Cub Scout and Boy Scout Ceremonies

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Activity Badges

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:1 large candle in a stand
many small candles, all in stands
Preparation:Line up small candles in a line with the large candle at one end.
Script:Akela: Our Webelos scouts have been very busy the past few months, completing activity badges towards their advancement. I would like the following Webelos scouts to please come forward. [call off names of scouts receiving pins]

Akela: Den Chief [name] will light one of the small candles for each activity badge as it is presented.
The [activity badge name] activity badge has been earned by [scout names]. Please step forward to claim your pin and tell us one thing you did to earn this pin.
(Den Chief lights small candle)

For each activity badge, Akela may change what he says. For example, for the Craftsman badge, he may ask each scout to tell what he built. For Sportsman, ask which sport he showed signals for and to demonstrate a signal now.

(once all pins are distributed)
Akela: Den Chief [name], I see we have one candle left. Should we light it now?

Den Chief: No, Akela, that big candle stands for the Arrow of Light.

Akela: That's right, [name]. This candle will remain unlit until we have a Webelos Scout who has completed the Arrow of Light requirements. Then we will light that candle. These small candles, representing the activity badge areas, are steps along the trail of Webelos Scouts. They are important in themselves, but they lead us to the Arrow of Light which signifies that a Webelos scout has reached the highest step on the Cub Scout trail and is fully prepared to continue on to the Boy Scout trail.

Akela: Now, Den Chief [name], will you lead the Webelos Scouts in your den yell and then return them to their seats?

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Akela Arrow of Light

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:3 arrows: green, red, yellow
large Arrow of Light symbol on stand
(optional): campfire, drums
Preparation:Lay the 3 arrows on the ground by the campfire.
Script:Cubmaster: Tonight we have the special privilege of witnessing the presentation of the highest award in Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light.

(Lights are turned out and spots are shown on stage. Can have a slow drumbeat and campfire centerstage)

Cubmaster: I, Akela, have heard the drums speak. I now call to the council fire, the following scouts and their parents - [call names]
(scouts and parents come forward)

Cubmaster: Gather around this campfire so that the others may look upon you. I, Akela, have heard of your great achievements and have brought for you the reward of your deeds. Look upon the symbol that stands beside you. (Spotlight on the Arrow of Light symbol)

Cubmaster: Before you lie symbols placed here by your leaders. I, Akela, say to you Webelos Scout [one name], pick up the green arrow. Bring it back to your fellow Webelos scouts. All of you scouts as a single tribe, hold the green arrow with your left hand and give the Scout Sign.
This green arrow represents perseverence and dedication to personal growth. Do you promise to continue to follow the trail of the Eagle, wherever it may lead you? If you do, say, "I Promise".

Cubmaster: Webelos Scout [one name], retrieve the red arrow and have your fellow scouts hold it along with the green arrow.
This red arrow represents the courage it takes to live the Scout Oath in your life.
Give the Scout Sign. Do you promise to live the Scout Oath?

Cubmaster: Now, Webelos Scout [one name], retrieve the yellow arrow.
This yellow arrow represents the light and brightness that a true Scout brings to the world by obeying the Scout Law.
Give the Scout Sign. Do you promise to be forever trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent?

Cubmaster: This bundle of three arrows resembles the Scout sign. Like your three outstretched fingers, it stands for the three parts of the Scout Oath. Your hands holding the arrows together are like your thumb and little finger that, when brought together, stand for the bond that ties all Scouts together. Now you are ready to receive the highest award of Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light.
(Cubmaster retrieves bundle of arrows from scouts and sets it aside)

Cubmaster: Before you stands the Arrow of Light. Within the tepee of many braves, this symbol has an honored place. Its shaft is straight and narrow - just as the path that you should follow throughout your life. Its tip points the way - the way to success in all that you do. It is pointing to the right - a symbol that nothing should be left undone; if it is within your power to do it, see that it is done.

Cubmaster: And lastly, the symbol of the seven rays of the sun - one for each day of the week to remind you that every day is a new day, a day to do your best in everything. A day to honor your God and your country, to do your Good Turn, a new chance to follow the Scout Law and to remember these words: ON MY HONOR.

Cubmaster: Now, Webelos Den Leader [name] will hand to the parents the Arrow of Light so they can pin it on their scout. Now the boys will pin upon their mom or dad the miniature Arrow of Light, and give them a big hug for all their help.

Cubmaster: Now that you have received the Arrow of Light, let its light shine forth from you. Promise now to set an example for others to follow in your footsteps, set your eye on the Eagle and never waiver. Do you promise?

Webelos: We promise.

Cubmaster: I, Akela, declare that you are now full-fledged Arrow of Light holders. Pack, stand and join me in a roaring congratulations!

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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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Akelas Life Arrow of Light

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:one lit candle
five other candles
Preparation:Dim lights and light the one candle.
Akela is at the back of the room.
Notes:If no scouts are at a specific rank, light the candle, but say there are none at that point on the trail.
Script:(Akela walks to the front of the room)

Narrator: Akela was the chief of the Webelos tribe; tall, stalwart, straight as an arrow, swift as an antelope, brave as a lion - he was fierce to an enemy but kind to a brother. Many trophies hung in his teepee. His father was the son of the great yellow sun in the sky. He was called the "Arrow Of Light". His mother, from whom he learned those wondrous things that mothers know, was called "Kind Eyes".

When he was very young, he began to understand the signs and calls of the Webelos tribe. Playing close to the village, he learned to tumble and have fun from Tiger Cubs that lived there.

(Akela lights the Tiger candle)
Akela: With this candle, representing the "Spirit of Akela" we light the trail of the Tiger. From the signs along the Tiger trail, I see the following scouts are ready for advancement in the Tiger Clan of Akela's tribe.
(Akela calls the names of the scouts receiving Tiger badges. They come forward and stand before the campfire. Akela presents awards.)

Narrator: Then Akela was taken on little trips to the forest among the great trees and streams. Here, from the Wolf, he learned the language of the ground; the tracks and the ways to food.

(Akela lights the Wolf candle)
Akela: From the signs along the Wolf trail, I see these scouts are ready for advancement in the Wolf Clan of Akela's tribe.
(Akela calls the scouts receiving Wolf badges and arrow points. They come forward and stand before the campfire. Akela presents awards.)

Narrator: Then from the big, kindly bears, he learned the secret names of the trees, the calls of the birds, the language of the air.

(Akela lights the Bear candle)
Akela: From the signs along the Bear trail I see the following braves are ready for advancement in the Bear Clan of Akela's tribe.
(Akela calls scouts receiving Bear badges and arrow points)

Narrator: But before he could become a Scouting Brave on his own, he had to prove himself by trying out new skills, performing certain tasks and passing tests of accomplishment.

(Akela lights the Webelos candle)
Akela: From the signs along the Webelos trail, I see that the following braves have shown their skills in many different ways.
(He calls scouts receiving activity badges and indicates which badges they earned.)

(If any Webelos are earning their rank badge)
Akela: By demonstrating skills and character, these scouts have earned their Webelos rank.
(Call names of scouts and present Webelos rank.)

Narrator: After a time, Akela was allowed to go on outings with the braves of his tribe. He saw how strong they were and how they worked together to hunt game and survive in the wilds. He decided that was the life for him and pushed himself harder to pass the highest test of all.

(Akela lights the Arrow of Light candle)
Akela: From the signs further down the Webelos trail, I see that the following scouts have proven themselves worthy to wear the "Arrow of Light", the highest award in Akela's tribe.
(He calls forward the boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award.)

Akela: From the four winds, Akela hears that you scouts are doing well along the trails that will lead you into Boy Scouting and the highest trail of all, that of Eagle.
Now will all Cub Scouts stand and repeat with me the Cub Scout Promise.

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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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Arrow of Light

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:Ceremony Table with awards and pins, 1 each blue, yellow, green, and white candles standing on the table, one simple white candle.
blue, yellow, green, white paint, large AoL cardboard sign, crossover bridge.
Preparation:Participants: Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Webelos Leader, Scoutmaster, Webelos Den Chief, AoL recipients and their parents.
Script:At the opening of the ceremony, the simple white candle is lit by the Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster at the front of the room.
Parents are on one side of the room and Den Leader in the rear with the Webelos Scouts. The Den Leader should blindfold all scouts and have each put his right hand on the right shoulder of the scout in front of him.
The Scoutmaster for the troop Webelos are crossing to should wait on the far side of the bridge.

