AND BOLTS OF CEREMONIES
You know when you go to a party and someone brings a dish
that you thought you just loved and then you try to find out what person brought
that dish. Well preparing ceremonies can achieve the same kind of results. With
a little planning and creativity.
What's and Why's of Ceremonies
Ceremonies are a means of recognition, creating
a setting for your theme or sending out a special thought.
the boys, parents, helpers of your program and speakers that come to your unit.
Everyone needs a "pat on the back."
a setting for your theme by the use of opening, advancement, recognition and
messages are a time during your program that you want to get a point across:
i.e. Cubmasters Minute.
To Do Ceremonies
Ceremonies can be done at anytime. When a boy
overcomes a hurdle that he has been trying to get across. When a boy receives
an award or advancement. When someone
helps out at meetings. A place that your unit visits.
You should recognize people as soon as possible.
Remember if a boy has achieved something and has an award coming he is expecting
to receive it soon. But the unexpected is the most appreciated and fun to
To Do Ceremonies
Ceremonies can be done almost anywhere. In den
meetings, pack meetings, outdoors, church services or places of business. Use
Just as before in where you do ceremonies, this
can also be done in the same manner. In other words anyone can do a ceremony.
Just as long as it is done properly and considerately. The boys can recognize
each other, they can recognize a leader, leaders recognizing parents that help
out and you may want to put on a ceremony for a place of business that you may
visit. A place of business may want to recognize your unit for coming and
touring their facility.
Now that we know that a ceremony is a way of
recognizing something or someone, let's look at the ingredients of this recipe.
Recipe for Ceremonies
ACTION - Use as many people as possible and
props as needed.
COORDINATION - Plan ahead and practice it a few
times. If others will participate, tell them in advance what you expect from
DELEGATION - Rely on your assistants and others.
Don't try to do it all yourself.
DIGNITY - Allow no horseplay or action that will
interfere with the ceremony.
IMAGINATION - Use showmanship and use materials
easily found. If you're using a prepared ceremony, change the words to fit your
own style of speaking. Try to work within the framework provided by your
PARTICIPATION - Get the leaders involved with
sons. Use Den Chiefs and Den Leaders with their boys.
SIMPLICITY - Remember the basic rule of Scouting
- K.I.S.M.I.F - Keep It Simple, Make It Fun.
VARIETY - Don't use the same ceremony too often
in pack or den meetings. Remember
repetition can become boring and will tend to lose people's interest.
PROPER STAGING - Keep the speaking to a minimum
and caution the boys to speak up. If you have access to a public address system, USE IT.
Have props ready and badges in correct order to enable boys or leaders to get
them without confusion. Have the "stage" elevated, if possible, so
that the audience can see and appreciate the ceremony.
CONCERN - Think of others when planning your
ceremony. Many families would like to take photographs of their son's ceremonies.
If your ceremony involves candles and darkness, plan to turn the lights back on
before handing out the awards. If anyone wants to take pictures, notify them of
your plans son they can adjust their cameras accordingly.
Participants: Cubmaster (CM), Webelos Leader
(WL), Scoutmaster (SM), Den Chief (DC), Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Patrol
Leader (PL), Graduating Webelos Scouts.
Equipment: Rustic Bridge with railings, (4)
Candle Scout Emblem Lanterns, (As Appropriate) Scout Badges, Red Shoulder Loops,
Scout Neckerchief, Scout Handbook,
WL: Hello, Scouts of _____________(Local Council
Summer Camp Name)
SM: Hello, Webelos Scouts of Akela's Council
ring of _________________(Local Council Summer Camp Name)
CM: We have ______(number) of Webelos Scouts from Akela's Council Ring who have prepared themselves for entrance into the council
ring of ______________(Local Council Summer Camp Name)
SM: Bring the Webelos Scouts and their parents
to the bridge (DC and WL lead graduating Webelos and parents to bridge)
WL: All of you have contributed much to your den
and to the Pack. Now you are leaving to enter a Scout Troop of your choosing.
There we are sure, you will continue to grow in your Scouting skills and
DC: Two important parts of your Webelos Scout
uniform are your neckerchief and colors. These items were bestowed upon you
when you became a member of the Webelos Patrol (Den). They identified you as a
Webelos Scout. Tonight you will be making a transition.
CM: Tonight you will be leaving Akela's Council
ring, and Cub Scouting. As a symbol of this departure and the growth of your
son(s) may I ask that each of them stand before me where I may remove his
neckerchief and colors.
(CM removes neckerchief and colors hands to
Now you and your son may cross over the bridge
into Boy Scouting pausing briefly at the other end to be welcomed by
Scoutmaster ___________(name) and his Senior Patrol Leader __________(name) of
SM: As Scoutmaster of Troop _______(number) it is
indeed a pleasure for me to welcome you and your parents into the troop. Now
that you have crossed over the bridge into Scout Troop ______(number), my Senior
Patrol Leader has one more item that requires changing on your uniform, your
SPL: When you crossed over the bridge between
our Council rings you became a Boy Scout. A Boy Scout wears red shoulder loops.
Now it is my pleasure to present you with a set of red shoulder loops to
complete your transition into Boy Scout Troop _______(number). May you wear them
with pride, for that is the color that all Boy Scouts wear nationwide.
(SPL and PL remove blue shoulder loops and
replace with red loops hand blue loops to parents)
WL: (The New 2nd year Webelos Patrol gives their
graduated brothers a rousing Patrol (Den) Cheer)
Webelos TO SCOUTS
Cubmaster (CM), Webelos Leader (WL), Den Chief (DC), Scoutmaster (SM), Boy
Scout candidates and their parents.
American flag, pack flag, troop flag, bridge, troop neckerchief for each Scout.
The bridge is in place in center of stage area, pack flag is to the left of the
bridge, the American flag and troop flag to the right. Candidates and parents are to the far left,
to be escorted to front.
The main goal of Cub Scouting is to prepare boys to become Boy Scouts. Tonight, it is my privilege to present to
you our Cub Scouts that have decided to continue their Scouting trail. (Call forward each candidate by name and
ceremony of crossing the bridge marks your completion in Cub Scouting, just as
it marks the beginning of a whole new experience in Boy Scouting. Congratulations and good luck!
each candidate approaches the bridge, the WL and DC remove the Webelos
neckerchief and hands it to the Scout's parents. CM gives each the Cub
Scout handshake. Candidates and his
parents cross over bridge together. SM
gives candidate the Scout handshake and welcomes him and his parents to the
We are happy to welcome you to our troop. (Give a short statement of what is expected of Scout.) Please repeat after me the Scout Oath. As a
token of this important occasion, I would like to present you with the troop
neckerchief. (After each have received
their neckerchief, the Scoutmaster and new Scouts exchange the Boy Scout
salute. All participants leave the
OVER THE BRIDGE CEREMONY
Bridge, Boy Scout Handbooks
Tonight we have Cub Scouts who will embark on a new adventure in Scouting. Will those Scouts of Akela gather with their
parents over on the left side of the bridge?
(to parents) During the years you and your sons have been in Cub Scouting, we
have had numerous opportunities to work together along your trail. Your boys have reached the age to enter Boy
Scouting. I'm sure you and your sons
will find the same satisfactions there that you found in Cub Scouting. As a symbol of the growth of your sons and
their entrance into Boy Scouting, I will ask that you lead them before me and
prepare to guide them across the bridge into Boy Scouting when I obtain
permission for your sons to enter their council camp.
Hello! Scouts of Troops!
Hello! Cub Scouts of Akela! What do you
I have Cub Scouts of Akela's council ring who have prepared themselves for
entrance into the council rings of Troop(s) _____ and who all wear Cub
Scouting's highest award, the Arrow of Light.
Bring them forward to the bridge that joins our council rings. (Lead parents
and boys to the bridge. Scoutmasters
cross the bridge and are introduced to parents and boys.)
Boys, it has been a sincere pleasure knowing and working with you. In a few moments you will no longer be
Webelos Scouts. I hope and pray that
the desire, eagerness, interest and free spirit you have shown in Cub Scouting
carries over into your families, church, school room, circle of friends, and
everything you do in your lives.
trail to Eagle still lies ahead of you. It takes a strong desire, a willingness to sacrifice, and a lot of guts
sprinkled with a lot of love, to make it. So, this is just the starting point. Keep the fire going, and the desire going within you and from this base
camp. May your travels be onward and
upward and may you have a marvelous journey toward being a successful, active,
contributing citizen of the community.
you have contributed much to your den and pack; and we shall miss you and your
parents. You leave us to enter the
Scout Troop of your choice. There, I'm
sure, you'll continue to grow in Scouting skills and friendships.
that you are leaving our pack and Cub Scouting, will you remove your
neckerchiefs and give them to your parents. Your new Scoutmaster will soon present you with a token of your status
as new Boy Scouts. As you leave our
council ring, I would like to present to you a token to start you on your new
path (present Boy Scout handbook to each boy.) Now cross over the bridge and join your new council ring.
and parents follow the Scoutmaster(s) across the bridge.)
As Scoutmaster of Troop ___, I welcome you and your parents. There are many traditions in our troop, so
many that we would not attempt to relate them all to you now. Instead, it is our pleasure to present you
with this token of our council ring. (Present boys with neckerchiefs. Have other Boy Scouts place them around their necks.) Wear it with pride as many have done before
you. We welcome you to our troop with
your first official handshake.
is followed by the Scoutmaster and new Boy Scouts repeating the Scout Oath
A Bridging Ceremony from
Troop 6, Colonial Virginia Council
A darkened room, a single candle burning on a
table. The Webelos Scouts (their parents behind them) are lined up near the Scoutmaster who is standing beside the
SM: "The flame you see before you
represents the Flame of Knowledge. You
Webelos Scouts who are bridging over to Boy Scouts have shown me that you bring with you a hunger for Knowledge. The
Scouting program offers you a special kind of knowledge that will serve you
well as you walk the sometimes difficult Road to Manhood."
SM takes up another candle from the table where
the Flame of Knowledge sits and holds
it near the Flame but does not light it yet.
SM: "The Flame of Knowledge never goes out
as long as there are people who are willing to seek knowledge. It burns
eternally in the mind of Humankind
as a beacon, casting it's rays to guide us as we seek a higher level of
understanding or our world."
SM lights candle, saying: "This candle
represents a Youth who seeks knowledge.
Each of you Webelos here with me tonight is that Youth."
SM hands the newly-lit candle to the nearest
Webelos Scout, saying: "You have
sought to continue building upon your Scouting knowledge by finding a Boy Scout
Troop that will help you gain your ample portion of this special knowledge.
Take custody of the Flame." [Places candle in the>closest boy's hand.] "Hold this sacred
Flame for a moment and then transfer this Flame to the next Webelos Scout. Hand it around from boy to boy until it
reaches the last one of you in line who will return it to me."
As the Flame is transferred from Scout to Scout,
the SM continues talking to the assembly, saying: "Knowledge, once gained,
must be shared. Each Boy Scout must pass on to other Scouts what he has learned.
As you grow more experienced in Scouting, we will ask you to begin to return to
Scouting some of what you have received from it. Work diligently as you pass
down your Trail to Eagle Scout and you will learn much that you can share with
the others who come after you. Remember, you will receive from Scouting only
what you put into it. I challenge you to work hard so that you will have much
to give back."
When the candle has made it's way back to the
SM, he places the second candle in a holder that was placed well away from the original Flame. After a moment, he blows
out the second candle. NOTE: The Flame
of Knowledge is left burning as long as possible.
