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The 49 Tracks of Achievement

The Wolf trail is a a big adventure for a boy. It is much longer than the Bobcat trail, but is loads of fun. Use some of these gems to recognize your Cubs' hard work and achievement.

The following 25+ ceremonies focus on all aspects of the Wolf experience, from recognitions along the 49 tracks of the Wolf Trail, to final advancement.


* Make America Proud of You
Patriotic, works for multi-rank.
* Shere Khan-Wolf Advancement
Shere-Khan wants those Wolves!
* Wolf / Parent Advancement
A family award recognition.
* Pull Together
Co-operative advancement.
* Wolf Ceremony Finder Tool
There are hundreds of 'em!
* Major Wolf Ceremony Sites
20 more ceremonies by the masters!

Make America Proud of You
Author: Unknown Scouter

Narrator, song leader, pianist or operator of record or tape player.

Phonograph or tape recorder and music to 'Make America Proud of You" or sheet music and piano; U.S. flag; badges; arrow points.

Narrator: As Americans, we are fortunate to have many historical symbols that represent freedom. Tonight I would like to tell you a little about some of these symbols as we honor those boys who are advancing along the Cub Scouting trail.

The Statue of Liberty towers 305 feet above Liberty Island in New York Harbor, welcoming people of other lands to become citizens of our democracy. The statue was given to the United States by France as a token of friendship. Each year, about 2 million people visit Miss Liberty. The inscription at the base of the statue was written by Emma Lazarus, and reads in part:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

There is a golden door to Scouting that is open to all boys. By walking through that door, a boy has an opportunity to grow in many ways and learn about citizenship, character, and physical fitness. The boys who wish to walk through that door to Scouting tonight are [names]. Will you and your parents please come forward. (Continues with regular Bobcat induction.)

Our American flag is much more than the red, white, and blue cloth of which it is made. It is the symbol of America. It stands for the past, the present, and the future of our country. When we show respect for the flag, we are showing respect for all that is America, our land, our people, our way of life. When the 13 original colonies set out to become a free country more than 200 years ago, their men and women needed a rallying point, a flag.

'We will take the stars and blue union from heaven" George Washington is reported to have said, 'red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes to emphasize our new independence. The white stripes shall represent liberty."

Respect for the flag is one of the requirements for the Wolf rank. Tonight we have some boys who have completed all of these requirements. (Calls boys and parents forward and presents badges.)

The Declaration of Independence is the document that called for a free America. It was on July 4, 1776, that the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and announced the separation of the 13 colonies from England. In America, we have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people-not for just some of them, but for all people-the people to whom the Declaration of Independence refers when it says, 'all men are created equal" not equally talented or equally rich, but equal under the law and under God. All Scouts have an equal opportunity to advance in rank and earn badges. The following boys have earned arrow points to wear under the Wolf badge. (Calls boys and parents forward to receive awards.)

One of the most beloved of our freedom symbols is the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell was rung in 1776 to announce the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. During the British occupation of Philadelphia, the bell was hidden beneath the floor of the Zion Reformed Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Sixty years later, as the bell was rung during the funeral of Chief Justice John Marshall, it cracked. Since that time, it has been on display in or close to Independence Hall, Philadelphia, for all Americans to see. The bell is old, but the crack is plain to see, along with this inscription: 'Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land. ..' 'What Makes America Special' is one of the 24 achievements from which a boy may choose to earn the Bear badge. The following boys will receive this badge tonight. (Calls boys and parents forward to receive badges and cards.)

The log cabin is a freedom symbol, not only because it represents the many colonists who helped settle this country, but because it is associated with one of the most famous Americans of all time, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln had less than 1 year of formal schooling. He taught himself by reading borrowed books. Many people do not know that Lincoln was a powerful wrestler, runner, and weight lifter. This tall, lanky man worked as a store clerk, a postmaster, a surveyor, and lawyer. Lincoln believed in freedom. His famous Gettysburg Address began: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." We would like to honor now the boys who have earned arrow points to wear under their Bear badges. (Calls names.)

Uncle Sam was originated as a cartoon character many years ago and has become one of the best-known symbols of the United States. Imagine how many thousands of schoolboys have portrayed the part of Uncle Sam in school plays. Think of how many millions of young men have answered Uncle Sam's recruiting call, 'I want you' and have helped defend the freedom of America in time of war. The following boys have earned these Webelos activity badges and/or the Webelos badge. (Calls names and presents awards.)