The Den Leader leads the Webelos to the parents who each take the hand of their son and guide him to the cermony table.

Cubmaster: (while the Scouts are being guided to the table)
As a Cub Scout, you have been guided through the Cub Scout Trail with the help of many Akelas. Soon, when you become a Boy Scout, you will find that, while there are still many people willing to help, you take on more and more responsibility for blazing your own trail to Eagle.

(Assistant Cubmaster removes blindfolds when in front of table)

Cubmaster: (Call out each AoL recipient name) - you have been called before the Pack because you have satisfied the requirements for Cub Scouting's highest rank: The Arrow of Light.

The first band of color is to remind you of the lessons you learned as a Cub Scout.

(Asst. Cubmaster lights Blue Candle, as the Cubmaster reads)

Blue represents the spirit of Cub Scouting : the spirit of giving goodwill and doing your best. Do you promise to fulfill the Cub Scout Promise and the Cub Scout motto, Do Your Best, when you receive the Arrow of Light badge?

(Webelos Scouts answer, 'We do'. Webelos Den Leader applies Blue Paint to each recipient's face).

Cubmaster: Webelos Scouts have faithfully promised always to keep the spirit of Cub Scouting. As their parents, do you also promise to continue to help your boy in his Scouting adventures.

(Parents answer, 'We do').

Cubmaster: (Asst. Cubmaster lights White Candle, as the Cubmaster reads)
The second band of color, white, represents the Scout Law. Youth and adult leaders will cheerfully show you the skills you need, but it will be up to you to live up to the 12 points of the Scout Law. Daily you will be faced with decisions and, at times, the trail will seem most difficult to follow. Make your choices by always remembering the Scout Law. In all you do, do you promise to be forever Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent?

(Webelos answer, 'We do'. Webelos Leader applies white paint)

Cubmaster: (as the Assistant Cubmaster lights the yellow candle)
The third band of color, yellow, stands for the Arrow of Light. Its shaft is straight and narrow: just as is the path that you Scouts should follow throughout your life. Its tip points the way: the way to success in all that you do. It is pointing to the right: a symbol that nothing should be left undone; if it is within your power to do it, see that it is done. And lastly, this is the symbol of the seven rays of the sun, one for each day of the week; this is to remind you that every day is a new day: a day to Do Your Best in everything:

A day to honor your God and Country,
to do your Good Turn,
a new chance to follow the Scout Law
and to remember these words: On My Honor

Cubmaster: Each boy has blazed his own trail toward the Arrow of Light award, and now the Arrow of Light will help them remember their promise to keep the Spirit of Cub Scouting alive. Do you promise to let its light shine forth from you, to set an example for others to follow in your footsteps, to set your eye on the Eagle and never waiver?

(Webelos reply, 'We promise'. Webelos Leader applies yellow paint).

Cubmaster: Then I, Akela, have the distinct honor to say to you: You are now full-fledged Arrow of Light holders!

(Assistant Cubmaster hands the parents the Arrow of Light awards and asks them to pin them upon the boys).

Cubmaster: Next, we ask the Webelos to pin upon their mom or dad a miniature Arrow of Light.

Cubmaster: You may wear the awards on your Scout uniforms, centered below the left shirt pocket. It is a great honor for me to greet you as a recipient of the Arrow of Light award. (all leaders shake hands of recipients)

Cubmaster: (while assistant Cubmaster lights green candle) The last candle, and the last band of color, is Green; it symbolizes the beginning of your path toward Eagle as a Boy Scout. As your Den Leader applies the paint on each of you, prepare yourselves to no longer be known as a Webelos Scout, but now as a Boy Scout.

Your Den Leader will now lead you to the bridge that connects Cub Scouting with Boy Scouting. As your name is called, cross over the bridge where Boy Scouts will be waiting to welcome you into their troop and present you with the handbooks and neckerchiefs you already have earned through your diligence as Webelos Scouts.

(Webelos den leader leads scouts to bridge. As a name is called, he can shake their hand and wish them well before they cross over.)

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Arrow of Light 2

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
1 each of Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear Cub Scout
Arrow of Light Award candidates and their parents
Large copy of Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos badges
Arrow of Light awards and certificates
Preparation:Give script portions to Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos scout before meeting.
Script:Have Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, and Bear representatives come on stage. Give each one their large badge.

Cubmaster: The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light award. There are many steps required to reach this goal. Let's hear from the scouts how it is achieved. First, a Bobcat.

Bobcat: I am a Bobcat, a new member of the pack, no matter what grade I am in. I have just learned the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack.

Cubmaster: Next, a Tiger.

Tiger: I am a Tiger Scout. During first grade, I searched, discovered, and shared new things with my adult partner and my den.

Cubmaster: Next, a Wolf.

Wolf: I am a Wolf Scout. I have completed lots of achievements in the Wolf scout handbook. I had fun in my den and pack and with my whole family as I earned my Wolf badge during 2nd grade.

Cubmaster: Next, a Bear.

Bear: I am a Bear Scout. I've done dozens of achievements and electives to earn my Bear badge in third grade. My activities were in the areas of God, Country, Family, and Self.

Cubmaster: After Bear, the highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Webelos scout.

Webelos: As a Webelos scout, I have started to set my own path in scouting. I have earned activity pins and I understand more about the ideals of Boy Scouts. I know that Webelos is the last step before becoming a Boy Scout.

Cubmaster: We have ____ Webelos scouts that have earned their Arrow of Light award. Will the following scouts and parents please come forward.
(If there is more than one Arrow of Light Award candidate, he reads other names and asks them to come forward.)
To the parents of each of these Webelos scouts, I take great pride in presenting the Arrow of Light Award for you to present to your son, so that he may wear it on his Webelos scout uniform. The Arrow of Light Award is worn centered on the flap of his left shirt pocket - and later on his Boy Scout uniform.
(Present patches and wait while parents pin them on.)

Cubmaster: These certificates are evidence of the honor you have received.
(Hand out certificates for badges.)

Cubmaster: It has been a pleasure having you fine scouts in this pack. You will soon move on to a Boy Scout troop and we will miss your leadership here, but we wish you the very best as you continue your Boy Scout trail.
You parents will find additional enjoyment and satisfaction as you go on into Boy Scouting with your son and help him with his new adventure.

Pack _____, please stand.
Join me in congratulating these Arrow of Light recipients!

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Arrow of Light 3

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:Chief: Takachsin
Medicine Man: Weuchsowagam
Guide: Witschindin
Guard: Kinhican
Notes:Contact your local Order of the Arrow ceremonial team to perform this or another ceremony for your pack.
Script:[The four principles (Chief, Medicine Man, Guide, and Guard) enter from the rear and take their positions: Chief behind the table, Medicine man to his right, the guide to the left of the chief, and the guard to the right of the medicine man.]

(Chief should pause and scan the audience for a few seconds)
Chief: Cub Scouts, leaders, parents and guests; my brothers, Weuchsowagam, the Medicine Man, Witschindin, the guide, Kinhican, the guard, and I Takachsin, the Chieftain, bring you greetings and salutations. We have come before you tonight to fulfill a prophecy spoken by the legends of our tribe.

MedMan: The words on the prophesy say that in the springtime of each year, youth will be found who have met the challenges of Akela and are ready to become braves. My brothers and I have watched your pack and have found such braves among you. We have come to present them with the highest honor; the Arrow of Light. But before this can happen, they must take a journey through their memories.

Guide: Many moons ago, you entered the Cub Pack. The first challenges you encountered were from the Bobcat clan. As you met them, you learned what it means to be a Cub, the Law of the Pack, and the three words that would inspire you to meet all other challenges: Do Your Best.
[Light firepot or candle]

Guard: Your first steps along the trail were spent with the Tiger clan. There, you experienced many challenges for a young boy. You became part of the clan, but continued to look for more.
[Light firepot or candle]

Guide: Having started on the trail, you next sought to join the Wolf clan. Here you were met with twelve challenges, harder than the Tiger tests, but with the cleverness of the wolf itself, you met them and continued on your journey.
[Light firepot or candle]

Guard: Now the trail becomes darker and fainter as you came to the Bear clan. Again twelve challenges were presented before you. As you met them, your knowledge grew and your spirit strengthened. It was this strength of spirit, like the bear, that prompted you to move onward.
[Light firepot or candle]

Chief: As you neared the summit, you joined the Webelos clan. The time of your testing had begun. In the Webelos clan you began to learn about Scouting. Just as you learned the ways of the tribe as a Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, and Bear, as a member of the Webelos clan you would learn the ways of a brave.
[Light firepot or candle]

Chief: In time, you earned the Webelos badge, blazing the rest of the trail on your own. Now at last you have reached the summit and the highpoint of this part of your journey.
[Light firepot or candle]

Chief: Let the Arrow of Light be given to each of them.

