Scout Promotion Ceremonies
Pack 92, Milpitas, CA
Tonight we are celebrating
the conclusion of our Scouting year. As many of you know, Scouting started
in England in 1907 when Lord Robert Baden-Powell took 7 boys to Brownsea
Island for a camping experiment. But the roots of Scouting go even farther
back. In 1899, Baden-Powell was a Colonel in the British Army fighting
the Dutch Boers in South Africa. Colonel Baden-Powell was in charge of
a town called Mafeking. It was under siege by the Boers. The Boers shelled
the town every day except Sundays. When that happened, everyone had to
hide in trenches until the shelling stopped. Baden-Powell noticed that
the last ones into the trenches and the first ones out were the young
boys. He needed to keep these young lads from doing risky things and getting
wounded. So he organized them into a Boys Corps. They ran messages from
Headquarters to the troops and citizens, and they practiced Army Scouting
skills. This helped him enforce discipline on them in a way that they
The food was running out,
the Boer force was 10 times the size of the British force, but Baden-Powell
used his cunning to hold the town for 217 days, until British reinforcements
could arrive and rescue the town from the Boers. When he got back to England,
he found himself a National hero and a small book he had written for the
Army, "Aids to Scouting", was being used by British boys to play games
of scouting. He remembered those boys in Mafeking and what his Boys Corps
did for them. He rewrote his book into "Scouting for Boys" in 1908 and
Boy Scouting was born.
The tradition Baden-Powell
started in Mafeking, we are continuing tonight. When the boys in Mafeking
learned their scouting skills, they were rewarded with a promotion in
rank. So too, do Cub Scouts, after showing their abilities in certain
skills, earn their ranks of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. Our Scouts
have learned many new skills this year. We will now reward there efforts
by promoting them to their new ranks for this next Scouting year.
Tiger Promotion: Would the following Scouts
and their Parents please step forward, and to the left side of the bridge
(read names of Tiger Scouts). Would the Wolf Den Leader please step forward
and to the right side of the bridge. Scouts, you have completed the First
Grade and have shown yourselves ready to become Wolf Scouts. Wear your new
uniform and neckerchief proudly like all Scouts have for the last 97 years.
(Call the name of each
Scout as he crosses the bridge. The Wolf Den Leader places a Wolf Neckerchief
around his neck. When all are across, ask audience to Applaud.)
Wolf Promotion: Would
the following Scouts and their Wolf Den Leader please step forward, and
to the left side of the bridge (read names of Wolf Scouts). Would the
Bear Den Leader please step forward and to the right side of the bridge.
Scouts, you have learned new skills and have shown yourselves ready to
become Bear Scouts. Wear your new rank and neckerchief proudly like all
Scouts have for the last 97 years.
(Remove Wolf neckerchiefs,
call the name of each Scout as he crosses the bridge. The Bear Den Leader
places a Bear Neckerchief around his neck. When all are across, ask audience
Bear Promotion: Would the following Scouts
and their Bear Den Leader please step forward, and to the left side of the
bridge (read names of Bear Scouts). Would the First Year Webelos Den Leader
please step forward and to the right side of the bridge.
Scouts, you have learned
new skills and have shown yourselves ready to become First Year Webelos
Scouts. Wear your new rank and neckerchief proudly like all Scouts.
(Remove Bear neckerchiefs,
call the name of each Scout as he crosses the bridge. The First Year Webelos
Den Leader places a Webelos Neckerchief around his neck. When all are
across, ask audience to applaud.)
Webelos Promotion: Would the following Scouts
and their Webelos Den Leader please step forward, and to the left side of
the bridge (read names of Bear Scouts). Would the Second Year Webelos Den
Leader please step forward and to the right side of the bridge.
Scouts, you have learned
new skills and have shown yourselves ready to become Second Year Webelos
Scouts. Wear your Webelos Colors proudly like all Scouts have for the
last 97 years.
(Hand each Scout his Webelos
Colors, call the name of each Scout as he crosses the bridge. The Second
Year Webelos Den Leader pins the Webelos Colors on the uniform shirt arm.
When all are across, ask audience to applaud.)