Another symbol of American freedom is the eagle, with wings outspread in protection of our birthright of freedom. The eagle has been the national bird since George Washington took the oath of office for the presidency in 1789. Many years ago, Indians climbed high mountains to reach the peaks where coveted eagle feathers could be found. Indians used these eagle feathers as badges of rank. Today Scouts work hard and long to reach the highest rank of Scouting, the Eagle. It is never easy to reach those high peaks. It takes time, and effort, and sacrifice. But when you finally reach the top, you'll find it was worth the effort. The following boys have reached the top in Cub Scouting by earning the Arrow of Light Award. (Calls names and presents awards.)

We are proud of all our freedom symbols, and we are very proud of all the boys who received awards tonight. They are on their way to becoming worthwhile citizens of tomorrow. As President John E Kennedy said, 'Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.' (Starts record of "Make America Proud of You" softly.)

Do you boys ever wonder what you can do for your country? Do you care? Well, if you do, I'll tell you where to start.

Whatever game you choose to play ... play fair!
Whatever you are or hope to be... be true!
Whatever road you choose to take... take care!

Be proud you're an American ... and show it!
And make America proud of you!
(Music volume increases briefly, then fades out.)


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Shere Khan-Wolf

Author: Unknown Scouter

Father Wolf, Mother Wolf, 'Shere Khan' man cubs, parents, Akela, Cubmaster.

Large name cards to identify characters, Wolf badges.

Akela: Our scene starts in the cave of Mother Wolf and Father Wolf. Mother Wolf, Father Wolf, and the man cubs have just settled down for the evening. Shere Khan, the tiger, lurks outside. Suddenly the moonlight is blocked by the great head and shoulders of Shere Khan.

Father Wolf: What does Shere Khan want?

Shere Khan: The man cubs. Give them to me.

Father Wolf: The wolves take orders only from Akela, the head of the wolf pack. The man cubs are ours.

Shere Khan: The man cubs are mine-give them to me.

Mother Wolf: The man cubs are ours. They shall not be harmed. They shall live happily, to run and hunt with the pack.

Shere Khan: We will see what the pack will say about this.

Father Wolf: Shere Khan is right. What will the pack say?

Akela: Our scene now shifts to the pack meeting.

Shere Khan: Akela, the man cubs are mine. Give them to me.

Akela: These man cubs have shown themselves worthy of the Wolf rank in our pack. They have learned how to handle tools and how to display the flag; they know how to be healthy and safe. They have learned to serve in the community and to conserve energy. They are physically active and like to read and care for books. They have fun with their families and have collected useful and beautiful things. They obey our country's laws and worship God. The members of the pack want them to have the mark of the Wolf.

(The Cubmaster asks the parents to join their sons. He presents the Wolf badges to the parents, thanking them for working through these achievements with their Cub Scout sons. The parents then present the badges to their sons.)


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Wolf / Parent Advancement
Author: Unknown Scouter

Cubmaster or advancement committee member, advancing Cub Scout and parent(s).

A large cutout or drawing of the Wolf Cub Scout badge; a stand or easel; a single candleholder with one blue candle; Wolf Cub Scout badge and certificate; safety pin. (This ceremony may be adapted for Bear presentation).

Cubmaster: Since our last pack meeting, one of our Cub Scouts has completed all the achievements for Wolf Cub Scout. Tonight we honor him and his parent(s) at our Wolf Cub Scout ceremony. Will Cub Scout [name] and his parent(s) come forward. (They do so.)

[Name], according to your Wolf Cub Scout Book, you have completed all achievements for the rank of Wolf Cub Scout. I am glad you have attained this honor and hope you will continue to progress through the Gold and Silver Arrow Point electives until you reach the time to start work on the Bear rank. Before you is a picture of the Wolf Cub Scout badge. You may now wear this badge with pride. Also before you is a candle representing the spirit of Cub Scouting. By advancing from Bobcat to Wolf Cub Scout you have demonstrated the spirit of Cub Scouting.

(To the boy's parents.) We want to tell you how much we appreciate the cooperation you have given. Without it your son might not have reached his Wolf rank. Cub Scouting is a family program, and that means not only that your son is advancing to the Wolf rank, but that the whole family has taken another step upward, too.

As the Cubmaster, I haven't earned the privilege of presenting the badge to your son, so I am going to give it to you, [parent's name], and ask you to present it to your son. (Parent does so and congratulates son.) Now, will all the Cub Scouts in the audience stand and give [Cub Scout's name] a hand for the fine job of advancement he is doing. (Cub Scouts applaud.)

I'm sure we're all aware of the contribution of [name]'s den leaders. Will they stand and be recognized? (All applaud.)


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Pull Together
Author: Unknown Scouter

Cubmaster, advancing Cub Scouts, parents, den leaders.

