Design Your Own Cattle Brand  

Cowboys used brands to mark their cattle so that everyone would know to which ranch they
belonged. It was said that children living in Texas during the time of the great cattle drives
learned to read a brand before learning their ABC's. Brands are still used today to identify
ownership and deter the rustling of livestock. Brands have a language all their own. The ability to
read these symbols is referred to as "callin' the brand." Brands are read left to right, top to
bottom, outside to inside and any action (flying, walking, rocking, etc.) comes first.

 Walking Y                   Circle Star                    Rocking H                       Lazy T                            Bar B Q

Flying Diamond              Box R                           Slant A                    JHL Connected                Reverse B

Have each Cub design their own original brand for their 'outfit.' Have them draw their designs
and then share and explain them. Use these brands for decorations at this month's pack meeting.





Every cowboy wore a bandanna. The bandana was a large handkerchief, usually
made of red printed cotton. It was usually folded in half diagonally and worn
loosely around the neck, tied in a knot at the back. It was just about the most useful
piece of equipment a cowboy owned. It could be used:

 To pull up over his mouth when riding in
dust behind cattle.
• To protect his face from harsh winds.
• To wash his face in the morning.
• As a blindfold for a nervous horse.
• To bind up wounds.

 As a hot pad to protect his hand when
holding a hot branding iron.
• To wipe away sweat.
• As a flag to signal across the plains to
someone else.
• To tie a hat to his head in a fierce wind.


Have the boys think of and demonstrate different ways that they can use their own bandanna
(neckerchief). Make this a game; encourage creativity! Here are some examples to get started:
 Washcloth    • Napkin    • Sling    • Mask
• Belt    • Pot holder    • Flyswatter    • Lunch bag
• Towel    • Bandage    • Eyeglass cleaner   • Trail marker
• Smoke signals    • Car window shade       • Cool-dana
      • Sit upon


References / Source:
Great Salt Lake Council

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