Cubmaster: We begin our ceremony tonight by celebrating the advancement of the newest members of our Pack: our Tiger cubs.
During the past months, you and your familes have explored new and exciting things and places. You have taken each part of the Tiger Cub motto - Search, Discover, Share - and you have used it in your home and neighborhood.
Assistant: Will the following boys and their parents please gather around our campfire: [call names]
Cubmaster: You have all completed 15 Achievements. You have participated with your Akela in 5 Den Activities, you have completed 5 Family Activities, and you and your Akela have gone on 5 Go-See-Its...
Each rank of scouts is marked by an animal. You are the Tigers. Tigers are very powerful and very wise. Tigers are strong.
Tonight we honor you by giving you the mark of the Tiger and welcome you into the Pack. As we call your name, please come to the campfire for your markings.
Assistant: [Call names]
Wolf Advancement Ceremony 1 of 2
Cubmaster: The Indians believed in animal spirits that helped the Indians and gave them special powers. Each Indian also had a guardian spirit with which he had a special bond.
Den Leader: One advantage to spending time alone in the wilderness is that you might meet your spirit animal which would make your life more complete. An Indian might be canoeing alone across a lake, when he spies a wolf on the shore. And as the wolf looks into his eyes, he'll just know that that's his spirit animal. Of course you can only meet your spirit animal when you're alone.
Cubmaster: The wolf gives us 2 strengths: wisdom and bravery. The wolf is one of the smartest animals in the woods. This wisdom will serve our scouts well. The wolf is also loyal to the pack. Because of this, the pack is much stronger than the wolf by itself.
Den Leader: Today we have (number) scouts that have earned the Wolf rank. They have learned how to handle tools and how to display the flag; they know how be healthy and safe. They have learned to serve in the community and to conserve energy. They are physically active and like to read. They have fun with their families and their den mates. They obey our country's laws and worship God.
Cubmaster: Call them and their parents forward so I may reward their efforts.
Den Leader: As I call your name, come forward with your parents. (call each name)
(Hand badge to parents when they are in front)
Cubmaster: Parents, please present your son with his Wolf badge. Attach the badge to his uniform upside down. Once he performs a good deed, it may be permanently attached right side up. Wear your parent pin with pride in your son's accomplishments.
Den Leader: Join me in congratulating these new Wolf Scouts
Wolf Advancement Ceremony 2 of 2
Cut small strips of dissolving paper. On each piece of paper write one of the boy’s names. Have a large jar filled with warm water and one stick to stir it with. Gather 20 or so small thin twigs.
Cubmaster & Den Leader: This evening a number of our young scouts will take their final test to earn their Wolf badge. Will the following Scouts and their parents please come forward? [Call names]
To earn your Wolf badge you have completed 12 achievements. These required:
You have mastered several feats of skill, have made a collection and have shown willingness to help and take part in family fun. Are you ready to take your final test to earn your Wolf badge? One important lesson you have learned is the importance of working together as a team in your den and with your family. As an individual you stand alone and are weak. [Pass out twigs to each boy]
Hold this single twig and break it in half. This bundle represents your broken twigs together with mine. Each of you take this bundle and attempt to break it in half. [Wait for each scout to try this]
As you can see, there is strength in the unity of the pack. Together you are stronger than any single individual. As I read your name, come forward and take this piece of paper from me. [Hand out the papers]
Each of you has been given a piece of paper with your name. This is no ordinary paper. What you hold is truth paper. This is paper handed down from generation to generation to test the truth of an individual. If you have spoken the truth of your accomplishments, this paper will disappear into the water; never to be seen again.
However, if your paper remains solid, you are not yet ready to continue on your journey of scouting. [Have each scout place their piece of paper in the water, stir the water a little, show the scout the paper dissolved and hand them their badge]
Since you all pass, will all of you please recite the Cub Scout Promise? I, Scouts name, 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.
Cubmaster: One day in 1909, an American businessman named William Boyce was having trouble finding his way in the London fog. As he stood on the street, a young boy approached him and asked if he could help. Mr. Boyce told him the address he was looking for, and the boy led him to his destination. When Mr. Boyce attempted to give him a tip for his help, the boy said, 'No thank you, sir, I'm a Scout and Scouts do not accept rewards for doing good turns.' This meeting inspired Mr. Boyce to form the Boy Scouts of America.
The slogan of the Boy Scouts is 'Do a good turn daily.' As Cub Scouts, we say in our promise that we will help other people. A very important part of the Cub Scout program is the advancement of the boys as they work to be good Cub Scouts. We recognize the Cub Scouts in our pack in honor of that unknown scout in England.
Assistant: Will the following boys and their parents please join us around the campfire? [call names]
Cubmaster: When a Cub Scout reaches third grade, he begins working from the Big Bear book. Just as Akela met the bear with courage, the Scout walks the Big Bear trail. On that trail, he finds and conquers 12 challenging achievements in the categories of God, country, family, and self.
You have done all of this and now I will reward you with your Bear badge and the markings of the bear.
Assistant: (Call names]
Cubmaster: Tonight we are going to recognize the second highest lever of advancement in Cub Scouts: The Webelos Advancement. The highest achievement is the Arrow of Light, before they cross over to Boy Scouts. (that is if they survive tonight).
