WEBELOS CEREMONIES!


 

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The Webelos den is unique in several respects.

First, it includes all the fourth- and fifth-grade boys in the pack. Second, Webelos Scouts wear uniforms that are different from those of younger Cub Scouts. Third, Webelos Scouts do not work on achievements and electives; they have their own activity badge areas to master. Fourth, their goals are the Webelos badge and Arrow of Light Award, which signify that they are ready to become Boy Scouts when they reach the age of 11 (or are 10-1/2 and have completed fifth grade).

There are other differences, too, but these four offer the best opportunities for ceremonies that recognize the unique status of the Webelos Scout.

Every Webelos ceremony should help the Webelos Scout anticipate the fun and adventure he will have as a Boy Scout. The rank should bring to the Webelos Scout and his parents a feeling of preparation for Scouting.


 

* Webelos Scout Uniform
Cap and neckerchief presentation
* A Bear's Welcome
W-E-B-E-L-O-S !!
* Welcome, Bear Cub Scout
Webelos Scout book and necker.
* Indian Webelos Den Induction
Den Chief in Native American regalia.
* Bear to Webelos Graduation
Short. Indian headbands; neckers, etc.
* Artist Badge
Short. With Artist and WDL.
* Engineer Badge
Short. With Engineer and WDL.
* Webelos Badge
Final section of the diamond.
* Multi-Activity Badge Ceremeny
Great for large Dens with active Scouts!
* Webelos Badge Advancement
Webelos present themselves.
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Webelos Scout Uniform
Author: Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies (BSA 33212)

PERSONNEL
Webelos den leader; Webelos den chief, the transferring Cub Scout, his den leader and his parents; members of Webelos den to hold flags.

EQUIPMENT
The pack flag; the transferring Cub Scout's den flag; the Webelos den flag; the Webelos cap; neckerchief

Webelos Den Leader: Tonight we welcome Bear Cub Scout [name] into our Webelos den. He has completed the third grade and has shown himself worthy by working hard through the Wolf and Bear Cub Scout ranks. Before we call Cub Scout [name] and his parents forward, I will ask that the pack flag and his former den flag and the flag of his Webelos den be brought to the center of the stage. (Members of the Webelos den present the flags.)

Now, will Bear Cub Scout [name] come forward with his parents and den leader.

Den Chief: [Den leader's name], will you please present Bear Cub Scout [name] with his new Webelos neckerchief

Den Chief: [Name], we welcome you into our Webelos den. You're sure to have fun with us because we do lots of exciting things, like hikes and overnight campouts.

Wear your Webelos neckerchief proudly. It means you've taken another step along the Scouting trail.

Webelos Den Leader: And now, Bear Cub Scout [name], we want to give you the other part of the Webelos uniform, the Webelos cap. It will tell everybody that you are an older boy, getting ready for the adventures of Boy Scouting. The Webelos cap will hold the activity badges you earn as you explore the Webelos trail. Welcome to our Webelos den. Now I believe your former den leader wants to say a few words.

Den Leader: [Name], we have enjoyed having you with us in Den [number]. I'm sure you'll do as well in the Webelos den as you have in ours. Your former den mates wish you good luck as you move farther along the Scouting trail. (He or she salutes or shakes hands with him.)

Webelos Den Leader: [New Webelos Scouts parents], you have helped [name] this far along the Cub Scout trail. It is important now that you continue to stay with him and become thoroughly familiar with the Scouting trail in our Webelos den. We will soon have the pleasure, we know, of seeing you present your son with activity badges, the Webelos badge, and finally, the Arrow of Light Award, the highest award in Cub Scouting. (The pack gives its yell and the group retires to their seats.)

 

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A Bear's Welcome
Author: Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies (BSA 33212)

PERSONNEL
Cubmaster and Bear Cub Scout, seven Webelos Scouts; Webelos den leader.

EQUIPMENT
Large cards, each printed with a letter of W-E-B-E-L-O-S.

