Branding Of The Tiger Cubs
EQUIPMENT: Fake council fire, 1/4" dowel rod cut in two (one per boy plus one), 1 Bobcat stamp, Blue cloth or paper for fake water, Certificate, pin, patch, Tiger make-up or mask, 1 Arrowhead per boy, 3 feathers per boy - red, yellow, and blue, fake stepping stones for steps in the water.
ARRANGEMENTS: Lights off. Council fire on, Semicircle sitting with Tiger Cubs on the floor and parents seated behind them. Council fire in the center. At the open end, place fake water on the floor and steps on top. Be sure to place steps so some difficulty is encountered while crossing water so it's a real challenge. Put stamp and rod taped together and in the fire. Arrowheads, remaining rods, and feathers at water's edge. Certificate, pin, and Tiger patch at Shere Kahn position.
CHARACTERS: Cubmaster or Tribal Chief, Tiger or Shere Kahn, Den Chief or Ceremonial Brave.
TRIBAL CHIEF: (Chief is sitting at the fire, when all is quiet he stands.) "Tonight, we have gathered to honor our young braves. Let us call forth...
SHERE KAHN: (Interrupts loudly.) I Shere Kahn wish to test these braves before honor is given them! I call forth the man cubs called Tigers!
(Tiger Cubs and adults go to Shere Kahn and stand before him.)
What is the motto of the Tiger Cubs? Have you obeyed the Promise of the Tiger Cub? Tigers, this is the emblem of your first rank in Scouting, wear it proudly. (Patch) Adult Tiger, this is the symbol of your deeds in preparing these Tigers for their next adventure in Cubing. (Pin) So all may know that you have done well, here is the writing to prove your efforts. (certificate) Go now, I wish no more to see you. You must walk the water of evil. Be wary of its quickness and smooth appearance, for it can fool you.
CEREMONIAL BRAVE: (Brave is at the end of the water. he greets them. He takes them to a spot where he has the makings of the arrows and says,) The arrowhead breaks the wind. The stick, if straight, will guide the arrow's path. The feathers give balance and distance. Take these and make your arrow of life. Learn of its true nature and be a good Scout.
(He then takes the Tigers to the council fire, the adults are asked to take their seats and the boys are asked to sit on either side of the Tribal Chief.)
TRIBAL CHIEF: Tonight, we honor these Cub Scouts, for they have completed the challenge of the Tigers. So all may know that they are not of the tribe we will place our mark upon their foreheads. This symbol is the Bobcat, your first rank in this tribe. (Chief stamps each Tiger, as each boy is "branded" the Cub pack hisses, the Chief calls them Bobcats of Den(#) and introduces them to their Den Leader.