SM: "See how easily that Youth's Flame was
extinguished by the Breeze of Laziness? Don't let Laziness extinguish the Flame
of Knowledge that burns in your own
mind. Cherish your Flame by doing your best, by asking questions when you don't
understand, and by living up to the
Scout Oath and Law." [Pause for effect.] "But, notice how the Flame of Knowledge that burns
in the mind of Humankind is still lit? From it you may always re-light your own
flame should the Breeze of Laziness blow too hard and snuff out your own Flame. Never stop learning.
Never give the Breeze Laziness a chance to blow."
Now the Troop's SPL, who has been standing in
the middle of a plywood bridge with an ASPL, calls across to the Webelos Scouts
and their parents, "Troop 6 invites the Webelos Scouts and their parents to
join us on the Boy Scout side of Scouting by crossing over this symbolic
As the Webelos reach the middle of the span the SPL and his assistant stop him to remove the boy's blue shoulder flashes and replace them with red ones his parent
offers up behind the boy's back. After
the red flashes are in place, the SPL then places the Troop's neckerchief OVER the boy's
Webelos version, removes
the boy's slide, puts it on the Troop neckerchief, and then slides away the old
neckerchief. [Handing it and the blue loops off to a parent.]
As the SPL removes the FIRST neckerchief the SM
says, "Notice that we removed the Webelos neckerchief after we've placed
the Boy Scout neckerchief on the Scout. We do this to be sure that there is no break in a boy's Scouting career."
As the new Boy Scout exits the bridge, he is
welcomed by his new Troop's Assistant SM who's in charge of the New Scout
Patrol, and by as many other boy leaders
as the Troop can muster that evening. The parents are likewise greeted.
When all have bridged over, the SA asks the new
Boy Scouts to take hold of the Troop
flag with their left hand and raise the Scout sign with their right. He leads them in the Scout Oath, and
the ceremony is over.
Thanks to Andrew Hagemann
Equipment: An Arrow for each boy, two council
Setting: Cubmaster at first fire, boy scouts at
second. Award is attached to arrow.
Akela: Will (Read names) and their parents
please come forward and take their
place of honor at the Council Fire? Tonight (Read names) have achieved two high honors. They will
receive the Arrow of Light award and
graduate from Cub Scouting into Boy Scouting.
I hold in my hand an arrow. As you can see, it
is straight and true, for only an arrow that is straight and true will hit its
mark. (Hold up arrow so Scout can see its shaft.) In order to fly straight, it
must also have at least three feathers. These represent the first three ranks
of Cub Scouting you achieved; Bobcat, Wolf and Bear. With these awards in place
you began to ascend along the shaft, toward the tip of the arrow, the Arrow of
Light Award. This is the culmination of all your Cub Scouting efforts. Without
a hard, sharp tip, the arrow is not a very effective weapon. Since you have
achieved this, the highest rank in Cub Scouting, you will now be a more
effective Boy Scout as you take with you the things you've learned and continue
to progress along the Scouting trail.
Please stand. I now present you with this arrow,
to which is attached your award. Parents, please pin the Arrow of Light on your
son. now give your parents the proper salute. (The proper salute to a mother is
Since you are graduating form Cub Scouting
tonight, you will no longer be a Cub Scout, except in memory. Because this
arrow represents the path along which you have come, but not the path along
which you must now go, I will ask you to return the arrow.
(Take the arrows and break them over your knee,
just enough to crack, but not completely in two.) This broken arrow will now be
forever a reminder to you, that you achieved every rank in Cub Scouting, and
graduated with honor. It will no longer fly, just as you will no longer be a Cub Scout. But you will always wear
the Arrow of Light symbol on your uniform, as a reminder of your accomplishment. You now may keep this
broken arrow for your trophy skin. I give you one last salute before you leave
our council fire to join your new Boy Scout brothers at their council fire.
(Salute.) Always be straight and true! Now walk
to your new council fire.
Written by Rick McNeal
Thanks to Ellen DeVilbiss
This is the crossing over ceremony I used last
year when I graduated my Webelos
(including my older son) to Boy Scouts. This was separate from the Arrow of Light, which was done at the
First you need to invite local community leaders
to the ceremony. I had invited the
City Manager, my Unit Commissioner, DE, Executive Officer from our sponsor and
the State Senators & Representatives that serve the area where the boys live, as well as the SM, ASM & SPL
from the troops the boys where joining. One Senator & one representative
was unable to attend and sent the boys very nice congratulatory letters, which
they were thrilled with. The state Senator even invited the boys to be pages
for a day at the state capital.
You need for a prop, a bridge that the boys can
walk across from stage left to stage right (my BA is Theatre). The Cubmaster
and ACM stand on the stage left side of the bridge. I didn't formally announce the ceremony but asked the
representatives from the first troop
to come forward and stand on the other side of the bridge to welcome their new scouts. I called down one
boy to the bridge and his parents
joined us, standing to the left of me. The graduating Webelos stands with his back to the bridge. I turned to the boy
and silently removed his "signs of Cub Scouts". First I removed his
hat, handed it to my ACM to hold upside down, I then removed his neckerchief slide, placed it in the hat,
then the neckerchief placed into the
hat and finally the navy blue epaulets, also into the hat. I then took the hat
from my ACM, turned and handed it to the mother, shook the parents hands and sent
them in front of the bridge to the other side to greet their new boy scout. I
turn back to the boy and my ACM shook
hands with the boy using the Cub Scout handshake. I then shook the boy's hand using the Boy Scout handshake. At this point the boy turns to
face the bridge and crosses over. On the other side, their SM presented the boy
with his new hat (gift from the Pack),
red epaulets (from the parents) and new neckerchief from the troop.
The last one I graduated was my son and since I
was staying on as the CM, only his father went over to the other side to greet
him. This was done as a symbolic
sign of me staying with the Pack and his going on to Boy Scouts.
After each boy graduated (and I graduated all
the Webelos II) I then announced
"New Boy Scouts of Troop 171 and Troop 271 dismissed. All the remaining Cub Scouts stood and saluted the
boys as they filed out. The new Scouts and their parents formed a receiving line at the back of the church
(our sponsor) and were greeted by everyone as they left to go downstairs for
cake and punch. This ceremony was
simple but very effective as there wasn't a dry eye in the audience. The state
representative that was able to attend was very impressed and was also
to Boy Scouts, by Don Tolin
All 2nd Year Webelos Scouts
All Troop Boy Scouts
Webelos Den Chief
Scouts' parents and families
Webelos on one side of bridge working together
like on activity pin, having fun. Webelos Den Flag in background. Den leaders and Den Chief with the boys.
Webelos stand together and face
audience. Have everyone stand. "We
want to teach everyone a song we learned at Camp Buffalo Bill this summer" Sing the Beaver Song.
Beaver 1, beaver all, time to do the beaver call.
Beaver 2, beaver 3, let's all climb the beaver tree.
Beaver 4, beaver 5, let's all do the
Beaver 6, beaver 7, time to go to beaver heaven.
Beaver 8, beaver 9, STOP IT'S BEAVER TIME.
Webelos now ask everyone to join in and sing it
one time together. Tell everyone to
now sit down. Webelos remain standing.
When each scout is called to cross over, boys
all give him high fives. The Cubmaster
takes off the scout's Webelos neckerchief and
his color tabs. The Cubmaster gives remarks. The
Cubmaster shakes the scout's hand. The
Den Chief accompanies the scouts across the bridge. The scout's parents and
family crosses also.
Boy Scouts, in the mean time, have been sitting
around a campfire on the other end of
the bridge. Tent in background. Troop Flag and Patrol Flags in background. 12
points of Scout Law Displayed. When the scouts and the Den Chief cross-over the
bridge, the boys stand up and fall in rank. The Scoutmaster greets them, shakes
hands with their parents, and greets other family members. The Scoutmaster puts
the troop neckerchief on the scouts, and puts on the red shoulder loops. He
shakes the boy's hand. Boy Scouts welcome new scouts. The scoutmaster gives
remarks. Applause or cheer.
SCOUTS SING SCOUT VESPERS AT END OF CEREMONY.
Softly falls the light of day,
While our campfire fades away.
Silently each Scout should ask:
"Have I done my daily task?
Have I kept my honor bright?
Can I guiltless sleep tonight?
Have I done and have I dared
Everything to be prepared?"
Space Theme Crossover, by Peter Farnham
We used an outer space theme this time. I have a
Captain Picard suit I wear at Halloween, and a working toy ray gun. We started
out by dimming the lights and playing over the speaker system at full volume
Strauss' "Thus Spake Zarathustra," more familiarly known as the theme
from "200l: A Space Odyssey."
I came out and tried to light the
"campfire" but had no matches. "Great Denibian slime devils, I'm out of matches!" I bellowed
in my most stentorian starship commander's
voice. "I'll have to speak to Riker about this immediately!" But I
solve the problem by lighting the
campfire with a blast from my ray gun (my ASM turned the dimmer switch up to
full slowly). Then I leisurely warmed my hands, and turned around and warmed my
posterior (giggles here, as intended).
Then I turned to the WDL, and said,
"Commander Keith, I understand you have seven graduates from the star fleet
academy who are ready to join the crews of starships 113 and 1515. Bring them
up here immediately!" Anyway, you get the idea. Bring the boys up, congratulate
them on their accomplishments, wish them well in boy scouting, and then cross
them over the bridge, where they are received by a representative from their
new troops. We also give them boy scout neckerchiefs; my troop has a
custom-made one we give each new scout.
Another thing we do--I have each boy sign our
cross-over bridge with an indelible magic marker before they actually cross
over. Who knows? We may have a president's signature on there someday.
At the end, we played the theme from "Star
Wars", also LOUD. Very inspiring.
This is a fun ceremony and seemed to work well.
The boys really liked it--didn't want
me to turn off "Star Wars," so we played it as a finale when they
were leaving the pack meeting.
Each of the seven boys also received his Arrow
of Light in a separate ceremony earlier in the meeting.
Book Ceremony for Advancing to Scouts by Edward A. Haluska
* Akela, the leader of
the wolf pack (the Cubmaster)
* Scoutmaster and Boy
Scouts from the patrol(s) that will be accepting the Cubs.
Bridge (a small symbolic one is adequate)
New Boy Scout scarves
Suitable recorded music and tape player
It is very common for the Boy Scouts to be
responsible for the crossing over ceremony. If you want to use this ceremony
for crossing over, be sure to discuss
it with the leaders of the Boy Scouts
who will be participating.
The music is mainly for the parents. During the
crossing over, play something suitable
like "Forever Young" or "Where Are You Going My Little
Akela: The moon is full, just as it was long ago
on that night in the jungle when Mowgli first joined the Seeonee wolf pack. It
has been many years since Mowgli
returned from living with the wolves. After he returned, he taught us many of the lessons he learned while in the jungle. The most important was
that the strength of the wolf is the
pack, and the strength of the pack is the wolf. That is why we are here tonight
in this council ring. But just as Mowgli had to leave the pack, tonight we also
have some man cubs among us who have grown strong and tall. The time has now
come when they too must leave the pack to find their place in the world of men.
They have learned many lessons as they have walked the trails of the bobcat,
wolf, and bear. But tonight, because these cubs are ready to begin their next
adventure on their way to manhood, we will not look to the way of the jungle
for guidance. Instead, we will read from a book that men use when they seek
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silent, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.
Akela: We have now come to the time and season
when we must let go. So let us begin.
Parents, bring forward these man cubs.
(Akela calls out the names of the Cubs who will
be advancing to Scouts. Parents and Cubs come forward and face the rest of the
Akela: Akela of the humans!