Arrow of Light Bridging: Our final recognition this
evening is for our Scouts who are leaving Cub Scouting for the new adventure
of the Boy Scout program. Would the following Scouts and their Webelos Den
Leaders please step forward, and to the left side of the bridge (read names
of Bear Scouts). Would representatives of the Boy Scout Troops please step
forward and to the right side of the bridge.
(Introduce the leaders
representing the Boy Scout Troops present for the Bridging)
Scouts, you have learned
the skills of Cub Scouting and have shown yourselves ready to become Boy
Scouts. As you cross this bridge to enter the great adventure that awaits
you in Boy Scouts, we wish you fun, and safety and great achievement in
your efforts. Wear your Boy Scout Uniform proudly like all Scouts have
for the last 97 years.
To commemorate this evening
we present you with your Arrow Sash, to display your ranks and achievements
as a Cub Scout.
(Hand each Scout his Arrow
Sash, call the name of each Scout as he crosses the bridge. The appropriate
Boy Scout leader shakes his hand, places a Boy Scout neckerchief around
his neck, if appropriate. When all are across, ask audience to applaud.)
Bear to Webelos
- Broken Arrow
Equipment: An Arrow per boy
with their name on it. Notch each arrow on the top and bottom about 3" apart.
Call Bear Scouts and their
CM: You and your family
have worked together to develop the skills of the Wolf and Bear. Together,
you have strengthened your family and the Scouting Family. You will now
start on the Trail of the Webelos, your goal is the Arrow of Light.
This group of arrows represents
you, your family, your adult Scouting Leaders, the Pack, and the Chartering
Organization. Without any of these people, Scouting would not be strong.
Take this group of arrows. Together, as a group, the arrows are strong.
As you have noticed, your
names are on the arrows. When your arrow remains in the group, the strength
of the group is added to it. Without any of the other members, Scouting
will break as easily as I break this arrow.
(Break each boy's arrow
over his shoulder. Hand the point to the parents and the fletched end
to the boy.)
Parents, you have received
the head of the arrow. This signifies that you and the Webelos Leaders
will guide these scouts over the next two years. New Webelos, you have
received the flight feathers. This signifies your travels during the next
two years. your journey will end in two years with most of you reaching
the Arrow of Light. At the end of that journey, you will have enabled
this arrow to fly straight and true again.
When the time for their
Arrow of Light ceremony comes, collect the arrows, fit the notches back
together and with glue and twine wrap them to become whole again. Present
them to the boys at their Arrow of Light Ceremony.
-- Written by Rick McNeal
-- Thanks to Ellen DeVilbiss
Bear to Webelos
EQUIPMENT: Spirit of Scouting
candle and holder, badges, colors and neckerchiefs.
Webelos den and den leader, den chief.
Webelos den leader, Mr.______
, will you and the den please come forward and join me on stage. Tonight
we have (number) Bear Cub Scouts who have entered the fourth grade and
are joining our Webelos den. Den Chief,________, escort Bear Cub Scouts,______
, and their parents to our awards table please. (Cubs' names) you have
shown yourselves worthy of joining our Webelos den by working hard through
the ranks of Wolf and Bear. We would now like to present to you the new
parts of your Cub Scout uniform. (Webelos den leader presents parts as
they are explained.) Mr._______, please remove their neckerchiefs and
replace them with the Webelos neckerchief. Next, place the Webelos badge
of colors on their right shoulder. These colors will tell everyone that
you are an older boy preparing for the adventures of Boy Scouting. The
badge of colors will hold the activity badges that you earn as you explore
some of the 20 Webelos activities with your den. Mr. & Mrs. ________,
you have helped your sons along the Cub Scout trail this far. It is important
that you continue to go along with your sons and learn about the Boy Scout
trail in his Webelos den. We know that we will soon have the pleasure
of seeing you present your son with activity badges, the Webelos badge,
and finally, the Arrow of Light award, the highest in Cub Scouting, Congratulations
______, & ________, and remember to keep the spirit alive in all that
We have a very active
Webelos den. Since our last meeting, every one of our Webelos has earned
a new activity badge. As I call your names, would each boy and his parents
please come forward. (Call all Webelos)
Each boy, in order to
earn his Webelos badge, must earn three activity badges, be an active
member of the Webelos den for three months, know and understand the requirements
to be a Boy Scout, know the parts of and meaning of the Webelos uniform,
and lead a flag ceremony in his den. We have (number) Webelos Scouts that
have earned their badges this month. Would and their parents please come
forward. (List activity each boy has earned to qualify for badge, and
present to parents to pin on his chest.) Congratulations to all of you,
and keep up the good work.