Guide: [To the chief] Wait, Brother Takachsin! Before receiving this most high honor, they must hear its legend so they may understand and appreciate what they are to receive.

Chief: [To medicine man] Brother Weuchsowagam, let the legend of the Arrow of Light be known to all present.

MedMan: In the ages past, when the Nations of the red man spread across the land, there was a young member of one tribe called Akela. Akela wished to be a true brave as the older men of his tribe were, but no one would consider him so.
"Little Akela, he is too young to join the hunt," they would say.
Too young to run with the Bobcat clan.
Not clever enough to hunt with the Wolf clan.
Such a young one is not strong enough to join the Bear clan.
No matter how hard Akela worked, all ways were barred to him. But the Aged Chieftain of the tribe saw Akela different than the rest.
"The spirit of this young one burns brighter than the largest fire. Akela has served his brethren well for one of his age. The time will come when the tribe will need only that which Akela can give."

One night in the fall during the harvest, a party of braves was canoeing back to their village after a hunt. On this night, the fog rolled thick across the river. The fog was so heavy the river path back to the village was hidden from view. The river split with one branch leading to the village and the other leading to a deadly waterfall. The braves did not know the safe path to take and were trapped.

Akela had been practicing his hunting skills in the hills above the river and had seen the danger to the canoe. He wrapped an arrow in a skin, set it aflame, and shot it into the sky toward the safer river path. The braves in the canoe saw the flaming arrow through the fog and followed it toward the safe river path and the village.

The braves went to the Chieftain saying, "We were trapped on the river and the High father sent an Arrow of Light through the sky to guide us."
The Chieftain smiled and said, "The sign which led you to safety came not from the heavens but from one who you thought was too young to do anything." He brought Akela forward to the surprise of the braves.
"Akela has proved himself worthy to wear the name of brave. He has aided his brothers in their time of greatest need. Hereafter, all young members of our tribe shall become braves only after meeting the challenges of the Arrow of Light. Let them each be filled with the spirit of Akela and follow his example of unselfish service to our brethren."

And it was made so and carried through the present day as you Webelos stand before us now, ready to receive the Arrow of Light.

MedMan: Will the following Webelos and their parents please stand before us as your names are called.
[As Medicine Man recites or reads names, the Guide and Guard should direct Webelos to make a line across the front of the stage. Parents should stand behind their son.]
[Medicine Man remains behind table to light the 7 candles. The Chief, Guide, and Guard move down in front of the Webelos.]

Guide: Before you receive this honor, I must see your devotion to the high ideals of Scouting. Therefore, I ask you all now raise your right hand to the Scout sign and repeat with me, the Scout Oath and Law.
[Raises hand in the sign of the Boy Scout (followed by the other principles) and recites the Scout Oath and Law with the other principles (Medicine Man, Guide, and Guard) along with the other Webelos who will be awarded the Arrow of Light]
Scout Oath:
Scout Law:

Chief: I shall now recite the virtues of the Arrow of Light Award which are represented by these seven candles.
  • Faith: Is when you can believe in something without the need for physical proof or evidence that it is true.

  • Wisdom: means not always being the smartest, but putting the knowledge you have to the right use.

  • Self-Control: is not just for your temper, but the way you behave with all things you do and the way you treat everyone you meet each day.

  • Hope: is believing in the future; that what must be can be, for the better; and that you can make a difference.

  • Love: is caring more about the ones you love than yourself, your family, friends, other people, your home and Country and most of all God.

  • Justice: is when you treat everyone just how you want to be treated; fairly and without regard to who they are, where they are from or what they believe in.

  • Courage: doesn’t mean you don’t know when to be afraid, but that you do what you must in spite of your fears.

Guide: Having met all of its challenges, it is our duty and privilege to award you with the highest Cub Scout honor: the Arrow of Light.
Parents because of the support and guidance you have given these braves, I give the Arrow of Light to you to present to them.
[Moves to the front and gives the Arrow of Light card and/or patch to the parents who then present it to their son.]

(If the Pack gives a token to each Arrow of Light recipient)
Guard: My brothers and I also present you with this token from your pack. Keep this in remembrance of this occasion.
[Moves forward and presents each Webelos with a token. As he presents the tokens, the Chief, Medicine Man, and Guide congratulate each Webelos with the Scout Handshake]

Chief: Let us now congratulate these young braves.
[All principles return to their original positions on the stage while pack applauds.]

Guide: [To all still standing] You may now be seated.

Chief: Once again, I congratulate you on your achievements. Having finished the work for which we were called to do, we now depart this gathering of your pack. Before we go, I would remind you to keep Akela’s spirit alive. Let it ignite a spark within each of you that will fan into a fire as you grow.

MedMan: We challenge all the younger braves present to continue on your trail and strive to reach the summit and the Arrow of Light. May the Great Master of all Scouts be with you until we meet again.

[Principles silently depart]

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Arrow of Light Challenge

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Script:Akela: Tonight we have Webelos Scouts who have earned Cub Scouting's highest award. As I call your name, please come forward with your parents.

(Call names earning the Arrow of Light badge)

Akela: Long ago, Indian braves would collect eagle feathers. Eagle feathers could not be worn by just anyone. A brave needed to earn the right to wear such prized honors. He would stand before the tribal council and tell of a brave deed he had done to win the feather. If the council felt the deed was worthy, the brave was allowed to display the feather. This was called 'counting coup' and feathers might be worn in the hair, on clothes, on a banner, or on a coup stick.

Akela: The Webelos scout 'counts coup' by actively participating in his den and pack to earn the rank awards and activity badges on his uniform. These badges are highly valued in our tribe, but other tribes have their own honors for braves that excel.
When you are no longer a member of this pack, you may no longer wear the badges and honors you received here. But, you may keep them forever and share the stories of how you earned them with your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Akela: You have reached the summit of the Cub Scout trail. You have earned the top Cub Scouting award - the Arrow of Light. It is my pleasure to give this Arrow of Light badge to your parents as they have been your Akela through your scouting journey this far. Parents, please award this badge to your son and congratulate him on a 'job well done.'

(Webelos Leaders present the parents with the Arrow of Light badge and ask them to pin it on their son.)

Akela: You've come to the final fork in the Cub Scout trail. Your choices are to veer off the path or continue up the trail to the next summit in Boy Scouts. The Arrow of Light is a significant achievement. It is recognized as such by the Boy Scouts of America. When you become a Boy Scout, you continue to wear the Arrow of Light on your uniform - it is the only honor from Cub Scouts that is recognized by the Boy Scout troop you join. When you become an adult leader, you wear a square knot which represents the Arrow of Light on your uniform. In view of the significance of this award, I offer my sincere congratulations to each of you.

(Cubmaster shakes the hand of each scout and parent)

Akela: In Boy Scouts, when they have an Eagle Court of Honor, a challenge is made to the new Eagle Scout. Tonight, I want to offer such a challenge to each of you. You have achieved the highest rank in Cub Scouts. You have shown what you are capable of doing.

I challenge each of you to continue to live by the ideals you have learned in Cub Scouts, especially the Cub Scout motto: 'DO YOUR BEST'.

I challenge each of you to continue your high level of achievement in Boy Scouts.

I challenge each of you to look at the Arrow of Light badge and think about what it represents:
  • The sun shedding its light on all that we do. A reminder that you should be a light for those around you.
  • The seven rays of the sun representing the seven days of the week. A reminder that you should do your best every day.
  • The arrow symbolic of everything which is straight and true. Just as you should be straight and true in your life.

I challenge each of you to soar to great heights and obtain the Eagle Scout Award.

Akela: Parents, guests, and Cub Scouts of Pack ___, please join with me in giving these boys a standing ovation for achieving the highest award in Cub Scouting.
Congratulations and good luck!

