each year as other Packs in
my district borrow it for the ceremony. CD
4 - 5 to 6 foot 4 X 4's (or 2X6’s) for
foundation notched to interlock
5 - 4 foot 2x10's - one plain, one
yellow, one blue, one green, one red
are spoken by same person (Narrator, Cubmaster) but you could divide them up
amongst several leaders.
leader, will you please place the first post on the stage in a North/South
direction. (WL places post)
Asst. leader, please place the second post on the stage three feet away from the
first post in the North/South direction. (WA places post)
posts placed here are symbolic of the foundations of Scouting that these WEBELOS
leaders have instilled in their WEBELOS Scouts through activities and outings as
represented by the natural brown color.
Master (name) and Assistant Scout Master or Senior Patrol leader), please place
your posts in an East/West direction 3 feet apart over the North/South posts
that are already in place. (SM and SPL place posts)
represented by the structure assembly, Boy Scouting will build on the Scouting
foundation begun in WEBELOS. These leaders have set the stage for bridging the
boys from Cub Scouting into Boy Scouting.
Scout (name), will you and your parents please bring the unfinished plank
forward and place it across the east/west posts. (Scout places plank)
unfinished plank represents the boys as they arrived in Cub Scouting, full of
potential but unfinished.
Scout (name), will you and your parents please bring the blue plank forward and
place it snuggly against the unfinished plank. (Scout places plank)
plank represents the Wolf and Bear years of Cub Scouting where with the help of
their parents the Scouts became true blue and loyal friends.
Scout (name), will you and your parents please bring the gold plank forward and
place it snuggly next to the blue planks. (Scout places plank)
plank represents their golden years in Cub Scouting as Webelos learning
important skills through activity badges and culminating in the Arrow of Light.
Scout (name), will you and your parents please bring the green plank forward
and place it next to the gold plank. (Scout places plank)
plank represents their new beginning as Boy Scouts, who will soon be green
Tenderfoot scouts, anxious to begin the Boy Scout trial toward Eagle.
Scout (name), will you and your parents please place the final plank onto the
bridge. (Scout places plank)
plank is red the predominant color in the Eagle Scout Badge and represents the
fact that as they step off the bridge from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting they are
beginning of their journey to becoming Eagle Scouts.
entering Troop (number), please assemble with your parents at the unfinished
board of the now completed Bridge to Scouting?
present you with your Pack graduation Certificate, will each parent please
remove your sons Webelos neckerchief and slide.
Scoutmaster invites boys across the bridge, calling each by name and (performing
whatever ceremonies are customary for your pack and troop)
have crossed - Pack (number) please stand and show your pride to the new Boy
scouts from this Pack. (Cheer (Blast Off), Applause)...
very proud of you all.
Circle Ten Council
The body is a wonderful machine. It
is much more complicated than the fanciest car or fastest computer. But the
body needs the same kind of care that experts give to machines. What does that
mean? It means that a body must be given the right fuels in a balanced diet.
Avoid putting harmful substances into it. The body needs rest and exercise,
just as a car needs maintenance. As your Cubs earn the Fitness activity badge,
they will learn how to take care of the world’s most wonderful machine – their
Circle Ten Council
Invite the grade school gym teacher to your
meeting. Get to know them on a personal basis. Why did they become a teacher?
What kind of background do they have? What sports are they currently active
in? What do they like about teaching kids?
Invite a nurse, doctor, or dentist to your den to
answer questions about health. Have the boys write the questions on cards do
they are anonymous.
Have your den write a skit depicting ways to say
“NO” to drugs.
Have the den make a poster designed to encourage
people to say “NO” to drugs.
Have a police officer involved with drug prevention
attend a den meeting. Have the boys interview him and ask questions concerning
drugs and alcohol.
Have the boys find out what the policies in their
school are about drugs and what would happen to students with drugs in their
Collect newspaper and magazine articles about
accidents and crimes that are drug or alcohol related.
Find out what some organizations are doing to stop
use and availability of drugs, especially to children.
