September 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
October 2008 Theme
Adventures in Books
Citizen and Showman
ADVANCEMENT & RECOGNITION CEREMONIES
DEN LEADER INDUCTION
Heart of America Council
CM: What is leadership? It is a process by which a
person influences others. In Cub Scouting, leadership is the ability to
accomplish the Cub Scout program in an efficient, safe and effective manner.
CC: Pack ______ is ready for the coming year.
Many able people have volunteered as Den Leaders for next year.
CA: Would our new leaders please come forward as
they are called. (Call out name and position)
CC: The Tiger Den Leader, Cub Scout Den Leader
and Webelos Leader occupy unique and essential places in Cub Scouting. They fill
a particular need for boys of Cub Scout age. They are indispensable leaders in
the operation of our Pack.
CM: Thank you for volunteering. I will now read
you the Den Leaders Creed. Please respond with "I will."
Will you promise to:
Show interest and concern for all boys
in your Den?
Be responsible for the organization and
operation of your Den?
Attend Pack leader meetings and Pack
Work with the parents of your Den so
they will have the opportunity to share in the fun of Cub Scouting?
Observe the policies of the Boy Scouts
Wearing the leader uniform not only
identifies you as a very important member of the Boy Scouts of America, but it
also sets a good example for the boys in your Den. Will you wear it with pride?
CC: I would like to welcome each of you as new
leaders in our Pack and present you with the badge of office and a copy of the
Cub Scout Leader Book.
CA: Congratulations and good Scouting! (Lead
Adventures In Reading - Advancement Ideas
Book of Awards
Create a large book (lap size or bigger) out of poster board.
On each “page” attach an award. You could even write a few
sentences about the Cub Scout receiving that award on each page.
The parents could come up and remove the award from the page and
then award it to their Cub Scout.
At a thrift or Goodwill type store, find inexpensive books that
would interest boys in your pack.
Attach each boy’s awards inside the book (where possible)
Award the book with the rank advancement, arrow points or belt
Books Advancement Ceremony
Have several books on display (some inexpensive ones that
can be given away with advancement badges might be good). Attach the badges to
the books, or hide them in the pages of the book. Say something about each
award and the book it is with: for example: “Here we have the “Magic School Bus”
- Did you know that Bear Cub Scouts are encouraged to learn to do magic tricks.
Or: Here’s a book that celebrates having healthy bodies (a book about sports
would be good here). A Wolf Rank requirement for Cub Scouts is to learn about
how to be and stay healthy, and how to do physical feats of skill that will help
them to grow strong and healthy.
Cub Scouting’s Seeds
Did your pack
emphasize folklore this month, then this might be a good ceremony! Or maybe you
will want to use this one in November for Seeds of Kindness!!!
Personnel and Equipment:
Cubmaster (CM) and Assistant Cubmaster (CA)
Sack labeled “Johnny Cub Scout Seed” with advancement
CM: Most of the heroes of American Folklore were fictional people.
They were born around the campfire in the 19th century when storytelling was
like TV is today - the main entertainment of the people.
CA: But a few of them were real. And you can read about them in
books. One of these real people was Johnny Appleseed, who wandered through Ohio
and Indiana for 40 years after the American Revolution planing apple orchards.
For generations afterward, those trees helped feed people.
CM: The badges we’re awarding tonight are like those seeds. They are
symbols of growth for our Cub Scouts, who are themselves growing straight and
tall like Johnny Appleseed’s trees. And like those tress, our Cub Scouts will
help other people. (Take badges from sack and give them to parents to pin on
attach seed packets to badges as a reminder that Cub Scouting helps a boy grow.
And that Cub Scouting plants the seeds of good citizenship in boys.
Other Advancement Ideas
Use any props that would remind Cub Scouts of characters or places
in books they are familiar with, and tailor the dialogue to fit the book and Cub
Using a favorite book about baseball, set up a “mini ball diamond”
and have the boys “field” their awards as you “bat” them to them using a nerf
Or how about a piñata - Tie that to a book about Mexico.
Use stuffed animals for a book about farms or zoos.
are innumerable - the only limits are your imagination and your library!
Here are some ceremonies that SNJC suggested for use depending on the
books your group emphasized. CD
Five candles in holder, each candle a different length.
