July 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
August 2008 Theme
S'MORE SUMMER FUN
Forester & Naturalist
S'mores Advancement Ceremony
Alice, Golden Empire Council
Campfire, real or
artificial (artificial one could be “built” as it is described),
for each boy and one for demonstration
A Marshmallow, 2
Graham Crackers, a Square of Chocolate for each Cub receiving an award.
(Additional materials for everyone to make S’mores later if the meeting is
outside); Awards for each boy are attached to a Marshmallow Stick with
his name on it.
Cubmaster and other
personnel are in front of the audience, with a table holding marshmallow sticks
for each boy and the makings for an artificial campfire, OR with all materials
near a real campfire.
Give each adult
their part in large letters and a prop that fits their part, (in parenthesis)
that they can hold up.
If done outside,
make sure everyone has a flashlight if needed.
One of the things we all look
forward to in Summer is making and enjoying S’mores. The boys in our Pack have
also been looking forward to receiving awards they have earned. And both S’mores
and Advancement have some things in common: Let’s compare the campfire to the
Scouting Program –
Chartered Organization Rep:
(holds up picture of location provided by them) The campfire needs to be
built in a safe location. The Chartered Organization provides that safe place
for the Pack.
(holds up a large stone or a picture of a fire ring) The campfire must be
contained in the right area by the stones of the fire ring, just as the
National, Council and District provide guidelines that assure quality program
resources for every unit and every boy.
(holds up a shovel)
The water and shovel that we must always have handy to our campfire are like the
various rules and safety procedures, like tour permits, that we always use in
(holds up a piece of tinder) Tinder is needed to light the fire – Baden
Powell first provided the “tinder” for Scouting when he saw young men in need of
guidance and outdoor skills.
(holds up a piece of
kindling) Kindling is
provided by small sticks in our campfire, and by the Ideals and Purposes of
Scouting in our programs.
(holds up a small log)
Fuel, the wood that provides steady warmth in our fire, is like the “fuel”
provided by dedicated, trustworthy leaders and volunteers who keep the Scouting
program going steadily.
Pack Trainer or Parent:
(holds up matches or fire
starter) The Spark that
lights our campfire can be compared to the Inspiration of ideas and glow of
knowledge when dedicated leaders really get to know the Program through
Training and the Boys through Experience – then they can really
“light a fire” under their Scouts!
Cubmaster: Once our campfire is
lighted, we must practice patience and good habits – the fire will be too hot
for our S’mores if we aren’t patient, and it could go out if we fail to tend it
properly. Like our campfire, the boys who will receive awards here tonight have
had to learn patience to wait for their reward, as they tackle new goals and
practice new skills – even the Bobcat takes practice and memorization. (If
this is an artificial campfire, add red/yellow tissue paper for flames now – or
turn on an electric campfire)
But even with just the right kind
of glowing embers to make S’mores, no one would enjoy the treat without the
right equipment (holds up the Marshmallow Stick) and the right
ingredients. (holds up S'mores makings)
The marshmallow stick is the tool
that gets our marshmallow to the fire. Parents and other adults help get the
boy to scouting. So we would like to call up our first boys who will receive
awards tonight (Calls them by name) along with their parents or other
adults who have helped them succeed. Parents, I give you the stick to represent
your part in helping (name of boy) earn his awards. Please remove
the “S’mores” fixings, or awards, from the stick and present them to your scout.
And just as you have provided scouting tools for your boy, please give your
scout the tool he will need to make his S'mores. (Cubmaster and/or Den Leader
reads off the awards as they are handed to the boy - Continue on by awarding all
rank advancements and other awards to each boy- Be sure to have someone take a
picture of each family before they return to their seats)
Now you boys are prepared to enjoy your reward, both your advancements AND your
S’mores – but always remember that without kindling, tinder, fuel, and a spark,
you couldn’t succeed in Scouting. And always remember to be an example to other
boys, to be a friend to each other, and to live the Ideals of Scouting.
Utah National Parks
Picnic basket, table, tablecloth,
paper plates, napkins, paper cups, plastic forks and spoons, awards to be
presented attached to appropriate items.
Cubmaster enters with a picnic
basket. He opens the basket and places the tablecloth on the table.
We have several Cub Scouts to honor today for the hard work they have done since
our last meeting. With these paper plates, we have our Bobcats. (Call boys and
parents forward, pull paper plates with Bobcat badges attached to them from the
basket, present awards and give congratulations.)
Present other awards in same way:
Tigers - cups
Wolf – napkins,
Bear – knives,
Webelos – spoons,
Activity badges – forks.
You have seen all of the things
that help make a picnic fun, except for the food. These young men and their
parents represent the things that make the pack grow and thrive. They are as
important to the pack as food is to a picnic. Let’s wish them well as they
continue their Scouting trail.
A Bear Promotion Ceremony
Utah National Parks
old tennis shoe, bucket with colored punch, enough cups for each Scout
participating, balloon, sack of dirt, inner tube, rubber band, paper heart,
shovel, and a ladle.
Boys and parents
gather on one side of the stage.
Cubmaster on the
other side with a jar marked “Webelos Water.”
Bears, you are now ready to begin
your final area of Cub Scouting – that of Webelos. You will find it different,
challenging and rewarding. To help prepare you for this great effort, the Pack
developed some Webelos Water, (looks at jar).
