Re: Jungle Theme
Gerald Demontgny (gdemontg@CCS.CARLETON.CA)
Mon, 6 Jun 1994 11:49:30 EDT
> I have found that the Cubs really enjoy these openings and have used the
> "Old" jungle ceremonies at least once a month. The Cubs like to have the
> ceremony with the lights dimmed and a "campfire" [read fake campfire]
> burning in the middle of the room. The construction of a artificial moon
> to hang in the meeting hall also adds atmosphere. I say "old" jungle
> ceremonies since the new handbook and changed the jungle ceremonies a lot,
> and I preferred the "old" ceremonies.
Q: What do you mean by old ceremonies. I was a cub from 1961 to
1964? The ceremonies I do with my cubs seemed to be the same?
However, my memory is less than perfect, and I would be interested in
hearing how they have changed. By the way, our regular meetings begin
with the cubs going to their 'lairs', sixers and seconders taking
dues, marking off books --this is different from when I was a cub, as
I recall being called from the circle to the centre to place my dues
in an upturned cub hat below the totem-- then we call "Inspection",
and two the leaders proceed to inspect the sixes, scoring them on a
score sheet we deveoped. Then we dim the lights in the gym, and I
begin the ceremony leading up to the grand howl.
"Tis midnight in the jungle , and time for the pack to meet, come
wolves of every colour and gather at the council seat". Rotating I
point to each six, who respond, "We are the --red or other colour--
wolves Akela". Then I yell "Pack Pack Pack", and the boys assemble.
On a good night I do not have to give voice commands, but simply put
out my right arm horizontally, and the boys form into a parade circle.
The duty six is then asked to get the totem which is placed at the
front of the hall with the flag stand. The totem is brought back to
the circle, with the sixer entering the circle through the space
he/she occupied. Using a simple nod of the head the sixer leads the
pack through the grand howl. "Akela, we'll do our best", Sixer:
"Do your best", Pack: "We'll do our best". This is what we call the
third Alylmer Version, because the Scout's Canada version has the
sixer chant "DYB, DYB, DYB, DYB", and the pack respond,"DOB, DOB, DOB,
DOB". We usually try to do the Scout's Canada version at our closing.
After the grand howl, the duty sixer and second, proceed to the the
front of the hall to the flag stand, We then break the flag, they
proceed two steps closer to the circle and we sing O'Canada. They
then return to the circle, and the sixer or second leads the pack in a
prayer which they have choosen from our book --non-denominational, of
general religious significance. Once this more formal ceremony is
completed a leader awards the good hunter pennant following from the
inspection, and then we break into a fast game, followed by the nights
On a different note, our pack has just returned from a weekend camp at
Lac Philippe in the Gatineau park Quebec. It was what we call an area
camp, or which in other geographic locations outside the National
Capital region would be called a regional camp. We had 143 cubs,
representing 11 packs. Our group had a marvelous time complete with
cave exploration --guided and with safety equipment:helmets--
swimming, wide games, campfires, songs, etc. The weather, unlike
years past was perfect. Our cubs were delighted with the caves, and
had the opportunity to overcome a lot of secret fears, not aided at
all by our junior leader who told them the horrifying story of the six
footed cave demon!
Oh, yes another note on the Jungle Book. We begin every year by
reading the first two chapters. They cannot be got through in a go as
they are fairly long. This year our junior leader organized a light
show using cardboard cutouts and silhouettes of wolves, fires,
man-cubs --Mowgli-- which were turned off and on when needed. Anyhow,
we have come to the end of our regular season, other than a summer BBQ
at my place for cubs and their families.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City