Have you every wondered why most of the ranks in Cub Scouting are named after animals? Think about the animals Bobcat, Wolf, and Bear for a moment. What images come to mind?
The Bobcat is a little smaller than most of his cousins in the wild cat family. But his features, especially his ever‑alert ears, make him very distinctive and his movements are sleek and swift. We have several Bobcat Cubs here tonight who swiftly tracked the seven steps of what it takes to be a Cub Scout. Would the following boys and their parents please come forward? (Call the names of the boys receiving the Bobcat and have their parents present them with their badges).
The Wolf is a very intelligent animal and is known for his loyalty to the pack. He is very quick to defend his territory much like a Cub Scout who is quick to stand up for what he believes is right. Would the following boys and their parents please come forward to accept the rank of Wolf? (Call the names of the Cubs advancing to the Wolf rank). The Bear is one of the largest animals on our continent and for that reason is often feared. His strength is legendary and his senses are keen. But if you watch him closely you will probably see that the Bear has a sense of humor and likes to play. He also knows how to plan ahead as we see in his preparations for the winter. We have some Cubs here tonight who have proven their strength and sharpened their senses and are now ready to be awarded the rank of Bear. Would the following boys and their parents please come forward? (Call the boys names).
The Webelos rank may not be named after an animal, but it does stand for something special. Who can tell me what Webelos means? (pause for a response) Right! We'll Be Loyal Scouts. Part of being a Scout is being a friend to animals‑‑ a protector of their homes and their right to survive. Webelos are apprentice outdoorsmen, foresters and naturalists and they are learning what is means to be a Boy Scout. Would the following boys and their parents please come forward to be awarded the rank of Webelos? (Call the names).
Boys who have attained the rank of Arrow of Light have made a commitment to live their lives by the Scout Oath and Laws. This commitment makes them the king of the forest, the ruler of the roost, and the Leader of the Pack. Would the following candidates and their parents please come forward for the presentation of the Arrow of Light, the highest award a Cub pack has to offer. (Call the boys names and have the parents present the award).
Congratulations to all the boys and their parents who have earned awards tonight.