Personnel: - Cubmaster (CM), Assistant Cubmaster (CA)
CM: Our history is filled not only with the tall tales of American
Folklore, but also with the true deeds of some very brave men who explored,
fought and in some cases died, to extend the frontiers of our country. Men like
Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, Lewis and Clark, Buffalo Bill Cody, and
CA: The Scouting trail is much like the trail these famous men
followed and so, at this time, we will recognize those Cubs in our Pack who have
advanced along this trail. As I call your names, please come forward with your
Parents. (Call names)
CM: As you Cubs can see, the candles get taller as you advance. This
represents the additional skills that you must learn as you earn each higher
(Light Shortest Candle). The Bobcat is the start of the trail and
starts the new Cub Scout exploring the path.
CA: (Light next candle.) The Tiger is the first step up from Bobcat
where working with your Adult Partner you complete five Achievements.
CM (Light next candle.) The Wolf is a big step forward completing 12
CA: (Light the next candle) Earning your Bear takes more skill as you
choose the 12 Achievements to complete from the 24 in the Big Bear Book.
CM: Finally, at last, (light the tallest candle) you become a Webelos
Scout, and earn your Webelos badge and the highest rank, the Arrow of Light.
CA: And so with the spirit of the great explorers, folklore heroes,
and frontiersmen to guide you, may you continue to climb the Scouting Trail.
CM and CA Present awards by Den
and congratulate Cubs and parents.
(and/or CM) Lead Cheer(s) - One for each rank as it is presented would be
great. Every boy deserves individual recognition.
HEROES IN BOOKS
easily be made into an Opening or Closing CD
American heroes have been people with curious minds, strong purpose,
courage, determination, stick-to-itiveness, and a proud fierce loyalty. Through
every hardship, they have refused to give up. (Curtain opens to reveal Cub
Scouts in appropriate costume with props to illustrate various heroes.
Cub Scout #1:
Miles Standish came with the
pilgrims seeking religious freedom and learned to live with the Indians. After
the first years harvest, they celebrated Thanksgiving.
Cub Scout #2:
During the revolutionary war the
minutemen and other great heroes fought for independence and founded our nation.
Men like Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Cub Scout #3:
There are many heroes during the
era of explorers. People like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett gave us many good
examples of overcoming danger and other obstacles.
Cub Scout #4:
Some of today’s heroes might
include the astronauts who continue to explore space and reach towards the
unknown. Many of the books we read tell of possible adventures and the need to
be prepared in all instances. People like Neil Armstrong fire up an imagination.
For you Cub Scouts the United States is still a land of expending opportunity.
Tonight we have (number) of boys who have had the determination,
stick-to-itiveness, and loyalty to follow the trail of the Wolf and Bear and
complete the achievements for their badges and extra credit electives for arrow
points. (Call boys and parents forward announcing each separately. Award the
badge to the parent to give to the boy and congratulate all. Lead Cheer
Follow this procedure with all Cub Scouts.)
Now we also have (number) Webelos Scouts with strong purpose and curious minds.
Mr. Webelos Leader, will you please come forward and present the awards earned
by the Webelos this past month. (Webelos leader comes forward and presents the
awards with appropriate explanation.)
Offer final congratulations and does appropriate applause stunts. Applause
stunts can be done for each individual boy as his award is presented and a final
cheer for the entire group.
TALL TALES FOR SMALL MALES
Heart of America Council
Setting: A den
meeting at Mrs. Smith’s home. All are seated. Call boys for awards after each
boy finishes his part and before Mrs. Smith talks. Be sure to lead a cheer for
each group. This ceremony will work with rank awards or others, e.g Summertime
Fun, Outdoor, Camp Awards.
Today, Cub Scouts, we’re going to have ourselves some fun. This month’s theme is
Adventures in Books, so answer roll call with a character from a book you have
name is Johnny and long ago,
My great grandpa planted many a row.
And if hadn’t you’d surely cry,
Cause you wouldn’t have any apple pie.
He was Johnny Appleseed!
And with me I have a bag of special seeds
For the new Bobcats.
Very good, Johnny! Now, Meriweather and William…
Just call us Lewis and Clark—those are our great-great uncles’ names;
Travelin' together they mapped our western
And helped each other to learn to live in the frontier,
And learned about Indians from Sacjawea
They worked together just like you Tigers and your Adult Partners do
And listened to leaders as they explained what to do
Very good, Lewis and Clark! Now, Paul…
Just call me Paul—that’s my uncle’s name;
A big blue ox was part of his fame;
When Babe got thirsty from the heat,
Uncle Paul dug the Great Lakes—wasn’t that neat?