Scoutmaster: What is it that you want, Akela of
the man cubs?
Akela: We have among us several boys who have
grown tall in body and strong in character. They have learned well the ways of
the pack, but now they yearn to run with other boys who are also between their
childhood and manhood. They have been with the pack for many moons, and have
been a source of pride for us all. But now it is now the season when they must
Scoutmaster: We understand. Bring them to the
bridge between us.
(If you have recorded music, start it now.)
(Akela now leads the cubs, one at a time, to the
center of the bridge between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. The boy is stopped at
the center of the bridge, and Akela then removes the Cub's Webelos scarf and
any other Cub Scout insignias. The Scouts of the patrol that the Cub will be
joining then place a Boy Scout scarf on the boy and lead him to their group.)
Akela: Although these boys are no longer with
our pack, we still call on the Great Akela of all Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to
always guide their way. We ask that the Great Akela watch over them as they learn to soar with the Eagles. And, in
the fullness of time,
after the great wheel of life has turned full
circle, when the season again comes to the time to gather in, and the moon is
full, we pray that these boys will return, tall and proud and strong, and present
their own man cubs to be accepted into the pack. But until then, let us send
them on their way with a last wolf howl.
(Akela leads pack in wolf howl.)
The O/A Ceremonies advisor was the Cubmaster for
the Pack. The logistics of the event may seem a bit daunting but the ceremony worked
* 4 canoes
* PFD's for everyone going into the canoes
* Make sure that you comply with the Safety
Afloat requirements for qualified life
* Perform this during the day
* The four winds and the chief and drummer are
the O/A ceremonies team
Procedure: The Webelos Scouts have a brief
ceremony in which their parents are
asked to help them by putting on the PFD.
The Webelos are then lead to the end of a small
pond (200m X 75m).
The Cubmaster calls to the four winds at the
other end of the pond to let the
The drummer starts drumming, which is how the
ceremony team knows it is time to
paddle up to where the second ceremony is done.
The chief and four winds get out of the canoes
and perform the brief ceremony.
The Webelos are then loaded into the canoes and
paddled over to where the Boy Scout
troop is waiting.
The troop then has their induction ceremony.
The entire crossover lasted about 45 minutes.
The Webelos and parents were awed by the
The four winds are BSA or RC certified life
-- Thanks to Jay Bemis
Neckerchief Graduation Ceremony Script
This Ceremony is written for Webelos Graduation
to Boy Scouts. With slight
modification, it can be used for any level rank advancement. It is written assuming several scouts, but
with minor changes could be used for a
Neckerchief (if using Webelos neckerchief, the Webelos patch must be removed - it
holds too much acetone, and will result in burning the part of the neckerchief above the patch)
2 coat hangers and 2 safety pins
1 large mouth Peanut butter jar with lid
A lighted candle or advancement log with lighted
candles Fire extinguisher
Stretch out the hangers, attach one safety pin
Mix the "Magic Water" in the jar. This
should be done outside with good
ventilation. Keep the lid tightly closed except when dipping the neckerchief. Magic water consists of
EXACTLY 40% Acetone and 60% Water (2
parts Acetone to 3 parts Water)
You will need an assistant for lights, one for
handling the dipping of the neckerchief, and one off-stage with the fire
extinguisher (just in case)..
When it is time to dip and burn the neckerchief,
use the following procedure:
1. Attach the corners of the neckerchief to the
hangers with the safety pins.
2. Lightly shake the jar of Magic Water to remix
the components. Tightly wad the neckerchief and dip it completely into the jar containing the Magic Water. The whole
neckerchief must be wet or the dry part
3. Squeeze out the neckerchief and quickly
extend it, holding the hangers. While
this is being done, the lid must be replaced for fire safety.
4. Pass the neckerchief over the flame. Make
certain the neckerchief is spread
between the wire holders. It cannot be rolled or folded in any part.
Make certain that the neckerchief is well in
front, or off to the side of you. We
used an old broom stick, with the hangars attached to it so that no one had to be real close. If you work quick
enough, the whole neckerchief will appear to be engulfed in flames, and the flames will extend several inches
above the top of the neckerchief.
5. Shake gently when just the edges remain
burning. This will extinguish the
flames along the hems, which hold more acetone than the body, due to the additional fabric here.
You must move very quickly through steps 2, 3
and 4, or the acetone will evaporate
before it can be ignited. The jar of acetone must be kept away from the flame, and be covered at all times except
when actually dipping the neckerchief.
Acetone is highly flammable. You might
want an additional assistant or two to help with this.
Practice the steps above outside, before the
meeting to make sure that you can get
it right when the time comes. It will be
embarrassing if the wet neckerchief doesn't burn due to evaporation of
the acetone. This trick works because the acetone burns, while the water keeps the neckerchief from
burning. Remember that the acetone will
evaporate pretty quickly, or you will miss the effect.
(Dim house lights gradually while calling
forward the graduating cub scouts and
their parents. Leave only the lights in front on while telling the story.)
Tonight Webelos Scouts _____________________ are
graduating to boy scouts. Will they come forward with their parents.
These young men have completed their Cub
Scouting activities. There remains but one test before they may cross the
bridge into Boy Scouts.
"Have they done everything they can to BE
Deep in the heart of the mountains and deserts
of New Mexico, there is an Indian
village along side a small stream. The village and the area around it are very green and lush. This
is very unusual, for the village is in the middle of a very harsh desert land.
While hiking in the area several years ago, I
came across this village and stopped by the stream for a rest. There was an old Chief sitting in the sun by the stream, and
I asked him:
"Why is this area so green and your people
The old Chief replied:
"The waters of this stream are magical.
They assist all who come, by telling
the people if they have done everything they need, to be prepared. By hard work with the
assistance of these magical waters, my
people have done the things needed to be prepared and prosper in life."
I thought for a while and said:
"I too could use these magical waters, for
I know of many young men who are working hard to be prepared for life. Could I
take some of these magical waters with me?"
The old Chief smiled and nodded.
"It is for the youth that these waters are
"Take something special from one of the
young men who are to be tested and dip
it in the water. Pass the special item over the flame, and if the special item burns, but is not consumed,
then they have done everything needed
to be prepared."
(Turn out the lights.)
From one of the cub scouts before us, we take
the Webelos Neckerchief.
(Clip the neckerchief to wire holders at
corners. Be careful not to twist or
fold the fabric. It must be smooth.)
And dip it in the Magic Water.
the assistant dip the neckerchief while you hold the wire holders. Quickly take the neckerchief from
the jar and spread it tightly
between the wire holders. Your assistant covers the jar before you put the neckerchief over the
candle, but you cannot wait too long. This part must be done quickly.)
Then pass it over the flame of the Spirit of
Scouts, you have passed the test and are
prepared to cross over into Boy
Scouting. May the Great Spirit of Akela go with you throughout your scouting days.
point, it's not a bad idea to bring up the fire safety issue, and "Don't try this at home -
only trained Cubmasters are allowed
to perform this ceremony!" )
Thanks to George R. Davis
Graduation -- The Changing of the Shirt
This ceremony in which Webelos Scouts are
graduated from the Pack to Boy Scout Troops, involves the whole Pack, including
adult leaders. First, call forward the graduating Webelos Scouts and their
parents. Next, form two lines (facing each other) as follows: nearest the graduates, pack committee
members; then Cub Scout dens with leaders and den chiefs; then Webelos den and
leaders. At the far end are
Scoutmasters of the troops they boys will join.
As a variation to this ceremony, line everyone
up as stated before except have the
Webelos den begin a walk from the end opposite the Scoutmasters. As the boys proceed, they begin to remove their
Webelos uniform shirt -- only to uncover their Boy Scout uniform shirt. Their
Webelos uniform shirt has been taken care of by a designated adult during his
(Webelos Scout) walk to be returned to later. At the end of the walk, applause and congratulations!
over to Scouting
Setting: A bridge is in the center stage. One
side of the bridge is represented as the Cub Scout side and the other side as
the Boy Scout side. You can use your
imagination on how to symbolize each side so it is apparent which side is
which. Use of Boy Scouts with candles
lighting the path is very impressive. Cubmaster and Scoutmaster standing appropriate sides.
CUBMASTER: Tonight we mark a great
occasion....the graduation of ______
Webelos Scouts into a boy scout troop. We are sad to see them leave because they have been a great
help to our pack...but we are happy for
them because they are going on to the great adventure of Boy Scouting. These
Webelos have worked hard for this night and have advanced well. As a symbol of their hard work, each
Webelos scout will be given an arrow. As I call your
name, will each Scout come forward with
each boys name off.)
Reader: The arrow alone gives meaning to each of
these scouts. The wooden shaft gives
the strength like the strength the Scout Promise gives each boy. The fletching helps guide the arrow on a straight and true path like the Scout Law guides the
Scout on a straight and true path. The
arrowhead points the way to the target like Webelos badge and Arrow of Light requirements have pointed the Scout to
the ways of Boy Scouting.
Each arrow has these parts...but each arrow is
different...it is individual. Each
arrow represents their own trail through Cub Scouting. (Give each boy his arrow.)
It has been a long trail...As you look at the
arrow you can look back and see how far you have traveled. Your first trail led
you across the Bobcat Ridge, where
Akela took you into the Pack as a Bobcat. The yellow mark tells that this boy completed his Bobcat requirements. You may have then climbed the
steep Wolf Mountain. The red mark
means he has completed the Wolf badge. After that there may be a gold and silver marks for the arrow points that
you may have earned. After finding your
way through Bear Forest, you may have
earned your Bear rank. The green mark shows you have gained your Bear achievements, and again you may have earned a
gold and silver arrow points. Your
trail next may have led you to Webelos Rank. First earning three Webelos pins
shown by three black marks, then your Webelos badge which is marked in blue. The Arrow of Light trail may have been hard and rugged. You first earned another four
Webelos pins. Then came
the highest Cub Scout Achievement, the Arrow of Light which is signified by the
white marking on the arrow. The twelve
beads will remind you of the twelve
points of the Scout Law. The red and white feathers not only stand for the
troops colors, but also for devotion and honor.
Your trail in Scouting does not end in Cub
Scouting...it is only the beginning...for all of you have prepared yourself for
the crossing over to Boy Scouts.
The bridge before you is a symbol of your
crossing from Cub Scouting to Boy
Scouting. The bridge is a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression. It is a means of
connection or transition from one side to another...as this bridge represents how our Pack is connected to our Troop . As
I call each boys name, please come
stand before Your Cubmaster where he will remove your Webelos neckerchief.
(Cubmaster is calling over to the Scoutmaster.)
CUBMASTER: Hello, Boy Scouts of Troop .
SCOUTMASTER: Hello, Cub Scouts of Akela. What do
CUBMASTER: We have several Webelos who have
prepared themselves for entrance into
SCOUTMASTER: Bring them and their parents
forward to the bridge that joins our
Pack and Troop. I will send two of my Scouts over to escort the boys and their
parents over the bridge.
(Boy Scouts cross over to Pack's side and then
escorts the new scout and their parents to the other side.)
Webelos leader speaking to the Scoutmaster:
These are your new Scouts, ready for the adventures ahead of them. They are
going to call themselves the ________ patrol.
Webelos leader speaking to the boys: As I call
each of your names, please come forward
to your Scoutmaster, where he will place on you the Neckerchief of Troop .
