Pack 314 - Wolf Graduation/Bridging Ceremony
Candles or penlights
Electric council fire
CUBMASTER: The wolf was greatly admired by the Indians for his swiftness and hunting ability. The Indian scout was called a wolf, and the Indian sign for referring to the scout was two fingers spread apart...symbolizing the erect ears of the wolf. The wolf was considered a great 'medicine animal", and in some tribes, the Indian scout wore the skin and head of the wolf when on a scouting expedition.
I would like to call forward the following Wolf Scouts from our Pack, and direct them to line up on the far side of the bridge to my left.
(The Cubmaster calls the Cub Scouts forward who are going to be Bears. They are handed a lighted candle or penlight and stand on one side of the bridge.)
You have followed the trail of the Indian by attaining the rank of Wolf Cub Scout. You have proven yourself brave, swift, and alert - just as your Indian brothers of the past were. Now you must go on to greater honors for yourself and your parents by earning the Bear badge to prove your greatness and maturity. Learn the ways of our animal friends. Learn about the earth and how to grow food. And look up to our skies and learn the stories told in the stars.
Please cross the bridge now as your name is called, where you will shed your Wolf skin and accept your new Bear skin from your parent.
(Call names. Blue neckerchiefs, hats, and/or books are placed on the boys)
Let this light be a sign to others that you are now a Bear! Congratulations!
(Boys blow out their candles or turn off their penlights)