Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: awarding bobcats
Re: awarding bobcats
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 20:32:49 PST
Hey Scouters All!
Time to stop moving email files, uncross my
eyes and jump in here for a few.
Starting with Teresa Entwistle <entwistle@EARTHLINK.NET>
Subject: awarding bobcats
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>What do you do to make the bobcat a
meaningful ceremony? We are a new
>pack and will be having graduation in the
spring and would like to >start thinking of this now.>>
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For Teresa Entwistle and any other younger than
I am Cub Scout Leader, the answer to this
question lies behind the excited eyes of every
beautiful young man in your den and pack.
THE BOYS...You need to find out what REALLY
turns their cranks, gets them excited,
then use it, play to it, as you create ceremonies
that they WILL remember. Here's what we used to do.
First a little background. As a Cubmaster,
I always used music as an exciter, and as a cue.
I used a reel-to-reel tape to play music before pack meeting.
The tape was timed, when 30 minutes expired,
you heard the National Anthem. The boys who were
bringing in The Colors knew, THAT was their cue.
But, not only did I cue the den doing the
opening ceremony, I was "telling" ALL the
other boys, "Hey Guys, It's Time We Got Started,
Please Find Your Den and Have A Sit!"
OK now the fun part. For new Bobcat Cubs,
We wrote our own "Welcome to Pack 344" ceremony,
it of course included music.
First, We had the entire family up on stage,
parents and siblings stood behind the beaming
handsome new Cub.
Since We were Welcoming An Entire New Family into
Cub Scouting, (NOT just the boy) we used,
"Getting To Know You" from "The King and I"
it was the perfect song to introduce this portion of the meeting.
Next, The parents and siblings pledged to help
Their Cub Scout Do His Best. Mom and Dad
draped his bright yellow neckerchief over his
brand-new blue Cub shirt, as our beaming new Cub
Scout wriggled and squirmed.
Finally, All the other Pack Families pledged to
help our new family, and WE ALL had ourselves a
brand new family in the pack, officially Welcomed!
As the meeting wore on, different musical cues
were always used to "announce" various portions
of the meeting. The boys, even the rascals,
got to know each portion of the meeting, merely by listening.
By the end of my second year as CM(Cubmaster),
it was humorous for me to see small groups of
boys go from running around, or "making dust",
to suddenly being seated quietly, waiting,
after hearing a certain piece of music being played.
I had succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.
I had a parent ask me one night if I was aware
I had "brainwashed his boy". I laughed with him
and asked him not to divulge my secret.
Teresa and Scouters, I have passed this along
to hundreds of Cub Scout Leaders over the years,
many of them have had great success in adapting
it for their packs. It doesn't take a lot of
elaborate sound equipment or anything like that.
A boombox with a cassette in it will work just fine.
What music do you use? Listen to what THE BOYS are
listening to on the radio, find out what
THE BOYS think is kewl!! Trial and Error will
tell you. Either way, when you arrive at something,
it will be what THE BOYS will like and remember.
A footnote to smile at. I began using this in 1984.
In 1989, one of my first Pack 344 graduates
invited me to his Eagle Court of Honor.
He had two requests, would I please be his
keynote speaker, and could I please play the Jello Song!
(We used the music from the Jello commercial to announce which den would
get treats first at the pack meetings.)
Thanks for Listening, Hope I Have Helped You in Some Way!
For Jim Ventner, The Boys, And Good
Bob Carr, Semmee-Retired Life Scouter
"Running The 12" Since 1949
Nat'l Jambo-Irvine Ranch '53
Eagle Class of '58
"Yoosta Be A Beaver" (NC-260) 1985
Ana' Good Ol' Bobwhite (NCCS-10) 1990
Ana' Gnarly Staffer Too!(NCCS-11-Last)1992
"Political Correctness" - A Vile and Insidious
form of Censorship!"
Please Learn Practice and Pass On LNT Camping!!
And Oh Yes, By The Way(BTW) I was one of the
those kids who got turned upside down...
back in 1947???...I Wet My Pants!
You never saw a Den Mother(remember them?)
get rid of someone so fast in your life!
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