A ceremonial awards board. Set up the board with strings and panels in place, certificates, badges, and arrow points to be awarded; safety pins; five colored candles (white-Bobcat, yellow-Wolf, red-Bear, blue-Webelos, green-Arrow of Light) in any kind of candelabra, and a table.

Cub Scouts seeking Wolf rank line up to the right of the ceremonial awards board with their parents. The den leaders stand to the left of the board. All face the audience. As the ceremony opens, only those candles are burning that represent ranks for which no awards are to be given. Badges and arrow points to be awarded are fastened (transparent tape is good) to the appropriate panel of the ceremonial board. Certificates may be placed on a table, ready to be presented with the badges and arrow points.

Cubmaster: (Lights the candle representing the Wolf rank.) In order to advance to the Wolf rank, you Cub Scouts and parents have worked together, played together, and made things together. As a Cub Scout team you must pull together a little longer and harder to earn each succeeding rank. Will parents and boys pull the string attached to the panel representing the Wolf rank. (Out of the base of the ceremonial board a panel appears with the word "Wolf' on it. Fastened to the panel are Wolf badges and Gold and Silver Arrow Points for the eligible Cub Scouts.)

Den Leader: (Takes the badges and arrow points to present to the parents.) Parents, pin this badge on the left pocket of your sods uniform shirt. The Wolf Cub Scout Book will show you the correct position when you sew the badge on his shirt. And here is a certificate of your son's new rank. He will carry it with pride. Congratulations to you, parents and Cub Scouts, on the progress you have made. Keep climbing together.

(This procedure can be used for each rank, including the Arrow of Light Award, lighting the appropriate candle as each rank is awarded.)


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Major Wolf Ceremony Sites

    Six Wolf Rank Advancement Ceremonies - From the MacScouter mega-site we have six ceremonies for your Wolves. Included are: "Animal Spirits Wolf Ceremony", "Jungle Book Ceremont for Advancement", "Wolf Advancement Ceremony", "According to Your Wolf Book", "This Badge of Red", and "Achievement Chart Ceremony"

    Advancement Ceremonies -- Wolf/Bear - Two really nice Cub Scout Ceremonies by Ellen DeVilbiss, Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Arapahoe District. Included are the "Headdress Ceremony", and "Painted Paws" Check 'em out!

    Wolf Ceremony - "Akela Learned From the Wolf" - From the Suffolk County Council Pow Wow, a compiliation from Pack 339. This ceremony starts off: "Just as when Akela first went into the forest and learned from the WOLF, a Cub Scout in the second grade begins working on the requirements for the WOLF badge. Wolf Cub Scouts learn about Akela and the story of Mowgli and his survival in the Jungle. When a scout has completed twelve Achievements on the Wolf Trail, in such areas as physical fitness, exploring the world around him, fixing, building, collecting, safety, our flag, our family and our Duty to God, he receives his Wolf badge."

    Jungle Book Ceremony for Awarding the Wolf Badge - Another good Wolf ceremony from the Pack 339 "Ceremonies Galore" collection, this ceremony is the Edward A. Haluska version of the Jungle Book ceremony for Wolves.

    Wolf Ceremony, Animal Spirits - From Pack 339, as adapted by Rick Clemments, this is a wonderful ceremony. "The wolf gives us two strengths: wisdom and bravery. The wolf is one of the smartest animals in the woods. This wisdom will serve our braves well. The wolf is also very loyal to the pack. Because of this, the pack is much stronger than the wolf by itself. Do we have any cubs who have earned the mark of the wolf?"

    Painted Wolf Ceremony - From Pack Pack 3804 in Camarillo, California. Written by Lou Leopold, Webelos Den Leader. Lou says: "I came across these ceremonies in an old Pow-Wow book. It states that these originated in Pack 6 from the Mt. Baker Area Council. Pack 19 of the same council added to the original ceremonies and these are reflected here. The boys love the painting and this encourages them to complete the work on their rank so that they may be painted at the next pack meeting. Their parents also make sure that they are at the pack meetings to see their boys become painted Bobcats, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos."

    The Pack 92 Advancement Ceremony - From their Blue & Gold Banquet in 1996. "This ceremony is a combination of several that were found on other sites, reworked for our purposes. It was quite impressive. The "Ooh's" and "Ahh's" when Akela shot the arrows were well worth it. Here's the setting: Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster at the ceremony table, AOL candleholder on table with candles not lit. Spirit of Scouting candle lit. Lights low, or spots on table. Drum beat in background. OA Scout in full Indian regallia, with archery bow over shoulder walks on stage near the "campfire" .....And so the stage is set. Check this baby out. It's GREAT!

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