SCOUTMASTER: I'd like to welcome the new patrol
and their families to our Troop . (Lights on)
SCOUTMASTER: Will Troop please form your
patrols. (Have SPL lead all scouts in the Scout Promise)
the Bridge Ceremony Read by the Cubmaster
A BRIDGE is a structure carrying a pathway or
roadway over a depression. It is a means of connection or transition from one
side to another. During the years
you and your son have been in Cub Scouting, we have had numerous opportunities
to work together along the trail. Now, Boys' name is leaving the Pack to follow
the trail of Boy Scouting. I am sure you are going to find the same satisfaction there that you have found in
As a symbol of the growth of your son and his
entrance into Scouting, may I ask that he stand before me where I will divest
him of his Webelos Handbook and
neckerchief. (Take Webelos Handbook and Neckerchief from boy) You and he will slowly cross over the bridge into Scouting, pausing at each of the twelve
steps. At the end of the twelve steps you will be welcomed by the Scouts of
Troop # . (Dim the lights and have
spot light shining on a bridge as the boy and parents cross the bridge.)
takes each step, the Scouts call out loudly each of the Scout laws.)
1st - TRUSTWORTHY
2nd - LOYAL
3rd - HELPFUL
4th - FRIENDLY
5th - COURTEOUS
6th - KIND
7th - OBEDIENT
8th - CHEERFUL
9th - THRIFTY
10th - BRAVE
11th - CLEAN
12th - REVERENT
Read by Scouts -
We welcome you into Troop # , we meet each (Day)
at (Time) at (Place) . We shall look
forward to welcoming you at our next troop meeting.
Read by Scoutmaster -
(Hands Scout Handbook to new Scout) This book
now replaces your Webelos book. Read
and study it. Keep it handy for it is your guide through many adventures in
Done by Assistant Scoutmaster - (Places Troop
neckerchief around new Scouts neck and
shakes his hand)
The Final Steps
ARRANGEMENT: Darkened room, Red light is on
bridge, which is centered between American and Pack flags. Assembled on stage
to the left of the bridge are the
parents and Webelos Leader, on the opposite end of the bridge is the
CUBMASTER: Tonight we mark a great occasion, ...
the graduation of Webelos Scout (name)
from our pack. We are sad to see him leave because he has been a great help to our Pa ck. but we are happy for him
because he is going on to the great adventure of Scouting. He has worked hard for this night and has
advanced well. Please escort Webelos
Scout (name) to the front.
(Boy who has been standing on opposite side of
room, is escorted to front by another
Webelos Scout, who carries the den flag. They stop at front, the graduating
Webelos Scout returns to his place.)
CUBMASTER: (Recaps information such as date boy
joined pack, ranks he earned, awards he received, date joined Webelos den,
DEN LEADER: (Recaps activities in Webelos den,
highlighting activity badges he has earned). Webelos Scout (name) it is with a great sense of pride that I now ask you
for your Webelos neckerchief. (after removing neckerchief, Den Leader escorts
him to end of bridge where
Cubmaster is waiting.)
CUBMASTER: I am pleased to see that you are
wearing the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting. This is the only
Cub Scout badge which you will be permitted to wear on your Scout uniform. And
now you may take the final steps. (Webelos Scout crosses bridge. He stops in
center, turns to salute Cubmaster with Cub Scout salute. He proceeds across
bridge to where the Scoutmaster is
waiting. He gives him Scout salute).
SCOUTMASTER: (Name), we are happy to welcome you
to our troop. I can see by the Arrow of Light that you are prepared to join the great fellowship of Scouting. (Short
statement on what is expected of Scout). Please repeat after me the Scout Oath.
(Scoutmaster and Scout exchange salute
and shake hands). As a token of this important occasion, I would like to
present you with the troop neckerchief. (Scoutmaster and parents meet in front
of bridge.) Mr. and Mrs. (name),
Welcome to our troop. I congratulate you on the fine work that you have done with your son in Cub Scouting. I am sure you will find new adventures in our
The Scouting Ceremonies pages are presented by
R. Gary Hendra -- The MacScouter -- UC Pack 92 & CC Troop 92, Milpitas,
My favorite ceremony was very symbolic. We
grouped the Tigers, then Wolves, then Bears, then Webelos I, and finally the
Webelos II Den Leaders in a line with the WII DLs standing closest to our
bridge (decorated in blue & gold, of course). Den Leaders held lit blue & gold candles. On the other side
of the bridge stood our Boy Scout Troop members, many of the Scouts held
candles. The second year Webelos stood with their parents by the podium as the
CM talked about the path those boys had taken, through Tigers, Wolves... He explained that this was their final time,
as Cubs, that they would follow that path - the current Cubs representing the
levels those boys had advanced through during their Cub experience. The Webelos II Den Leaders were holding Boy
Scout handbooks - our Pack's final gift to them, and a present from their Akela
to use on the next part of their journey. The boys were welcomed into Scouting by the Boy Scouts (with their
leaders in the background since Scouting's boy led).
Everyone loved the ceremony - especially the
Scouts who felt quite important holding the candles.
My favorite is to have the Webelos who bridge
escorted from the meeting by their new scoutmasters, spls, etc. In one pack, the custom was to always do
crossover ceremonies immediately after the opening. The Webelos entered the bridge with their blue loops which were
removed midway and replaced with red. When the reached the other side of the bridge, they were greeted by
representatives of their new troop who welcomed them and escorted them from the
room to the troop meeting (same night at a nearby church). Those who didn't join that troop were also
escorted from the room.
It eliminated an opportunity for congratulations
over refreshments but we encouraged people to say good-byes before the opening
ceremony. The only time our pack did
not do crossover ceremonies was at Blue and Gold. At any other meeting of the year, a ceremony would be conducted
if a Webelos was crossing over. The majority of the time, Webelos crossed
over in March. Most received their AOL
in February at B&G and crossed over the next month.
from the Pack... Welcome to the Troop!
Every Webelos Scout should be recognized with a
graduation ceremony before leaving the pack and entering a troop. This is not
likely to happen, however, unless you have a plan of cooperation developed by
your pack and the troop or troops that work with you. This plan should be the
result of a joint meeting of the pack and the troop committees or of your
Webelos den leader and the Scoutmaster.
The ceremony should include, in addition to the
Webelos den leader or den chief, the graduate's prospective Scoutmaster, his
patrol leader, and his parents. The
emphasis in this ceremony should not be merely
to graduate the boy out of the pack, but to graduate the whole family into the
We must not allow a boy to complete Webelos
Scouting without helping him join a Boy Scout troop. This calls for a plan.
Do everything you can to see that your Cub
Scouts and Webelos Scouts want to become Boy Scouts. It's unlikely that a boy
will be enthusiastic about having a troop experience if he knows nothing about
it. So show these boys something of the adventure that lies ahead on the
A most effective way of doing this is to include
in your pack budget plan a subscription to Boys' Life magazine for every boy in
the pack, and then to encourage parents to read it with their son. The magazine
Scout-like stories and something of the flavor
of Scouting. It can help make a boy want to become a Boy Scout.
These graduation ceremonies are merely
suggestions. Use them as they are, revise them to suit the needs of your pack,
or write your own.
Webelos den leader, Scoutmaster, a Boy Scout,
graduating Webelos Scout and his parents.
A rustic bridge; two spotlights, one directed on
each end of the bridge; Boy Scout neckerchief.
Place the bridge on the stage or in front of the
pack meeting room. The Webelos den leader, with the graduating Webelos Scout
and his parents, stands on one end of the bridge. On the other end is the
Scoutmaster with a Boy Scout holding a rolled troop neckerchief.
Webelos Den Leader: (To parents.) During the
years you and your son have been in Cub Scouting, we have had numerous
opportunities to work together along the trail. Now [Webelos Scout's name] is
leaving the pack to enter Boy Scouting. I am sure you are going to find the
same satisfactions there that you have found in Cub Scouting. To symbolize your son's growth and his
entrance into Boy Scouting, I will divest him of his Webelos Scout neckerchief,
and you and he will then cross over the bridge into Boy Scouting, to be
welcomed by Scoutmaster [name] of Troop [number].
(After the Webelos den leader has removed the Webelos
Scout's neckerchief and saluted him, the Webelos Scout
and his parents cross the bridge and stand before the
Scoutmaster: (Greets Webelos Scout and parents
with handshake.) As Scoutmaster of Troop [number], it is indeed a pleasure for
me to welcome you into the troop. We meet each week at [time] at [place]. We
shall look forward to welcoming you at our next meeting. (To boy.) And now I
present to you this Boy Scout neckerchief (Places rolled neckerchief around the
boy's neck.) May you wear it with pride; its colors are those of Troop
[number], which welcomes you as its newest member.
Virtues of Life
Webelos den leader, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster,
senior patrol leader, graduating Webelos Scout and parents.
Seven torches or candles, Webelos emblem, and
Cubmaster: Will Webelos Scout [name] and his
parents come forward. Tonight we are assembled to honor a Webelos Scout and his
parents who are members of the Webelos den. They have brought honor to our pack
as they have climbed the Cub Scouting trail together. This Webelos Scout is now
ready to go into the great brotherhood of Boy Scouting. With the help of his
willing parents he will soon start up the Boy Scout trail.
The seven candles before you represent the rays
in the Arrow of Light. As they are lighted you will hear how they stand for the
seven great virtues of life. (Candles
are lighted by the Webelos den leader.)
Webelos Den Leader:
WISDOM. Having wisdom doesn't mean that a person is
smarter than others. It means that he uses what he knows
to live a better life.
COURAGE. Courage does not mean you have no fear of
danger. It means that you can face danger despite your
SELF-CONTROL. This means being able to stop when you
have had enough of something, such as eating, playing,
or even working too much.
JUSTICE. Justice means being fair with others we play
and work with, regardless of who they are.
FAITH. Faith is belief in God and things we cannot see
but feel are true.
HOPE. Hope means to look forward to good things you
believe will happen. You hope for better things
tomorrow, but at the same time you work hard today to
make them happen.
LOVE. There are many kinds of love. Love of family,
home, fellow men, God, and country. Every kind of love
is important for a full and happy life.
Cubmaster: You will find, if you live by these
seven virtues, you will be happier. It is now my pleasure to present to you and
your parents your graduation certificates. At this time I would like to
introduce to you [name], Scoutmaster of Troop [number], who will accept you
into the troop. I am sure he has a few words
of welcome for you and your parents.
Scoutmaster: (Welcomes Webelos Scout and his
parents.) Senior Patrol Leader [name] will place our troop neckerchief on you.
You will be inducted into our troop at our next meeting.
Senior Patrol Leader: As you remove your Cub
Scout neckerchief, remember the things you learned in the Cub Scout program.
And as you wear this Boy Scout neckerchief, remember that it represents the
members of our troop who always try to do their best and be prepared. Welcome
to our troop. (He salutes.)
The Four Winds (four Cub Scouts), each with a
candle; graduating Webelos Scouts and their parents; light switch operator;
Scoutmaster; Cubmaster; Webelos den leader.
Four candles, Boy Scout neckerchiefs, graduation
certificates, gifts (optional).
Graduating Webelos Scouts and their parents are
at the front of the room, which is in semi-darkness. Cub Scouts representing
Four Winds stand in each corner of the
room. Each lights his candle as he expresses his wish for the graduating
Webelos Scouts. After expressing his wish, he comes to the front of the room.
North Wind: I am the North Wind. People say I am
cold, but to you I will always bring the warmest of winds because you have been
true-blue Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts and have lived up to the Law of the
South Wind: I am the South Wind. I wish you good
Scouting. Over hill and dale I have carried stories of you and your experiences.
As Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts you have been happy, game, and fair - a credit
to your den and pack.