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Arrow of Light Cutout

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:Lighted Arrow of Light box
awards and certificates
Script:The Arrow of Light cutout draws attention to center stage. It is made by cutting out the Arrow of Light symbol from the side of a large cardboard box and pasting yellow tissue paper behind the cutout section. A light bulb is placed in the box. (Be careful that the bulb does not come in contact with the sides of the box.) The box can be painted black.

Cubmaster: I would like Webelos Scout [name] and his parents to please come forward.
(when they are onstage, the house lights are dimmed or turned off and the Arrow of Light box is turned on)

Webelos Den Leader: Tonight, we honor a Webelos Scout who has completed the requirements for Cub Scouting's highest award, the Arrow of Light.
[scout name], you have been a faithful member of our Webelos den. Soon you will complete your Cub Scouting career. You have learned the Boy Scout requirements, visited the Boy Scout troop of your choice, and secured a Boy Scout application. Tonight you receive the Arrow of Light Award. Within a short time you will be eligible to enter Boy Scouting.

You were guided in your progress through Cub Scouting's ranks by the Arrow of Light (points to it), which is this emblem. Let this Arrow of Light continue to light your way as you move onward and upward along the Scouting trail.
It is now our pleasure to present to you the Arrow of Light Award, which you may wear on your Webelos Scout uniform. Later, you may wear it on your Boy Scout uniform. Because your father and mother came up through the ranks of Cub Scouting with you, I will hand the award to them and ask them, in turn, to present it to you.
(Pause while this is carried out)

Cubmaster: I congratulate you for the fine work you have done in Cub Scouting and extend the best wishes of the entire pack to you and your parents as you continue up the Scouting trail into Boy Scouting. Let's have a big cheer for this Scout!

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Arrow of Light Simple

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Script:Cubmaster: Tonight we are assembled to honor those Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light Award. Webelos has a wonderful meaning - We'll Be Loyal Scouts. The Arrow of Light is the highest rank a Cub Scout can reach. So, it is an honor tonight to present the Arrow of Light Award to these Webelos Scouts.
We are striving to make it possible for every Cub Scout to attain this rank before he leaves the Pack to go into Boy Scouting. These Webelos Scouts have brought honor to the Webelos tribe. They have diligently climbed the Cub Scouting trail. They are now ready to go on to a bigger adventure in the great brotherhood of Scouting.
Webelos Den Chief [name], please bring [names of Arrow of Light candidates] and their parents to the front.

The parents will please stand behind their scouts. Webelos Den Leader [name], you have had much to do with the progress of these Webelos Scouts. Do you think them worthy of the Webelos tribe?

Webelos Den Leader: Yes, I consider them worthy.

Cubmaster: Den Chief, are they worthy?

Den Chief: They are.

Cubmaster: Parents, you have played the most important part in developing the character of these candidates. One of the greatest purposes of Cub Scouting is to develop comradeship between parents and sons. As you have worked together, your Webelos Scouts have learned to do things, to be useful, and to appreciate you. To you should go the honor of presenting your sons their awards.
Our Webelos den leader will give the awards and certificates to you for presentation to your sons. Scout, please face your parents.

(Webelos den leader presents certificates, awards, and safety pins to parents. The parents then pin the awards on their boys and congratulate them.)
(Parent pins may also be passed out to the Scouts so they can affix them to their parent's lapel.)

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Arrow of Light Webelos Bridging

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:troop neckerchiefs
red shoulder loops
lashed bridge
candle for each Webelos scout
wooden target arrows
Arrow of Light candleholder
Script:This ceremony works well at a spring campout, with the Boy Scouts supervising the construction of a bridge from poles and rope. Cub Scout flags are positioned at one end of the bridge and Boy Scout flags, Boy Scouts, and Scoutmaster at the other end.
First, do the crossing ceremony for Webelos that have not attained the Arrow of Light, but are joining a troop.

Webelos Den Leader: Webelos Scout [Webelos Scout name], please come forward and bring your parents.
(When scout approaches, den leader shakes his hand and says a few words about his career in the pack. The Scout and parents stand to the side while the other Webelos are brought forward.)

Webelos Den Leader: These Webelos scouts have outgrown our Pack. They need more challenge and more adventure than we can provide. They are ready to move forward into Boy Scouts. I would like to congratulate them on their achievements and wish them well on the other side of the bridge.
(Shake hand with each scout as they are directed across the bridge with their parents.)

(On the Boy Scout side of the bridge, the Boy scouts will present the Webelos with their new Boy Scout neckerchiefs and red shoulder loops. Then send them back to their seats or allow them to sit with the Scouts while the parents return to their seats.)

Webelos Den Leader: Would the following Cub Scouts who have achieved the Arrow Of Light please come forward with their parents. [Say each scout name]

(When all scouts are in place, Cubmaster steps forward.)
Cubmaster: Stop! These scouts may not yet leave our Pack. I, Akela, declare that they have achieved the greatest of all Cub Scout honors and must be recognized for their accomplishments. These scouts have honored Akela and their parents and families. The road to the Arrow of Light is not an easy one and this accomplishment is not to be taken lightly. These scouts have shown their courage to continue and see a task through to the end. In this end, there is a new beginning. The beginning of new leadership for tomorrow. We gather here tonight to honor these scouts and we are humbled by their accomplishment. They show us that by following the proper trail and facing the challenges it presents us, we can all reach our destination.

Webelos Den Leader: Great Akela, please tell us of the trail these scouts followed to achieve the Arrow Of Light.

Akela: (recites Arrow of Light requirements and explains significance of their accomplishment, then presents each boy with a candle.)
Webelos Scouts, please light your candles.
(the scouts light candles and place them on Arrow of Light sign placed between the Cub Scout flags.)

Akela: Scouts, please face the campfire. Bearer of the Arrow, present arrows. (Webelos Den Leader comes forward with arrows, one for each Webelos. These are wooden target arrows with a small piece of flash paper from local magic shop wrapped around tip)

Webelos Den Leader: These arrows symbolize the straight path one must follow. The light symbolizes the enlightenment of knowledge and for doing right for others. As proof that you have earned this recognition, pass the tip of your arrow through the flame you set out for the world to see.
(Have scouts, one at a time, hold the feather end of their arrow and hold the tip in the flame of their candle they put on the Arrow of Light sign. It should flash brightly.)

Webelos Den Leader: Akela will now present the Arrow Of Light to the Scouts. Scouts, follow Akela to complete the secret ceremony. (Cubmaster leads scouts into the shadows, out of sight, where he explains that the Arrow of Light patch can be worn on the uniform centered below the left pocket. It can remain there, even when they join a Boy Scout troop. He hands out the Arrow of Light patch and parent pin to each scout. They then return.)

Akela: These scouts have completed their Arrow of Light ritual. Their last step is to thank their parents for the support given so the scouts could reach this point. To demonstrate that thanks, each scout will fix the parent pin to his mother's or father's lapel.

Webelos Den Leader: Parents, please escort your scout to the bridge, but wait on this side as he crosses over alone into the world of Boy Scouting.

(On the Boy Scout side, the Boy Scouts present each scout with his new Boy Scout neckerchief and red shoulder loops. They then send the scout back to escort their parents across and introduce them to the Scoutmaster.)

(after an appropriate length of time, continue)
Akela: Pack [number], join me in congratulating these new Boy Scouts with a [pack cheer, roar, applause, ...]!

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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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Bow and Arrow Webelos Cross-over

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:An arrow
A bow (optional)
Akela, Baloo, and Den leader
Scoutmaster and/or SPL of troops receiving new scouts
Notes:Can be used after Arrows of Light were awarded to some scouts. If scouts are not advancing to Boy Scouts, they would get their AoL and then not participate in this ceremony.
Script:Akela: The highest award to be earned in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light. Some of the Webelos in our Pack have already received that award today. Take a look at this arrow I have here.

Akela: Notice it is made of strong wood to withstand the stress of doing its work. A good scout also needs to be made of strong character to overcome challenges and hardships.

Baloo: It is also sharp. A good scout is sharp in a different way - he uses his head and figures things out.

Den Leader: The arrow is also straight so it can follow a true path in flight. A good scout uses his faith and conscience to maintain a true path through life.