He was Paul Bunyan, and he saw lots of great Wolves on his travels.
Oh, Paul—what a story! All right, David, it’s your turn…
name is Davy and back many a year
The forest bears would shake with fear
If by chance they saw a coonskin hat--
‘Cause that was my Uncle, Davy Crockett!
At times Uncle Davy gave gifts to the special Bears.
That’s pretty tall, David. Now, let’s hear from Casey…
When I was little, and Christmas came,
My folks gave me a set of trains.
I guess folks thought I was kind of racy,
So now they call me “Little Casey.”
Webelos badges would ride on my train.
Well boys, I’d no idea that this den had such famous
uncles and granddads. And, I’ve never heard such tall, tall tales from so many
different small, small males!
Wizard of Oz Advancement Ceremony
Southern NJ Council
Equipment: Oil can, glass of water, and a heart cut
from poster board.
Narrator: Over the
years there have been a lot of stories about make believe people. One very
popular story is the Wizard of Oz. Let’s picture ourselves in Munchkin Land
where the house has just fallen. After a short time a Munchkin helps Dorothy by
telling her to put on the ruby slippers that the Wicked Witch of the East was
wearing because the shoes have a charm. The Munchkins got the trip started for
Dorothy to get back to Kansas.
The Bobcat is the first rank
in Cub Scouting and is what gets a boy started on the advancement trail. (Call
Bobcat candidates and parents forward). Discuss the accomplishments and present
the badge to the parents to present to the boy. Lead cheer.
With the help of the
Munchkins, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, started towards the Emerald City to see
the Wizard of Oz. The Munchkins helped Dorothy just as the leaders and boys in
the pack help a new boy earn his Bobcat.
(Call the Tiger Cubs and their
parents forward). Toto was with Dorothy everywhere, just as a Tiger Cub and his
adult partner participate in Scouting together. Tonigt we have the following
awards for our Tiger Cubs … . Present awards to Adult partners. Lead cheer.
On the way she met the
Scarecrow who wanted a brain so he can be like a man. She also met the Lion who
wanted courage. Another person she met on the trail was the Tin Man who wanted a
heart. When they met the Wizard of Oz, they all explained their needs.
(Call the Wolf Cub Scouts and
their parents forward).
The Wolf Cub Scouts are like the Scarecrow. The Wizard told the Scarecrow that
he is learning everyday and experience brings knowledge and the more experience
the have, the more knowledge will be gained. As the Wolf Cub Scout works to
complete the requirements in his book, he is gaining knowledge and the harder he
works, the more knowledge he will gain. Congratulate the Scouts for their
accomplishment. Present the badge to the parents to present to the boy.
(Call the Bear Cub Scouts and
their parents forward)
The Tin Man is like the Bear Cub Scout. The Tin Man wanted a heart and told the
Wizard that he will bear all the happiness if he gives him a heart. A big heart
gives one happiness. It takes a big heart to complete the Bear requirements and
in doing so, the happiness is spread to the parents because the parents have
helped their Scout to receive this award. (Have the badge attached to a heart).
Present award to parents to present to the Scout.
(Call the Webelos Scouts and
their parents forward). The Webelos are like the Lion. They need confidence to
complete the requirements in their book. They also have to show true courage
because there are some difficult activities to complete. The Wizard told the
lion that true courage is facing danger when you are afraid. (Pick up the glass
of water). In this glass is the courage you need to complete the requirements
to earn the Arrow of Light. Drink the courage. Congratulate the Scout and give
the award to the parents to present to the Scout.
(Call the Webelos Scouts who
have completed the Arrow of Light forward with their parents). The trail that
was taken in this tale was called the yellow brick road. The yellow brick road
in Cub Scouting is the trail to the top, which is to earn the Arrow of Light.
You have faithfully followed the trail to the top and you have earned the
highest honor a Cub Scout can earn. Present award to the parents to present to
If you do not have any
Arrow of Light candidates, finish by saying: The trail that was taken in
this tale was called the yellow brick road. The yellow brick road in Cub
Scouting is the trail to the top, which is the Arrow of Light. All of these
Scouts have begun a journey down their own yellow brick road.
Daniel Boone Advancement
Southern NJ Council
(CM) in uniform and Assistant Cubmaster (CA), dressed as Daniel Boone
Daniel: Howdy, folks! My name is Daniel Boone. I understand this is a good
place to get me a mess of bobcats!
