Wolf Ceremony, Animal Spirits
Posted On: 2019-05-22
PEOPLE REQUIRED: 1) Akela (Cubmaster) 2) Baloo (Asst. Cubmaster) 3) Den Leader
PROPS: 1) Campfire 2) Forest Scenery
(The lights are turned off, the fire is lit and the drum starts. Akela and Baloo walk toward the front.
When they reach the front, Akela gives the Cub Scout sign, and the drum falls silent.)
DEN LEADER: The Indians believed in animal spirits. These spirits helped the Indians and gave them special powers. It was good to have the strength from many animal spirits. But, each Indian also had a main spirit. The Indian would not reveal who his guardian spirit was unless he was near death.
BALOO: One advantage to spending time alone in the wilderness, is that you might meet your spirit animal. And, to meet your spirit animal is to make your life more complete. An Indian might be canoeing alone across a lake, when he spies a wolf on the shore. And as the wolf looks into his eyes, he'll just know, that that's his spirit animal. Of course you can only meet your spirit animal when you're alone.
AKELA: 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?
BALOO: Yes, we have (number). They have learned how to handle tools and how to display the flag; they know how be healthy and safe. They have learned to serve in the community and to conserve energy. They are physically active and like to read. They have fun with their families and have collected useful and beautiful things. They obey our country's laws and worship God.
AKELA: Bring them and their parents forward so I may award them with the honor they have earned.
BALOO: Will (names) please come forward with their parents?
(Hand badge to parents.)
AKELA: Parents, would you please present your son his Wolf badge? As is the custom in our pack, please attach the badge to his uniform upside down, with the tape. Once he performs a good deed, it may be permanently attached right side up. The pin is worn by the parents as an indication that Cub Scouting is a family activity.
BALOO: These boys deserve a cheer for their hard work. What could be more appropriate than a wolf howl?