Baloo: A Webelos Scout is a lot like this arrow. What can I do with this arrow? Is it useful as it is? No, something's missing, isn't it? In order to use this arrow, I need a bow - the energy to make it fly to its target. Without a bow, the arrow is a wasted tool.

Akela: Everything a Webelos Scout has learned in Cub Scouts is like this arrow. Your knowledge and skills are good and useful, but without a way to put it to use, it's kind of wasted. It's like having a nice arrow and just hanging it on the wall instead of using it with a bow as it should be used.

Akela: By advancing on to Boy Scouts, you are designing and crafting your own bow - you are giving yourself a way to use your scouting skills. As you continue in scouting, you will constantly refine your bow, making it stronger and more accurate. You will learn more skills, filling your quiver with many strong arrows. By the time you become an Eagle Scout, you will be well prepared for anything the world throws at you. Just as the Indian braves of old were expert with bow and arrow, you will be expert at scouting skills, leadership, and citizenship.

Akela: Troops [number, number, number, ...] are ready to accept you as a Boy Scout and help you begin to create your bow. You have learned all we can offer you in the Pack and it is time for you to set your sights on even higher goals. As your name is called, your Webelos den leader will remove your neckerchief and blue shoulder loops. You may then present yourself to the leaders of your chosen troop to receive the marks of a Boy Scout and continue your adventure.

(Baloo reads names and chosen troop number of each scout)

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Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Sr. Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster of the troop receiving new scouts
Simple cross-over bridge.
Script:Akela: The moon is full, just as it was long ago on that night in the jungle when Mowgli first joined the wolf pack. It has been many years since Mowgli returned from living with the wolves. After he returned, he taught us many of the lessons he learned while in the jungle. The most important was that the strength of the wolf is the pack, and the strength of the pack is the wolf. That is why we are here tonight in this council ring.
But just as Mowgli had to leave the pack, tonight we also have some man cubs among us who have grown strong and tall. The time has now come when they too must leave the pack to find their place in the world of men. They have learned many lessons as they have walked the trails of the bobcat, tiger, wolf, and bear.
Tonight, these cubs are ready to begin their next adventure on their way to manhood. We will not hold them back, though we will miss them when they are gone. Instead, we will wish them well and send them into the wild where they will continue on their path.

Akela: So let us begin. Parents, bring forward these man cubs.
(Akela calls out the names of the Cubs who will be advancing to Scouts. Parents and Cubs come forward and face the rest of the pack.)

Akela: Akela of men, do you hear me?

Sr. Patrol Leader: I hear you, Akela of the man cubs. What is it that you want?

Akela: We have among us several boys who have grown tall in body and strong in character. They have learned well the ways of the pack, but now they yearn to run with older boys in the wild places. They have been with the pack for many moons, and have been a source of pride for us all. But now it is time that they must leave us and search out greater adventure.

Sr. Patrol Leader: I understand you and I will accept them into my tribe and guide them in those wild places.

(Akela now leads the cubs, one at a time, to the bridge between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He removes the Webelos kerchief and blue shoulder loops. He crosses the bridge to the scout waiting with scout handbook, troop neckerchief, and green shoulder loops.)

Akela: These boys are no longer with our pack, yet we still call on the Great Akela of all Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to always guide their way. We ask that the Great Akela watch over them as they learn to soar with Eagles in the wild places. And, in the fullness of time, we pray that these boys will return, tall and proud and strong, and present their own man cubs to be accepted into the pack. But until then, let us send them on their way with a mighty wolf howl.

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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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Four Winds Cross-over

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:4 candles, matches.
4 scouts, Akela, den leader, 1 volunteer for lights.
Script for each of 4 scouts.
Preparation:The Webelos and their parents are escorted out of the room by the Webelos den leader.
Script:When the Webelos have left the room, light the 4 candles of the 4 scouts and have them take their positions in the corners of the room. Be sure to use candles with wide wax drip shields.

Akela: Our pack is gathered to recognize some of our brothers that are about to travel further on the trail of scouting. Please bring in the Webelos.
(volunteer signals den leader to lead the Webelos in to the front of the room.)

Akela: You have experience much in your adventures in Cub Scouts. You have explored, learned, and grown as you progressed through the ranks. It is now time for you to take on new challenges outside our Pack. The winds from the four directions of the compass have thoughts to share with you.

North Wind: I am the North Wind. People say I am cold, but you have grown to accept me because you have been true-blue Scouts and have lived up to the Law of the Pack. Accept others that you meet on your scouting trail.

South Wind: I am the South Wind. Over hill and dale I have blown fair and warm on your outdoor adventures as you explored the world around you. As Cub Scouts you have been cheerful and friendly - a credit to your den and pack. Continue to be cheerful and friendly as you follow the Scout Law.

East Wind: I am the East Wind. I bring the worst of storms on my gusts. Through the challenges you faced in Cub Scouts, you have shown that you are brave and helpful to others. Remain brave in the face of hardship and keep looking for ways to help those in need.

West Wind: I am the West Wind. I bring warmth, fair weather, and blue skies. You have shown yourself to be a trustworthy Webelos scout, loyal to your den of brothers. Loyalty and trust will fill your life with fair skies and good friends as you scout outside our Pack.

All Winds: (in unison) We will be with you forever. We wish you the best of luck in your travels and experiences on the Scouting trail.

(volunteer turns on room lights)
Akela: As the winds have spoken, the Pack wishes you a great scouting trail ahead. Pack, please stand.
Let's give a big Pack Cheer for these great scouts!

Akela: The leader(s) from Troop(s) [numbers, ...] are here to accept you into their troops. If you have chosen a troop, please go to them when your name and new troop number are announced.
(Call out the name and troop for each scout)
(You might add the removal of Webelos neckerchief and blue shoulder loops to the ceremony if the troops have green shoulder loops and troop neckerchiefs ready)

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From Pack to Troop

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:campfire setting
Notes:This ceremony is for a Webelos scout moving on to Boy Scouts ahead of the rest of his den.
Script:Cubmaster: Friends and parents, Webelos Scout [Name] is ready to cross over into the Boy Scout troop. [Name], you have looked forward to this for 4 years. You have been a good Cub Scout, and a good Webelos Scout, and we know you will be a good Boy Scout. We are all proud of you.

Denner: [Name], the members of Den [number] are happy to see you continue on into the Boy Scout troop. We don't feel bad about your leaving because soon we will all be Boy Scouts, maybe even in the same patrol. (The denner leads the den in a yell for the departing Webelos Scout.)

Den Chief: There are two things, [Name]. First, I want to tell you that I have enjoyed my association with you in Den [number], and second, I'm glad to welcome you to Troop [number], where we will be able to keep on doing things together.

Cubmaster: Scoutmaster [Name], we now present to you and Troop [Number] Webelos Scout [Name], who is eager to be a Boy Scout. We recommend him highly. He has been a fine member of our pack.

Scoutmaster: [Name], on behalf of Troop [number], I want to welcome you into the great Scouting brotherhood. The scouts tell me that you have been asked to join the [name] Patrol, so I would like to have you meet [name], who will be your patrol leader.
(If this is not known, have the Senior Patrol Leader welcome him to the troop.)

Patrol Leader: I'm glad to welcome another scout from Pack [number] into our troop. We hope there will soon be more of you. We are having a meeting of our patrol [day, time, and place], and we would like to have you attend.

Cubmaster: (Asks the parents of the Webelos Scout to come forward.) Friends, we of the pack wish to congratulate you. You have done much to keep your son interested and happy in Cub Scouting, and we appreciate it. I would like to have you meet the Scoutmaster. (Introduces the Scoutmaster to the parents. The pack forms a circle around the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and Webelos scout.)

In Boy Scouts, you will have the Scout Oath and Law to guide you, but as you leave us to follow the trail through Scouting, we would like you to renew with us the Cub Scout Promise. (The whole group repeats the promise. The circle then breaks to let the Scoutmaster, patrol leader, and Webelos scout out, and re-closes around the Cubmaster. The group faces the Webelos scout and gives the Cub Scout salute. The entire group shouts, "Do Your Best!")

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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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Indian Bear to Webelos

Intended for:Bear Scouts, Webelos Scouts
Required:Fire or artificial indoor fire
Indian headbands with feathers for Den Chief and Den Leader
Webelos neckerchiefs, slides, handbooks, caps
Preparation:3 Webelos scouts memorize the 3 Winds parts.
Den Chief, Den Leader, and Akela have speaking parts.
Script:Current Webelos den members come forward and sit in a circle around the fire with the den leader and den chief standing to the side of the circle.