ARRANGEMENT
The Webelos Scouts, holding their letters, form a semicircle with their backs toward the audience. The Cubmaster and the Webelos den leader (and any other Webelos Scouts) stand. The Cubmaster invites the Bear Cub Scout who is entering the Webelos den to come forward; he introduces him to each Webelos Scout and the Webelos den leader, and each gives him the Cub Scout handshake. One by one, each boy in the semicircle turns to face the audience, holds his letter shoulder-high, and recites his line.

lst Scout: Well be loyal Scouts.

2nd Scout: Each Scout earns his own activity badges.

3rd Scout: Boys are in the fourth and fifth grades.

4th Scout: Every Scout can earn the Webelos badge and Arrow of Light Award.

5th Scout: Love of God and country we will show.

6th Scout: On our honor, we will do our best.

7th Scout: Scouts are friendly and helpful, at home, at school, and in the community.

(In succession, the boys repeat their letters.)

All: Webelos - We'll be loyal Scouts!

 

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Welcome, Bear Cub Scout
Author: Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies (BSA 33212)

PERSONNEL
Cubmaster; Webelos den leader; Webelos den chief; the transferring Cub Scout, his den leader, and his parents; member of Webelos den to hold the pack flag.

EQUIPMENT
Pack flag, the transferring Cub Scout's den flag, Webelos den flag, Webelos neckerchief and slide, a copy of the Webelos Scout Book.

Cubmaster: Tonight we have a Bear Cub Scout who is transferring to the Webelos den. Before we call this boy and his parents forward, I will ask that our pack flag be brought to the center of the stage, and that Webelos Den Leader [name] and Webelos Den Chief [name] come forward with the Webelos den flag. (When they are in position Cubmaster continues.)

Now will Bear Cub Scout [name] come forward with his parents and den leader and stand at the left of our pack flag? (If he is new to Cub Scouting, adapt accordingly.)

Webelos Den Leader [name], will you please explain the purpose of the Webelos den?

Webelos Den Leader: Our Webelos den has one big purpose. That's to prepare our Webelos Scouts for Boy Scouting. We work on exciting activity badge areas, learning things that may lead us to lifelong hobbies or vocations. At the same time, we study the Boy Scout requirements so the boys will be ready to become Boy Scouts when they are eligible.

Our Webelos den meets at my home (gives address, time, and day of the week.)

We participate in all regular pack activities, work on selected activity badges, and work toward finishing the requirements for the Webelos badge and Arrow of Light Award. We also visit Boy Scout troops in our neighborhood to help our boys decide which troop they wish to join.

We have made a promise to our boys to help them know the great outdoors and to go on hikes and overnight camping trips every year with their adult partners. This Webelos den activity starts the Webelos Scouts along the outdoor Scouting trail.

I will call on our Webelos den chief to present the Webelos neckerchief. (Webelos den chief steps forward with Webelos den flag, which he hands to the Webelos den leader to hold.)

Webelos Den Chief: [Boy's name], we welcome you into our Webelos den. We have fun as we practice, and learn the activity badges and Boy Scout requirements. As we work and play together, a lot will be expected of you. I am happy to present to you your Webelos neckerchief. Here is your Webelos Scout Book. Its pages will lead you into many hours of pleasure and knowledge. May it be your constant companion. Welcome to our Webelos den.

(Adapt the following to suit if the boy is new to Cub Scouting.)

Webelos Den Leader: [Name], your former den leader, extends the best wishes of your old den.

Den Leader: [Boy's name], Den [number] has been glad to have you as a member. We have had much fun together. Now, your former den mates wish you much happiness and success in your new den. (He or she salutes or shakes hands with him.)

Cubmaster: [Cub Scout's parents' names] have helped [boy's name] along the Cub Scout trail this far. It is important now that you continue to stay with him and become thoroughly familiar with the Scouting trail in our Webelos den. We will soon have the pleasure, we know, of seeing you present your son with the Arrow of Light Award. (The pack gives yell and the group retires.)

