Volume 5 Issue 9
April 1999

ADVANCEMENT CEREMONIES

Cub Scouting's Seeds Of Advancement Ceremony
Simon Kenton Council

Personnel: Cubmaster, advancing boys and their parents.

Equipment: Sack marked "seeds: with badges inside

(Call the advancing Cub Scouts and their parents forward)

Cubmaster: Many of our legends and heroes were not real people. They were characters invented around a campfire in the 19th century when storytelling was like TV is today - the main entertainment of the people. But some were real. One was Johnny Appleseed, who wandered through Ohio and Indiana for forty years after the American Revolution planting apple orchards. For generations afterward those trees helped to feed the people.
The badges we're awarding tonight are like those apple seeds. They are symbols of the growth for our Cub Scouts, who are themselves growing straight and tall like Johnny Appleseed's trees. And also like those trees, our Cub Scouts will help other people. (Take the badges from the sack of "seeds" and give them to the parents to pin on).

Legends Advancement
Simon Kenton Council

This month we have learned about many "legends" in our history. People do lots of different things to become known as legends. One may save someone's life. Another might make an important discovery. Still others may make a great sacrifice for his country or people. What makes one person a legend is not necessarily more important than what caused someone else to receive that same title. The thing that makes a person a legend is that he or she did their best when it really mattered. We have a lot of Cub Scout legends here with us tonight. I would like to recognize them, as the legends they are, for doing their best in Cub Scouting. (Call boys forward to receive awards.)

Daniel Boone Advancement
Simon Kenton Council

Personnel: Assistant Cubmaster, dressed as Daniel Boone

Daniel: Howdy, folks! My name is Daniel Boone. I understand this is a good place to get me a mess of bobcats!

Cubmaster: You must be a stranger around here. This is a Cub Scout pack meeting, and the only bobcats around here are the Cub Scouts who have earned the Bobcat badge. Would the following Cub Scouts and their parents please come forward? (Cubmaster tells story of the Bobcat badge, presents badges and pins to families, and they return to their seats)

Daniel: Well, that was an interesting story about them Bobcats, but what about that pack of wolves I heard you had?

Cubmaster: Oh, Mr. Boone, I'm sorry. The wolves you heard about are our Cub Scouts who have climbed the trail of Scouting to the next advancement rank - the Wolf Badge. (Call boys and parents forward.)

Daniel: Very impressive! But I also heard you had some mighty big bears in these parts. Don't see nary a one out there!

Cubmaster: The bears in these parts are Cub Scouts who are a year older and wiser than our Wolves. They have learned to take care of knives and tools, learned how to tie knots, and even learned about you, Mr. Boone. (Call boys and parents forward) Would you like to see our Webelos get their awards, Mr. Boone?

Daniel: What in tarnation is a Webelos? I ain't never heard of that critter!

Webelos: We'll Be Loyal Scouts!

Daniel: Now that, I understand. I'm a loyal "trail" scout myself.

Cubmaster: Webelos Scouts have learned about our government, know the rules of outdoor fire safety, and have slept under the stars. (Present Webelos badges and activity pins)

Daniel: Well now Cub Scouting sounds like a mighty fine way to raise a young'un. Wish we'd had Cub Scouts when I was a lad. So long, now!

Advancement Ceremonies
Simon Kenton Council

1. Give each boy an apple with his award and tell them that Johnny Appleseed would be as proud of them as his parents and everyone in the pack are.

2. To give recognition to leaders and parents, who have done something for the pack, give them a package of seeds (preferable apple) and tell them you appreciate the seeds they are planting for the future.

3. Another recognition for adults, who have helped during the month, is to give them a package of lifesavers and tell them they are just like Molly Brown, unsinkable in helping our pack.

4. Use a fake tree or small live one in a pot, put the boys awards in plastic apples and attach to the tree. The boys can "pick the apple" and get their awards.

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