Cub Scout and Boy Scout Ceremonies

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Akela's Arrows Advancement

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Preparation:Two leaders - Akela and Baloo - probably Cubmaster and Advancement Chair.
Notes:This ceremony is good for a pack meeting where you are trying to catch any advancements that were not completed with the rest of each den or were not available to be recognized.
It recognizes one or more boys at Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos ranks.
Script:Baloo: Long ago, Akela had to pass a test to prove himself worthy of becoming chief. All the braves of the tribe were given four arrows each. These were special arrows, once they had been used they would shatter. Each brave promised to only eat food they had caught themselves. The brave who stayed out the longest would become chief.

Akela: I walked far from camp and stopped at the side of a clearing. I waited all night for a deer to come by. I took careful aim and shot. It provide me with food for many days. It's hide provided me with clothing.

Baloo: This showed that Akela had learned the basic skills he needed. It also showed the virtue of patience. The rank of Bobcat indicates the Cub Scout has learned basic cub scout skills.
I would like the following boys that have earned their Bobcat Badge to come up and join us by the campfire. Your parents will join you later.
(announce names and wait until they have all arrived)

Akela: I walked along the trail near the stream. There, I came upon a friend laying in the trail. He had used up all his arrows and was starving. I saw a bobcat in a nearby tree. I wanted to save my arrows for bigger game, but my friend was starving. So, I shot the bobcat and cooked it for my friend.

Baloo: This act of caring showed Akela had learned the value of friendship and that he was unselfish. The Wolf badge indicates the Cub Scout has learned new things as he travels the trail of Scouting. These new Wolf scouts should be come up to the campfire.
(read names and wait for them)

Akela: As I followed the trail by the stream, I came face to face with a huge wolf. It growled and started running toward me. I strung my bow, took careful aim and, when he was near, I shot and killed him. He provided me with food for many more days. His warm coat provided me with shelter from the cold nights.

Baloo: Staying calm and having steady aim showed that Akela is brave. This is also why the Pack honors the Cub Scouts at the next level of accomplishment with the Bear badge.
I would like these new Bears to join us now.
(read names)

Akela: The meat from the wolf lasted for many days, but soon I had to continue on to search of more food. I came upon a bear that had just killed a dear. The bear saw me and ran off. I was hungry, but I had promised to only eat food I had killed, so I continued on.

Baloo: By remembering his promise and being honest, Akela demonstrated that he is trustworthy. To earn the Webelos badge, the Cub Scout must learn the Boy Scout law which includes being Trustworthy.
These Webelos should join us now.
(read names)

Akela: I was now many days from camp. I needed food to give me the strength to make it home or I would die. So, I tracked the bear I had seen before. I took my last arrow, took careful aim, shot, and missed. I was scared because I had no food or arrows. As I turned and started back to camp, I prayed to the great spirit for strength and guidance. Suddenly, I saw the arrow; it was still whole. I followed the bear's trail again. I took aim and shot him. I now had enough food to return home.

Baloo: Akela learned that sometimes even the strongest, bravest, most skilled scouts need to ask for help. We all need help sometimes, even these cub scouts that have just advanced. Their parents provide that help. So, will the parents please come up and stand behind their sons.
(wait for all to arrive)

Baloo: Pack, please stand. Join me in congratulating these fine scouts! (Applause)

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American Symbols

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:A slideshow may be used: statue of libery, american flag, declaration of independence, liberty bell, log cabin, Uncle Sam, eagle
Notes:this ceremony can be used for all cub scout rank advancements.
Script:As Americans, we are fortunate to have many historic symbols that represent freedom. Tonight I would like to tell you a little about some of these symbols as we honor scouts advancing along the Cub Scout Trail.

The Statue of Liberty towers 305 feet above Liberty Island in New York Harbor, welcoming people of other lands to become citizens of our country. The statue was given to the United States by France as a token of friendship. Each year, about 2 million people visit Miss Liberty. The inscription at the base of the statue was written by Emma Lazarus, and reads in part:
    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

There is a golden door to Scouting that is open to all boys. By walking through that door, a boy has an opportunity to grow in many ways and learn about citizenship, character, and physical fitness. The boys who wish to walk through that door to Scouting tonight are [list names of Bobcat candidates]. Will you and your parents please come forward. (Distribute Bobcat patches and welcome scouts. Scouts are seated.)

Our American flag is much more than the red, white, and blue cloth of which it is made. It is the symbol of America. It stands for the past, the present, and the future of our country. When we show respect for the flag, we are showing respect for all that is America, our land, our people, our way of life. When the 13 original colonies set out to become a free country more than 200 years ago, their men and women needed a rallying point, a flag.
"We will take the stars and blue union from heaven", George Washington is reported to have said, "red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes to emphasize our new independence. The white stripes shall represent liberty."
Respect for the flag is one of the requirements for the Wolf rank. Tonight we have some scouts who have completed all of these requirements. I would like the following scouts and a parent to please come forward. [list names, distribute patches, return to seats.)

The Declaration of Independence is the document that called for a free America. It was on July 4, 1776, that the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and announced the separation of the 13 colonies from England. In America, we have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people - not just for some of them, but for all people - the people to whom the Declaration of Independence refers when it says, "all men are created equal" not equally talented or equally rich, but equal under the law and under God. All Scouts have an equal opportunity to advance in rank and earn badges. The following scouts have earned arrow points as Wolf Scouts. (list names, distribute arrow points, return to seats.)