 

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Indian Webelos Den Induction
Author: Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies (BSA 33212)

PERSONNEL
Pack advancement chairman or Webelos den leader, Indian scout (den chief), Indian chief (Webelos den leader), Bear Cub Scouts, Indian drummer, Webelos den members.

EQUIPMENT
Indian drum; artificial campfire; peace pipe; Indian costumes; Webelos neckerchiefs, slides, and caps; copies of Webelos Scout Book.

ARRANGEMENT
The Webelos den members in Indian costumes sit on the floor in a circle around the artificial campfire. The Indian chief stands in a prominent position and the Indian drummer stands to one side or sits in the circle. The Indian scout stands in front of the circle.

Advancement Chairman: (As the drum is sounded with a soft "boom, boom:" he comes to the center of the room.) Scouts of the Webelos tribe, we have [number] boys who wish to enter the Webelos circle.

Indian Scout: Who do you have?

Advancement Chairman: I have Bear Cub Scouts [names] of Den [number].

Indian Scout: Come forward, Bears [names]. (Boom of the drum is heard as the boys advance toward him.) Give the Cub Scout salute. (The boys do so.) Give the Cub Scout handshake. (The boys do so. The drum booms again as the Indian scout escorts the boys to the Indian chief. They stand on his right.)

Indian Chief: Do I hear the South Wind?

Webelos Scout: I am the South Wind. I wish you good Scouting. Over hill and dale I have carried stories of you and your Cub Scout experiences. As Cub Scouts you have been happy, game, and fair, and a credit to your den and pack.

Indian Chief: Do I hear the East Wind?

Webelos Scout: I am the East Wind. I wish you well. I have spread the story of your fun and happiness as Bobcats, Wolves, and Bears in Cub Scouting with Pack [number], and how you lived up to the Cub Scout promise.

Indian Chief: Do I hear the West Wind?

Webelos Scout: I am the West Wind. I would like everyone to know that these Cub Scouts going into the Webelos den did not walk the trail of Cub Scouting alone. Each had the wonderful help of his parents. Please continue to help your Cub Scouts go, and also to grow.

Indian Chief: What are all the winds saying?

Webelos Scouts: (All the winds in unison.) We will be with you forever. We wish you the best of luck in the Webelos den.

Indian Chief: The purpose of the Webelos den is to help our boys earn the Webelos badge and Cub Scouting's highest award, the Arrow of Light Award, and to help them become Boy Scouts when they are eligible.

Webelos Den Leader: Our Webelos den meets at [location] on [give day of the week and time], and we have meetings and trips on Saturdays. We will also have activities with Boy Scout troops. As you notice in the Webelos Scout Book, we work on Webelos activity badges. I will be calling upon each of you parents to assist me with one of the activity badge areas. Now I would like to award Cub Scout [name] his Webelos neckerchief and slide, his Webelos Scout Book, and Webelos cap.

 

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Bear to Webelos Graduation
Author: Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies (BSA 33212)

PERSONNEL
Cubmaster, Webelos leader, Bear Cub Scouts.

EQUIPMENT
Indian headbands; Webelos neckerchiefs, slides, and caps; council fire; bridge; copies of Webelos Scout Book.

ARRANGEMENT
The Bear Cub Scouts are sitting at the council fire.

Cubmaster: 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 yourselves to be good Scouts. You have now earned the honor of joining our Webelos council fire.

(The Bears are called up and cross over the bridge. They are given a Webelos neckerchief, neckerchief slide, book, and Webelos cap.)

Cubmaster: Congratulations, young braves. You will find lots of fun and adventures ahead of you.
 

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Engineer Badge
Author: Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies (BSA 33212)

Webelos Scouts may earn a variety of activity badges during their year in the den. These activity badges are: Aquanaut, Artist, Athlete, Citizen, Communicator, Craftsman, Engineer, Family Member, Fitness, Forester, Geologist, Handyman, Naturalist, Outdoorsman, Readyman, Scholar, Scientist, Showman, Sportsman, Traveler.

