Native American Theme
Runnels, Barry C (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Tue, 6 Feb 1996 09:44:14 CST
Jan Bemis is quite right. Most Cub Masters I know use several cultural
themes to enhance their ceremonies and activities. We need all the
tools we can get to keep these boys interested.
Here in Oklahoma, Scouts use the Native American theme at many
ceremonies. Since Scouting is considered and outdoor function, the
theme works well with campfires, wild animals and the positive
attitudes towards their God, families and self that the Native
American Culture teaches.
The only reason Cub Scouting started with Kipling's Jungle theme is
because the British related to the India Jungle more than the U.S.
Indian Culture of that time. We relate to the Native Americans more
than the Jungle Culture because we see some part of the Native
American Culture everyday.
Last month, I asked a one of fathers, an Alaskan Native American, to
help me perform a Wolf Advancement ceremony. Their family just move
from a village in Alaska a few months earlier. Altough he went to
every Den meeting and Pack meeting, He was not very familiar with Cub
Scouting, so I sat down and explained Cub Scouting program and the
Wolf advancement. He was excited to help with the ceremony but
embarrassed that he had no ceremonial clothing. I showed him a box of
Native American clothing, beads, bells, feathers and drums our pack
made. He was amazed at the extent we went to for our boys. He wore
almost everything. What a great ceremony What a great night. We all
benefited that night. On a unrelated note, he is so impressed by what
Scouting does for boys and their families that he is training now to
start a Troop when he moves back to his village in two years.
Good Scouting is sensitive to all cultures. Our boys loose out by not
using what other cultures offer us to better the character and lives
of our children and families. We may not be perfect in the way we
honor other cultures, but we are respectful.
As a Cub Leader and Mentor wanting to give the best to my Scouts, I
need as many tools as I can get to better their program.
Cub Master "Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City