October 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
November 2007 Theme
Craftsman & Readyman
(adaptable to any rank)
Heart of America Council
There are some
really nice touches in this ceremony that could easily be incorporated into
Please note the following –
of the parents in the ceremony
The mention of
the Parent’s pin
encouragement to go for Arrow Points
The charge to
the parents to continue to help
Red face paint, Wolf Badges.
Prior to using
this ceremony, be sure all the parents know what you are going to do
Just as when Akela went into the forest and learned from the Wolf, a Cub Scout
in the second grade begins working on the requirements for the Wolf Badge. Cub
Scouts learn about Akela and the story of Mowgli and his survival in the jungle.
When a boy has completed 12 achievements on the Wolf Trail, in such areas as
physical fitness, exploring the world around him, fixing, building, collecting,
safety, our Flag, our family and Duty to God, he receives his Wolf Badge
following boys and their parents please come forward? Parents please stand
behind your son. Read boys’ names.
(After boys are up
front) You have completed all the requirements for your Wolf Badge and have
moved along the Cub Scout Trail. Receive now the mark of the Wolf, a RED mark,
symbolizing strength and valor.
Mark each boys' face
with RED face paint.
(Present Wolf Badges to parents as Cubmaster paints faces.)
It is our pleasure
to award your Wolf Badge to your parents, who have been your Akela in completing
Parents, please pin
the Wolf Badge to your son's left shirt pocket and congratulate him on a 'Job
Parents, as your
son's Akela, you are entitled to proudly wear the parent's Wolf pin enclosed
with your son's Wolf Badge.
Parents, you have played an important roll in your son's advancement to Wolf.
Your son will eagerly be wanting to earn Arrow Points to go under his Wolf
Badge. For your son to do this he will still be look looking to you as is Akela.
Just as your son has committed to the ideals of Cub Scouting by following the
Cub Scout Promise I ask you also to make a promise:
Parents, please make the Cub Scout sign and repeat after me:
We will continue to
Do our best
To help our sons
Along the achievement trail
And to share with
The work and fun of
It is my pleasure to congratulate each one of you on earning your Wolf Badge.
Den Leader, Den Chief, Cubmaster, Advancing Cubs, and Parents
Artificial campfire, drum, Indian costumes
The Cub Scouts are ready for the Indian Achievement Council.
(The lights go out, the “fire” is
lit, and to the beat of a drum, the Cub Scouts form a circle. Their arms are
folded and costumes are worn with pride. Stand in circle until the drum sounds
on an extra loud beat, signaling them to be seated. The Cubmaster comes forward,
dressed in a blanket and headdress.)
Cubmaster: Let the Chiefs
bring forward those who would be Wolves in the tribe.
Akela, these members of the tribe seek their Wolf Badge.
Cubmaster: Cub Scouts, you have followed wisely the path from Bobcat
(or Tiger) to Wolf. You have done much good hunting and if the tribe is ready we
will present you with your Wolf Badge
Cub Scouts: We are ready.
Cubmaster: Then let the parents of these tribe members enter the
It is you who have guided these tribal members to the honor, which he is
about to receive. Cub Scouts, always follow these guides wisely for they can
point the way through life. I, Akela, request you to present the Wolf Badge to
your own son.
parents join in presenting the badge and congratulating the boy. Other badges
are also awarded to boys receiving awards at all levels. Follow guidelines
Cubmaster: We have come to the close of our ceremony. But, before we
close our council circle and put out the fire I have more awards to present.
Will each den bring their coup stick
forward. I will tie a feather on each coup stick, one for each den member who
has gained a new rank or passed an achievement this month. Good work, young
Meeting with the Clans
Baltimore Area Council
Personnel: Participants are Akela
and Clan Leaders
You will need a council fire, shields
and Bear clan),
eliminate use of spears),
We meet at this council fire to honor the members of this tribe who have passed
their tests of skill and knowledge since last we gathered. Warrior of the Wolf
Clan, read the names of those braves who have met the requirements to join the
I hold the shield and spear of the Wolf Clan. The following braves have met the
challenges we set for them.
Will these Cub Scouts and their parents
please approach the council fire.
and adults come forward.)
Warrior, read the challenges these braves have completed.
I ask the Den Leaders, have your braves met their tests?
seated, respond by shaking rattle or beating drum.)
The sign of the Wolf Clan will be presented to you with honor. Wear it with
(Gives award to parents to present to boy, along with any arrow points that
may have been earned.)
(Announces the names of the boys who are receiving arrow points in addition to
(For awarding the Bear badges,
repeat ceremony substituting the Bear Clan in place of the Wolf Clan. Use Bear
shield and spear.)
Akela’s Scale Advancement Ceremony
Ceremonial board consisting of arrow with three candles on a balance.
Advancement awards. Personnel: Cubmaster, Den Chief, Den Leader
This would be appropriate for inducting Tiger Cubs but can easily be expanded to
include presentation of all the rank awards.
