Virtues of the Bear Ceremony
This Ceremony is meant for Bear scouts.
(Ask candidate to come forward with his parents and den leaders)
Consider the bear.
The bear is one of the largest and strongest creatures in the forest. Yet, he only uses his strength and ferocity when needed and otherwise is harmless. Like the bear, you must know how and when to use your own strengths and should never bully others.
The bear is ingenious and adaptable – able to catch fish or raid a beehive, or to find food and shelter in many forms. Like the bear, you have learned many skills, and you must apply them appropriately.
The bear is self-sufficient. While bears may coexist with others, they do not depend on them for survival. You will soon be in Webelos, becoming more independent as you grow and mature. You have learned many things during your time with us. Remember those skills and use them wisely, as the time is growing near when you are expected to be able to fend for yourself.
The bear can be nurturing, as a mother bear is with her cubs. She provides food and care while teaching the skills that will be needed for survival. Like the mother bear, pass on what you have learned and help the younger scouts who look to you as an example.
You have completed the requirements for the Bear rank. As you wear the mark of the Bear, do not forget those attributes of the bear that you should emulate.
(present award to parent)
Parent, please pin your son's award on his left pocket. Please wear the parent pin yourself as a symbol of your pride in your son's accomplishment and of how you have helped him along the scouting trail. Please pin on his badge at this time.
(parents pin on badge)
Pack, I present to you our newest Bear Scouts.