Mon, 6 Jun 1994 15:42:26 EDT
With all this talk about graduation, I decided to let you all
know what I do (with some help from others). My Assistant
Cubmaster and I dress in Indian regalia. His outfit is
made out of tan buckskin with a Mohawk head dress. My
outfit is gray cowhide splits with a black bonnet made by a
Navajho. We try to make all of our accessories so as to
be as authentic as posible.
My Pack as well as the Troop try to follow an Indian Lore
theme whenever possible.
At all of the badge ceremonies along with the badges we give the
Bobcats a white bead on red yarn to signify that they are
starting on the trail to the Arrow of Light.
The Wolves get a wolf's tooth on yellow yarn (imitation buffalo
tooth). The Bears get a bear claw on blue yarn. When the Webelos
get their badge we awarf them a head band with an eagle feather,
and the boys who get their AoL, get a bear claw necklace and a hand
made arrow. I make both of the above items. The bear claw necklace
has 12 beads (one for each of the points in the Scout Law) and
3 claws for the 3 points of the Scout oath.
I will post the ceremonies soon that we do.
When my tigers graduation I have a special ceremony for
them alone at their last meeting. I have found that these
boys to be the most fun and that they get lost with a cross-
over graduation with the rest of the Pack. So graduation alone
and crossover into Cubs with everyone else (two ceremonies).
I dress in regalia, and come from behind them. Great enterance.
I say a few words about Scouting and then a fire ball appears
from my stick. (fire burning in the hearts of the boys and
the like) I talk to them about their coming years in Cubs
and them call them up to me one at a time. I put a yellow
and a blue stripe on their face to show them the colors to come
and then we give them a graduation certificate, a slide (1/2"
PVC painted orange with the Tiger symbol on them (round
circle stickers in the packet)), a tiger Cub pencil and
the Tiger graduation patch. Great fun. I almost forgot
they also get a black bead on orange yarn, Tiger colors.
now on to the whole Pack. We make this into a weekend deal
My Webelos come down to our Scout camp Friday night and
we get things ready for Saturday. The rest of the Pack
comes down for a day of games, crafts, etc. We have a
chicken, hamburger, and hot dog dinner. and then the
ceremonies at night.
All of the dens do some skits, songs whatever while the
Indians dress. All of the ceremonies involve the parents.
I first call up the Tigers with his parents, say some great
words of wisdom and have the parents put on the Wolf neckerchief
with the slide, more words and then the hat, more words and
then the book. And then welcome them into the Pack.
A similar ceremony is done for the Wolves becoming Bears.
The Bears becoming Webelos receive the neckerchief, hat, slide
and book from Mom and/or Dad and the get an arm bussle from
us. We then welcome them into the tribe of Webelos of Pack 38.
I think I might try to do something for the first year Webelos
so as not to leave them out in the cold, Any ideas?
And now to the grand finale, second year Webelos to Boy Scout.
The Scoutmaster also dresses, white outfit with double trailer
bonnet. Words of greeting exchanged between us, etc.
Stories told of when I was a young scout, etc. and so on.
I am proud to say that I am crossing my second group of boys
into the Troop. That is boys That I have been with since
they have been Tigers. Last year was my first, my oldest
being part of that group, and this year my other son for
number two. As well as the other 12 boys who will be
My main reason is for these boys to come away with GOOD
memories of when they were Scouts and young. I don't have
many memories from when I was a Scout, and that is a shame.
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