Will the candidates and their parents please come forward and face the pack.
(They do so) You boys and your parents have come to be inducted into our Cub
Scout family as members of Pack - You are ready to start your adventure along
Akela’s trail, together with your friends and their parents.
Here is the
arrow (points to ceremonial board) that points the way along the trail.
The awards you can earn along the trail are Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and
Arrow of Light. The two parts of the Cub Scout program that cannot be seen are
the value of things you will learn and the good times you will have. (Lights
candle in the middle) This is the Scale of Akela. Both the parents and the
Cub Scouts are important to keep the scale in balance.
Cubmaster to Den Chief (Name)
will you light the candle representing the Cub Scouts? (Lights candle on
Cubmaster to Den Leader: (Name)
will you light the candle for the parents? (Lights candle on arrow point.)
If the boy does not do his part, the scale is out of balance and the program
goes downhill (Removes candle representing boys, then replaces it.) On
the other hand, if the parents’ part is taken away, the scale is out of balance
in the other direction and the Cub Scout loses his way along Akela’s trail.
(Removes candle representing parents, then replaces it.) So, you see, to
keep the Cub Scout program in balance, both Cub Scouts and parents must take
part in the activities by coming to all the meetings, following the leaders, and
advancing from point to point along Akela’s trail.
and parents, please repeat the Cub Scout promise with me. (Repeat promise)
(If these same boys have completed
the requirements for the Bobcat Award, it is presented at this time.)
(Advancement person can call each
group of awards recipients forward with their parents to be presented their
badges by the Cubmaster.)
Congratulations to all our Cub Scouts as they advance along Akela’s trail and
thank you to our parents and leaders who make the program come alive for the
Heart of America Council
Drum is beating
offstage. Drummer needs to have a script to follow. Each time the drum is to
beat louder and faster, it gets louder and faster than the last time, building
to the loudest and fastest at the end.
Tonight we have a
number of young braves who have stalked the Cub Scout forest and returned with
great trophies. The drums are telling of the great achievements these Cub Scout
have earned. Listen closely (drum beats louder and faster for a short time).
Yes, I understand. The drums say that (read names of boys) have earned their
Bobcat rank. Bobcats, please come forward with their parents and receive your
Some boys have gone
further into the forest and found even greater rewards. I think I hear the drums
telling of their accomplishments now (drum beats louder and faster). Yes, (reads
names of boys) have earned their Tiger rank. Would these great hunters of the
pack, please come forward with their parents.
Continue with as
many ranks and awards as you are presenting that night. For each level the
drums beat louder and faster. If you have an Arrow of light Award -
(Drums build to a
frenzy) My goodness. That could only mean that the highest of all trophies has
been captured. The Webelos hunters have returned. Would these great hunters
please come forward with their parents and receive the high honors to be
bestowed only upon the greatest in the forest (reads names of boys).
(Drums beat in an
unusual tempo). I can tell by the sound of the drums that all the awards have
been given. The drums also are saying that next month more great hunters are
expected to arrive at our council ring.
Tom-tom, artificial council fire
Set Up –
the lights and light the council fire.
tom-tom beats softly throughout the ceremony.
As Chief of this pack, it is my duty to honor all braves, who with the help of
their parents, are ready to become members of the Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and
Webelos clans. All braves who have earned the right to join the Bobcat clan,
rise and come sit by my left hand at the council fire. (Tiger candidates do so).
All braves who have
earned the right to join the Wolf clan, rise and come sit by my right hand at
the council fire. (Bear candidates do so).
Continue with as
many ranks and awards as you are presenting that night.
Parents of these
braves, come stand behind your sons. (Parents do so).
The Cubmaster then
moves to the first new Bobcat, whispers congratulations to him and gives the
Bobcat badge to his parents to pin on the boy's uniform or Indian costume. And
so on, until all boys have received their badges.
The Webelos den
leaders may assist by presenting the activity awards to their den members.
Let all members of our pack know that the following braves are now members of
the Bobcat clan. (Announce names. Also announce names of other award
May all these braves
bring honor to themselves, their parents and our pack. Rise and return to your
artificial campfire –
A Log Cabin
campfire or teepee fire can be built and nailed to a plywood base, then
lined with yellow, orange, and/or red cellophane. Use a small string of
individual blinking Christmas lights underneath the cellophane to create a
Legendary Advancement Ceremony
Heart of America Council
It is well known
that Tigers are very powerful. They can leap ten feet in a single bound. Their
roar can be heard a mile away. Would the following awesome Tigers and their
partners please come forward? These Tigers have searched, discovered and shared.
Our legendary Wolves
can be heard howling. Wolves are persistent hunters and social animals. Would
the following Wolves and their parents please come forward? These wolves have
demonstrated their hunting skills by completing the Cub Wolf trail.
