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Baloo's Bugle


January 2005 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 6
February 2005 Theme

Theme: It's A Scouting Celebration
Webelos: Engineer & Scholar
  Tiger Cub:
Requirement 4 & Activities




A History of Cub Scouting

York Adams Council

(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.)

We all know that the Boy Scout movement in America was started by William Boyce after he was directed to an address in London by a boy who refused a tip because he was a Scout. Mr. Boyce was so impressed by his talk with Lord Baden-Powell that he helped incorporate the Boy Scouts of America of February 8, 1910.   It is this date that we celebrate each year with our Blue and Gold Banquet.

Almost as soon as Scouting began, younger boys started clamoring for a chance to participate in Scouting. This resulted in the Wolf Cub program being started in England in 1916. It wasn't until August 1,1929 that the first demonstration Cub units were started. By 1933, it was felt the time had come for promoting Cub Scouting as a part of the Boy Scout program.

As we read in the Wolf book the basis for much of the program came from THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling. In this book is the story of two wolves who find a man cub who is being hunted by SHERKAN, the tiger. They take in the boy, whom they name Mowgli, (which means frog) and raise him as part of their family.

The wolves are part of a pack, which is led by Akela, the great gray Lone Wolf. Once a month, the new cubs are presented to the pack for acceptance. If two members of the pack do not accept them, they are turned out. When Mowgli was presented to the council, none of the other wolves would speak for him. Just as Mother wolf was ready to give up. Baloo, the kindly brown bear who taught the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle stood up and said, "I will speak for the man cub." When no one else spoke, Bagheera, the black panther rose and offered to pay one bull if the man cub would be accepted into the pack. And so it was that Mowgli became a part of the Wolf Pack, for the price of a bull and on Baloo's good word.

In looking back at old Cub Scout books, we are reminded that the Cub Scout program has survived with very little change. In a 1934 Cub Book, the rules for becoming a Bobcat are:

à      He has taken the Cub Promise.

à      Explained & repeated the Law of the Pack.

à      Explained the meaning of the ranks.

à      Shown the Cub sign and Handclasp.

à      Given the Cub Motto and Cub Salute.

Today as Bobcats, we must do the same requirements. When Akela says that we are ready, we are presented to the Pack or recognition.


(List names of Bobcat recipients and call them with their parents to the front of the room.) 

(Hand parents the awards to present to the boys and congratulate them with the Cub Scout handshake.  Offer an applause and ask them to take their seats.)

Just as the Wolf cubs learned about the world around them by taking short trips into the woods, so have our own Cubs grown in their understanding of nature and of their families.


(List names and invite them with their parents to come forward)

(Hand out badges to parents to give to the boys.  Congratulate them and offer a suitable applause.  Have them sit down.)

Originally, only two arrow points could be earned for each rank. The basic rank was called the Bronze Badge. The first ten electives earned the Cub the Gold Rank, and the next ten elective the Silver Rank. Today we award the Gold Arrow Point for the first ten elective and Silver Arrow Points for each ten additional electives.


(List names and invite them with their parents to come forward.)

(Hand out badges to parents to give to the boys.  Congratulate them and offer a suitable applause.  Have them sit down.)

Just as Baloo the kindly Bear, taught the young Wolves the secret names of the trees, the calls of the birds and the language of the air so must each of you help others in you Den in order to meet the requirements for Bear.


(List off Bear candidate names and invite them and their parents to the front of the room.)

(Hand parents the awards to present to the boys and congratulate them.  Offer an applause and ask them to take their seats.)

Up until a few years ago, the next rank was Lion. In 1967, this was dropped and the Webelos program expanded to cover an entire year. The Webelos Colors (GOLD representing the Pack; GREEN, the Troop, and RED the Explorers) and 15 activity badges were added at this time. A new Webelos Badge was also created and the original Webelos Badge retained as the Arrow Of Light.

The Webelos rank is the transition between Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. Originally the name was derived from the three ranks: Wolf, Bear, Lion and Scouts. To become a Webelos requires a further expanding of one's horizons. Activity Pins must be earned and involvement in Church and Civic activities are encouraged.

(List names and invite them with their parents to come forward.)

(Hand parents the awards to present to the boys and congratulate them.  Offer an applause and ask them to take their seats.)

The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting. It can also be worn on the Boy Scout uniform in recognition of your achievement. To be standing here tonight, means that you have reached the highest point along the Cub Scout trail. Do not stop here for the trail leads on to Boy Scouting and great new adventures that can only be dreamed about for now.


(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.  Offer an applause and ask them to take their seats.)

