The Trail To Cub Scouting
Cubmaster, Tiger Coordinator, Wolf Scout, Bear Scout, First Year Webelos Scout, Second Year Webelos Scout, Tigers and parents
The parent with each Tiger Cub should have a Wolf neckerchief and slide.
The pack should have the Tiger Graduation patch and certificate for each Tiger Cub.
Three candles on left - two orange, one black
Three candles on right - two blue, one gold
One white candle in the middle (This candle should be lit before the ceremony starts.)
Pieces of orange, black, blue, and gold construction paper cut out to be "paws". The paws should be placed in order and fairly close together and getting further apart and harder to follow as they continue. The paws should be taped to the floor so that the scouts will not slide on them. Each piece should have a word printed on it (in order) - Search, Discover, Share, Sign, Handshake, Salute, Motto, Promise, Law, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Arrow of Light.
In using this ceremony please use the designation that is appropriate to ALL the Tiger Cubs in your pack. i.e. - use of the word parent may / may not be appropriate, etc.
Cubmaster: Tonight we honor our Tiger Cubs. Will the Tiger Cubs and their Adult Partners please come forward.
Tiger Leader: For the past few months you and your family have explored all sorts of new and exciting things and places as Tiger Cubs. You have taken part in the Tiger Cub Motto and used it in your home, school, and neighborhood.
This white candle (already lighted) represents the spirit of scouting, the ideals that you have begun to live this year.
(Light first Orange Candle) - You and your adult partner have searched out in your community new activities which have shown you how people work together and have fun together.
(Light Black Candle) - You and your adult partner have discovered that by doing things together with friends and family you feel a sense of being part of a great family, community, and country.
(Light Second Orange Candle) - The things you have searched out and discovered have been shared with your family, friends, and fellow Tiger Cubs, which let them learn about you and the things you saw and did.
Now it is time to move along the scouting trail. You will notice that you have already started on the trail. This part of the trail will be easy for you to pass. But there is much in front of you.
It is a trail that you will follow as you learn along with Akela. You will learn the Cub Scout Sign, Handshake, Salute, Motto, Promise, and Law. You will master the skills of a Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos. And you will see the meaning of Cub Scouting with the Arrow of Light.
The trail is not an easy one. It will be easy to stumble. It will get more difficult as you go further on the trail. Do not expect to be able to be perfect on the trail tonight - it will take four years for you to gain the ability to follow the trail easily.
As you follow this trail in Cub Scouting you will experience new things much as you did as a Tiger Cub.
(Light first Blue Candle) - You will learn that about purity in living by following the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack
(Light Gold Candle) - You will learn about the unknown, the fear and the doubts, and how the Cub Scout Motto will take these away.
(Light second Blue Candle) - You will learn knowledge, joy, and confidence and how being a Cub Scout helps you to grow as a person.
You are now ready to continue on the trail of Cub Scouting. It is not a trail that you can or will follow alone. Your family will be at your side at all times throughout your scouting experience. Support will also come from all members of this Pack. You will notice that there are members of the Pack along the trail you will follow tonight. There are Wolf Cubs, Bear Cubs, Webelos Scouts, the Cubmaster, and other adult leaders. These people are there to help you at every step of the way on the trail. They are there to welcome you to the Pack.
As you progress on the trail your family will help you grow into the uniform of Cub Scouting, which you will wear along the rest of the trail. Continue on along the trail, and ask those other Cub Scouts along the trail for help as you may need it - they will help you.
I ask that as your name is called that you and your family start on the trail. Please stop when the trail gets difficult. (This should be about the paw of salute or motto - Let the adult partners who will walk with the scouts know this ahead of time so they can stop their scout at this point and take their Tiger shirt off so they can continue on the trail in their blue Cub Scout shirt)
You will be given help to prepare you to continue along the trail.
(as each Scout completes the trail.... )
Cubmaster: (Scouts First Name), I would like to welcome you to the Pack. I am proud that you have completed your Tiger Cub experience and present you with this certificate and this patch that you can wear on your Cub Scout uniform to show this accomplishment. I welcome you to the Pack with the neckerchief of the Wolf Cub. Wear it as you continue on your scouting trail.
(Adult partner will help the Cubmaster place the neckerchief around the scout's neck)