Bears are famous for
their might. They are also known for being cuddly. Our Bears are known for their
sharp claws and skill at sharpening and taking care of knives. Just as bears in
the wild forage for food, these Bears shared their cooking expertise with their
den. Would the following Bears please come forward?
mysterious creatures. They are legendary for their energy and enthusiasm for
fire building. Our Webelos are no different. They have mastered the requirements
for the Webelos badge. Would the following Webelos and their parents please come
Heart of America Council
Scouts, Akela (can be Cubmaster).
"medicine bag" and the following to be placed into the bag -corn, stone,
feather, shell, badge of rank.
Cubmaster or Asst.
Cubmaster calls the boy and his parents forward, then Akela is asked to come
Call up boys receiving awards and their parents
(Boy’s name) is
continuing (or beginning if for Bobcat) his journey through Cub Scouting. Since
you will have needs on your journey I give you this medicine bag.
I also give you
maize, corn, so you will never know hunger on your many travels.
I give you a stone
from the bed of the river as a reminder of Mother Earth. May you always find the
every rock and leaf.
I give you a feather
so your spirit may fly free.
Here is a shell to
remind you of sounds of the sea and the wind. May your ears be sharp so you may
hear the voice of the Great Spirit.
Lastly, I give you
the sign of the Bobcat (or whatever ranked earned). Know that even though no
more is required of you before you may wear it, many will expect more from you
as you grow in the Cub Scout program. Remember, as you go forth to always do
your best. Wear this badge with pride as you advance along Cub Scouting's trail
together with your friends and parents.
May the Spirit of
Cub Scouting and the Light of Akela always be with you.
(This ceremony can
be used for any rank. All Items are given to the parents who then give them to
Den, Tiger trail, Wolf Valley,
Bear Ridge, and Webelos Peak
Heart of America Council
Artificial campfire; Akela costume, tom-tom.
Fire is glowing.
Akela stands behind the fire and is flanked by Awards Chairman and Assistant
Cubmaster who beats tom-tom.
Will all Cub Scouts in good standing with this tribe come forward and be seated
around the council fire. It is time for us to take council.
(Cubs come forward
and are seated)
Our Medicine Man
(Awards Chairman) is here, so it is time for the council to begin. (Tom-tom
Mighty Medicine Man,
you have signaled us that some of the braves in this tribe have traveled along
the Trail of the Golden Arrow of Light far enough to earn them names of their
hunting stations. Who are these braves?
(Reads names of boys to receive awards.)
Mighty Warrior, how far along this trail did these braves travel?
(Sample statements below – I am sure you can make up personal ones for you
Cubs based on what your pack has done)
has just started his journey and passed the achievements test that lead him to
the den of the Bobcat.
has traveled much completing his five Go See Its and completed the trail of the
has passed the 12 achievement tests to Wolf Valley also did a fine job of
hunting for he earned a gold arrow.
after crossing Bear Ridge, hunted well to earn a gold arrow and a silver arrow.
and (Name) are working their way up Webelos Peak and have earned activity badges
in ____ and ____.
This is indeed a fine job of Scouting. Will these braves and their parents come
forward and stand before the council fire so we can see these good hunters.
(To boys) Can you truthfully say you have followed the Cub Scout Promise and
have done your best? (Each boy tells of one achievement or elective.)
AKELA: I am
satisfied you have Done Your Best. This is indeed a proud moment for our tribe
when we can
advance our young
braves. It symbolizes sound cooperation.
of Light Incentive Ceremony
Capital Area Council
it takes a little extra incentive to Webelos to get the Arrow of light. This
ceremony at a pack meeting may be appropriate for your unit.
Lights dimmed, ceremonial fire (not lighted). Cubmaster dressed as a Chief, one
scouter as Indian drummer, one Scouter as Indian bowman, arrows for each Webelos
Scout. Chief and two Indians enter, tom-tom beating softly, slowly.
(lights candle) This light is the light of Cub Scouting. (Pretends to light
campfire as it is turned on.) May the Spirit of Scouting Light our ceremonial
fire tonight. Webleos, Leaders, come take your place at the ceremonial fire.
(Takes a hunting arrow from Bowman, raises arrow in both hands over fire.) Oh
Great Spirit, this is Akela, the Chief of Pack_______ and the council of Webelos
Leaders. We present to you an arrow as a symbol of the Arrow of Light, a badge
of honor, the highest Cub Scout award. (Drives arrow point into the fire log.)
Bowman: Tonight we have several young braves that are well on the trail
of adventure towards the Arrow of Light award. All Webelos and their
dads/parent come take your place beside your den leaders.
Webelos, tonight we are presenting to you and your dad a symbolic arrow. This
arrow represents a goal, the Arrow of Light award. This joint presentation
means it requires effort for both of you. As the challenges of Webelos becomes
harder to overcome, let this Arrow and what it represent give you the strength
and knowledge to overcome them and reach the goal of the Arrow of Light. Dads
into your custody we present your son’s arrow to be brought back as a symbol of
accomplishment and part of our Arrow of Light ceremony in May. (Bowman gives
arrow to Webelos leaders and he in turn presents them to Dads.) Now go back to
your den and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.
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