East Wind: I am the East Wind. I wish you well.
I have spread the story of our fun and happiness in Cub Scouting with Pack
[number] and of how you lived up to the Cub Scout Promise and were fair and
West Wind: I am the West Wind. I would like everyone
present to know that these graduating Webelos Scouts did not walk the Cub Scout
trail alone. Each had the wonderful help and guidance of his parents. Parents,
continue to help your boys go and grow!
All Winds: (in unison.) We will be with you
forever. We wish you the best of luck in your travels and experiences on the
(The room lights come on. The graduating Webelos
Scouts and their families are introduced to their new Scoutmaster. The parents
replace the Webelos Scout neckerchief with a new Boy Scout neckerchief. The
Cubmaster presents graduation certificates. The Webelos den leader may present
a gift and give a short speech followed by a thundering cheer from the den as
all return to their seats.)
Scout Family Graduation
This ceremony can be held indoors or outdoors,
in uniform or in Indian costume.
Webelos den leader, graduating Webelos Scout and
his parents, Scoutmaster, patrol leader, five Cub Scouts to hold posters, den
leaders, pack committee members.
Small posters of all Cub Scout ranks, Boy Scout
neckerchief and neckerchief slide.
All Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, den leaders, and
committee members line up in two columns. Small poster bearing the five Cub
Scout ranks are held by Cub Scouts. The Webelos den leader, graduating Webelos
Scout, and his parents stand at one end of the double column. The Scoutmaster
and patrol leader of the graduate's new troop face them at the other end of the
When all are in their places, the Webelos den
leader reads a review of the graduate's accomplishments during his Cub Scout
years, mentioning awards he has received.
Webelos Den Leader: Our accomplishments are
never made without help. And significant in [graduate's name's] growth has been
the help he has received from his parents. I thank you for the help you have
given your son and your cooperation with his den and pack leaders. Of course, we
shall miss you as you move on into Boy Scouting - but, we are honored to
present Troop [number] such an outstanding family! All of us here wish you
continued success as you climb the Scouting trail.
(The graduate and his parents now pass down the
line between the two columns, receiving good wishes and good-byes from all pack
members. Cub Scouts might sing "For They're a Jolly Good Family," to
the tune of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" as the graduate and his
parents pass down the line. When the graduating Webelos Scout and his parents reach the end of the
column, the Scoutmaster welcomes them.)
Scoutmaster: You have had a great experience in
Cub Scouting and Webelos Scouting. Boy Scouting will introduce you to new
skills that lead to more great fun - hiking and camping. Mr. and Mrs. [name],
we hope you will continue to help your son, and we will look forward to your
active participation in making our troop one of the best. In so doing you will
be assured that your son is receiving full benefits from his Scouting
(The graduate's patrol leader now replaces the
Webelos Scout neckerchief with the neckerchief of his new troop and gives him
the Scout handshake. Close with a graduation song, grand howl, or other
to Boy Scouting
This impressive ceremony for Webelos Scouts can
be used indoors or outdoors. Advancement recognition ceremonies for the lower
ranks may precede it.
Webelos den leader (Akela), Scoutmaster, den
chief as torchbearer, Boy Scouts from troop, graduating Webelos Scout and his
parents, senior patrol leader.
A rustic bridge with railings made of dead tree
branches and floored with scrap lumber; two campfires (artificial ones for
indoors); camp candle lantern to be carried by the torchbearer; Boy Scout
A campfire is at each end of the bridge. The
Webelos Scout and his parents are seated around one campfire; the Boy Scouts
around the other.
If this ceremony is held indoors, the room
should be darkened.
Webelos Den Leader: (Webelos den leader asks Webelos Scout to stand and repeat Cub Scout Promise. Then he calls: Hello,
Scouts of [name of troop].
Scoutmaster: (answers.) Hello, Webelos Scouts of
Akela, what do you desire?
Webelos Den Leader: We have a Webelos Scout of
Akela's council ring who has prepared himself for entrance into the council
ring of [name of troop].
Scoutmaster: Bring him forward to the bridge
that joins our two council rings.
(The Webelos den leader, accompanied by the
torchbearer, leads graduating Webelos Scout and his parents to bridge.
Scoutmaster crosses over bridge and is introduced to the parents and the Webelos Scout.)
Webelos Den Leader: [Name of graduate], you have
contributed much to your den and pack, and we shall miss you and your parents.
Now you are leaving us to enter the Boy Scout troop of your choice. There you
will continue to grow in Scouting skills and friendships.
An important part of your Webelos Scout uniform
is your neckerchief. Now that you are leaving our pack and Cub Scouting, will
you remove your neckerchief and give it to me? Your new Scoutmaster will place
about your neck the neckerchief of the troop you are to join.
(The Webelos Scout removes his neckerchief and gives it
to the Webelos den leader. The Scoutmaster now beckons
the graduate to follow him across the bridge.)
Scoutmaster: (standing before the Boy Scout
campfire.) As Scoutmaster of Troop [number], I welcome you and your parents.
There are many traditions in Troop [number] that will interest you.
(The Scoutmaster may explain one or two traditions and
tell of important troop activities planned for the near
Now it is my pleasure to present to you the
neckerchief of our troop.
(He places the neckerchief around the neck of
the incoming Boy Scout.) Wear it with pride as many have done before you. Your
senior patrol leader, [name], now
wishes to express the troop's happiness in
having you as a new member.
(The senior patrol leader leads the troop in a cheer for
the new Scout. This is followed by the troop song or a
good Scout song such as "Trail the Eagle;' found in the
Boy Scout Songbook, and the Scout Oath.)
The whole ceremony, as presented here, has been
made informal, with the idea that those taking part will use their own words.
This merely suggests what packs can work up for themselves.
Cubmaster, denner, den chief, Scoutmaster,
patrol leader, Webelos Scout and his parents.
Electric campfire, graduation certificate.
The lights are dimmed. The artificial fire is
lit at one end of the room. The Cub Scouts are called together in a formation
that will make the ceremony easy to conduct(square or half circle).
The denner brings forward the graduating Webelos
Cubmaster: Friends and parents, Webelos Scout
[name] is ready to graduate into the Boy Scout troop. [Name], you have looked
forward to this for 4 years. You have been a good Cub Scout, and a good Webelos
Scout, and we know you will be a good Boy Scout. We are all proud of you.
Denner: [Name], the members of Den [number] are
happy to see you graduate into the Boy Scout troop. We don't feel bad about
your going because soon we will all be Boy Scouts, maybe even in the same
patrol. (The denner leads the den in a yell for the departing Webelos Scout.)
Den Chief: There are two things, [name]. First,
I want to tell you that I have enjoyed my association with you in Den [number],
and second, Fm glad to welcome you to Troop [number], where we will be able to
keep on doing things together.
Cubmaster: (Presents graduation certificate to
the graduate.) Scoutmaster, we now present to you and Troop [number] Webelos
Scout [name], who is eager to be a Boy Scout. We recommend him highly. He has
been a fine member of our pack.
Scoutmaster: [Name], on behalf of Troop
[number], I want to welcome you into the great Scouting brotherhood. The boys
tell me that you have been asked to join the [name] Patrol, so I would like to
have you meet [name], who will be your patrol leader.
Patrol Leader: There are already two Boy Scouts
in our patrol who were in your den. They are fine Boy Scouts and we are glad to
welcome another graduate of Den
[number]. We hope there will soon be more of
you. We are having a meeting of our patrol [day, time, and place], and we would
like to have you attend.
Cubmaster: (Asks the parents of the graduating
Webelos Scout to come forward.) Friends, we of the pack wish to congratulate
you upon the graduation of your son. You have done much to keep him interested
and happy in Cub Scouting, and we appreciate it. I would like to have you meet
the Scoutmaster. (Introduces the Scoutmaster to the parents. The pack forms a
circle around the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and graduate.)
In Boy Scouting, you will have the Scout Oath
and Law to guide you, but as you leave us to follow the trail through Scouting,
we would like you to renew with us the Cub Scout Promise. (The whole group
repeats the promise. The circle then breaks to let the Scoutmaster and graduate
out, and re-closes around the Cubmaster. The group faces the graduate and gives
the Cub Scout salute.
The entire group shouts: "Do Your
to Boy Scouting
This is a graduation ceremony with a musical
Cubmaster, assistant Cubmaster, Webelos den
leader, denner, den chief, parents of graduates, Scoutmaster, patrol leader,
graduating Webelos Scouts.
Rustic archway, as shown; artificial campfire;
United States flag, pack flag, troop flag; graduation certificates; Boy Scout
Set up the rustic archway at the center of the
stage with Boy Scout and Webelos Scout emblems suspended from its top. On each
upright hang acoustical tile squares bearing drawings or decals of the Bobcat,
Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light emblems. The artificial campfire and
the pack flag are to the left of the arch. The United States and troop flags
are to the right. Graduating Webelos Scouts and their parents are on stage.
Cubmaster: Tonight we honor graduating Webelos
Scouts [names]. Will the graduates' den leader and den chief come forward and
stand behind the graduates.
Scoutmaster [name] and Patrol Leader [name], of
the [name] Patrol, please stand to the right of the arch. In honor of these
graduates, let's all sing "We're on the Upward Trail," found in the
Cub Scout Songbook.
(After the song, the Cubmaster continues.)Webelos Scouts [names], you
are graduating from Cub Scouting. With your parents, you have visited and
decided to join Troop [number]. You have been active members of our pack for
[number] years and we are proud to recommend you and your parents to
Scoutmaster [name]. Come join our group and stand by our campfire and flag.
Webelos Den Leader: [Graduates' names], the
members of our Webelos den regret losing you. You have earned each of the Cub
Scout ranks displayed on the archway and are ready to become Boy Scouts. I have
enjoyed my association with you and your parents. May you continue to do your
Cubmaster: To help you remember this warm and
friendly campfire, our assistant Cubmaster will lead us in singing "Cub
Scout Advancement Song" (After the song, the Cubmaster continues.) As you
leave the warmth of our fire please accept this certificate of graduation.
(presents certificates.) Remove your
Webelos Scout neckerchief. I now escort you and your parents through the
archway to meet Scoutmaster [name].
Scoutmaster: (Gives Scout handclasp to the
graduates and their parents.) On behalf of Troop [number], I welcome you to the
Scouting brotherhood. Our troop has great traditions and high standards. We
hope you will help keep them high. Since you wish to join the [name] Patrol, I
have [name], the patrol leader, with me.
Patrol Leader: We welcome you into the [name]
Patrol. Our troop, furnishes den chiefs for Pack [number]. Our patrol tries to
be the best in our troop. We will count on you to help us. (He gives graduates
the Scout handclasp.)
Scoutmaster: (To the parents.) As you and your
boy enter Boy Scouting, you and he should realize that he is entering a new
world of activity. However, he will continue to need your help and
encouragement. There are many ways you
can help. I will look forward to your participation in our activities.
(To graduates.) We have already had a visit
together. As soon as we have another conference on your Boy Scout requirements,
you will be invested at a troop meeting. You may now wear this Boy Scout
neckerchief to show you belong to our troop. (Places neckerchief around neck of
each pack graduate.)
Cubmaster, Webelos den chief, graduating Webelos
Scout and his parents, Scoutmaster, and two Scout aides.
Troop neckerchief for graduate.
Cubmaster: (Addressing audience.) Cub Scouting
is part of the great Scouting movement.
In the final months of his Webelos Scouting
experience, a boy learns the requirements for the Boy Scout badge. He decides
what troop he will join and, with his parents, arranges for his entrance into
Boy Scouting. Tonight our pack has the privilege of bringing another Webelos
Scout to this significant milepost.
