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Theme - Cub Scout Safari
Your Cub Scouts arent likely to trek in East Africa anytime soon to hunt for lions, leopards, and elephants. But they can go on safari in their imaginations.
They can also go on safari to look for wildlife in their own neighborhoods. Dens will do that this month. They will also do some nature projects or prepare a skit based on Akela, Mowgli, Baloo, and the other characters in Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book. The pack meeting could be held outdoors and feature an interden test of nature knowledge, or it could be an indoor event with skits and other fun activities based on Akela and his friends.
Help boys discover fun and adventure in the wilds of Scouting. Take them on a month-long safari, being sure all the boys remember the Cub Scout Promise, Law, and Motto. Use stories of Akela, Baloo, Bagheera, and Kaa to highlight den meeting games, crafts, and making costumes for the pack meeting. Take a den trip to a local zoo, animal rescue facility, or wildlife refuge. Encourage every boy to receive an achievement or elective award at the pack meeting. Finding shelter, food, and co-existing in the jungle with wild beasts could all be incorporated into ceremonies.
This theme is designed to achieve Cub Scoutings purposes of:
The Grand Howl
The Grand Howl is a special way of saying hello to Akela and a way of reminding you about your Cub Scout Promise. Only Cubs that have been invested as a Cub Scout are able to join in the Grand Howl.
Each group does their Grand Howl in a slightly different way but in most cases the Cub Scouts start by forming a circle with Akela standing in the middle.
The Grand Howl starts when Akelas arms are raised outwards and then lowered to Akelas side. At that point the whole Pack squats down (not sitting) like a wolf would with their paws in between their legs.
The whole Pack then calls out (very loudly!):
"Akela...well do our best!"
The Cubs then stand up smartly at alert...the Duty Sixer (or whoever is chosen to do the Grand Howl) then salutes Akela and calls out:
"Cubs! Do your best!"
The rest of the Cubs then salute and call back:
"We WILL do our best!"
This is the Grand Howl. It is performed as an opening and closing ceremony to the Pack night, usually in conjunction with a Flag ceremony.
Jungle Related Ceremonies
InsaneScouter Monthly Tip
"Jungle Law" - Kill only to eat, or to stop your self from being eaten.
InsaneScouter Moment - Your Wild Animal
Your Wild Animal
If your tongue is not trained it can cause a lot of trouble, not only for yourself but for those around you. Keep those bars of teeth closed until your tongue is so well trained that you know it wont harm anybody.
Your wild animal can make trouble by bad-mouthing other people, by gossip and slander, and by wisecracks at the wrong time. Train your tongue so that it knows the right time to speak and the time to be quiet. Until you have it fully trained, keep that wild animal behind bars.
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