Painted Bobcat Ceremony
CHARACTERS: AKELA - Cubmaster, BALOO - Assistant Cubmaster, DRUMMER - a Cub Scout
MATERIALS: Blue, yellow, white, red, and green tempera paints, Bobcat badges and certificates, safety pins. Parent’s pins.
(DRUMMER begins slow, rhythmic beat).
AKELA: Tonight our Pack has some Scouts who have worked hard since joining Cub Scouts. Will the following Scouts and their parents please come forward to take on the colors and spirit of Scouting.
(BALOO reads the names of the Bobcat candidates. They assemble in a line with the Scout in front and parents behind).
(While AKELA recites the following, BALOO paints a blue paw on each Scout’s forehead).
AKELA: Blue is from the sky. The paw print of the Bobcat on your forehead is the spirit of the bobcat.
This reminds you to Do Your Best on the Cub Scout trail.
(BALOO then paints yellow under both eyes of each Cub Scout).
AKELA: Yellow is from the sun. The marks under your eyes will help you see the light of the Cub Scout trail. They also symbolize the bright spirit of Cub Scouting.
(BALOO then paints a white line on each Scout’s nose).
AKELA: White is for purity. The mark on your nose helps you know right from wrong as you go along the Cub Scout trail.
(BALOO paints a red zigzag on each Scout’s chin).
AKELA: Red is for courage. The mark on your chin reminds you to always speak the truth.
(BALOO paints green triangles on both cheeks).
AKELA: Green stands for the spirit of nature. The marks on each cheek will guide you to live in harmony with the great outdoors.
Remember your markings of this night, new Cub Scouts, and have fun along the Cub Scout trail.
Parents, please repeat the Parent’s Pledge after me to remind you of your responsibility to your Scout as he finds his way along the Cub Scout trail.
AKELA and PARENTS:
I promise to do my best,
to help my son be a good Cub Scout,
to encourage him to fulfill the Cub Scout Promise
and obey the Law of the Pack.
I promise to assist him in his Cub Scout achievements and electives, to cooperate with his Den Leader, Cubmaster, and Pack Committee Members, and participate actively in the Cub Scout program.
(BALOO presents the Bobcat Badges to the parents, who pin the badges, upside down, onto the boy's uniform and presents the parent’s pin to the Scouts who then pin their parent).
AKELA: Parents, when your new Bobcat does his first Good Turn, you may sew his badge onto his uniform right side up.
(AKELA and BALOO then shake each Scout’s and each parent’s hand).