Uh, well, it looks like it
evaporated! Let’s see, I guess we could make more! Now, what was that recipe?
(Cubmaster appears deep in thought, then gets idea and goes to props.)
An old tennis shoe
to remind you that you still have many miles to go on the Scouting Trail,
(throws shoe in tub) and coincidentally to remind you not to take your shoes off
in a two-man tent. (holds his nose).
Ah, a sack of dirt
to remind you that Cub Scouts is now a lot of outdoor activities.
An inner tube to
remind you that you may have a few flat tires, but they can be overcome.
A shovel to remind
you to keep your room clean. (Winks at Mom & Dad).
A balloon to remind
you that a lot of hot air doesn’t get the job done.
A heart to remind
you of your commitment to your parents and family.
A rubber band to
remind you to stretch yourself to learn new ideas and skills.
OK, that’s about it! Let’s stir it
a little! (Stir)
Now, let me get you each a cup of our new Webelos Water. (Reach inside tub with
ladle and scoop punch to pour in cups for everyone to see. Give cup and Webelos
Colors to each Scout.)
Congratulations new Webelos and parents!
CUB SCOUT MOUNTAIN
Stage steps (at
least six steps to the top),
decorated as mountain to fit across side of steps. Place a strip of paper with
the appropriate rank on each step, (Bobcat lowest to Arrow of Light.)
Books and awards to
Place steps sideways
so audience can see mountain scenery but not steps.
Each scout will be
allowed to ascend to the step marked with the rank he has achieved to receive
his award. (You can also include arrow points and activity badges.)
Cubmaster: Has anyone ever been
mountain climbing? (response)
Well, the Cub Scouts who have
earned awards tonight will demonstrate how to climb a “mountain”. Before you
can climb a mountain, you need to have the appropriate equipment. You need
ropes, packs, medical supplies, maps,
hiking boots and many other
things. YOU NEVER GO CLIMBING ALONE!
In Cub Scouting, in order to
advance along the Cub Scout Trail, you also need the appropriate equipment. That
is your book, your uniform, your den and your pack. You can’t do it alone. You
need the help of your den leaders and parents. I have here some supplies for
climbing to the top of Cub Scout Mountain. (hold up books).
Will (name of recipient) and his
parents please come forward? I know you are not prepared to go climbing so here
is a (Wolf) book. It won’t get you to the top of Cub Scout Mountain, for that
you will need different equipment. But, let’s see how far this will help you
climb. (Cub Scout climbs to Wolf step and faces audience.)
I now present this Wolf Badge to
your parents to present to you. They have been helpful in assisting your climb.
You made this climb look easy, but you worked hard to reach this altitude of Cub
(Proceed with other awards in
similar manner. Arrow of Light recipients will reach the ‘peak’ and should be
allowed to climb to the top step even if there are more than five.)
LET THE COMPASS GUIDE YOU
Capital Area Council
There s no Tiger in this
ceremony. Not sure how to add it except to say, hopefully you will not have all
ranks that night and can drop one and shuffle to add in
Tiger after Bobcat. CD
You will need a prop compass made
of heavy cardboard; placed in front on the advancement table.
We look to the compass for our guide.
To the East, we find a Cub ready
for his Bobcat Badge. Will (name) and his parents come forward, (Present award)
He brings his eagerness like the dawn of a new day.
To the South is the Wolf with his
spirit of adventure. Will (name) and his parents come forward. (Present awards)
To the West is a Bear hunting on
the trail of Scouting. (Present awards)
To the North is the Webelos about
to realize his boyhood dreams, alive with Scout action. Will (name) and his
parents come forward. (Present awards)
Let the compass guide all of you
on your trails and may you all carry into your adult lives the ideals of
Bubble Advancement Ceremony
(This ceremony can be used in dens or packs)
Capital Area Council
Bubble solution, and bubble
wand, awards to be given.
Den Leader or Cubmaster, boy
receiving award (and parents, if appropriate)
Den Leader spends a few seconds
blowing bubbles with the Cubs and then calls them around him/her.
Did you know that soap bubbles can only join at one of two angles (places or
ways)? There are no other possibilities. So the number two would be important
if you were a bubble.
The number two is important to Cub
Scouts also. Whenever you give the Cub Scout Promise you hold your right arm
high with two fingers held out straight in the Cub Scout sign. The two fingers
stand for the two points of the Promise; to help other people and to obey. They
also stand for the two alert ears of a wolf. A wolf that is always listening to
(Name) has been listening closely
and working with his parents and in our den. He is now ready to receive his
first/next bead in his Progress Towards Ranks. (Award bead and help boy get it
attached. Your Den Chief could do this.)
We'll now form a living circle and
give the grand howl in (name's) honor.
MORE ADVANCEMENT IDEAS
Capital Area Council
Attach awards to
small kites. Display on wall. With fluffy clouds, bright sun and/or rainbow.
On kite write, "It takes high ideals to earn your . . . "
Attach awards to a
Frisbee or plastic disc, small plastic paratrooper, or paper airplane. Throw
for each boy to catch.
Attach award to
airplane tickets. On airplane ticket write, "You are just the ticket.
Congratulations on earning you . . ."
Put awards in
balloons with a lightweight paper basket. Write the message, "You soar to great
heights in scouting. Congratulations on earning your . . . "
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