Re: The Jungle Book & Ceremonies
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 01:13:38 +100
There was a small booklet published by the World Bureau in the late 70s?
which dealt with the psychological aspects of the Jungle mythology. It's
theme, from what I can recall, is that the jungle is a universal metaphor
for existence, that it is deep in the psyche. The jungle mythology
therefore operates on a very deep level.
Given that youngsters of Cub Scout age have difficulty in dealing with
abstract concepts, and operate on a concrete system of morality, there is
a lot to be said for the jungle ( or any similar) theme.
The jungle animals can serve to personify abstract values in an
anthropomorphic form. The use of " Pack Names " also represents a special
bond between the Leader and the Cub Scout. Often the Cub Leaders are the
only adult figures outside home and school with whom the Cubs have
regular contact. The special relationship is neither as formal as the
schoolteacher / pupil relationship, nor as intimate as within the family.
The pack name is somewhere between a term of respect and one of endearment.
Akela or Baloo or whatever is at the same time a friend, a trusted adult,
a facilitator of fun things to do, and yet also if necessary a
I wish I could find that book ... it was a small pamhlet, A5 size and
printed in purple in French and English. The title was something like "
The Jungle Theme and Cub Scouting " .
As Ran the kite brings back the night
That Mang the bat set free
The herds are shut
In byre and hut
And so to bed go we ...
Ian Ford (Rama the Buffalo)
25th Greenwich Cub Scouts
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City