Pack, how about a cheer
for the Webelos, their parents, and especially for Mr.________ , their
Bear to Webelos
CUBMASTER: The Cub Scout trail
is a long one filled with many adventures. Will the Bears, their parents
and their leaders please come forward? Leaders, are your Bear Scouts ready
to join the Webelos Tribe?
Bears, you have in the
past worked on the Wolf trail and your most recent adventures have been
on the Bear trail. You have proven yourself to be good Scouts. You have
now earned the honor of joining our Webelos Council Fire. Please cross
the bridge and join the Webelos Camp Fire.
As you follow the Webelos
trail the Senior Webelos will be there to guide you on your way. Senior
Webelos will you take the neckerchieves for the new Webelos and give them
to their parents?
May your last trail in
Cub Scouting be a happy one.
Bear to Webelos
Promotion -- Canoe Neckerchief Slide
Cubmaster calls forward present
Bear dens. (Bear leaders are already at the front of the room.)
LEADER # 1: You young
men have worked very hard this year. You have achieved so much and are
proud to wear your Bear badge.
LEADER #2: You have learned
a great deal and found much enjoyment.
LEADER #3: Now you will
become a Webelos Scout.
CUBMASTER: Your leaders
are now giving you a neckerchief slide in the shape of a canoe. (Leaders
shake hands with their Cubs.) Let this be a reminder to you, that before
you criticize a person, stop and think what it is like to float down the
waters of life in the other person's canoe. Now I would like to introduce
to you your new Webelos leader(s). (Webelos leader(s) come forward, Bear
leaders return to their seats. Introductions are made.) New Webelos Scouts,
return to your seats.
Arrow Promotion Ceremony
Call Webelos candidates and
their parents to the front.
As Cubs, you have passed
many tests and feats of skill. You have mastered the Bobcat, the Wolf
and the Bear. Now you seek entry into a Den of Webelos. To be a Webelos
you must be brave and strong, for you will be required to meet tests far
more difficult than any which you have performed up to now. To gain entry
into Webelos, you must now pass a test to show that you are ready for
this difficult trail.
I hold in my hands an
arrow. I will strike you with the arrow. If the arrow breaks, you will
be received into the Webelos Den. But if the arrow does not break, you
must return to your old den.
The arrow has broken,
you may enter the Webelos Den. But first, to the parents I present the
point of the arrow. This is a symbol that, as parents, you must lead and
point the way as your son travels the Scouting trail, and the trail of
To the boys, I present
the feathered end of the arrow. This shows that as a son you must follow
your parents and leaders to be successful and for your family to be a
For no arrow can fly true
and arrive at its mark without both the point and the feathers doing their
NOTE: The arrow should
be partially cut through so that it will break easily.
of Cub Scout to Webelos
This ceremony can be conducted
in a den or at a pack meeting. All Cub Scouts in the graduate's den sit
in a circle with the graduate in middle of circle.
EQUIPMENT: Ten candles,
ten cards with verse.
PERSONNEL: Eight Cub Scouts. graduate, Den Leader and Assistant Den Leader
and/or Den Chief.
DIM LIGHTS - Candles are
lst Cub: "We've played
together and worked together"
2nd Cub: "Had maybe a fight or two"
3rd Cub: " We've taken trips and had some slips"
4th Cub: " And seen many projects through"
5th Cub: "You earned your Wolf and arrow points"
6th Cub: "And earned your Bear degree"
7th Cub: "But now you're earning your Webelos"
8th Cub: "A Boy Scout soon you'll be"
Leader: "We hope you remember Den (#) with delight"
Leader: "We salute you! Good luck! Happy Scouting!"
At this time, a den cheer
is given in honor of the graduate, and den leader presents boy to Cubmaster
who does the honors and turns boy over to his new Webelos leader.