The Webelos den leader will be focusing on one of these areas each month, so it may happen that you will have several boys who have earned the same activity badge. If so, this is an opportunity for a ceremony involving an outside expert in the subject. Take this opportunity, if possible, because it will lead to variety in your ceremonies.

While there is no national recognition of the boy who qualifies for all activity badges, many local packs recognize the Webelos Scout in a special way when he earns all of the activity badges.

Here is an example of a ceremony you might develop for awarding a single activity badge to several Webelos Scouts, and one for use when you have several different activity badges to present.

PERSONNEL
Webelos den leader, an engineer, Webelos Scouts who have earned the badge, parents.

EQUIPMENT
The drawings, sketches, blocks and tackles, catapults, etc., made by the Webelos Scouts; Engineer activity badges; safety pins.

Den Leader: For the past 2 months our den has been working at home and in our meetings on the Engineer activity badge. I'm happy to say that [number] of the boys have passed the requirements and earned this badge. Will Webelos Scouts [names] and their parents please come forward.

With us tonight is [name], an engineer with [name of company], who will present the badges.

Engineer: Boys, I have looked over the requirements for the Engineer activity badge in your Webelos Scout Book, and I must say that you have done fine work in meeting them. Your work on this badge will be a good basis to start from if any of you decide to become engineers. Now, Pd like to see how the things you made work. (The Webelos Scouts show catapults, blocks and tackles, drawings, and sketches for all to see.)

That's excellent! I'm proud to see that you have learned engineering principles so well.

I now take pleasure in presenting these Engineer activity badges to your parents, who will fasten them onto your Webelos cap.

 

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Artist Badge
Author: Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies (BSA 33212)

Webelos Scouts may earn a variety of activity badges during their year in the den. These activity badges are: Aquanaut, Artist, Athlete, Citizen, Communicator, Craftsman, Engineer, Family Member, Fitness, Forester, Geologist, Handyman, Naturalist, Outdoorsman, Readyman, Scholar, Scientist, Showman, Sportsman, Traveler.

The Webelos den leader will be focusing on one of these areas each month, so it may happen that you will have several boys who have earned the same activity badge. If so, this is an opportunity for a ceremony involving an outside expert in the subject. Take this opportunity, if possible, because it will lead to variety in your ceremonies.

While there is no national recognition of the boy who qualifies for all activity badges, many local packs recognize the Webelos Scout in a special way when he earns all of the activity badges.

Here is an example of a ceremony you might develop for awarding a single activity badge to several Webelos Scouts, and one for use when you have several different activity badges to present.

PERSONNEL
Webelos den leader, an artist, Webelos Scouts who have earned the badge, parents.

EQUIPMENT
Blackboard or easel and paper, chalk or pencil, Artist activity badges.

Artist: Boys, I have looked over your work carefully, and I find it very good indeed. You have shown real skill in meeting the requirements for the Artist activity badge. It is a great pleasure for me to give these badges to your parents, who will fasten them on your Webelos cap. (After the parents have taken the badges, the artist returns to the blackboard or easel.) Now, if you don't mind, I'll get back to my doodling. I'm curious to find out what it is myself.

Den Leader: We are very proud of our Webelos Scouts, and we hope that more members of our den will earn this badge by next month. Meanwhile, these boys and other members of the den will be starting work on another of our exciting activity badges. (As he speaks, the artist completes a drawing of the Arrow of Light. The den leader continues to talk about the work of the Webelos den until the artist finishes the sketch.) It's the Arrow of Light!

Were you a Cub Scout, [name of artist]?

Artist: No, the idea just came to me in a flash - with a little help from the badge that Webelos Scout over there is wearing.

Den Leader: Well, it's a wonderful ideal because the Arrow of Light is the badge that every member of our den is striving for. The Arrow of Light means that a Webelos Scout is really ready for the big step into the high adventure of Boy Scouting. And now, [name of artist], I'd like to thank you for coming tonight, and I hope you will stay after the meeting to talk with our Webelos Scouts and their parents.