One of the most beloved of our freedom symbols is the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell was rung in 1776 to announce the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. During the British occupation of Philadelphia, the bell was hidden beneath the floor of the Zion Reformed Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Sixty years later, as the bell was rung during the funeral of Chief Justice John Marshall, it cracked. Since that time, it has been on display in or close to Independence Hall, Philadelphia, for all Americans to see. The bell is old, but the crack is plain to see, along with this inscription: "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land. .."
What Makes America Special is one of the 24 achievements from which a scout may choose to earn the Bear badge. The following scouts will receive this badge tonight. (list names, distribute patches, return to seats.)

The log cabin is a freedom symbol, not only because it represents the many colonists who helped settle this country, but because it is associated with one of the most famous Americans of all time, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln had less than 1 year of formal schooling. He taught himself by reading borrowed books. Many people do not know that Lincoln was a powerful wrestler, runner, and weight lifter. This tall, lanky man worked as a store clerk, a postmaster, a surveyor, and lawyer. Lincoln believed in freedom. His famous Gettysburg Address began: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." We would like to honor now the scouts who have earned arrow points as Bear Scouts. (list names, distribute arrow points, return to seats.)

Uncle Sam originated as a cartoon character many years ago and has become one of the best-known symbols of the United States. Imagine how many thousands of schoolboys have portrayed the part of Uncle Sam in school plays. Think of how many millions of young men have answered Uncle Sam's recruiting call, "I want you" and have helped defend the freedom of America in time of war. The following scouts have earned Webelos activity badges. (list names, distribute pins, return to seats.)

Another symbol of American freedom is the eagle, with wings outspread in protection of our birthright of freedom. The eagle has been the national bird since George Washington took the oath of office for the presidency in 1789. Many years ago, Indians climbed high mountains to reach the peaks where coveted eagle feathers could be found. Indians used these eagle feathers as badges of rank. Today Scouts work hard and long to reach the highest rank of Scouting, the Eagle.
It is never easy to reach those high peaks. It takes time, and effort, and sacrifice. But when you finally reach the top, you'll find it was worth the effort. The following scouts have reached the top rank in Cub Scouting by earning the Webelos rank. (list names, distribute patches, return to seats.)

We are proud of all our freedom symbols, and we are very proud of all the scouts who received awards tonight. They are on their way to becoming worthwhile citizens of tomorrow. As President John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

Do you scouts ever wonder what you can do for your country?
Well, if you do, I'll tell you where to start.
Whatever game you choose to play ... play fair!
Whatever you hope to be... be true!
Whatever road you choose to take... take care!
Be proud you're an American ... and that's a great way to start doing something for your country.

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Basic Flag Closing

Intended for:All Scouts
Script:(leader assembles color guard in back of room or offstage so they are ready. You may only have flag bearers, 2 or 3 scouts following, 2 in front and 2 behind, or any crisp formation depending on number of scouts in color guard.)

Leader: "Color Guard, Attention! "

Leader: "Audience, Please Rise! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March! "
(wait for color guard to reach the front)

Leader: "Color Guard, Halt! "

Leader: "Scout Salute! Please put your right hand over your heart if you are not in uniform."

Leader: "Color Guard, Retrieve the Colors! "
(wait for flag bearers to pick up their flags)

Leader: "Color Guard, Return to Ranks! "
(Scouts not carrying flags turn around so they are facing the audience. Wait for flag bearers to return to formation)
(US Flag is on the far right facing the audience, then state flag, then troop flag on far left.)

Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March! "
(wait until color guard reaches back of room)

Leader: "Color Guard, Halt! "

Leader: "TWO! "
(everyone drops salute.)

Leader: "Audience, Thank you for joining us. "

Leader: "Color Guard, Dismissed! "
(flag bearers should immediately put the flags away before starting to play with the other guys. )

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Basic Flag Opening

Intended for:All Scouts
Script:(have the scouts offstage, ready holding the flags. The US Flag is on the right, then State flag, then Troop flag on the far left.)

Leader: "Color Guard, Attention!"

Leader: "Audience, Please Rise!"

Leader: "Scout Salute! Those not in uniform, please place your right hand over your heart."
Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March!"
(wait for color guard to reach the front)

Leader: "Color Guard, Halt!"

Leader: "Color Guard, Cross the Colors!"
(State and Troop flags stop. US Flag crosses in front of other flags to left-most flag stand, then State flag advances, then Troop flag. Wait for flag bearers to move to the flag pole stands)

Leader: "Please recite the Pledge of Allegiance!"

Leader: "TWO!"
(Everyone drops salute)

Leader: "Scout Sign!"
(Everyone raises right hand making the Scout sign or Cub Scout sign)

Leader: "Please join us in reciting the [Scout Law, Scout Oath, Cub Scout Promise, Outdoor Code, ...]!"
(this is where the ceremony can be customized by the color guard. Choose what to recite. Could sing a song such as 'America the Beautiful'..)

Leader: "TWO!"
(Everyone drops Scout sign)

Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the United States of America! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the Great State of [your state name]! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of [Pack/Troop] 123! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Honor your Colors!"
(Flag bearers salute the US flag)

Leader: "Color Guard, return to ranks!"
(wait for flag bearers return to formation)

Leader: "Audience, Please be seated!"

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Bobcat - Cub Scout Promise

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:Six older scouts (preferably Webelos)
Six cards showing the parts of the Promise that each Scout will read
Script:Cubmaster: I would like these new Bobcats to please come forward with their parents - [read names]

You recently joined the Cub Scouts and our Pack, searching for fun and adventure. Along the way, you will also learn the ways of the Cub Scouts. I understand you have all learned the Law of the Pack, the Cub Scout Motto, and more. Perhaps most importantly you have learned the Cub Scout Promise.

