BobCat Ceremony (Real One)
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Wed, 27 Sep 1995 08:36:06 -0800
Over the past years I've contributed my thoughts regarding the 'upside down boy'
, and rather than repeat them, allow me to concur with the comments of Pete Far
On another note: Jerry Gray posted:
>> I do challenge you to show me where it says you can't pin a badge on
>> upside down.
I won't argue the practice nor accept the challenge, however, I believe
that we shouldn't tie the Good Turn practice to a rank or even to the
proper wearing of the rank. Scouts should be taught that doing a Good
Turn is just as important as doing the requirements for BobCat, Wolf
Bear, Webelos, and on through Eagle.
A boy completes the requirements for his rank, he has earned it (period)... why
do we make him re-earn the right to wear it, by pinning
it upside down!
Enough said....now the Bobcat ceremony I put together for our pack, and
is still being used even though I'm not the Cubmaster. It encorporates
the recognition of a boy having achieved his rank, rewards him for doing
a good job, welcomes him to our Pack and is very positive and uplifting.
Face Paint colors -- Blue & Yellow
Bobcat pin & Patch
Prepared Belt fob --
--A leather belt fob with the Cub Scout logo stamped in the middle
with Pack numerals 3 8 3 stamped above the logo. There are 5
holes at the bottom of the fob. Starting from left to right we put
3 beads on a leather lace, with the exception of the center where
we put a plastic Arrowhead. Order of colors are: Yellow, Red,
light blue, dark blue. Each represents a step in the Cub Scout
trail -- BobCat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and the arrowhed as the
focal point points the direction to the Arrow of light.
Start of Ceremony:
Tonight, we are honored to have among us a boy or boys whom have
completed the requirements for the Bobcat badge. The Bobcat badge
is an important part of the Cub Scout Trail, it is the foundation upon
which a boy begins his trek toward the Arrow of Light.
Would the following boys and their parents please come forward!
(boys come forward)
Boy's you've accomplished the first step in Cub Scouting. In all things
there is always a first....the first stone layed in a new building, the
first step across a bridge. The first is sometimes the hardest, but thats
because it lays the foundation or the strength for what follows. The
Bobcat badge is your foundation. The trail of Scouting lies ahead of you,
but don't be afraid. You won't have to do it alone. You'll have lots of help
from your Akela...Akela can be your parents, your den leader, even I
your cubmasater will help you along the trail, helping you become
As a symbol of your achievement and of becoming a member of this pack, I ask my
assistant to give you the colors of Cub Scouting...blue on the right cheek, yel
low on the left.
(Asst. cm or den leader puts blue and yellow mark on each boys cheek)
Your parents stand here with you as an example to show they are proud
and that they are there to help you, just like they helped you earn the
Bobcat badge. I am presenting your Bobcat badge to your parents who
in turn will present you.
(Award badges to Parents, who in turn present the badge to the boys)
Furthermore, I have made a small token to remind you of this day. As
you wear this fob note that all of the ranks are connected...connected
by the Cub Scout logo. They all come to a point at the arrowhead, which
someday I hope I will be able to present you with your arrow of light.
(present belt fobs)
Boys, parents and guests of Pack 383 please join me in congratulating
these boys in their achievement with the Cub Scout Cheer.
I yell CUB -- audience yells SCOUTS (3 times) than conclude with a
I've done this for 5 years, and not once did a parent come up to me and
say 'Why don't we turn the boys upside down - I did it when I was a
boy, and I want my son to have that experience." Let's see in 5 years
with an average pack size of 100+, I figure I've given out over 150
Bobcats in that time frame.
To add onto our cliche of KISMIF, Keep it simple, Make it fun, Make it Special!
Peter Van Houten / E-Mail: peter_van_houten@QM.WV.TEK.COM*
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