Assistant: Would the following boys please come up and join us around the campfire with your parents behind you.
Cubmaster: We know that all of these boys have earned at least 3 activity pins, know the meaning of the Webelos Badge, lead flag ceremonies, know and understand the requirements to become a Boy Scout, and have completed their religious requirements. We are proud of their efforts but felt that they should probably have to pass the same test that the young Zulu boys had to pass in order to become Zulu scouts and warriors before they are given their badges.
Let me tell you that story: Drum beat, please.
When a Zulu boy was old enough to become a warrior, he was taken out in the woods, stripped of his clothes (pause) and covered in white paint. He was given only a small spear and shield with which he could kill small animals and provide himself a little protection. He was then left in the woods.
Anyone seeing the boy while he was painted would hunt him down. It took about a month for the white paint to wear off his body. So for about a month the boy would have to hide in the brush and live as well as he could. he had to follow the tracks of the deer and creep near enough to animals to spear them just so he could eat and make clothes for himself. He had to be able t run long distances, climb trees and swim rivers in order to escape his pursuers. He had to be brave. Only the best among these boys would pass the test.
After a month, when the white paint had worn off, if he survived he would be welcomed home to his tribe.
We have a bucket of white paint here, and a spear and shield for each of you. Who would like to go first?" [Arrange set up with curtain, throw clothes over, dump white "paint"]
We decided that you would probably get picked up by the police if you were running around naked and painted white, so we will accept the work you have done to become Webelos and paint you faces white instead.
Assistant: [Call names]
Cubmaster: As your chief, I am honored to bestow upon you the Badge of Webelos which you have rightfully earned.
Four clear glasses:
Be sure audience cannot see the preparation or the bottom of the glasses during the trick.
Water changes colors from clear to yellow to green to blue as the liquid is poured into successive glasses.
Water from a spring at a nearby Boy Scout camp has the special properties of changing into Cub Scout colors if boys have completed all of their requirements for their badge of rank. Water is poured from a special receptacle into the first glass. Water turns yellow when poured from first glass into second. Water turns green when poured from second glass into third. Before pouring the third glass into the fourth, ask "are you boys sure that you completed all of the requirements for the ______ badge?" Water turns blue when poured into last glass, indicating the boys have in fact completed the final test for their badge of rank.
The first glass is empty so water is clear when poured into the first glass. The water turns yellow when added to the glass with the drop of yellow food coloring. The yellow water turns green when added to the glass with a drop of green food coloring. The green water turns blue when added to the glass with the liquid bleach (the yellow color is bleached our of the green water, leaving the water blue in color).
This trick requires the use of chemicals normally available at scientific supply stores. Most chemistry sets will contain the required chemicals.
Prepare the glasses as follows:
"Water" is poured into different glasses, each time changing to a different color. The color sequence is clear, yellow, red, purple, green, clear.
This ceremony plays our similarly to the yellow, green, blue ceremony except with more glasses and colors.
Execution is similar to the yellow green, blue ceremony. Reactions between chemicals in solution produce the different colors. Be careful to dispose of the last glass quickly as it does look like water but is really heavily laced with chlorine bleach (the last thing you want to happen is for a scout to come up and taste the "water").
Advancement Ceremony - Blue and Gold Balloons
Blue and gold (yellow) balloons, either filled with Helium or attached to sticks, one for each boy receiving an award.
Attach the awards and verses to the balloons. If the Balloons are on sticks, arrange them in a large container. Helium filled Balloons may be attached to a cardboard cutout of a Cub Scout or Cub Scout symbol.
The Cub master selects a balloon, calls the boy and his parents forward, reads the verse, and presents the boy with his award and the balloon. If multiple boys are receiving the same award, call all forward, read the verse, then present awards and balloons.
A bright blue balloon for _________ He's finished his Bobcat quest.
May you stay loyal to Cub Scouts And always Do Your Best.
This gold balloon is for ____________ The Tiger Cub badge is his award.
As you work with your partner
may you always be moving forward.
Another blue balloon, it’s for ________ The rank of Wolf he’ll obtain.
May happiness shine for you always
as more Scouting knowledge you gain.
A gold balloon this time for ________ The rank of Bear is his tonight.
May Akela watch over you each day, As you share your Cub Scouting light.
The blue balloon is for _________
Webelos badge is proudly awarded to him. May good cheer follow you throughout
as you climb to Cub Scouting's highest limb.
Balloon Break Advancement - Longhorn Council
Set up the large rank advancement cards facing audience. Hide them from view by placing a large balloon in front of each card. Tape balloon to table to secure it.
Have a dart to break balloons.
HINT: Arrow points and other recognitions can be put in balloons before balloons are blown up
Cubmaster: To continue with thus festive occasions we have several young men who have worked hard to advance in rank. They have come to celebrate here tonight. [Call Bobcat candidates and parents forward]
These young men have started on their way in Scouting. They need to be congratulated on a job well done. [Have Bobcat break first balloon, give his parents his patch and congratulate the Cub and parents with handshake]