Scout #1: I PROMISE - A promise is a commitment that must be fulfilled. A Scout is trustworthy and follows through when he gives his word.

Scout #2: TO DO MY BEST - A Scout will fulfill the Promise the best that he can. That means that a boy is not expected to do more than he is capable of. It also means that he will do everything that he is capable of.

Scout #3: TO DO MY DUTY TO GOD - A Scout seeks to understand and carry out his responsibility to God through reverence and service according to his beliefs.

Scout #4: AND MY COUNTRY - A Scout learns his rights and responsibilities as a citizen. He honors those who serve or who have served our country. He demonstrates respect for the flag and other symbols.

Scout #5: TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE - Scouts learn to cheerfully serve individuals through daily good deeds. They participate in service projects and serve as leaders in their community.

Scout #6: AND TO OBEY THE LAW OF THE PACK - The Law of the Pack instructs us to listen to our leaders and to join cheerfully at work, at play, and in learning with our brothers. The Pack depends on the Scout and the Scout depends on the Pack.

Cubmaster: Do you all agree to follow this Promise? If so, answer "I do".

Scouts: "I do."

Cubmaster: I congratulate you on earning your Bobcat awards. Parents, you may pin your son's Bobcat patch on his left shirt pocket.

Congratulations on the first rank on the Cub Scout trail! May you earn many more! (Give Cub Scout handshake.)

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Bobcat Badge

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:campfire prop - optional
badges and pins or tape for affixing to uniform
Script:Akela: The spirit of Cub Scouting burns here as it does in the hearts of Cub Scouts everywhere. The Cub Scout spirit is like a campfire. We must add wood to the fire or it will go out. In the same manner, we must add new boys to our pack, or the Cub Scout spirit will go out.

Baloo: We have (number) boys who have earned the right to join our Pack.

Akela: Are they ready to join in the Cub Scout spirit?

Baloo: Yes, and they have learned the ways of our tribe. They have learned the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout Motto and their meanings. They have also learned the meaning and proper use of the Cub Scout Sign, Salute, and Handshake. They know the meaning of Webelos.

These are the boys ready to join our Pack. When I call your name, come forward with your parents ...
(Baloo calls the boys who are to receive the Bobcat badge.)

(Both Akela and Baloo hand the badge to parents and congratulate the Cubs with the Cub Scout handshake)

Akela: Parents, present the Bobcat badge to your son. Attach the badge to his uniform upside down. Once he completes a good deed, the badge should be permanently attached right side up. The parent pin reminds you that Scouting is a family program.

Akela: Will the new Bobcats join Baloo and me in saying the Cub Scout promise?

All: I, _____, promise to do my best
to do my duty to God and my country
to help other people, and
to obey the Law of the Pack.

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Bobcat Howl

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Script:Parents of new Bobcats are called to the front while their sons are sent outside with their Den Leader or an Assistant Cubmaster. When ready, the scouts give the howl of the Bobcat - Hear It Here

Akela: I hear a calling from the wilderness outside our Pack. It sounds like a Bobcat! Shall we answer with the call of the Wolf? (Pack howls like wolves - Hear It Here. This is the cue to bring in the Bobcats.)

Akela: Who comes here?

Den Leader: Boys, hunting for the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting.

Akela: But, whom do you seek?

Den Leader: We seek Akela, the great Spirit of the Cub Scout.

Akela: Are these boys wise in the ways of the Bobcat?

Den Leader: They are, Akela.

Akela: Show me.

Den Leader: Show Akela what you have already learned. Raise your arm
in the Cub Scout Sign and say the Cub Scout Promise. (They do.)

Den Leader: Say the Law of the Pack. (They do.)

Akela: I can now call you Cub Scouts because you have completed the requirements necessary for your participation in this great Brotherhood we call Cub Scouting. Tonight you have repeated before me the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack. You have assumed a very important responsibility.
You have agreed to "Do Your Best" when doing your duties, helping others, and obeying the law of the pack. These are things which are not always easy, but I think you will enjoy them. All that we ask is that you really do your best. Do you agreed to do your best? (Wait for answers)
Good! Please let your parents pin your bobcat badge on your uniform.

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Bobcat Investiture

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:Participants: Cubmaster, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Boy Scout
Script:Cubmaster: (center stage) I would like all scouts of every rank that have already earned their Bobcat awards to join me on stage. Please make a large circle, holding hands.

(Cubmaster moves to a corner of the stage) Now, all Bobcat candidates please join me here with their parents.

Cubmaster: Recently, you made the decision to join the Cub Scouts. You were seeking fun and adventure, and I hope you have begun to find them.

The first step in your Cub Scout journey is the Bobcat award. To earn this, a Scout must learn the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, the Cub Scout Motto, the Cub Scout Salute, the Cub Scout Handshake, the Cub Scout Sign, and more. You have met these requirements and are now ready to join our brotherhood. Your journey will take you many more steps from here along your trail to the Arrow of Light, and perhaps even to Eagle Scout.
Hear what awaits you on your trail.

Tiger: Tiger Scouts Search, Discover, and Share.

Wolf: Wolves learn about outdoor skills, sports, nature, their families, their country, and more.

Bear: Bears get to earn their Whittling Chip card!

Webelos: Webelos begin camping on their own and learn to become more independent in preparation for Boy Scouts.