Check with Circle Ten Council for the video, “Drugs,
A Deadly Game.”
Ask a Speaker – YMCA director, health class teacher,
personal trainer, coach, CPR instructor, marathon director, little league coach,
Visit your local YMCA or fitness club.
Circle Ten Council
Remember that any fitness program will
not be sustainable unless it is fun. Below are a few ideas for games to
incorporate into your meetings. The Cub Scout How To Book and the
Webelos Activity Book as well as your local library will also give you some
Jump the Bean Bag
A small beam bag is tied to the end of
a rope or heavy cord. The leader stands in the center of the circle made up of
the players facing him. The leader swings the bean bag around the circle at
ankle height. Once a player is hit he must leave the circle. The last player
left is the winner.
A. B. C.
Two players hold the end of a rope
about 10 feet long. With the rope laying flat on the ground [A] each player
jumps over the rope. The rope is then raised about four inches high [B] and
every body jumps over. Continue raising the rope four inches with each letter
of the alphabet until only one player is left.
Area and Equipment – you’ll need two
blocks of wood, 2 inches by two inches by 4 inches and a stopwatch. Mark two
parallel lines on the ground 30 feet apart. Then put the blocks of wood behind
one of these lines. The Cub will start from behind the other line.
The timer should raise his arm and say, “Get ready!”
Then the timer simultaneously says ‘Go!” lowers his
arm, and starts the stopwatch.
The Scout runs from the starting line to the blocks,
which have been placed just behind the second line. He picks up one of the
blocks, runs back with it to the starting line, and places the block behind the
line. The block must be placed, not thrown, on the ground.
Then the Scout runs back to the other block, picks
it up and carries it back across the starting line.
As the Scout crosses the starting line with the
second block, the timer should stop the stopwatch. The boy’s time should be
calculated to the nearest tenth of a second.
The Cub should then be given a chance to do the
event again. The better of the two times will become his time for the shuttle
Diet and Drugs
Circle Ten Council
Explain to your Scouts that exercise is
only one part of fitness. A balanced diet is also important to being physically
Let them make up a menu for a week using the 5 basic
food groups. See if they can stick to it for the whole week.
Explain drug abuse.
Plan a field trip to a drug abuse center.
Have a nurse or doctor visit one of your meetings to
explain the hazards of drug abuse.
For more information about
drugs, diet, and alcohol, contact organizations in your area –
Circle Ten Council
(Mother’s Against Drunk Driving)
(Student’s against Drunk Driving)
Talking about Diet and
I had a typo for one of the Nutrition Websites I mentioned in Commissioner’s
Corner – It is
www.5aday.org (not .com)
The site is all about kids and eating enough fruits and vegetables – games,
activities, charts, fun stuff. They sent me lots of stuff for my RT and
unbeknownst to me the nutritionist from The Memorial Hospital of Salem County
was featuring them in her talk so it worked out great!!
Be sure to
www.3aday.org for Dairy
products, too CD
How Much Do You Know About
Fill in the blanks or circle the
letter beside the best answer or the most appropriate response.
Drugs are chemical substances that cause
growth of vital organs
changes in the human body
elevations in temperature
decreases in blood pressure
Almost all drugs work by altering the __________ of
Which of the following is not a source of naturally
In the United States, what government agency must
approve every new drug before it can be sold?
American Medical Association (AMA)
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Drugs that can be sold lawfully without a
prescription are called
Match each group of drugs with the primary effect
these drugs have on the human body
1. slow down
the activity of the central nervous system
2. speed up the
activity of the central nervous system
3. make a patient
feel relaxed and fall asleep more easily
4. relieve pain
without deadening other senses
5. produce loss of feeling and sometimes
loss of consciousness
Which drug is found in chocolate, coffee, cola
drinks, and tea?
Which drug is a factor in at least half of all fatal
Answers: 1 – b, 2 – d, 3 – b, 4 – d,
5 – c, 6 / a – 4, b – 5, c – 3, d – 1, e – 2, 4 – 2, 7 – b, 8 – a