Advancement Chair, Cubmaster, or Bear den leader is Akela.

Akela: Scouts of the Webelos tribe, I know of [number] boys who wish to join your council fire.
Den Chief: Who are these boys that wish to join us?
Akela: They are scouts of the Bear ... [read names].
Den Chief: These Bears may come forward to the edge of our fire to be tested.
(Bear scouts come forward. Beat drum while they are gathering.)

Den Chief: Give the Cub Scout salute.
Den Chief: Show me the Cub Scout handshake. (shakes with each scout)
Den Chief: Wait here. (goes to the Den Leader)
Den Chief: These scouts of the Bear are ready to join the Webelos.
(hit drum once)

Den Leader: Do I hear the South Wind?
South Wind: I am the South Wind. I wish you good Scouting. As Cub Scouts you have been happy, game, and fair, and a credit to your den and pack.
(hit drum once)

Den Leader: Do I hear the East Wind?
East Wind: I am the East Wind. I wish you well. I have spread the story of your fun and happiness as Bobcats, Wolves, and Bears in Cub Scouting with Pack [number], and how you lived up to the Cub Scout promise.
(hit drum once)

Den Leader: Do I hear the West Wind?
West Wind: I am the West Wind. I would like everyone to know that these Cub Scouts going into the Webelos den did not walk the trail of Cub Scouting alone. Each had the help of his parents.
(hit drum once)

Den Leader: What are all the winds saying?
All Winds: (All the winds in unison.) We wish you the best of luck in the Webelos den.

Den Leader: The purpose of Webelos is to prepare scouts for their adventures ahead in Boy Scouts. Each Webelos scout can earn the Webelos badge and Cub Scouting's highest award, the Arrow of Light Award.

Den Leader: Webelos, welcome these Bears into your tribe by putting on their Webelos neckerchief and slide, and cap, and giving him his Webelos Scout Handbook.

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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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Lewis and Clark

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:Crossover bridge
Script:Setting: A bridge is in the center stage. One side of the bridge is represented as the Cub Scout side and the other side as the Boy Scout side. Cubmaster and Scoutmaster(s) stand on the appropriate sides.

Cubmaster: Our scouts earn many rewards and we perform many ceremonies honoring their accomplishments. Arguably, none is more momentous than the one we now celebrate. During their years as Cub Scouts, they have enjoyed themselves at campouts, field trips, Pinewood Derbies, parades, meetings, and all kinds of events. But Scouting, as our founder Robert Baden-Powell said, is Aa game with a purpose". That purpose is to develop their characters, their leadership, and practical skills – giving them valuable tools that will benefit them their entire lives. Any boy who was ever a Scout at any level will never forget the experience.

I would like those Webelos scouts ready to cross over to a Boy Scout troop to step forward with their parents and leaders now.

(scouts, parents, and leaders come forward.)

Cubmaster: Over two hundred years ago, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned an expedition to explore this great continent. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark along with their party faced many hardships in navigating from the east, up the Missouri River, and after more than a year’s journey to the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Picture as they stood near the bottom of those snow-covered mountains, looking up at the challenge before them. They were driven to reach their goal, believing that once they reached the mountain pass they would cross the continental divide and find a river to float down to the sea. Imagine their surprise when after an arduous trek up the mountain they finally crested the pass – and found nothing but more mountains before them as far as the eye could see.

So it is with Cub Scouting. These scouts have experienced and accomplished much during their years in our Pack. It is tempting to see today as the end of their journey. In reality, today is the day they crest the ridge and begin to discover the wonders before them, as the real adventure is only beginning. All they have done and everything they have learned so far is in preparation for the next exciting phase of their lives, one that offers unlimited opportunity. Just as Lewis and Clark successfully traversed the Rockies and reached the Pacific, they too can achieve their goals while developing themselves in the process.

So while we may be tempted to see an ending and we may be sad to see these scouts leave our pack, we know that today truly marks just a transition and a new beginning for these young men about to embark on the great adventure of Boy Scouting. These Webelos have worked hard for this moment and have earned many advancements along the way. They should be proud of their accomplishments. And yet, it is now time to leave the things of Cub Scouting behind. Our rank badges, our pins, our belt loops, our Webelos colors all deserve a place of pride in displays on our walls, in scrapbooks, and in keepsake drawers. But except for the Arrow of Light for those who have earned it, we cannot take them with us to Boy Scouts.
Parents, please remove the Cub Scout insignia from your boy's uniform.

(Parents do this.)

Now it is time to leave Cub Scouting behind and become Boy Scouts.
I will call each of you by name and tell which troop you have decided to join. When I do, please leave your parents behind and cross over the bridge, where you will be greeted by your new troop. In the Cub Scouts, all of our activities we did with our families. Now that you are older, you will be more independent and will most often be on your own with the other members of your troop.

(optional gift for each scout crossing over)
Before you leave, I offer you one last gift from the pack. We have prepared you for Boy Scouts to the best of our ability, and we send you off with your Boy Scout Handbook so that you are ready to start your new adventure.

(One at a time, call off each scout's name and troop, give Scout handshake and present gift and allow to cross over to be greeted by troop.)

Cubmaster: These are your new Boy Scouts, ready for the adventures ahead of them.

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Light of Knowledge

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:one candle for each scout
large candle as source for them to light their own candles
candelabra to hold all candles, or a raingutter section filled with sand in which candles can be stood up in a row
Preparation:Have each scout decide what he will say, well before the day of the ceremony.
Notes:What each scout says can be modified to match his talents and personality.
It is best performed at dusk or in a darkened room so the candles are more dramatic.
Script:(This is a crossing over ceremony, not for Arrow of Light nor for completing Webelos. It is for scouts continuing on to Boy Scouts.)
Call all the Webelos forward and give each one a candle.
Light the main candle.

Akela: Over the years, our pack has had scouts leave us for greater adventures. It is now time for these scouts to do the same. They have learned all they can here and now seek more excitement with their older scout brothers.
Each of them has special knowledge to share with their new troop.

(Each scout in turn lights his candle, recites his line, and crosses over to place his candle with the others. If it is a group smaller than 5, have unlit candles waiting in the candelabra so the scout lights one and places his lit candle there also - this doubles the amount of light created.)

Scout 1: I've studied animals and nature. I will bring the light of my knowledge to my new troop.
Scout 2: I've learned a lot about rocks and geology. I'll share this knowledge with my troop.
Scout 3: I'm good at music and painting. I'll help my troop as bugler.
Scout 4: I love sports and I play fair. I can show my new troop how to be good sports.
(continue with each scout sharing his thought.)
Other examples: being helpful, good humor, imagination, religious belief, flexibility, problem solving, curiousity, ...

Akela: These scouts have gained much knowledge while part of the pack. I'm glad to see they will be using their abilities to make their new scouting home a great place. They leave a trail for the rest of us to follow and a light for us to look for when we are ready to move on.

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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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Rabbit Shares Fire

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:candles for each Scout earning rank and for current Webelos scouts participating in the ceremony
Preparation:practice with Webelos beforehand
Script:(Current Webelos scouts are asked to leave the room where they are given the large lighted candle to bring in)
(Webelos rank candidates are called forward, along with the parents of the rank candidates. Give each candidate a smaller unlit candle. )

Cubmaster: According to legend, long ago, fire was allowed only in the square during the ceremonial dance. But Rabbit had different ideas. He felt there should be fire in other places. So he devised a plan.

Rabbit had his friends rub his head with pine until his hair stood on end. Everyone thought this new crested headdress looked so fine that they made him leader of the dance. He danced around the sacred fire logs, but no one noticed how close to them he was getting. On one pass he dipped his headdress, catching it on fire, and ran away so fast no one could catch him.

The people chanted and danced, bringing four days of rain, which they thought would put out Rabbit’s fire. Rabbit had planned ahead however, and sheltered the fire in a hollow log. When the sun came out, he emerged and began sharing the fire with others. Soon the people began to have fires in their homes and before long, everyone had fire.