(Addressing den chief.) Den Chief [name], will
you escort Webelos Scout [name] and his parents forward.(The Cubmaster greets
them.) [Webelos Scout's name] has chosen Troop [number] as his preference. The
Scoutmaster of Troop [number], Mr. [name], is here. We will ask his to come
forward with his aides. (The Cubmaster introduces the Scoutmaster and his aides
to the Webelos Scout, his parents, and the audience.)
[Webelos Scout's name], I remember the night you
became a Cub Scout. You and your parents stood in this same spot. That night a
whole new world of opportunity was opened to you through Cub Scouting. During
the past years you have experienced that good feeling that comes in giving
goodwill to others. Now you have the privilege of becoming a Boy Scout. This
ceremony marks the completion of your Cub Scouting, just as it marks the beginning
of a whole new experience in Boy Scouting.
[Addressing Scoutmaster] Scoutmaster [name],
Pack [number] is proud to present Webelos Scout [name], holder of the Arrow of
Light Award. It is our hope and belief that you and your Scouts will provide
him the finest opportunity to carry on his Scouting.
Scoutmaster: [Webelos Scout's name], it is a
real privilege to welcome you into Troop [number]. As a Boy Scout you will hike
and camp. You will learn many useful things. You will have an opportunity to
continue to grow into a useful citizen because you will participate in civic
activities and learn the thrill of helping other people by practicing the habit
of doing a Good Turn every day. And now
Scouts [name] and [name] will exchange your Webelos Scout neckerchief for our
troop neckerchief, a symbol of graduation into Boy Scouting.
(Aides replace the Webelos Scout neckerchief
with a Boy Scout neckerchief, give the Scout handclasp, step back, and salute.
The graduating Webelos Scout should have been coached to return this salute.
The Webelos den chief leads the pack in a yell for the graduate. The Cubmaster
dismisses the graduate with a warn handshake, and aides escort the graduate,
the Scoutmaster, and the family off the stage.)
Cubmaster, Webelos Scout and his parents, Webelos den leader, Scoutmaster, denner, light switch operator.
US. flag, pack flag, Webelos den flag; bridge;
troop neckerchief;. red spotlight.
In a dimly lit room the red spotlight is on the
bridge, which is centered between the U.S. and pack flags. Assembled on stage,
to the left of the bridge, are the parents and Webelos den leader; on the
opposite end of the bridge is the Scoutmaster.
Cubmaster: Tonight we mark a great occasion, the
graduation of Webelos Scout [name] from our pack. We are sad to see him leave
because he has been a great help to our pack, but we are happy for him because
he is going on to the great adventure of Boy Scouting. He has worked hard for
this night and has advanced well. Please escort Webelos Scout [name] to the
(The graduate, who has been standing on the
opposite side of the room, is escorted to the front by the denner from the
Webelos den, who carries the Webelos den flag. They stop at the front, The
graduating Webelos Scout salutes and joins his den leader on stage. The denner
returns to his place.)
Cubmaster: (Recaps information such as date boy
joined pack, ranks he has earned, awards he received, date he joined Webelos
Webelos Leader: (Recaps activities in Webelos
den, activity badges he has earned.) Webelos Scout [name], it is with great
pride that I now ask you for your Webelos neckerchief (After the graduate
removes his neckerchief, the leader escorts him to the end of the bridge, where
the Cubmaster is waiting.)
Cubmaster: I am pleased to see that you are
wearing the Arrow of Light (if he is), the highest award in Cub Scouting. This
is the only Cub Scout badge of rank that you will be permitted to wear on your
Boy Scout uniform. And now, you may take the final steps. (The Webelos Scout
crosses the bridge. He stops in the center, turns and salutes the Cubmaster
with the Boy Scout salute. He proceeds across the bridge and gives the
Scoutmaster the Boy Scout salute.)
Scoutmaster: [Name], we are happy to welcome you
to our troop. I can see by the Arrow of Light that you are prepared to join the
great fellowship of Boy Scouting. (If the boy does not have the Arrow of Light,
makes any appropriate welcoming speech, then a short statement on what is
expected of a Boy Scout.) Please repeat with me the Scout Oath. (The
Scoutmaster and Scout exchange salutes and a Scout handclasp.) As a token of
this important occasion, I would like to present to you. the troop neckerchief
(The Scoutmaster and parents meet in front of
[Name], welcome to our troop. I congratulate you
on the fine work that you have done with your son in Cub Scouting. You will
find new adventures with your son in our troop.
(The red light is turned off. The house lights
go on. The participants leave stage.)
When using this closing, care must be taken that
the Webelos Scouts are helped to make the transition into Boy Scouting.
Cubmaster; graduating Webelos Scouts and their
parents; color guard; all boys in the pack.
Colors; graduation certificates.
Cubmaster: Our closing this evening will be,
very special. Webelos Scouts, please stand at attention in front of your
chairs. Tonight we mark a great occasion, the graduation of Webelos Scouts from
our pack. We are sad to see them leave because they have been a great credit to
our pack, but we are happy for them because they are going on to the great
adventure of Boy Scouting. They have worked hard for this night and have
advanced well. We hope you won't forget us; for as leaders, we will not forget
any of you great Webelos Scouts. As you continue in Boy Scouting, we ask you
not to forget the fun you have had and the many things you have learned as Cub
Scouts. We also invite you to return to Pack [number] in the near future as den
The color guard will please form in the center
of the room. All Cub Scouts and parents, relatives and guests, please join the
As your name is called, you and your parents
will please walk through the Cub Scout ranks and through the color guard to
receive your graduation certificates.
(With ceremony, presents each boy and his
parents with his graduation certificate.)
Cubmaster: Graduating Webelos Scouts, please
pass by your friends as you leave tonight and tell them good-bye.
Akela to Scoutmaster
Akela (Cubmaster), Webelos den leader,
Scoutmaster, Webelos den chief, denner, patrol leader, graduating Webelos Scout
and his parents, tom-tom beater, light switch operator, curtain opener.
Artificial campfire, tom-tom, Indian costume for
The lights dim, the curtain opens, and we see
Akela standing behind an artificial campfire in the center of the stage. Akela
raises his hand in a gesture of friendship. There is the steady, slow beat of a
tom-tom in the background. The graduating Webelos Scout, escorted by his denner
and Webelos den chief, enters from the back of the room.
They are followed by the patrol leader, who
singles out the parents of the graduating Webelos Scout from the audience and
escorts them to the stage. As all reach the stage, Akela lowers his arm, the
tom-tom beat rises in crescendo, then falls silent.
Akela: Tonight we are assembled to honor a
Webelos Scout and his parents. They have brought honor to our pack as they have
climbed the Cub Scout trail together. This Webelos Scout is now ready to go
into the great brotherhood of Boy Scouting. With help from his parents he will
soon start up the Boy Scouting trail. Is there anyone who will speak for this
Webelos Scout and his parents?
Webelos Den Leader: Mighty Akela, [Webelos
Scout's name] has been a faithful and loyal member of the Webelos den. He and
his parents have contributed greatly to our program. [Denner's name], our
denner, will speak on behalf of the Webelos den.
Denner: [Webelos Scout's name], the boys of the Webelos den will miss you. But now that you are completing your Cub Scouting,
we are happy to see you graduating into the Boy Scout troop. Before long, we
too will all be Boy Scouts, maybe even in the same patrol.
Akela: Thank you [denner's name]. Now will
Scoutmaster [name] please come forward.
(The Scoutmaster comes to the stage from the
audience and gives Akela the Scout salute. Akela returns the Cub Scout salute.)
[Scoutmaster's name], as Cubmaster of this pack, I am happy to present Webelos
Scout [name] and his parents. You have already met him, but now he is ready to
become a member of your troop.
Scoutmaster: [Webelos scout's name], I welcome
you and your parents into the brotherhood of Scouting. You have expressed a
desire to join the [name] Patrol. May I present to you the patrol leader of
Patrol Leader: (Gives Scout handclasp.) There
are already some Boy Scouts in our troop who were Webelos Scouts in your den.
They are now fine Boy Scouts. We are glad to welcome another graduate. We meet
every [day] evening at [place] at [time]. We look forward to having you with
Scoutmaster: (To parents.) [Name], we of Troop
[number] wish to congratulate you on the graduation of your son. You have done
much to keep him interested and happy in Cub Scouting. I am certain that
[Cubmaster's name] and [Webelos den leader's name] appreciate your cooperation.
At this time, [parent's name], I would like to extend the handclasp of Boy Scouting
to you with the hope that you will continue on the Scouting trail with your
son. We have a place for you as a leader or member of our troop committee. I
believe that both you and [son's name] will appreciate and enjoy the exciting
program our troop has planned for months ahead in Troop [number].
Akela: Now our ceremony will come to a close as
[Webelos Scout's name] joins the members of his den in the living circle for
the last time.
Outdoor AOL and Bridging
Akela (Cubmaster), Webelos Den Leader,
Scoutmaster and Boy Scouts, graduating Webelos Scouts and their parents,
Scout assembled field bridge, tom-toms, candles
for each boy, AOL candleholder, campfire, wooden target arrows.
We do our bridging at our spring campout. With
the Boy Scouts supervising the construction of a bridge from lodge poles and
rope. Cub Scout flags at one end and Boy Scout flags, Boy Scouts, and
Scoutmaster (and other troop leaders) at the other end. First we cross boys who
do not attain the AOL, one at a time.
Webelos Den Leader: Would [Cub Scout name] Scout
please approach and cross the bridge (On the Boy Scout side the Boy scouts will
present the boys with their new Boy Scout neckerchiefs. Then send the boys back
one by one to bring their parents across.)
(then we call the names of the Webelos who are
to receive the AOL.)
Webelos Den Leader: Would the following Cub
Scouts [say Cub Scout names] who have achieved the Arrow Of Light please
approach and cross the bridge. (As they start to cross) Stop! You have further
accomplishments. (drum beat)There will be silence, please! (pause) The drum of
the great leader Akela calls all to recognize those Cub Scouts who have
achieved the greatest of all cub scout honors. These scouts have honored Akela
and their parents and families. The road to the Arrow of Light is not an easy one and this accomplishment is
not to be taken lightly. These scouts have shown their courage to continue and
see a task through to the end. In this end there is a new beginning. The
beginning of new leadership for tomorrow. We gather here tonight to honor these
scouts and we are humbled by their accomplishment. They show us that by
following the proper trail and facing the challenges it presents us, we can all
reach our destination.
Webelos Den Leader: Would the parents of the
[scouts' names] join them before the council of Akela.
Webelos Den Leader: Akela, tell us of the trail
these scouts followed to achieve the Arrow Of Light."
Akela: (recites AOL requirements and explains
significance of their accomplishment, then presents each boy with a candle.)
Webelos Scouts, please light your candles.
scouts light candles and place them on Arrow of light sign we have placed
between the Cub Scout flags.)
Akela: Scouts please face the campfire. Bearer
of the arrow, present arrows. (WDL comes forward with arrows, one for each boy,
we use wooden target arrows with a small piece of flash paper from local magic
shop, wrapped around tip)
(Stopping at each compass point around the fire holding
arrows forward toward the point then toward the
spectators, then the receiving boys. present an arrow to
Webelos Den Leader: These arrows symbolize the
straight path one must follow. The light symbolizes the enlightenment of
knowledge and for doing right for others. (tell all boys to hold arrow next to
the feathers and one at a time place the tip of the arrow into the flame of
their candle.) Akela will now present the Arrow Of Light to the Scouts. (and
pins to mothers) Would the Scouts follow Akela for their secret ceremony. (out
of sight of the others we explain to the significance of the AOL award, and
that it is the only Cub Scout award that can be proudly worn on a boy scout
uniform. The scouts return to the camp fire.)