Boy Scout or adult Eagle Scout: As a Boy Scout, you learn to live the Scout Law. A Scout fulfills his duties, helps others, and is physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Cubmaster: Congratulations on your achievement. As I call your name, please accept your award and come inside our circle as you are part of our Scouting family. (Have one or more scouts actually hand out the awards as the Bobcats enter the circle.)

Parents, your participation in Scouting is critical. This is a family program and you are partners with your son on this journey. He will look to you for guidance, inspiration, and leadership. Please pin his award on his left pocket. The parent pin is yours to wear proudly to demonstrate your pride in his accomplishments.

Please welcome our new Bobcats with a growl!

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Cub Scout Flag Collection

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Script:Whatever ceremony you attempt, these guidelines will help make it go smoothly:
  • Who will carry the flag?
  • Who will be the color guards and what formation will they make?
  • Who will give the directions for the ceremony?
  • What song will be sung? Who will start the song?
  • Who will say or read any extra parts?
  • After the Pledge of Allegiance, will the Scout Law, Scout Oath, and/or Outdoor Code be recited?
  • In what order will the parts of the ceremony take place?
  • When will the group practice?
  • Where will the flags be placed at the end of the ceremony?

Remember these points of U.S. Flag etiquette:
  • The U.S. Flag is always displayed to the far right of other flags, or in the center and higher than all others.
  • The U.S. Flag is displayed in a stand to the speaker's right as he faces the audience in an auditorium.
  • The U.S. Flag is raised briskly and lowered slowly.
  • When posting flags in stands, the U.S. Flag is always the last one posted and the first one lifted.
  • When raising flags on flag poles, the U.S. Flag s always the first one raised and the last one lowered.
  • The U.S. Flag should not be carried flat or horizontally.
  • The U.S. Flag should not touch anything below it, should not have anything placed on or above it, should not be used to cover anything, and should be kept clean.
  • When displayed after dark, the U.S. Flag should be illuminated.
  • When no longer suitable for display, a U.S. Flag should be burned in a special flag retirement ceremony.

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Flag in a Kettle

(stage is set with a large kettle and campfire. Inside the kettle and against one side is a folded flag out of sight of the audience.)
(you may use a different scout for each line or two scouts taking turns.)

Scout: Tonight we're going to fix for you a treat that's really grand and make for you a recipe : the Grandest in the Land.

Scout: In first we'll put a heaping cup of red for courage true.
(pours in container of red paper cut in small pieces)

Scout: And then we'll add for loyalty a dash of heavenly blue.
(Pours in container of blue paper cut in small pieces)

Scout: For purity we'll now sift in a layer of snowy white
(pours in container of white paper cut in small pieces)

Scout: We'll sprinkle a pinch of stars to make it come out right.
(pours in a small container of silver stars)

Scout: We'll stir and stir and you will see that what we've made is Old Glory.
(pulls out flag, unfurls it with partner, and posts it on standard.)

Scout: Our flag is the most beautiful flag in the world. Let's always be loyal to it. Everyone please stand and give the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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Flag and Candles

  • 1 U.S. Flag
  • 1 white candle
  • 1 blue candle
  • 1 red candle

Speaker: Since countries were first formed, man has used symbols to express hope, ideals, and love of his own nation. Our flag symbolizes the sacrifices made by men and women for the future of America. It stands for your home and everything and everyone you hold dear.
Speaker: 'I light the red candle for the red stripes in our flag, standing for hardiness and valor and symbolizing the lifeblood of brave men and women.'
Speaker: 'I light the white candle for the white stripes, symbolizing purity and perfection.'
Speaker: 'I light the blue candle for the field of blue which is the symbol of perseverance and justice, and the eternal blue of the heavens.'
Speaker: 'Please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.'

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Chivalrous Knights

Equipment: have scouts make cardboard swords and shields in den meetings prior to pack meeting.

Announcer: Hear ye! Hear ye! The Kingdom of Cub Scouting requests your presence before the Royalty of the Land!
(Royal trumpet sounds)

Announcer: Prepare for the entrance of the Chivalrous Knights.
(Scout procession enters carrying shields and swords and den flags.)

Announcer: Knights! Hold your swords at attention while the flag of the United States is advanced.
Audience, please stand and salute the flag.
(Honor guard brings flag forward to post)

Announcer: The flags, shields, and banners of kings were symbols of the monarchy. Fleur-de-lis, lions, trees, and castles symbolized purity, courage, and strength.

Our banner has three colors and stars as symbols.
Our colors show red for bravery, white for purity, and blue for loyalty.
The stripes stand for the original thirteen colonies and the stars stand for all the states.

Knights and friends of the kingdom, please join in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Eagle Feather

Intended for:All Scouts
Required:Faux eagle feathers, one for each Scout
Script:(scout names), please come forward with your parents.

You see that I hold here a feather. This is not just any feather, but represents that of an Eagle, the most respected of all creatures. The eagle is most beloved by the Great Spirit because it represents life and how all things are divided into two parts.

The eagle, you see, has only two eggs at a time. Likewise, there is man and woman. People have two hands, two feet, and two eyes. We each have a body and a soul. There is also day and night, light and dark, summer and winter, war and peace, life and death.

We smell good scents and foul odors, and we see beautiful and distasteful sights. We hear pleasant sounds and dreadful news. We use our hands for good deeds, or bad.

We have before us two paths. Scouting encourages us to follow the way of good – of bravery, service, honor, and brotherhood. We also may choose selfishness, laziness, mean spirit, and deceit. That choice belongs to each of us.

On your journey, you have chosen the Scouting way, and through your work you have earned the _____ rank. Wear the patch you receive proudly. I also present to each of you a feather of your own. When you see it, remember what it represents, that we face choices every day which path we will follow. Stay true, and continue on your trail of the Eagle.