And, congratulations, artists! (The pack gives a cheer.)

 

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Presentation of Several
Activity Badges

Author: Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies (BSA 33212)

PERSONNEL
Webelos den leader, den chief, Webelos Scouts who have earned activity badges, parents.

EQUIPMENT
Arrow of Light ceremonial board with one small candle for each activity badge to be presented plus one large candle, and the activity badges.

Den Leader: Four members of our Webelos den have earned activity badges this month. They are: [name], who has earned the Craftsman badge; [name], the Geologist badge; and [name] and [name], both of whom earned the Showman badge. Will these Webelos Scouts please come forward with their parents?

Now, then, I will ask Den Chief [name] to light one of the small candles for each activity badge. Webelos Scout [name], you have earned the Craftsman badge. To do that, you mastered many tools and made several toys and useful items. I congratulate you on your new skills. (Hands the badge to the parents as the den chief lights the first candle.)

Webelos Scout [name], you have earned the Geologist badge. You had to learn a great deal about the earth and its composition, and you learned how rocks and minerals are useful to us. My congratulations to you. (Hands the badge to the parents as the den chief lights the second candle.)

Webelos Scouts [name] and [name], both of you have earned the Showman badge, proving your ability in entertainment. [Name] earned the badge for his fine work with puppets, and [name] for his talent and knowledge of music. I congratulate you both. (Hands the badges to the parents while the den chief lights the third candle.)

Now, Den Chief [name], shall we light the big candle?

Den Chief: No, sir.

Den Leader: Why not?

Den Chief: Because the big candle stands for the Arrow of Light Award.

Den Leader: That's right, [name]. This big candle is for the Arrow of Light Award, the highest in Cub Scouting. It must remain unlit until we have a Webelos Scout who has completed the Arrow of Light requirements. Then we will light that candle. These small candles, representing the activity badge areas, are simply steps in the development of Webelos Scouts. They are important in themselves, but they lead us to the biggest prize that a Cub Scout can earn, the Arrow of Light Award.

Now, Den Chief [name], will you lead the Webelos Scouts in your den yell?

 

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Webelos Badge
Author: Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies (BSA 33212)

PERSONNEL
Cubmaster, Webelos leader, Webelos Scouts, and their parents.

EQUIPMENT
Webelos badges, safety pins.

Cubmaster: When our boys become Cub Scouts, they work to earn four badges to form a diamond on their left pocket. First they must earn their Bobcat badge. Next, they earn the Wolf badge and then they go on to achieve the Bear badge.

The final part of the Cub Scout diamond is earned as they move up the Scouting trail into the Webelos den. Our Webelos leader will tell us what is required to earn this badge.

Webelos Leader: The Webelos badge is earned by having an adult family member read and sign the Parent Guide in his Webelos Scout Book, by being active in the den for 3 months, by explaining the meaning of the Webelos badge, by explaining the parts of the Webelos uniform, by earning Fitness and two other activity badges, by planning and leading a flag ceremony in his den, by understanding the requirements for becoming a Boy Scout, and by becoming actively involved in his own religious faith. He must also understand and agree to follow the Outdoor Code.

This step on the Scouting trail prepares our boys to earn the highest Cub Scout award, the Arrow of Light, and move on. to a Boy Scout troop.

Tonight, Webelos Scout [name] has earned this final section of the diamond.

Will Webelos Scout [name] and his parents please come forward. (They do.)

Webelos Scout [name], you have completed the activity badges (name them), and demonstrated that you understand the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan. You have also learned the Scout sign and handshake along with the Scout salute, and completed the other requirements of this badge.

I am very pleased to present this Webelos badge to your parents to pin on your uniform. (Repeat this for each Webelos Scout who receives the badge.)

Cubmaster: We are very proud of the Webelos Scouts who have received the Webelos badge tonight. The final step as a Cub Scout before graduating to a Boy Scout troop will be to earn the Arrow of Light Award. I look forward to presenting this to you in the future.