Jungle Book Advancement Ceremony

Circle Ten Council

This a lot to do for the Cubmaster – split it up ad add in Assistant Cubmaster and Committee Chair and such.  CD



        Person offstage to shout part of Bandar-log

        Cub Scout boys can be the Monkey People

Cubmaster            You know that our lives today are much like the jungle that Mowgli lived in.  Oh we don’t have a real jungle, but we do have a pack, and we have lots of people like Baloo the bear that have taught you the law of the pack.  We also have Akela, the leader, in many forms – I, your Cubmaster, along with your parents, teachers, and your ministers.  We also have Bandar-log, the Monkey people.  Remember that they are the ones who are only brave when the odds are in their favor.  They don’t follow any of the laws.  They are thoughtless and silly.  They have no goals and are ready to lead you into things that are bad for you like drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and gangs.

Offstage                Rules, rules, rules!!!  We don’t like rules, come and play with us.

Cubmaster            Ah, hear them call you?

Offstage                (different voice) Be gone, Bandar-log, they belong to the pack . . . you can’t have them!

Cubmaster            Oh, Bageera, the Black Panther is watching out for you.  While he watches out for the Bandar-log, lets give out some awards that you have worked so hard for.

(Webelos pins)

Offstage                The man cub is mine, give him to me!

Cubmaster            Oh, no!  That’s Shere-khan, the fierce jungle tiger.

Offstage                The man cub is mine . . . give him to me!

Cubmaster            No, Shere-khan, these cubs are in the pack and you can’t have them.  Be gone with you.  Boy, the bad guys are everywhere.  He is gone now.  Would the Wolves that are receiving rank and their parents and den leaders please come forward.

Cubmaster            The Cub Scout promise and the Law of the Pack are your guideline in Cub Scouts as well as in your life.  Following these will make the Monkey people, the Bandar-log and Shere-khan pretty mad at you, but the pack is behind you.  Keep these laws and you will succeed where the Bandar-log won’t.  Light the candle from the spirit of scouting candle and repeat with your den the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack.

Offstage                Laws and rules, laws and rules, come with us, we break them all.

Cubmaster            Den leaders, ignore them, present the awards.

ü       Would the Bears that are receiving rank awards please come forward with your parents and den leaders!  Please light your candle from the spirit of scouting candle and say the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack.  Den leaders please present the awards.

ü       Will the Tigers that are receiving rank awards please come up with your parents and den leaders.  Tigers please light your candle from the spirit of scouting candle and say the Tiger promise and the motto with your den.  Den leaders please present the awards.

Offstage                Laws and rules, laws and rules – who needs them!

Cubmaster            We all need them silly Monkey people.  Rules make games fair; laws keep us safe.  You can’t have the cubs . . .Now leave us alone; go somewhere else, we aren’t Monkey people.  All boys who are earning gold and silver arrow points please come forward with your den leaders.

Cubmaster            Ten activities have to be completed to earn each arrow point.  The first arrow point that is earned is gold.  The rest that you can earn are silver.  These boys have been working hard and these arrow points show it.  Den leaders please present the arrow points.

Cubmaster            Will the Webelos that are receiving rank, please come forward with your parents and den leaders.

Offstage                Give the man cub to me!!!     I want him!!

Cubmaster            Shere-khan . . .This/these boy(s) have earned their Webelos rank.  They are not about to come with you, and we are not giving them to you.  They know about the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack; they also know the Boy Scout Oath and the 12 points of the Scout Law . . . They will never come to you or the Monkey people.  There is nothing here for you . . .go away.

Cubmaster            Webelos (names) your choice has been made.  You have earned the Webelos rank.  You have worked hard and kept yourself physically fit.  You know about the citizenship that is required for our society to succeed.  You are ready for the emergencies that can come up at any time.  You will always have choices to make in life.  The Shari-khans and the Bandar-logs of this world will always be there to tempt you to join them.  Light your candle from the spirit of scouting candle and say the Scout Oath and the 12 Points of the Scout Law with your den.  Den leaders present the awards.

Shorter Jungle Book Ceremony

Great Salt Lake Council

Preparation Ideas and Suggestions:

1)       Use a Jungle Book theme for the banquet; and use it in giving the awards.

2)       Seat the group to receive awards in a circle, adults towards the back and boys in front on the floor.

3)       Cubmaster is dressed as Akela, leader of the pack, and the other leaders are dressed appropriately.

4)       Have the pack leaders role play the parts of Bagheera, mother wolf, and Baloo, and Webelos leader.

NARRATOR: This month we are celebrating the 95th annual birthday of Boy Scouting in America and Cub Scouting 20 years later, February 22, 1930.  Cubs traditionally hold the Blue and Gold Banquet to celebrate this birthday. Cub Scouting builds character in boys. The blue stands for truth and loyalty; and the gold, cheer and happiness. In addition, the blue and gold of Cub Scouting helps to build spirit in the pack. And so, you can see how society over the years has benefited from Scouting. Let us all, through our efforts, make this the best celebration yet.

CUBMASTER: Who will speak for the Bobcats?

BAGHEERA: I Bagheera, will speak for the Bobcats. (Call new Bobcats forward with parents).  These are the young ones, but they have already begun to show skills. I present them to the pack (present awards).