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Four Directions

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:4 scouts
Preparation:Place each scout at a different corner of the meeting place, matching east, west, north, and south.
Script:Cubmaster: O Great Spirit, bring forth the four winds.

East: I am East. From me comes the sun each day, with its light which all living things need. Just as I am the first direction, cub scouting begins with the Tiger.

South: I am South. From me come heat and rains, so all living things might have warmth and water to drink. Just as I am the second direction, cub scouting's second step is the Wolf.

North: I am North. From me come cold and snow, so all living things might experience coolness and the beauty of winter. Just as I am the third direction, cub scouting's third step is Bear.

West: I am West. To me the sun comes at the end of each day, giving the world darkness so all living things might rest. Just as I am the last direction, so Webelos is the last step of cub scouting.

Cubmaster: Brothers East, South, North, and West - will you lead us in the Law of the Pack?

(4 scouts raise the Cub Sign)
East: "The cub scout follows Akela."
South: "The cub scout helps the pack go."
North: "The pack helps the cub scout grow."
West: "The cub scout gives good will."

(The four winds are dismissed by the Cubmaster)

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Iktomi's Spider web

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:Weaving frame
Weaving shuttle
Preparation:Begin with several strings tied across a frame, meeting at a central point.
Script:(While telling the story, weave a web in and out of the cross strings using a shuttle, working from the outside in)

Would the following Scouts and their parents please come forward?
(call off names)

The story is told that long ago an old Lakota climbed the highest mountain to seek spiritual enlightenment. While there, he had a vision of the spider, Iktomi, who is known as a teacher of wisdom.

Iktomi began speaking, and as he did, he began spinning a web. Starting from the outside and working inward, he spun around and around in circles.
He spoke of the cycle of life, beginning with infancy and youth, adulthood, and old age, where one might again need to be cared for as an infant, completing the cycle.

Remember that throughout your life, you will encounter many forces. Some are good, and some are not. Those that are good will help you, while those that are bad will hinder you.

You see that the web forms a perfect circle but that there is a hole in the center. Use the web to catch the best ideas and influences. But let the hole (hold up finished web) allow the bad ones to pass through.

It serves us well to heed Iktomi’s advice. You have earned your awards through hard work. You would not have made it this far without following the good influences in your lives.
Every time you see a spider web, remember to catch and keep those good things that come into our lives while letting the bad pass through.

Parents, please pin your sons’ awards on their left pocket flap. Parents, the pin is yours to keep to signal your pride in your sons’ accomplishments.


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Key to Scouting

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:Very large key cutout painted gold with "Scout Spirit" written on it.
Old key on a string.
Notes:this can be used for any Cub Scout rank
Script:I would like [name of scout] and his parents to please come forward.

The Cub Scout program faces you with many challenges. You are required to attend den meetings and monthly pack meetings. You need to work with leaders and also at home with your parents. In order to achieve the highest rank in Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light, you must set your goals and work to fulfill them. Many times you may get discouraged because the Cub Scout Trail seems steep and hard to climb.

There is a key to achieving all of the goals you set for yourself. The key to Cub Scouting. Do you know what that key is?
(wait for scout to answer. Then, display the large gold key.)

The key to Scouting is "Scout Spirit." Scout Spirit includes teamwork. It includes fair play and good sportsmanship. It includes that something special that makes Scouts want to be the best they can be at everything they do. This key will unlock the door of achievement, both in scouting and in your everyday life.

Remember, with this key to Scouting - "Scout Spirit" - you can hike up the Scouting trail. This smaller key is a reminder of the Key to Cub Scouting. Let it remind you that doing your best will open many doors. (hang key around his neck.)

You have recently reached an important goal along your scouting path. I am happy to recognize you for earning your [Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos] rank. I will present this award to your parents in token of the help they have given you. They will then pin it on your uniform.
(Wait for parent to attach patch.)

Pack, please stand. Join me in congratulating our newest [Bobcat, Tiger, ...]

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Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:5 neckerchiefs - Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and generic Boy Scout - stapled to tall pole or long broom handle
Preparation:this can be used for any rank, or a running ceremony of all ranks
Script:(leader holds the pole with Boy Scout neckerchief at top and Tiger at bottom)

When a boy becomes a Cub Scout he starts on an upward trail. I say 'upward' because as he grows older he advances in Cub Scouting. He does not join a Cub Scout pack and then wait around for a few years until he becomes a Boy Scout.

As a boy moves up the Scouting trail, his badges of rank and his changes in uniform show his progress. One of the changes in uniform is the neckerchief. These are the five neckerchiefs of Scouting. First is the orange Tiger neckerchief worn by the youngest scouts. Next is the yellow Wolf neckerchief. Then, the blue of the Bear scout. The fourth neckerchief of mixed colors is worn by Webelos scouts. The last neckerchief represents those worn by Boy Scouts, but each troop has it's own neckerchief.

