Webelos Badge Advancement Ceremonies
A number of Webelos Badge Advancement Ceremonies are presented
Each boy receiving the WB is given "warrior marks",
i.e., 2 stripes of EASILY WASHABLE paint on each cheek. When
our pack did it, we used the colors blue and yellow (gold). The
colors should be in the same order on both cheeks.
The cubmaster is dressed as a king (Arthur, maybe) and "knights"
each boy receiving the WB.
Those ideas can also be used for ANY Cub rank advancement.
The den(s) gather at stage right. Across the front of the room
are standard issue poster pictures of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and
Webelos badges (large enough to be seen). Each was attached to
a pole in a flag stand about five feet from the ground. Below
the poster an arm made from plastic plumbing extended out with
an elbow up to hold a candle (all painted in blue and gold of
course). At stage left was a large rectangular shape shrouded
by a gold colored cloth. A flood light was situated below on
the floor pointing up. Cubmaster has a single lighted candle
with a paper wax catcher.
Lights dim. Cubmaster standing by Bobcat asks Cubs to advance
and circle around. Cubmaster announces that he as Akela was proud
when each joined the Pack and became a Bobcat - light Bobcat candle.
Cubmaster passes candle to their old Wolf Den Leader, who asks
them to follow and form a circle in front of the Wolf Poster.
Tells them how proud they have made their parents when they
became Wolves and lights candle.
Wolf Den Leader passes candle to Bear Den Leader, who asks them
to follow and form a circle in front of the Bear Poster. Tells
them how much they grew and how they should be proud of their
accomplishments in becoming Bears and lights candle.
Bear Den Leader passes candle to Webelos Leader, who asks them
to follow and form a circle in front of the Webelos Poster. He
explains to all what they have done and asks parents to come forward
and stand behind sons. Patch is presented to parents to pin on
uniform upside down until a good turn is accomplished.
Wait until all presentations have been finished. Parents may
be seated, Scouts remain. All lights are extinguished except
Deep voice from behind the shrouded emblem. "Scouts, I am
the spirit of Akela and I congratulate you on having earned your
Webelos Badges. Please turn and face this direction." All
turn - hopefully :).
"You have accepted many challenges and proven yourselves,
now will you accept another challenge - the challenge of earning
the Arrow of Light?"
At this point the shroud is withdrawn and the floodlight switched
on illuminating a large golden arrow of light against a blue background
(they used gold glitter to improve on light reflection).
"If you will accept this challenge, please give the Cub Scout
Sign and repeat after me: I will do my best ----- to learn ----
to accept responsibility ---- and to fulfill ----- the requirements
----- for the Arrow of Light."
Lights on - Scouts Seated.
(Story Rock, by Rick Clements)
- Akela (Cubmaster)
- Baloo (Asst. Cubmaster)
Akela: Long ago, a group of braves from a tribe went out hunting.
One brave sat on a rock to rest.
- Mountain scene with broken bridge
- Badges (with tape affixed to the card the badge is on)
Baloo: He heard a voice speak to him.
Akela: The brave jumped up, trying to figure where the voice
was coming from.
Baloo: It was the rock. The rock told him a story about when
Camelback, Four Peaks, and the Superstition Mountains walked the
earth. They were a family like people have families today.
Akela: For many days the brave listened to the stories from
the rock. The other braves wondered why he was catching so little
and followed him one day.
Baloo: The other braves heard the rocks stories too. It told
them that the bridge of the gods once was a rock bridge over the
Salt River. But, the tribes began to fight. Camelback mountain
was so mad, it threw rocks at the bridge and broke it. This left
the two tribes on opposite sides of the river with no way to fight
each other. The rock told them to tell this story to their children,
so it would not be forgotten.
Akela: The Webelos we are honoring tonight and the Webelos
we honored previously are now the oldest boys in our pack. It
is their job to tell the stories of our pack to the younger boys.
They can tell them about the (list activities) (i.e. pinewood
derby, the hikes, Day Camp) and the many other activities they
have enjoyed. Baloo, please call up the boys we are honoring
Baloo: Will (names) please come forward with their parents?
Baloo: To earn the Webelos badge each scout must earn the Webelos
fitness activity pin and two others. These scouts have learned
about Boy Scouting and respect for God.
(Hand badge to the parents.)
Akela: Parents, would you please present to your son his Webelos
down, with the tape. Once he performs a good deed, it may be
permanently attached right side up. The pin is worn by the parents
as an indication that Cub Scouting will always be a family activity.
Baloo: Since you boys are the youth leaders of our Pack, I
want to leave you with a challenge. Over this next year, help
me find ways to make the Pack even more fun. Will the Pack join
me in the Cub Scout cheer? After I say Cub, you reply Scout.
We rent a couple of Native American costumes complete with war bonnets.
The Cubmaster and Webelos Den Leader Coach dress up. We lower
the lights and the Webelos Den Leader Coach holds up a single
candle and does the "Scouting Spirit" introduction.
He announces to Akela, Chief of the Webelos Tribe, that some young
braves have satisfied their requirements and are ready to be recognized.
The Webelos den leaders for the boys and their den chiefs serve
as an honor guard. All of the Pack den leaders form a corridor
of light with candles (light from the single candle on stage).
The rest of the unit leadership serves as our background (Native American
One of the honor guard (in front of procession) carries and beats
a large tom-tom drum (slow rhythm); another (at the rear of the
procession) rings some slay bells in between each beat of the
drum. If possible, we get a member of the local Order of Arrow
to dress in full regalia and carry our wooden Arrow of Light symbol
in front of the procession.
Once we get the boys (and parents) to the stage, the webelos den
leaders lead the boys in "repeating after me" the stanzas
of the Boy Scout Promise. Akela presents them with their patch.
He explains the symbolism of the flu-de-lee design and that this
one Cub Scout patch is not turned upside down. Parents pin it
on. Then Akela charges them with the challenge of earning the
Arrow of Light.
At the end, we have the OA do a celebration dance and the audience