Akela: Scouts please escort your parents to the
bridge but cross the bridge alone. Parents will wait on this side.
(On the Boy Scout side the Boy scouts will present the
boys with their new Boy Scout neckerchiefs. Then send
the boys back one by one to bring their parents across.
All new Boy Scouts assemble before the crowd.)
Scoutmaster: I would like to personally welcome
all of these fine BOY SCOUTS and their families to Troop [number]. Would all of
you please join me in welcoming them?
(loud Scout cheer!)
Setting: Special Pack meeting with all cubs
& families in attendance
Ceremony led by: Cubmaster & Assistants,
Receiving Troop Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, & Boy Scouts
Props: Tom-tom playing in background Candles for
Arrow of Light Accent lighting for Cub Scout & Boy Scout areas
Bridge device for boys to cross from Pack
leaders to Troop Leaders
CUBMASTER: Please join me to congratulate,
________boy's name?____. He has proven to all that he desires pure thought and
strong spirit. I am proud of you. You,
who have completed all requirements of Cub Scouting, can now see beyond the
summit of Cub Scouting. You now see the start of a new trail. This trail will be a pathway that leads to
the realm of our brothers in the sky, the Eagles.
As you begin this journey, we must remove the
symbols of Cub Scouting.
As you begin this journey, You must remember the
meaning of the seven rays on you Arrow of Light award.
The candles that were lit to show your spirit
will now be extinguished as you cross the bridge to start your new journey in
Boy Scouting. You must work to rekindle the flame, to shine the light, to gain
the strength of our brothers in the sky, the Eagles.
The scout is held with the CM as assistant CM
extinguishes each of the 7 candles, reciting:
Remember the Light of Wisdom: Wisdom does not
just mean superior knowledge. Wisdom means putting your knowledge to the right
Remember the Light of Courage: Courage is not
the quality that enables men to meet danger without fear, it is the ability to
meet danger in spite of our fears.
Remember the Light of Self-Control: You have
learned to limit yourself in many ways: eating, talking, and working.
Remember the Light of Justice: Justice is the practice
of dealing fairly with others without prejudice, or disregard for a person due
race, color or creed.
Remember the Light of Faith: Your faith is your
conviction against those who tell you it's not true. As one insightful lad
said: faith is when you turn on the light switch believing the light will come
Remember the Light of Hope: Hope means to expect
good things with confidence. Always hope for better things to come. A man
without hope is of little good to his neighbors or himself.
Remember the Light of Love: Love of family, love
of home, love of fellowman, love of God, love of country. Each love will be
important for you to achieve a full life.
So, remember these seven rays of light. For now
the place is dark, and you are being led across the bridge to Boy Scouting. You
have reached the pinnacle of the summit of success in Cub Scouting, and we pray
that you will reach the pinnacle of the summit of success in Boy Scouting, to
join the brothers who are Eagles.
<Boy is ushered to cross bridge. Boy is
received by Troop Scoutmaster>>
_________<boy's name>__________, As
Scoutmaster for Troop ______, I am pleased to receive you as you cross the
bridge to Boy Scouting. Your achievements
in Cub Scouting are well-known to us.
To tie the token of Membership, I introduce
___________, our Troop Senior Patrol Leader, to award our Troop neckerchief
To guide your path in Boy Scouting, I introduce
__________, our Troop Guide, to award your new Handbook for Boy Scouting.
To give fellowship in our Troop, I introduce
__________, __________, our Scouts who represent each level of Boy Scouting who
will share their experiences, and lead you to new skills and challenges.
On behalf of Troop ________, we welcome you to
Boy Scouting. May your trail not be
broken until you too, reach the realm of the Eagle. As your scoutmaster, I will challenge you to soar to great
heights and continue to reach the highest award that a Boy Scout can achieve.
BENEDICTION: <after all boys received>
Senior Patrol Leader:
Let us bow our heads together.
We now call upon the Great Spirit, Akela, for
his blessing on all of these young men and everyone who has gathered in council
tonight. May these young Scouts always
strive to obtain the noblest and highest ideals in their lives. Let strength be
their guide. Cause them to follow a straight trail and to never be a reason for
others to waiver from the true path. Protect us for many moons to come. May the
Great Master of all Scouts be with us until we meet again.
This ceremony may be done alone or in
conjunction with the arrow of light ceremony.
Unmarked lines are in both versions. Lines
preceded by * are in the stand alone version. Lines preceded by $ are in the
version with the arrow of light. When
used in conjunction with the arrow of light, omit the last line from the arrow
of light ceremony.
*(Nutiket enters with drum followed by Meteu.)
*Meteu: Brother Nutiket, why have we been called
*Nutiket: Because some of these Webelos have
advanced in their pack.
*Meteu: Then we shall call forth Allowat Sakima
the mighty chief.
*(Nutiket beats drum three times. Allowat enters
to beating drum.)
*Allowat: Brother Meteu, why have you called me
out here tonight.
*Meteu: Because some of these Webelos have
finished their cub scouting life and are now *progressing to Boy Scouts.
Allowat: Brother Meteu, have we finished the
business for which we have gathered.
Meteu: No, some of these Webelos have finished
their cub scouting life and are now progressing to Boy Scouts.
Nutiket: Will all the parents and those Webelos
not entering Boy Scouts please take their seats.
Allowat: Have they been told the story of
(insert story name).
Meteu: No they have not.
Allowat: Then I as chief shall tell it to them.
Meteu: Would the Cubmaster who presents these
Webelos please stand at the right side of the bridge. (if no bridge is present,
from a bridge with two lines of scouts) Would the Scoutmaster who receives
these new Boy Scouts please stand at the left side of the bridge.
Nutiket: Please raise your right hand to the
scout sign and repeat, after Allowat Sakima, the Scout Oath and Law.
(Allowat says the Scout Oath and Law, pausing
for the Webelos to repeat after him)
Allowat: You will now follow Nutiket as he leads
you across the bridge into Boy Scouting.
(Nutiket leads Webelos across)
Nutiket: We now conclude our ceremony and leave
you to meet you new Scoutmaster.
(All exit to drum beat.)
Scout Graduation and Crossover Ceremonies
Cub Scout Ceremonies are from the Scouts-L mailing list. There are many fine
ideas here to help make your pack's ceremony special for yourCubs.
One of our discussion prior was on 'When boys
move to next level'. I'm putting together the final preparations of our
graduation ceremony now, so I thought I'd share it with you.
First of all, other than the Webelos Crossing
Over Ceremony, which is held in March, we keep boys in their respective
dens/tiger cub groups until June 1 (irregardless of what Council/national does
with our membership roster). We started this tradition last year and have found
the boys are in exciting anticipation for this years event. We have TWO
graduation campfires. One which addresses, graduation from Tigers/Wolfs to the
next level, and the other for
Bears/Webelos-1 to their next level!
We've reserved one of our local Day Camps for
the setting. It's a VERY NICE camp, with a gathering area, and a long trail
with a long suspension bridge over a creak that leads to a meadow 'Campfire'
area. Our campfire is as follows:
1. Gathering of all boys in the upper area --
I'll lead two songs to get them in the spirit, "If you're Happy and you
know it - clap your hands" and "Swiss Boy" (This is a favorite
and we only do it at his campfire.)
2. After the songs, I give a brief instruction
that we're about to be called into the campfire area. We will proceed in line,
boys first, parents follow. They should maintain quiet and observe the
surrounding nature as we approach the campfire bowl.
3. I signal my Assistant CM, who blows an Elk
Horn. This is in return, answered by another Elk horn, blown from the Meadow.
And in the distance we hear the tom-tom begin beating.
4. I lead the boys down the path, across the
bridge, down the trail into the campfire bowl, where we wait until everyone has
5. I stand with the fire between me and the boys
and declare that because last years campfire was so special and meaningful,
I've saved the ashes to spread on this years fire. I entice the boys to help me
light the fire with their Scout Spirit as I spread the ashes on the fire.
[Actually the ashes are 'Granular Chlorine, being spread into a container of
Pine-Sol. The result being lots of white smoke and a flame flair, which will
start the fire. It is very impressive if done correctly and with spirit.]
6. After the fire has started we do an action
song. Something along the line of Zulu Chief, or "Robert Baden Powell-Had
7. Cheer -- From our 'Cheer Box'
8. Skit -- This year's skit will be presented by
a group of Boy Scouts whom have graduated from our Pack.
9. Action Song -- Malo.
10. Cheer -- From our 'Cheer Box'
11. Story -- The story this year is about 'Scout
Spirit' I use a large gallon jar, filled 3/4 with fine dirt, and a ping pong
ball. When I turn it upside down the ping pong ball is on the bottom. The ping
pong ball is a Scout. As I talk about the virtues of Scouting I slightly Shake
the jar. Within a few shakes (about one minute of talking) the ping pong ball appears
at the top of jar having overcome the great weight of the dirt. The moral of
the story focuses on that the virtues of Scouting overcomes all that is dumped
12. Award ceremony -- This is the first year
we've included major award presentations (i.e. Wolf, Bear, Webelos, etc.) and
that is because we lost the school for our last pack meeting.
13. Graduation Ceremony. Each group is called up
around the fire - They are congratulated for being a part of Scouting and for
continuing along Akela's trail. The Tiger Ceremony is really beefed up to
include presentation of certificate, pin, patch and segment, then the
presentation of their Wolf Scarf and book. The Wolf, Bear ceremony includes
removal of the old scarf and presentation of the new, along with the book.
Webelos-1 to Webelos-2 includes the presentation of a new Slide. It's one of
those Safety Pin Indian Bonnet's made by one of our mothers (very nice).
14. After the Graduation Ceremony, we sing 'Mm
Mm I want to linger"
15. I call all boys to circle the campfire in a
friendship circle, with parents standing behind the boys. Standing in the
middle I offer up the following closing remarks:
Wood smoke at eventide smoothes the soul and
makes an easy ladder for a prayer. May the smoke of this fire carry your
thoughts Heavenward and make your hearts strong for good scouting.
16. We than close the campfire with singing 'Cub
Scout Vespers'. After the first verse, we break the friendship circle and my
Assistant CM leads the boys back up the trail, over the bridge to the upper
camp area. As they are leaving the campfire area we hum the 'Cup Scout vespers
This graduation leaves a very momentous reminder
in the minds of the boys! Many of the boys who've graduated recall the
graduation campfire as one of those times they liked about Cub Scouting.
Hope your campfires are as memorable.
* Gathering Activity - Swiss Boy Song / If
You're happy Song / Robert Baden-Powell Song
* Procession to Campfire - Blowing the Horn /
* Opening - and fire lighting
* Greetings - introduction
* YELL -- Boom Chica Boom
* SONG - Grand Ol' Duke of York
* SKITS (a rapid assortment of run-on's and
skits....moving very quickly)
* SONG - Alice The Camel
* Ping Pong Ball Story
* Advancement Ceremony - Four Arrow Ceremony
* Graduation (all boys circle around the campfire in a friendship circle, with
parents behind them)
* Song - "Mm, Mm I want to Linger"
* Cubmaster minute
* SONG - 'Boy Scout Vespers' in living
* SONG - 'Cub Scout Vespers' in living Circle
* Procession out of Campfire area humming the
tune for Vespers!
