Webelos Buffalo Ceremony
This Ceremony is meant for Bear scouts, Webelos scouts.
Blue, yellow, green, and red tempera paint.
AKELA: Many moons ago the Great Chief Akela called a council to see what could be done to make Webelos the strongest of all tribes. The council said, 'We need colors for our braves, to guide them in how they live their lives.' The council talked for many hours and finally decided on the colors that would offer best guidance.
Red to represent blood of warriors that fought to protect us, to make us a great nation, to which a Scout is loyal.
Yellow to represent the rays of sun that bring warmth, good cheer, and happiness, for the Arrow of Light which Webelos strive to achieve.
Green to represent the forest, for the Webelos learn how to be outdoorsmen, to live under nature's canopy of trees. He comes to nature's house to be the naturalist and forester. He swims in the stream to be the aquanaut.
Blue to represent the heavens, the house of God to which the Scout is reverent.
Brothers in the Webelos tribe now wear these colors as they trail the eagle, follow the sun, and keep the spirit of Scouting a bright light.
AKELA: It is time to welcome new brothers into the tribe of Webelos. All scouts wishing to take on the risks, challenges, and adventures of the Webelos tribe, leaving behind their Bear tribe, come forward now.
BALOO: Remove any signs of your old tribe that you are wearing. (Scouts remove their scarves and slides)
AKELA: Becoming a Webelos Scout is a major step on the Cub Scout trail on your way to the Arrow of Light and onto the Boy Scout trail to Eagle. Just as Indian boys became warriors and were painted in the colors of their tribe, we will paint you with the colors of the Webelos tribe.
AKELA: Blue symbolizes the effort you will make to reach your goals along the Webelos trail. You will earn your Webelos badge and compass points. The strongest and bravest will earn the Arrow of Light.
BALOO: Do you accept the challenges ahead of you in the Webelos tribe? (BALOO marks a blue streak)
AKELA: Yellow represents the Pack. Yellow is the color of the sun and will light your way along the Webelos trail. You will help the Pack go and it will help you grow.
BALOO: Do you vow to do your best? (BALOO marks a yellow streak on the other cheek)
AKELA: Green represents the Boy Scout Troop that you will eventually join. Green stands for the tree so that you may stand tall on the Scouting trail. As a Webelos scout, you will spend more time in the outdoors and learn the ways of nature. You will understand animals, plants, and the forces of weather.
BALOO: Do you wish to learn more about these things and grow in your scouting skills? (green mark)
AKELA: Red represents the blood of your Webelos brothers. You are all bound together through struggles and challenges. You will need each other to succeed and you must always be prepared to help each other along.
BALOO: Do you promise to help your fellow Webelos on their trail? (BALOO marks with red)
AKELA: Wear your Webelos Colors proudly while you progress along the Webelos Trail, never forgetting that a tribe grows together.
(BALOO and AKELA put new kerchiefs on each scout and give each one the Cub Scout shake)
AKELA: This is a joyous occasion! A new Webelos tribe has been created and we will now celebrate. Together, we will eat of the buffalo to gain its strength so we may overcome all challenges. Chew on its meat to gain its stamina and endurance so that no hardship can defeat us. Drink its blood to gain its heart so that we remain loyal to our tribe and our beliefs.
(Have a snack of kool aid and jerky)