Bobcat Ceremony & Cub-o-matic
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 08:53:12 -0500
Good Morning Folks,
Well, I should have known it was going to happen...I mentioned the
Cub-O-Matic and received requests for further details. OK, first thing you
need is a LARGE box, think appliance, refrigerator if you can get it.
The box should be open on both ends and it will have an opening on the
back. Inside, we hung a bell. The front of the box faces the audience.
Ours was painted half orange and half blue split down the middle. It had
several decorations (bottle tops, jar lids, let your imagination go wild.)
It had a large handle mounted to the front, the stick from an old mop or
broom. On the orange side, tiger was written in black. On the blue side,
cub was written in yellow.
The cubmaster stands in front of the box and operates the machine. Tigers
go in...cubs come out. When the tigers are inside the box, the assistant
is behind it, sitting on a chair. The assistant ties the wolf neckerchief
on the cub. The cub rings the bell when he's ready. The cub then comes
out to great applause. We gave ours the wolf book. If the cub has earned
the bobcat award he is presented with his rank at that time. He then pins
his mom. We also gave ours their tiger cub graduation patches and
certificates. We gave the parents tiger cub pins, too.
The best thing about this ceremony is that you can do the cub-o-matic even
if they haven't earned the bobcat award. Not all tigers earn it at the
same time. Let's face it, not every parent has the time to help the boy
study, and some boys just take longer. We did spend a lot, patches, pins,
neckerchiefs, books. Some tiger cub dens have money, some don't. Some
packs are better financed. Our tigers had helped with fundraisers...I'm
not sure if that is allowed or not. So, our pack paid for books, patches,
certificates and pins. The tiger cub parents paid for neckerchiefs. Yes,
those aren't cheap. What if the parents couldn't afford the neckerchief?
Well, no one asked us about that. But, I think, that would have had to
depend...I'd hate to exclude a boy due to financial situations. But, you
do have some boys who don't try at all...and, I'd hate to use limited
resources on a dubious prospect. I would probably still buy him a
This cub-o-matic is really only suited for tigers==>>wolves. (For non-US
folks, you could adapt this to beavers, joeys, etc.) For boys who join
later, let's face it we all get those...I'd be tempted to go with whatever
ceremony was related to the current theme. Or, as someone already
mentioned, there are a lot of wonderful suggestions in the staging pack &
den ceremonies. Or, come up with your own, then share it with us.
That's all I have to say for cub-o-matics. I don't remember who first
suggested it on this list over 18 months ago. But, I do know that it went
from my pack in Georgia to Hawaii and Virginia, and now it will be in
currently w/o a pack...
used to be a CM and CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City