Congratulations!

 

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Webelos Badge Advancement
Author: Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies (BSA 33212)

PERSONNEL
Webelos Scouts, Webelos den leader, Cubmaster, parents.

EQUIPMENT
Webelos badges, ceremonial board if desired, table, safety pins.

ARRANGEMENT
The Webelos leader and Webelos Scouts present themselves at the front of the pack meeting. The Webelos badges are placed on the ceremonial board or table, ready for presentation by the Cubmaster. The parents remain seated until the appropriate moment near the end of the ceremony.

Webelos Den Leader: Will [names of participating Webelos Scouts] please give the Scout sign, and repeat the correct phrase of the Scout Oath.

Webelos Scouts: (In unison.) On my honor ...

Webelos Den Leader: An assurance I make, a pledge to do right, I keep it before me, a bright shining light

Webelos Scouts: I will do my best ...

Webelos Den Leader: I'll try my best to do it, though difficult it may be, and if I keep my promise, then folks will believe in me.

Webelos Scouts: To do my duty to God and my country ...

Webelos Den Leader: To God, the creator, and a country so mighty; my reverence, my loyalty, forever I guarantee.

Webelos Scouts: And to obey the Scout Law ...

Webelos Den Leader: The 12 points of the Scout Law are the rules of the game; to become a useful citizen, that is my aim.

Webelos Scouts: To help other people at all times ...

Webelos Den Leader: The young, the old, many people need me; a cheery smile, a helping hand, of service I will be.

Webelos Scouts: To keep myself physically strong....

Webelos Den Leader: Building endurance, building strength, being careful, my body will serve me well if I am thoughtful.

Webelos Scouts: Mentally awake....

Webelos Den Leader: My mind is important, a tool to keep keen; to be always alert and ready to learn.

Webelos Scouts: And morally straight.

Webelos Den Leader: I'll strive to be honest, clean, and faithful, my character unblemished. All good and true values I want a part of me when I've finished.

(The Cubmaster calls the parents forward. With congratulations and a Cub Scout handshake, the Webelos badges are presented to the parents, who in turn present them to their boys.)

 

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Major Webelos Ceremony Sites
(The works of the MASTERS!)

    Webelos Badge Advancement Ceremonies - From the United States Scouting service Project, five great Webelos Advancement ceremonies. Included are:
    - Native American Ceremony
    - Round Table Ceremony
    - Spirit of Akela Ceremony
    - When Camelback Mountain Walked the Earth
    - Another Native American Ceremony

    Various Webelos Ceremonies - From the MacScouter super-site, four Webelos-grade ceremonies. Included are:

    - When Mt. St. Helens Walked the Earth Webelos Ceremony
    - A Webelos Ceremony
    - Webelos Geologist Activty Badge
    - Compass Badge Presentation

    Webelos Ceremony - "Tribe of Webelos" - From the Suffolk County Council Pow Wow. Included in the Ceremonies Galore compiliation from Pack 339.

    Webelos Ceremony, When Mt. St. Helens Walked the Earth - From the Suffolk County Council Pow Wow. Included in the Ceremonies Galore compiliation from Pack 339.

    Painted Webelos Ceremony - From Pack 3804 in Camarillo, California. Thece ceremonies originated in Pack 6 from the Mt. Baker Area Council, and were revived by Pack 3804.

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Search the Net for MORE Webelos Ceremonies!

UseNet Webelos Ceremony Discussions - Search the UseNet rec.scouting discussion groups for 'Webelos Cub Ceremonies' ideas.

SCOUTS-L on Webelos Ceremonies - Search the SCOUTS-L archives for topics involving Webelos Ceremonies. SCOUTS-L is the roundtable that never ends, and now contains over 7 years of Scouting discussion wisdom.

Search the Web for Webelos info - Search the AltaVista index for Web-sites you can visit, that contain information on 'Webelos Ceremonies' ideas.
 

 

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