Just as Rabbit shared the fire with others, so we share the spirit of Scouting. As we all know, the Webelos are the keepers of the flame for our pack.
(The Webelos den enters, carrying the large candle)
Cubmaster: Webelos scouts, are you willing to share your fire with these new Webelos candidates?
(Webelos say 'Yes' and offer candle to each candidate)

Cubmaster: As we share the spirit, it is not divided, but increased. We spread the flame as we welcome you to the ranks of those who have earned the Webelos badge. You are progressing on your trail to the Arrow of Light. We congratulate you on this accomplishment and encourage you to remain steadfast in your devotion to the journey.

(Distribute awards to parents.)

Parents, please pin your son's patch on his left pocket.

Pack, please join me in congratulating our Webelos!

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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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Scouting Spirit Arrow of Light

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:candles - white, blue, yellow, green.
Arrow of Light patches
Preparation:have the candles arranged - white, blue, yellow, green.
Script:Leader lights the white candle to begin the ceremony.

Akela: Will the following Webelos Scouts come forward with their parents.
(Read names and wait)

Akela: These Webelos have fulfilled the requirements for the Arrow of Light Award, the highest recognition in Cub Scouting. They have also visited a Boy Scout troop and talked with the Scoutmaster.

Akela: This white candle represents the spirit of Scouting. This spirit burns inside every scout and it's flame is what keeps the Scouting movement alive.

Akela: Before you is a blue candle that represents the spirit of Cub Scouting - that spirit of giving goodwill and doing your best.
Do you promise to continue to fulfill the Cub Scout Promise and the Cub Scout motto, "Do Your Best", even after you receive your Arrow of Light award?

Webelos Scouts: We do.

Akela: These Webelos Scouts have faithfully promised always to keep alive the spirit of Cub Scouting. Please work together as a team to light the blue Cub Scouting Spirit candle.
(Wait as they light the candle.)

Akela: As their parents, do you also promise to continue to help your boy in his Scouting adventures?

Parents: We do.

Akela: Since you scouts have met the requirements to earn the Arrow of Light award, it is my honor to give your parent your badge.
I would like each of you parents to pin the badge to the center of the left pocket flap on the Webelos uniform.
(Hand out badges and continue as they are being pinned on...)

Akela: This Arrow of Light award is the only Cub Scout recognition that can be later worn on the Boy Scout uniform. It is such a noteworthy accomplishment that adult scouters who earned it as a boy can even wear a square knot emblem on their scouting uniform.

Akela: Now that you each have your Arrow of Light pinned in place, you may light the yellow candle to show your brighter, bolder scouting spirit that you will continue to grow.
(Scouts light yellow candle.)

Akela: It is a great honor for me to greet you who have earned the Arrow of Light Award.
(Give out certificates and give Cub Scout handshake.)

Akela: Notice that we are leaving the green candle unlit becasue it represents a Boy Scout. This is to remind you Webelos Scouts of something yet to be enjoyed, a grand adventure that will open to you very soon. Good luck and success to you and your family in your future Scouting career.

Pack, please join me in congratulating these fine scouts!

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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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Simple Cross-Over

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:Webelos den leader, Scoutmaster, a Boy Scout, Webelos Scout and his parents.
A rustic bridge; two spotlights, one directed on each end of the bridge; Boy Scout neckerchief.
Preparation:Place the bridge on the stage or in front of the pack meeting room. The Webelos den leader, with the Webelos Scout and his parents, stands on one end of the bridge. On the other end is the Scoutmaster with a Boy Scout holding a rolled troop neckerchief.
Script:Webelos Den Leader: (To parents) During the years you and your son have been in Cub Scouting, we have had numerous opportunities to work together along the scouting trail. Now [Webelos Scout's name] is leaving the Pack to become a Boy Scout. I am sure you are going to find the same satisfactions there that you have found in Cub Scouting.
To symbolize your son's growth and his entrance into Boy Scouting, I will remove his Webelos Scout neckerchief, and you and he will then cross over the bridge into Boy Scouting, to be welcomed by Scoutmaster [name] of Troop [number].
(After the Webelos den leader has removed the Webelos Scout's neckerchief and saluted him, he hands the neckerchief and slide to a parent. Then, the Webelos Scout and his parents cross the bridge and stand before the Scoutmaster.)
Scoutmaster: (Greets Webelos Scout and parents with handshake) As Scoutmaster of Troop [number], it is a pleasure for me to welcome you into the troop. We meet each week at [time] at [place]. We look forward to welcoming you at our next meeting.
(Boy Scout: (To Webelos Scout) I present to you this Boy Scout neckerchief (Places rolled neckerchief around the boy's neck) Wear it with pride; its colors are those of Troop [number], which welcomes you as our newest member.
(All exit)

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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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Webelos Bridge to Boy Scouts

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:A rustic bridge
two campfires (artificial ones for indoors)
camp candle lantern to be carried by the torchbearer
Boy Scout troop neckerchief, slide, and shoulder loops
Script:Webelos den leader (Akela), den chief as torchbearer, Scoutmaster, senior patrol leader, Boy Scouts from troop, Webelos Scout and his parents.

The bridge is at center stage.
A campfire with seating around it is built well past each end of the bridge.
The Webelos Scout and his parents join the Webelos den leader around the campfire stage left. The Boy Scout representatives are seated around the other campfire.
If this ceremony is held indoors, the lights should be turned down.

Webelos Den Leader: [Webelos name], please stand. To show that you are an experienced scout, please repeat the Cub Scout Promise.

Webelos Den Leader: Hello, Scouts of Troop [troop number].

Scoutmaster: Hello, Webelos Scouts of Pack [pack number], what do you desire?

Webelos Den Leader: We have a Webelos Scout in our Pack who has prepared himself for entrance into the council ring of your troop.

Scoutmaster: Bring him forward to the bridge that joins our two council rings so we may decide if he is worthy.
(The Webelos den leader, accompanied by the torchbearer, leads Webelos Scout followed by his parents to bridge. Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader cross over bridge and are introduced to the parents and the Webelos Scout.)

Webelos Den Leader: [Name of Webelos] has contributed much to his den and pack, and we shall miss him and his parents. His accomplishments include ... [review awards and ranks he has earned].
Will this satisfy what you look for in a new Boy Scout?

Senior Patrol Leader: Yes, he is welcome to join our troop and learn our ways.

Webelos Den Leader: (to Webelos scout) Now you are leaving us to enter the Boy Scout troop of your choice. There you will continue to grow in Scouting skills and friendships.
An important part of your Webelos Scout uniform is your neckerchief.
Now that you have outgrown our pack and Cub Scouting, I ask your parents to remove your neckerchief since it will serve you no purpose in the world on the other side of the bridge.
(The parent removes his neckerchief and keeps it)

(The Scoutmaster turns and heads back over the bridge. This is the cue for the senior patrol leader.)
Senior Patrol Leader: (to Webelos scout) Follow me, young scout.

(the Scoutmaster is waiting for them by the Boy Scout campfire)
Scoutmaster: As Scoutmaster of Troop [number], I welcome you and your parents. There are many traditions in Troop [number] that will interest you.
(The Scoutmaster may explain one or two traditions and tell of important troop activities planned for the near future.)
I am only a guide for these scouts. They are the ones that will help you experience the world of Boy Scouts. Welcome to our troop.

Senior Patrol Leader: Here is the neckerchief of our troop. It shows the world that you are one of us now.
(Put on neckerchief)
Wear it with pride as many have done before you.
(The senior patrol leader leads the troop in a cheer for the new Scout.)

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Webelos Buffalo

Intended for:Bear Scouts, Webelos Scouts
Required:Blue, yellow, green, and red tempera paint.
Webelos neckerchiefs.
Red koolaid.
Beef jerky.
Script: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)

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Webelos Cross-over - Voucher

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:Akela, Baloo, scout parents, Scoutmaster & Sr. Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, 1 cub scout for each Webelos scout
Preparation:Give script to the parents of each Webelos scout and to the Cub Scouts that will vouch for them, and the Sr. Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster.
Notes:A cub scout and a boy scout vouch for each Webelos scout crossing over.
Script:Webelos scouts are led out of the room by their Den Leader or Den Chief - this is optional.

Akela: We are assembled to honor Webelos Scouts and their parents this day. I request that all Webelos scouts with the courage, strength, and desire to continue their scouting adventure in Boy Scouts come forward now.
(Webelos are led in by their den leader or just come forward from their seats.)

