Cub Scout Cerimonies
Joe Marsh (Propwash@WHY.NET)
Thu, 28 Aug 1997 21:36:42 -0500
Doug Adams asked for Ceremonies to supplement "Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies".
One of my all time favorite Ceremonies, I picked up from a fellow
from New Jersey that was at Philmont. He had a friend that owned a Magic
Shop and this fellow worked out a couple of Ceremonies with products he sold
at the Magic Shop.
The first one involved Branding Bobcats. You need to make a
branding iron out of a piece of wood about five inches long by four inches
wide and a half inch thick. Attach a dowel or a broom handle to the board
and I covered mine with Duck tape, both the handle and board. The chrome
looking kind that they really use on attic duct work. You cut Bobcat paw
pads out of sponge and glue them to the board. Take a piece of Flash paper
and wind it loosly between the paw pads. Set the branding iron with the
flash paper down in surveyors orange or red chalk. Now you need a source of
fire. I usually used a pair of candles, one blue and one gold, lit before
the Pack Meeting or light them while talking about the meaning of the blue
and gold while you light them.
Now the Ceremonie:
Tonight we have several cubscouts who have reached their first mile
marker in Scouting. We will honor them and their parents this evening with
our Bobcat Ceremonie.
Will the following Cub Scouts and their parents please come forward.
I know from talking to your den leader that each of you has learned
what you need to know to complete the Bobcat Rank. This is the first earned
rank in Cub Scouting. You have each learned the Cub Scout Sign, the Salute,
the Handshake, the Promise, the Motto and The Law of the Pack. The Pack
helps the Cub Scout grow, the Cub Scout helps the Pack Go! Do Your Best.
Important Words. Words to live by.
I hope you remember these words. I hope you remember this night for
the rest of your life. Toward that end, I will now brand you with the mark
of the Bobcat. This is simple chalk that can be easily brushed off but
please remember the Promise, the Motto, the Law of the Pack, and no matter
where you go, no matter what you might achive in Scouting and in life, you
have now taken the first step on the journey up the Scouting trail. Do each
of you promise to follow Akela, The Motto and the Law of the Pack?
Please step forward to be branded with the mark of the Bobcat!
(at this point you pass the branding iron over the flame and then hold it
high in the air so the crowd can watch the flash paper flare.)(Touch it and
pull away quick shaking you hand like it has been burned, and comment on how
hot the iron is, then ask who will be first.)(Brand Each Scout with Chalk,
rechalking as needed. It shows up well on the blue uniform.)
Each of you know carries the mark of the Bobcat. I will present
your parents with your Bobcat Badge. This badge, like all Rank Badges in
Scouting will be presented to your parents to give to you, because I as
Cubmaster have not earned that privilage, only your parents have earned that
privilage. We would like to thank them for their effort in helping each of
you earn this rank, for without their help this may not have been possible.
The Bobcat badge should be worn upside down until the Scout does a good
turn. Then it may be turned upright.
Lets give these new Bobcats a Cheer.
A couple of cautions are in order:
a. Check to see where the fire alarm sensors are located. If you
have a low ceiling you could set them off.
b. If you elect to use a candle in an artificial campfire make sure
the candle will not set anything in the campfire on fire.
It happened!!! Burned a Brand new Stage.
c. If you use an artificial campfire, know that, that little light
bulb will burn thru a table or a stage in a couple of hours.
Make sure the light bulb is upright.
d. If you use a real campfire, dont set the branding iron in the
fire. The sponge will catch on fire.
These all seem laughable, but they have each happened to someone.
Second Neat Ceremony involves a product called Aqua Slush that is also
available at a Magic Store. It is a product that will absorb more than 500
times its weight in water. It is a white powder and a teaspoon full in a
20oz cup will gel in about three seconds.
I use three clear cups of the 16 to 20 oz size.
Set all three cups on a table so everyone can see them. In the
center cup, put a teaspoon of Aqua Slush before the Pack Meeting. In one of
the other cups put a couple of drops of yellow food coloring. Put a couple
of drops of blue food coloring in the other cup. Use a clear pitcher full
of water, and make a big show of this being ordinary water. Even take a
drink to show that it is ordinary water.
Hold one of the clear glasses up high with the yellow food coloring
in it. Pour the glass a little less than half full and say you have noticed
something magical about Scouting.
"You take a little bit of ordinary water that represents a common boy. Add
a little warm sunshine good cheer and happiness."
At this point the water has turned yellow. Set that glass down and pick up
the glass with the blue food coloring in it. Pour that glass a little less
than half full, holding it high for everyone to see and say "add a little
blue which stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky
Now this cup has turned blue. Set it down and Pick up the glass with the
Aqua Slush in it. Pour the yellow and blue of Cub Scouting together in the
cup with the Aqua Slush. Say, as you swish the cup with the Aqua Slush
around a few times that, "with a little good adult leadership, we can mold
this into Boy Scout Green." Quickly pop the molded green water out into
your hand and hold it high for everyone to see.
It takes a little practice and try it out at home a few times to see how
much time and how much Aqua Slush you will need. When you have it right it
is impressive and memorable.
A variation is to just explain that if the Scout has done all he needs to
finish a rank he will not get wet when you pour this cup of water on him.
Of course you have Aqua Slush in the cup and pour water slowly into a cup,
letting the Scout worry. Then when you are sure it is geled, turn it over
and enjoy the looks of astonishment. As a final bit of showmanship poke a
hole in the bottom of the cup and then get rid of the cup or it will never
work again after the curious show up to find out what happened to the water
they saw you pour into the cup.
Note: If you have a reason to keep talking a little while, table salt will
reverse this stuff and turn the gel kinda slushy. When everyone is watching
pour the slush back into the pitcher, and get rid of all of it before anyone
can check it out too close.
Flash Paper and Aqua Slush are easy to get in Ft Worth, Texas. If anyone
knows of a mail order source, it might help some of the Rural folks to know
how to get that.
Hope this helps. Yours in Scouting
Land of Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City