CM: You must be a stranger around here. This is a Cub Scout pack meeting,
and the only bobcats around here are the Cub Scouts who have earned the Bobcat
badge. Would the following Cub Scouts and their parents please come forward? (CM
tells story of the Bobcat badge, presents badges, and pins to families, and they
return to their seats)
Daniel: Well, that was an interesting story about them Bobcats, what other
animals are in this hear Pack??
CM: We don't have any real animals. For example, our Tigers cubs are the
youngest members of the Pack. Call Tigers and Adult Partners forward and
present awards. Lead Cheer.
Daniel: Well, didn't you talk about a pack of wolves in your pack?
CM: Oh, Mr. Boone, I'm sorry. The wolves you heard about are our Cub
Scouts who are climbing (or have climbed) the trail of Scouting to the next
advancement rank - the Wolf Badge. (Call boys and parents forward.) Present
awards. Lead Cheer.
Daniel: Very impressive! But I also heard you had some mighty big bears in
these parts. Don't see nary a one out there!
CM: The bears in these parts are Cub Scouts who are a year older and
wiser than our Wolves. They are learning to take care of knives and tools, all
about how to tie knots, and even about you, Mr. Boone. (Call boys and parents
forward) Present awards. Lead cheer. Would you like to see our Webelos get
their awards, Mr. Boone?
Daniel: What in tarnation is a Webelos? I aint never heard of that critter!
Webelos: We'll Be Loyal Scouts!
Daniel: Now that, I understand. I'm a loyal "trail" scout myself.
CM: Webelos Scouts have learned about our government, know the rules of
outdoor fire safety, and have slept under the stars. (Present Webelos badges and
Daniel: Well now Cub Scouting sounds like a mighty fine way to raise a
young'un. Wish we'd had Cub Scouts when I was a lad. So long, now!
Ideas for Ceremonies
Southern NJ Council
Give each boy an apple with his award and tell them that Johnny
Appleseed would be as proud of them as his parents and everyone in the pack are.
To give recognition to leaders and parents, who have done
something for the pack, give them a package of seeds (preferable apple) and tell
them you appreciate the seeds they are planting for the future.
Another recognition for adults, who have helped during the month,
is to give them a package of lifesavers and tell them they are just like Molly
Brown, unsinkable in helping our pack.
Use a fake tree or small live one in a pot, put the boys awards in
plastic apples and attach to the tree. The boys can "pick the apple" and get
The Pack’s Library
An Arrow of Light Ceremony
Scouter Jim, Great Salt Lake Council
box with 8 script cards
cardboard books, or blank covers for books -
Title the books "Arrow of Light Comes to Life,", "Adventures in Webelos,",
"Arrow of Light Journal,", "An Arrow of Light Story,", "The Arrow of Light," and
"Arrow of Light Future."
obtained about Cub Scout ahead of time to surprise him. (Photos of him at
events, patches he received, projects he made in camp or at den meetings,
souvenirs from trips)
This ceremony depends on the
ability of the Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster or Webelos leader to ham it up
and carry on the suggested conversations. The recipe box becomes the pack’s
library card catalog.
The Cubmaster and assistant Cubmaster have found the card catalog
and eagerly discuss wanting to see what adventures are in the pack’s books.
They find the section labeled, “Arrow of Light.” They wonder out
loud what books are in that section.
The first card leads them to the Webelos Handbook. The
requirements to earn the Arrow of Light are reviewed.
The second card is a book titled “Arrow of Light Comes to
Life.” This book brings to life the items collected from the Cub Scout
receiving his Arrow of Light. Display and talk about the surprise items.
The third card is for the book “Adventures in Webelos” in
which the den leader shares a service/ activity related to the Cub Scout.
The fourth card is for “Arrow of Light Journal” where the
parents share something unique about their son. They could also have written a
letter that is in the journal and can be read then given to their Cub Scout.
The fifth card is for “An Arrow of Light Story.” The Cub
Scout then shares his favorite activity he did to earn the Arrow of Light.
The sixth card/book is “The Arrow of Light.” The Cubmaster
displays the award. The Cub Scout then gives the pin to his mother, after which,
the Father can present the award with either the Cub Scout or Boy Scout
The seventh card/book is for “Arrow of Light Future.” This
book is the book that is created as each Cub Scout lives the Scout values and
adheres to the meaning of the Arrow of Light. The meaning and principles are
The eighth card is for the Cub Scout to quote the Scout Law or
Promise and lead everyone in his favorite cheer.
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