(use the appropriate section, depending on ranks)
(Scouts are called forward with parents)
You are ready to receive your Tiger neckerchief. The orange represents the beginning flame of scouting. An orange flame is not yet hot, but has just started and has huge potential.
To show you have the flame of scouting in your heart, make the Cub Scout Sign...
And, say the Cub Scout Motto:
Do Your Best
(distribute Tiger neckerchiefs and slides to parents)
You are ready to receive your Wolf neckerchief. The yellow shows that the flame of scouting is burning bright in you and you are learning more scout skills. There is also more expected of you as your flame grows.
Please make the Cub Scout Sign...
And, repeat the Cub Scout Promise:
I promise to do my best to do my duty
To God and my country, To help other people,
And to obey the Law of the Pack.
(distribute Wolf neckerchiefs and slides to parents)
You are ready to receive your Bear neckerchief. The Bear neckerchief is blue. Just as a blue flame is very hot, the scouting spirit flame burns hotly in you. Blue also stands for truth, loyalty, and obedience. As you grow into a leader, you must learn that these are important traits.
To demonstrate the strength of your scouting flame, make the Cub Scout Sign and recite the Law of the Pack:
The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the Pack go.
The Pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
(distribute Bear neckerchiefs and slides to parents)
You are ready to receive your Webelos neckerchief. The multiple colors in your new neckerchief are more like fireworks than a flame. You are reaching the very top of the Cub Scout ranks and are exploding with skills, spirit, and energy. You now need to use your scouting spirit to reach the final heights of Cub Scouts and prepare to launch into a Boy Scout troop before you know it.
(distribute Webelos neckerchiefs and slides to parents)

Parents, please remove your son's neckerchief and put his new one in place.

Pack, please join me in congratulating these great scouts!

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New Cub Scout Welcome

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:A burning fire.
A few sticks for each new scout.
Preparation:Prepare a campfire outside or a fake fire inside if you really have to. Have a stack of sticks well away from the fire, but in front of the audience to the right.
Notes:Use this at the beginning or end of your first Pack meeting in September.
Script:Akela: (standing by the stack of wood on the right) At this time, I would like all scouts that are new to Pack [number] to please come up here with me.

This fire represents the life of our Pack. As you can see, it is burning fairly well, but it is beginning to fade a bit. This fire needs new wood, new fuel to burn bright, just as our Pack needs new scouts to be strong and full of life.

I would like each of you to take 2 or 3 sticks from this pile and hold onto them.

Those sticks you have in your hands represent your energy, your eagerness, and your excitement to be part of this Pack. I bet you know what I want you to do with those sticks, and I bet you are very excited to do it! But, think about what will happen.

(Akela should now walk a bit closer to the fire, but still well away from it. The scouts will soon line up in front of him but there may be some jostling.)

When you toss your sticks on the fire, what will happen?
(the fire will burn brighter, the sticks will be burned, ...)
Just as those sticks will make the fire hotter, bigger, stronger, and full of life, having you in our Pack will make us stronger and more full of life.

Before you add your sticks to the fire, decide in your head and heart if you really want to join our Pack and learn our secrets and go on our adventures.

When you have decided to join, come and stand right here in front of me and make a single line behind the scout in front of you.

(As the scouts scramble to make a line, keep it safe.)

After you add your sticks to the fire, stand by Baloo.
(Baloo should be on the left of the fire and makes sure scouts stay well away from the fire)

(When all are finished)
Akela: Congratulations, you are now all part of the life of Pack [number].
Pack, please stand and make the Cub Scout sign.
Join me in the Cub Scout Promise.
Join me in the Law of the Pack.

Now, how about a gigantic Pack [number] cheer for our new scout brothers?

You could soak the sticks in a copper chloride solution so they create blue-green flames when added to the fire. See Campfire Dude for other campfire magic.

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Rank Achievements

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:6 scouts - one that has completed each rank.
large replications of each badge - bobcat, tiger, wolf, bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light.
Each badge has that scout's lines taped to the back.
Preparation:Lay the badges in order on a table at the front of the gathering.
Notes:This is good for a meeting toward the end of the year, such as Blue Gold so you have scouts of every rank. Or, use it at the first pack meeting and invite a past Webelos scout back to do the Arrow of Light part.
Script:BOBCAT: I have learned five new things. I can give the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack. I know what Webelos means. I promise to do my best. I am a Bobcat.

TIGER: My adult partner and I are having fun learning about the world around us and Cub Scouts. We enjoy Searching, Discovering and Sharing. I am a Tiger.

WOLF: I have learned twelve new things. I grew physically and spiritually. I developed habits and attitudes of good citizenship. As I grew in mind and body, I also grew within my family. I learned to get along with others and gained a sense of personal achievement. It is fun being helpful and doing your best. I am a Wolf.

BEAR: I too have learned 12 new things. They required more skill and effort, but were fun and interesting. Many of the things I learned were preparing me to be a Boy Scout. The electives started giving me ideas about hobbies I might want to pursue in life. I am a Bear.

WEBELOS SCOUT: I am learning and understanding the requirements to become a Boy Scout. The Scout Oath and the Scout Law, and the parts of the Scout badge. I am learning about the outdoors through activities and the Outdoor Code. I have earned at least three activity badges. I am a Webelos scout.

ARROW OF LIGHT: I have learned the requirements to become a Boy Scout. I can repeat from memory the Scout Oath and Scout Law. I have earned at least seven activity badges. I have visited a troop meeting and talked with the Scoutmaster. I have been on an overnight campout. I have attained the highest award in Cub Scouting. I am The Arrow of Light.

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Silent Flag

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:At least 5 scouts.
U.S. Flag
Flashlight for each Scout in ceremony
Preparation:Before you begin, turn off all lights.
Scouts in ceremony should be seated around flag pole, sitting on the ground.
Script:Each Scout should have a flashlight - if less than 9 scouts, then some have two flashlights and two lines. They will turn on their flashlight, pointing it at the flag immediately before they recite their part of the ceremony. They should keep their light on after they speak.