Cub Scouts of Pack 383 -- We are gathered here
for our graduation campfire. This is a special occasion, a special tradition
which has special memories! "At the first camp, on Brownsea Island,
Baden-Powell and the boys were winding down at the last campfire. Baden-Powell
during the campfire told the boys that a campfire was a special time of
fellowship, spirituality, and good fun. He told the boys that he wouldn't be
around forever, and that to keep the spirit of this time alive, he invited them
to take some of the campfire ashes, when they cooled, and to spread them on all
the future campfires they would be at. This way the spirit of the first
scout camp would live on forever."
To help start our campfire this evening I've
brought with me ashes from last years campfire! These ashes contain the
memories of that campfire and the fun we had. By adding them to our campfire
this year we will build new memories of our campfire this year! I ask that all
scouts take a few moments to think of the good times you've had in Cub
[Have a moment of silence to let the boys
I need your help in starting the campfire! Yell
after me everything I say!
[Hold the bag of ashes up and face each of the
directions (N, E, S, W) and yell out the following to add mystery to the fire
(Face to the North)
To the North we call
Thy Hunger must be Fed
(Face to the East)
To the East we call
Forget us not
(Face to the South)
To the South we call
As the year grows old
Keep us from the cold
(Face to the West
To the West we call
In the darkness of the night
Be our shining light
[Pour the ashes over the campfire. Using one of
the many 'magic campfire' starts ignite the campfire! As it may take a few
seconds for the fire to ignite, I will have the boys chant 'Cub Scouts' loudly
saying it is the Spirit of Scouting that lights our fire.]
I now declare the camp fire open!
Since most Packs and Troops are getting ready
for Bridging Ceremonies, I thought I would share a program we found to work
very nicely. We performed this before sundown by a pond that has a bridge
leading over to an island.
First the Cubmaster, graduating Webelos and
family members go onto the ponds island. A section of the island trail is used
to setup the stations with the Mileposts.
The Cub Scout Milepost and Boy Scout Bridging
Ceremony Personnel: Cubmaster, New Scout and his Parents, Senior Patrol Leader,
Scoutmaster and Troop.
Equipment: red loops, neckerchief & slide ,
table, lanterns, candles, mileposts to hang Cub Rank Signs Mileposts
Cubmaster: (addressing audience): Cub Scouting
is the younger boy part of the great Scouting movement. In the final months of
his Cub Scouting experience, a boy learns the requirements for the Scout badge.
He decides what troop he will join and with his parents arranges for his
entrance into Scouting on his 11th birthday. tonight our pack has the privilege
of bringing another group of Webelos Scouts to this milepost.
Cubmaster: We are now going to relive the Cub
Scout experiences of our boys who are ready to cross over the bridge into Boy
Scouting. You started your Cub Scout careers as Bobcats. You were at least 8
years of age, or had completed the second grade. You had to learn the Cub Scout
Promise, the Law of the Pack, the handshake, and the salute. So you started
your journey on the Bobcat trail. You looked ahead and saw that the trail went
through a comparatively level "Wolf Valley." (Boys and parents lead
to Wolf Card".)
Cubmaster: As you went through "Wolf
Valley," you worked on your physical and mental skills until you had passed
12 achievements. You passed these achievements with your parents or at your den
meetings. You were growing; you mastered "Wolf Valley." Raise your
heads and look where the trail leads now--up and up. Your next goal was
"Bear Mountain." (Boys and parents are lead to Bear Card".)
Cubmaster: As you progressed up the trail toward
Bear Mountain, you found the achievements a little more difficult because you
were growing both physically and mentally and more was expected of you. You
passed your 12 required achievements and were encouraged to work on electives,
both Wolf and Bear. A year passed and you reached the top of Bear Mountain, and
could now see ahead of you the Lodge of the Webelos. Your guides on the trail
now changed and fathers became the leaders who worked with you. (Boys and
parents are lead to "Webelos /Arrow of Light Card" .)
Cubmaster: You were a member of the Webelos den.
Now it was strictly between you and your leaders whether you wanted to work for
the Arrow of Light Award or just wanted to be a member. You remained a Webelos
Scout until you reached the age of 11, when you became eligible to join a Boy Scout
troop. You've worked hard in the Webelos den and are now ready to take your
next step on the Scouting trail by crossing over the bridge to further
adventure. (At this Point they have completed the Milestones and are at the
foot of the Bridge.)
Cubmaster: Our accomplishments are never made
without help. And significant in __________________'s (graduate's name) growth
has been the help he has received from his parents. I thank you for the help
you have given your son and your cooperation with his den and pack leaders. Of
course, we shall miss you as you move on into Scouting, but we are honored to
present Troop 759 with such an outstanding family. All of us wish you continued
success as you climb the Scouting trail.
Senior Patrol Leader: Greets the New Scout and
his family. Presents candle to Scout and escorts him & his family across
the bridge. Scout Places candle on Bridging ceremony table.
Scoutmaster: __________________________ (Scouts
name), it is a privilege to welcome you and your family into Troop 759.
Scouting will offer you the fun of outdoor activities, the challenge of
leadership, and the chance to build self confidence through skills that will
last you a lifetime.
Scout Master : Gives Troop #s and Red Loops to
each Scout Family .
Senior Patrol Leader: Red Loops signify you are
a Boy Scout and when they are worn upon your shoulders you are promising to
follow the Scout Law. Would the parents please remove the Cub Scout Loops and
put on Boy Scout Loops.
Scout Master : Gives Troop Neckerchief and slide
to each Scout Family .
Senior Patrol Leader: Would the parents please
remove the Cub Scout Neckerchief and put on the Troop Neckerchief. The
neckerchief has many uses as you will learn. There's one use, though, that you
may not think of and that is to remind you of the Scout Oath. The neckerchief
is a triangle, and its three corners should remind you of something you
recently learned--our Scout Oath. The Oath, you remember, has three corners,
too--duty to God and country, duty to others, and duty to self. From now on,
every time you put on your neckerchief it should remind you of the things you
pledge each time you repeat the Scout Oath.
Scout Master & Senior Patrol Leader : Scout
Salute and Handshake with the New Scout. Repeat this for each Scout that is
The New Scouts are greeted by the members of the
Troop as they complete the bridging ceremony.
(A small picnic style buffet is provided by the
mothers of the bridging Webelos).
The Scout Benediction Have all stand, form a
circle, join hands (right over left), bow their heads, and repeat together:
"May the Great Master of all Scouts be with us until we meet again."
Then the Scouts leave the area quietly.
As a cub master, and latter a Webelos den
leader, and father or 2 scouts, my favorite Webelos ceremonies were simple. It
was a ceremony where you have a large arrow, made from wood, like a 2x4, with
seven candles. With a little more skill you could make it look more like the
real ARROW of light, and add the arch/sun. You start in a almost dark room with
ONLY the spirit candle burning, and read the explanation of the arrow of light,
and the meaning of each of the seven rays.
I then would present an arrow to each Webelos,
with a attached feather that would have his name, and the date of the ceremony.
The badge would go to his mom, to present to the scout, and the card to his
dad, to present to the scout.
I recently saw an electric version of the arrow,
with electric candles that we lit by some remote "magic".
I might add that you may be able to get some
help from you local Order of the Arrow chapter to help present the arrows. It
adds a nice touch to have the arrows presented by a scout in Indian dress. Our chapter
used to have a ceremony all prepared.
We had a cross-over ceremony at our pack meeting
on Monday night, and seven Webelos crossed over to two different troops (I got
five in mine, thank Heavens--I'm now up to 12 scouts).
We used an outer space theme this time. I have a
Captain Picard suit I wear at Halloween, and a working toy ray gun. We started
out by dimming the lights and playing over the speaker system at full volume
Strauss' "Thus Spake Zarathustra," more familiarly known as the theme
from "200l: A Space Odyssey."
I came out and tried to light the
"campfire" but had no matches. "Great Denibian slime devils, I'm
out of matches!" I bellowed in my most stentorian starship commander's voice.
"I'll have to speak to Riker about this immediately!" But I solve the
problem by lighting the campfire with a blast from my ray gun (my ASM turned
the dimmer switch up to full slowly). Then I leisurely warmed my hands, and
turned around and warmed my posterior (giggles here, as intended).
Then I turned to the WDL, and said,
"Commander Keith, I understand you have seven graduates from the star fleet
academy who are ready to join the crews of starships 113 and 1515. Bring them
up here immediately!"
Anyway, you get the idea. Bring the boys up,
congratulate them on their accomplishments, wish them well in boy scouting, and
then cross them over the bridge, where they are received by a representative
from their new troops. We also give them boy scout neckerchiefs; my troop has a custom-made one we give each new
Another thing we do--I have each boy sign our
cross-over bridge with an indelible magic marker before they actually cross
over. Who knows? We may have a president's signature on there someday.
At the end, we played the theme from "Star
Wars", also LOUD. Very inspiring.
This is a fun ceremony and seemed to work well.
The boys really liked it--didn't want me to turn off "Star Wars," so
we played it as a finale when they were leaving the pack meeting.
Each of the seven boys also received his Arrow
of Light in a separate ceremony earlier in the meeting. On a personal note, one
of the seven was a kid I've known since moments after his birth--my son Walker.
This is the first of what I hope will be many times his accomplishments
outshine my own. Needless to say, I'm beaming
American Theme Graduation Ceremony
White Eagle Crossover Ceremony
Akela, Scoutmaster, SPL, White Eagle, tom-tom
drummer, candidates and Boy Scouts (one for each crossover candidate)
Council fire (simulated or real), Crossover
bridge or arch, Indian costume, tom-tom, peace pipe, and twig for each
[The lights are turned down, if indoors.]
AKELA: [ Akela calls for the Council fire to
"GREAT SPIRIT LIGHT OUR FIRE"
[The council fire is lit.]
[Akela signals for the drums to be gin... Waves
staff in direction of drummer]
White Eagle Enters Ceremonial area. He cradles a
peace pipe in his arms. He slowly walks to the center, facing North lifts the
peace pipe to the sky, and says in a loud voice:
"To live and help live".
He turns to the East lifting the peace pipe to
the sky, and says in a loud voice:
"To live and help live".
He turns to the West lifting the peace pipe to
the sky., and says in a loud voice:
"To live and help live".
He turns to the South lifting the peace pipe to
the sky, and says in a loud voice:
"To live and help live".
[ He moves to the back of the Ceremonial area to
observe the bridge crossing.
When WHITE EAGLE stops, the tom-tom stops. ]
AKELA: Will the following crossover candidates
come forward and stand before the council fire;
AKELA: You have climbed the Cub Scouting trail,
completing ever more difficult achievements. These ceremonies mark the
completion of your Cub Scouting adventures. Now as you travel to the land of
Boy Scouting, place your twig on the fire, symbolizing your desire to help, as
you have been helped.
[ Candidates place twigs on the fire ]
It is now time for you to cross the bridge (or
walk under the arch). Before you begin your journey, please remove your
neckerchief. You will give it to me before you embark onto the bridge.
[Candidates remove neckerchief]
Will each of you please step onto the bridge and
begin your crossover.
[ As the candidates pass before Akela, they give
him their neckerchief, and he shakes their hand with the Cub Scout handshake
for the last time. ]
[ The Candidates cross the bridge. When they
reach the Boy Scout side, the Scoutmaster and SPL shake their hands with the
Boy Scout handshake. Each Boy Scout takes one of the Cubs and stands with him.
As Senior Patrol Leader of Troop ###, I welcome you to our troop.