CUBMASTER: Now it is time for the wolves. Who speaks for the wolves?

MOTHER WOLF: I, mother wolf, speak for the wolf cubs. I have nurtured them and watched them grow as they learn the skills of the wolf. These young ones are ready to be recognized. (Wolves come up and are awarded with parents. Wolf den gathers and gives a wolf howl).

CUBMASTER: Next we are ready for the bears, who speaks for the bears?

BALOO: I, Baloo, will speak for the bears. I have taught them well the Law of the Pack. They have come far and are ready to be recognized by the pack. (New bears come up with parents and are awarded. Den gathers and gives bear growl.)

CUBMASTER: Now we are ready for the maturest members of the pack to be recognized. Who speaks for the Webelos?

WEBELOS LEADER: I speak for the Webelos (same scenario). Recite the meaning of Webelos.

CUBMASTER: I have looked over the members of the pack and I am proud to be their leader; would all of the members of the pack come forward and join in all a Grand Howl.

Baden-Powell Advancement Ceremony - All ranks

Baltimore Area Council

You can have one person read this or divide it into sections and have several people present.  Minimizing the reading (memorization) always enhances a ceremony.

Tonight we are celebrating the birthday of Scouting and the 75th anniversary of Cub Scouting. Many of you know that Scouting started in England in 1907 when Lord Baden-Powell took seven boys to Brownsea Island for a camping experiment. But the roots go even farther back. In 1899, Baden-Powell was a Colonel in the British Army fighting the Dutch Boers in South Africa. Colonel Baden-Powell was in charge of a town called Mafeking. It was under siege by the Boers. The Boers shelled the town every day except Sundays. When that happened, everyone had to hide in trenches until the shelling stopped. Baden-Powell noticed that the last ones into the trenches and the first ones out were the young boys. He needed to keep these young lads from doing risky things and getting wounded. So he organized them into a Boys Corps. They ran messages from Headquarters to the troops and citizens, and they practiced Army Scouting skills. This helped him enforce discipline on them in a way that they could accept.

The food was running out, the Boer force was ten times the size of the British force, but Baden-Powell used his cunning to hold the town for 217 days, until British reinforcements could arrive and rescue the town from the Boers. When he got back to England, he found himself a National hero and a small book he had written for the Army, “Aids-to-Scouting”, was being used by British boys to play games of Scouting. He remembered those boys in Mafeking and what his Boys Corps did for them. He rewrote his book into “Scouting for Boys” in 1908 and Boy Scouting was born.

The tradition Baden-Powell started in Mafeking, we are continuing tonight. When the boys in Mafeking learned their Scouting skills, they were rewarded with a promotion in rank. So too, do Cub Scouts, after showing their abilities in certain skills, earn their ranks of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. Would the following Scouts and their parents please step forward? (read names of award winners) You have learned new skills and have shown yourselves ready for ‘promotion. Wear your new rank proudly like all Cub Scouts have for the last 75 years. (Read the name and award given, exchange the Cub Scout Salute, and let the parent pin on the award.) Lead a cheer after presentation of each award.

Blue and Gold Advancement

Baltimore Area Council

Props:  All awards have been individually wrapped in blue and gold paper and ribbon as birthday gifts.

Setting:  Narrator presents ceremony from front of room with three stacks of “Birthday Gift Awards” on a table in front.

The presentation talk is arranged in rhyming couplets. Narrator: 

Tonight being Cub Scouting’s 75th Birthday Party,
it’s time to give presents so we won’t be tardy.

Our first presents go to Cubs that are new.
So we would like to award Bobcat badges to these few.
(Read names and give each a “Birthday Gift”.)

To celebrate their efforts and time
we’d like to award Wolf badges to these Cubs combined.
(Read names and give each his “gift”)

This next group of Cubs to be recognized tonight,
Richly deserve this gift by right.

The Bear badge they’ve earned take time and attention,
And work on their part too numerous to mention.
(Read names and give each Cub a gift)

(After names have been read and gifts given, present Webelos badges in much the same fashion, and then give the closing thought below:)

Enjoy these small gifts from Scouting
that you have worked to achieve. 
But, remember, a gift is much richer by far
when you give instead of receive. 
So please give what you have learned of Scouting
to others, tonight when you leave.

Let’s Celebrate

Circle Ten Council

Props – Party decorations, streamers, boxed gifts

Awards – Wrap the awards like presents.  Have a large gift-wrapped box in which you put all the presents.

Cubmaster            “We’re here to celebrate the advancement of (boy’s name(s)) to the rank of (rank).  As his (their) efforts to advance has been a gift to us, we present him (them) now with his (their) awards.  Let’s all join in singing (to the tune of Happy Birthday)

                Happy (actual rank earned) Bobcat to you!

                Happy Bobcat to you!

                Happy Bobcat dear (name of Cub)

                Happy Bobcat to you!

Note – might be fun to have party noisemakers instead of cheers so the audience can raise the roof!



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