Leader: Tonight you will hear the words of the Pledge to our country’s flag. Reflect on the words in your heart as you hear them. Please rise and join us in saluting our flag. Place your right hand over your heart; Scouts in uniform should render the proper salute. Please listen quietly.

Scout 1: Turn on flashlight, "I pledge allegiance"
Scout 2: Turn on flashlight, "to the flag"
Scout 3: Turn on flashlight, "of the United States of America"
Scout 4: Turn on flashlight, "and to the Republic"
Scout 5: Turn on flashlight, "for which it stands"
Scout 6: Turn on flashlight, "one Nation, under God"
Scout 7: Turn on flashlight, "indivisible"
Scout 8: Turn on flashlight, "with liberty"
Scout 9: Turn on flashlight, "and justice for all"

Leader: Scouts, please make the Cub Scout sign and join us in the Law of the Pack.
The Cub Scout follows Akela
The Cub Scout helps the pack go
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

Leader: Two.
(turn on lights. turn off flashlights.)
Please return to your seats.

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Story of Cub Scout Colors

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Tiger kerchief. 
Wolf kerchief. 
Bear kerchief. 
3 small clear bottle - containing water died yellow, blue, and orange. 
3 scouts, dressed in Indian attire. 
A tripod with a large cooking pot suspended over an imitat
Preparation:Leader stands behind cookpot. 3 scouts are offstage.
Notes:A small pot fits inside the large one and contains a yellow Wolf kerchief and a blue Bear kerchief and an orange Tiger kerchief and the awards to be presented. Dry ice may be packed around the small pot to give a smoking effect (smoke increases as water i
Script:Leader: Many moons ago the great chief Akela called a council to see what could be done to make the Webelos tribe the best of all tribes. After many hours he called his three most trusted braves to the council fire. (He pauses as three braves come in and stand, one on each side of their chief.)
Leader: He told the first brave to climb the mountain and ask the great eagle to fly high into the sky and bring back part of the sun. (The first brave leaves.)
Leader: He told the second brave to go to the ocean and ask the salmon to swim far into the ocaen and bring back part of the sea. (The second brave leaves.)
Leader: He told the third brave to go into the forest and ask the fox to dig deep into the ground and bring back some of the earth. (The third brave leaves.)

(All three scouts return carrying bottles - a bottle of yellow water, blue water, and orange water. They take positions, on the side of the fire, and hold bottles up for everyone to see.)

Leader: (Addressing the first brave.) Pour some of the beauty of the sky into our council mixing pot.
(The brave pours the liquid over the dry ice, being careful not to get any in the small pot.)

Leader: (to second brave) Pour some of the beauty of the sea into our council mixing pot. (The second brave responds, and the boiling action increases.)

Leader: (to third brave) Pour some of the beauty of the earth into our council mixing pot. (The second brave responds, and the boiling action increases.)

Leader: From this day forward, blue will stand for truth and loyalty. Yellow will stand for happiness and good cheer. Orange will stand for curiousity and courage.

(Akela stirs the pot, reaches in, and pulls out the orange, yellow and blue Cub Scout neckerchiefs. He holds them open for all to see, and speaks.)
Leader: And that is why Cub Scouts use the colors blue, yellow, and orange. Now let us meet the parents and Cub Scouts who have helped to keep Cub Scouting alive and growing since we last met.
(Akela stirs the pot again and takes the awards from the small pot. The boys and the parents are called forward and the awards are presented.)

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Tiger Cub Induction

Intended for:Tiger Scouts
Required:Arrow of Light diagram on cardboard.
A candle and matches.
Script:Den Leader: Oh, Great Akela, hear me!

Akela: I hear you, leader of Tigers. What is it you want?

Den Leader: We have young boys who seek the fun of Cub Scouting.

Akela: Have these boys been properly prepared?

Den Leader: Yes, Akela, they have. Our new Tiger Cubs know the Tiger Cub motto. Each boy has prepared himself to move into Cub Scouting by his thoughts, deeds, and participation in the Pack.

Akela: Very well. I am Akela, the Great Chief of the Webelos tribe and the head of this council of braves. My totem is the Arrow of Light, which is the highest honor any Cub Scout may earn.
This board shows the Arrow of Light and points the way of the trail. The arch represents progress along the Cub Scout trail, preparing cubs for greater adventures in Boy Scouts. The candle which I now light represents the Spirit of Akela and the light of Cub Scouts.

We learn the ways of our tribe from the wisest of the forest animals.

From the Bobcat, we learn to be alert and watchful.

From the Wolf we learn the language of the ground, we learn to follow the tracks of other animals, and we learn the ways of the food of the forest.

From the Bear, we learn the secrets of the trees and birds, the language of the air and the sky.

The Tiger Cub is curious and adventurous, but remains within the lair with its parents for some time before venturing out to hunt its own game. His parents have the responsibility of looking after the cub, teaching it to hunt and play, and how to protect itself from the other predators of the jungle.

Akela: (to Den Leader) Which boys have joined your Tiger Cub Den?

Den Leader: Great Akela, we have _____ new Tiger Cubs, and _____ are with us here tonight. Please step forward, along with your parents, when your name is read. (Call out names)

Akela: You boys are embarking on a great new journey with your parents. Your motto tells us what you will be doing. Do you remember the Tiger Cub motto?
Repeat it with me: 'Search, Discover, Share'.

'Search' means you will search for new activities, new adventures, and new ways of being together.
'Discover' means you will enjoy the thrill of discovering new things together.
'Share' means you will share all of the things you have done together with your parents and the other members of your Tiger Cub group.
Through this process you grow together, become better friends and prepare yourselves for Cub Scouts.