(As the scouts line up, the Webelos den leader removes their neckerchiefs and blue shoulder loops and tells them to put them in their pocket)

Akela: These scouts have brought honor to our Pack as they have climbed the Cub Scout trail together. Each of them is now ready to go into the great brotherhood of Boy Scouting. With help from his parents he will soon start up the Boy Scouting trail.

Akela: Before [scout name] may go forward and join Troop [number], is there anyone who will vouch for the virtues of this Webelos Scout?
(that is the cue for the Cub Scout to stand and read his script)

Cub Scout: [name] has been a good scout. He has earned [number] Webelos activity badges, the Webelos rank badge, (and the Arrow of Light). I think he will make a great Boy Scout.

Parents: As parents, we accept the responsibilities of helping [name] along his Boy Scout trail. We are excited to see him take this next step in Scouting.
(each parent may want to personalize or add a bit)

Den Leader: [name] has been a loyal and trustworthy Webelos scout. He has grown strong in his scouting abilities and has developed his character. I believe he is ready to become a Boy Scout.

Sr. Patrol Leader: Knowing this scout to have a strong desire to learn the ways of our troop and to continue his climb to the ultimate scouting goal of Eagle Scout, I accept him into troop [number]. His patrol will be led by [Troop Guide or Patrol Leader name]. We will have many adventures together over the next few years.

Scoutmaster: Just as [name] will grow the ranks of our troop, his parents are needed to support our program and I welcome you to our scouting family and encourage you to be involved in our troop.

Akela: [name], thank you for your time with Pack [numer]. Congratulations as you join your new scouting family.
(shakes scout's hand and directs him to his new patrol where the Troop Guide presents him with his troop neckerchief, red shoulder loops, and other items as is customary)

(repeat for each Webelos Scout)

(after last Webelos scout is finished)
Akela: Pack [number] please stand at attention! Join me in a huge cheer for these new Boy Scouts!

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Webelos Cross-Over Milestone

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:Troop neckerchief
green shoulder loops
Script:Cubmaster: (Addressing audience)
Cub Scouting is part of the great Scouting movement.
In the final months of his Webelos scouting experience, a scout learns the requirements for the Boy Scout badge. He decides what troop he will join and, with his parents, arranges for his entrance into Boy Scouting. Tonight, our Pack has the privilege of bringing another Webelos Scout to this significant milestone of Scouting.

(Addressing den chief) Den Chief [name], please escort Webelos Scout [name] and his parents forward.
(The Cubmaster greets them.)
[Webelos Scout's name] has chosen Troop [number] in which to continue his scouting career. The Scoutmaster of Troop [number], Mr. [name], is here. I ask him now to come forward with his aides.
(The Cubmaster introduces the Scoutmaster and his aides to the Webelos Scout, his parents, and the audience.)

[Webelos Scout's name], I remember the night you became a Cub Scout. You and your parents stood in this same spot. That night was the first milestone in Scouting, a whole new world of opportunity was opened to you through Cub Scouting. During the past years you have experienced that good feeling that comes in giving goodwill to others. Now you have the privilege of becoming a Boy Scout. This ceremony is the milestone that marks the completion of your Cub Scouting, just as it marks the beginning of a whole new experience in Boy Scouting.

[Addressing Scoutmaster] Scoutmaster [name], Pack [number] is proud to present Webelos Scout [name], holder of the Arrow of Light Award. It is our hope and belief that you and your Scouts will provide him the finest opportunity to carry on his Scouting.

Scoutmaster: [Webelos Scout's name], it is a real privilege to welcome you into Troop [number]. As a Boy Scout you will hike and camp. You will learn many useful things. You will have an opportunity to continue to grow into a strong citizen because you will participate in civic activities and learn the thrill of helping other people by practicing the habit of doing a Good Turn every day.
And now, Scouts [name] and [name] will exchange your Webelos Scout neckerchief for our troop neckerchief, a symbol of moving on into Boy Scouting.
(Aides replace the Webelos Scout neckerchief with a Boy Scout neckerchief and the blue shoulder loops with green, give the Scout handclasp, and step back. The Webelos den chief leads the Pack in a yell for the Scout. The Cubmaster dismisses the Scout with a warn handshake, and aides escort the Scout, the Scoutmaster, and the family off the stage.)

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Webelos Family Cross-Over

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:Posters of all Cub Scout ranks
Boy Scout neckerchief and neckerchief slide
Script:Webelos den leader, Webelos Scout and his parents, Scoutmaster, Boy Scout senior patrol leader, five Cub Scouts to hold posters, five other Cub Scouts, other pack leaders.

Cub Scouts line up posters in order of advancement with one scout of that rank holding the poster and another scout standing by him. After these scouts, other pack leaders may line up also.

The Webelos den leader, Webelos Scout, and his parents stand at one end of the column. The Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader of the scout's new troop face them at the other end of the column.

When all are in their places, the Webelos den leader reads a review of the scout's accomplishments during his Cub Scout years, mentioning awards he has received.

Webelos Den Leader: Our accomplishments are never made without help. And significant in [scout name]'s growth has been the help he has received from his parents. I thank you for the help you have given your son and your cooperation with his den and pack leaders. Of course, we will miss you as you move on into Boy Scouting - but, we are honored to present Troop [number] such an outstanding family! All of us here wish you continued success as you climb the Scouting trail.

Webelos Den Leader: A representative of each Cub Scout rank is ready to congratulate you as you make your final hike up to Boy Scouts. Congratulations!
(Webelos den leader shakes the scout's and parents' hands. The scout and his parents now pass down the line, receiving good wishes and good-byes from all pack members in line. The Webelos den leader might lead the rest of the gathered pack in singing "For They're a Jolly Good Family," to the tune of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" as the scout and his parents pass down the line. When the Webelos Scout and his parents reach the end of the column, the singing should stop and the Scoutmaster welcomes them.)

Scoutmaster: You have had a great experience in Cub Scouting and Webelos Scouting.
Boy Scouting will introduce you to new skills that lead to more great fun - hiking and camping. Mr. and Mrs. [name], we hope you will continue to help your son, and we will look forward to your active participation in making our troop one of the best.
In so doing you will be assured that your son is receiving full benefits from his Scouting experience.
(The scout's senior patrol leader replaces the Webelos Scout neckerchief with the neckerchief of his new troop and gives him the Scout handshake.)

Close with a pack howl or other appropriate cheer.

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Webelos Virtues

Intended for:Webelos Scouts
Required:Seven candles
Script:Akela: Tonight we are assembled to honor Webelos Scouts that have brought honor to our pack as they have climbed the Cub Scouting trail together. These Webelos Scouts are now ready to go into the great brotherhood of Boy Scouting. With the help of his willing parents he will soon start up the Boy Scout trail.
As your name is called, please come forward with your parents.

Baloo: (call out each scout name)

(Continue when all are in position)
Akela: The seven candles before you represent the seven virtues of life. These virtues are also represented in the seven rays of the Arrow of Light award. As these candles are lighted, listen and take to heart the meaning of each.

(Candles are lighted by Baloo)

Akela: WISDOM. Having wisdom doesn't mean that a person is smarter than others. It means that he uses what he knows to live a better life.

Akela: COURAGE. Courage does not mean you have no fear of danger. It means that you can face danger despite your fear.

Akela: SELF-CONTROL. This means being able to stop when you have had enough of something, such as eating, playing, or even working too much.

Akela: JUSTICE. Justice means being fair with others we play and work with, regardless of who they are.

Akela: FAITH. Faith is belief in God and things we cannot see but feel are true.

Akela: HOPE. Hope means to look forward to good things you believe will happen. You hope for better things tomorrow, but at the same time you work hard today to make them happen.

Akela: LOVE. There are many kinds of love. Love of family, home, fellow men, God, and country. Every kind of love is important for a full and happy life.

Akela: By doing your best to live by these seven virtues, you will find a happier and more fulfilling life.

Akela: It is now my pleasure to congratulate you on a fine and memorable path through Cub Scouts. To symbolize your transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, I ask that your parents now remove your neckerchief and shoulder loops and hold them.

Akela: Many of you have chosen a Boy Scout troop to join. As your name and new troop number are called, please let me give you a farewill handshake and then go to that troop's representative to be welcomed into their group.

(Baloo calls each scout name)

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