Now that you have learned the Tiger Cub motto, you are prepared to wear the Tiger Cub Neckerchief and Tiger Totem. (Den Leader hands the items to parents, who put them on their boys as Akela is talking). This was developed in ancient times to symbolize your accomplishments. Each time you participate in a Tiger Cub activity, you will a new bead to your Tiger Totem.

Over time, your Totem will become full of beads and you will earn the Tiger badge.

Akela: Members of Pack [number], please stand. Join me in welcoming these Tigers and their partners to our Pack family!

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Tiger to Wolf

Intended for:Tiger Scouts, Wolf Scouts
Required:4 large candles
Tiger badges
Preparation:3 candles in a row with 4th candle above and behine them. Or, all in a row.
Script:Akela: These scouts have completed their Tiger requirements and are ready to receive their rank advancement. Please bring your parents forward when your name is called.
(call each scout)

Akela: For the past few months you and your adult partner have explored all sorts of new and exciting things and places. You have taken each part of the Tiger Cub motto, "Search, Discover, Share" and used it in your home, school, and neighborhood.

(Light first candle)
Akela: You have searched in your home and community for new activities that have shown you how people work together and have fun together.

(Light middle candle)
Akela: You have discovered that by doing things together with friends and family you feel you are part of a great family, community, and country.

(Light third candle)
Akela: You have shared your adventures with your family, friends, and fellow Tiger Cubs, and that helped you all become a stronger den.

(Light last candle)
Akela: You have fulfilled all the requirements of wearing the Tiger rank badge. Your adult partner will now pin it onto your shirt.

(while the badges are being pinned on)
Akela: For the rest of this year, you will continue to have fun in your Tiger den and earn additional Tiger Track beads. When the school year ends, you will begin the trail of the Wolf.

Akela: In Cub Scouting your family is very important. Support in earning each badge comes from your family as well as from your den leader. Your adult partner will help you each step of the way.

Akela: Congratulations to each of you on earning your Tiger rank!

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Tiger Wolf and Bear Paws

Intended for:Tiger Scouts, Wolf Scouts, Bear Scouts
Required:black water-based paint
small paintbrush
Script:Leader: When a boy joins our Cub Scouts, he earns the Bobcat badge and starts on an upward trail. This trail will lead him through the ranks of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and on to the highest award of Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light. Tonight we are honoring scouts who have made significant advancement along this journey. I would like the following scouts and their parents to come forward. (Read names of Tiger scouts)
I understand that you seek the rank of Tiger, is that true? (response) Please recite the Cub Scout Motto. (response)

Tigers: Do Your Best.

Leader: I can see by your knowledge of the Cub Scout Motto and the achievements that you have completed that you have worked hard along with your parents. You are now ready to become a Tiger scout.

(With paint draw on the back of the Cubs hands the 1st toe) The first toe of the Tiger paw is for your work in making your family special.
(Draw 2nd toe) The second toe of the Tiger paw shows you have learned about where you live.
(Draw 3rd toe) The third Tiger toe says you are keeping yourself healthy and safe.
(Draw 4th toe) The fourth toe stands for your effort in telling stories and communicating.
(Draw the footpad) The pad of the Tiger paw represents your time spent outdoors.
You have finished the requirements to be a Tiger Cub Scout and can continue to move up the scouting trail.
(Present rank badges)

Leader: I would now like the following scouts and their parents to come forward. (Read Wolf names)

Leader: I understand that you seek the rank of Wolf, is that so? (response) Please recite the Cub Scout Promise.

Wolf Scouts: I, ___, promise to do my best to do my duty, to God and my Country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack.

Leader: I can tell by your knowledge of the Cub Scout Promise and your completed achievements that you have worked hard and put in much effort. These achievements are very important as they have helped you gain a deeper appreciation of many things. You are now ready to become a Wolf Cub Scout.

(Draw 1st toe) The first toe of the Wolf paw is for your growth through feats of skill and having fun with your family.
(Draw 2nd toe.) The second toe of the Wolf paw represents that you have learned about your home, community, country and your religious beliefs.
(Draw 3rd toe.) The third toe stands for the skills you have gained in handling tools, trying new things, and making collections.
(Draw 4th toe) The fourth toe represents your new appreciation for conservation and safety.
(Draw the footpad) The pad of the Wolf paw represents your growth as a Cub and the increased responsibility you are now capable of handling. Wolf Cubs, remember the inscription of this paw. It shows you are ready to continue along the upward trail of Scouting.
(Present badges)

Leader: Would the following boys and their parents please come forward. (Read names)
You are climbing on the trail to the Arrow of Light. Do you desire the rank of Bear? (response.) Then please recite the Law of the Pack.

Bear Scouts: The Cub Scout follows Akela, The Cub Scout helps the Pack go, the Pack helps the Cub Scout grow, The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

Leader: I see that you have worked hard with your parents and Den Leaders to achieve your rank. You are ready to become Bear cubs.
(Draw 1st toe) The first toe of the Bear paw symbolizes your increased understanding of God.
(Draw 2nd toe) The second toe of the Bear paw symbolizes your new knowledge of your country, its folklore and heritage.
(Draw 3rd toe) The third toe shows your increased appreciation of your family.
(Draw 4th toe) The fourth toe stands for your increased understanding of your own self worth.
(Draw footpad) The palm of the Bear paw represents your growth as a Cub, and your ability to take on new challenges and responsibilities. The climb up the Scouting trail is getting shorter, but steeper. Not everyone will finish. Follow the Promise and the Law so that no harm will come to you along the trail.
(Present badges)

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