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Bird Watchers
Compass Prayer
Cub Scout Vespers I
Cub Scout Vespers II
Flag Retirement
I Am Your Flag
I Made a Promise

I Will Use My Senses
Nature Visitors
Our Flag
Ripple Effect
Taps With Cub Promise

Taps With Hand Motions
Ten Needs of a Boy

Bird Watchers

Preparation: Have a Tiger Cub or Cub Scout walk on and read the statement for his rank.

Personnel: Tiger Cub, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scout, and boy who is working on his Arrow of Light; narrator

Tiger Cub: I am a Tiger Cub. Like a hummingbird, I search, discover, and share.

Bobcat: I am a Bobcat. Like a sparrow, I work hard to learn about Cub Scouting.

Wolf: I am a Wolf. Like a swallow, I swoop and learn many new skills.

Bear: I am a Bear. Like a robin, I have colors on my chest to show my accomplishments.

Webelos: I am a Webelos Scout. I learn much along the Scouting trail that makes me strong and independent like the hawk.

Arrow Of Light: I am earning the Arrow of Light, which is the highest award in Cub Scouting. As the eagle is a proud bird, I am also proud of my accomplishments.

Narrator: Just as we watch the many birds that are around us, we also watch our Scouts grow as they walk the Scouting trail.

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Compass Prayer

Cub Scout 1: From the south, feel warmth and be secure.

Cub Scout 2: From the north, the chills of life come and we learn to adapt.

Cub Scout 3: From the east, we see the rising sun and the promise of a new day of life.

Cub Scout 4: From the west, we see the setting sun and the peace of night.

Cub Scout 5: Look up for hope in all the mysteries of life.

Cub Scout 6: Look down for the security and life the earth gives.

Cub Scout 7: Look inside yourself to find you in all your splendor.

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Cub Scout Vespers I

Preparation: Have a den lead "Cub Scout Vespers."

Tune: "O Christmas Tree/O Tannenbaum"

As the night comes to this land,
On my promise I will stand.
I will help the pack to go,
As our pack helps me to grow.
Yes, I will always give goodwill.
I’ll follow my Akela still.
And before I stop to rest,
I will do my very best.

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Cub Scout Vespers II

Most appropriate for campfire closing.

Preparation: Have a den lead "Cub Scout Vespers."

Tune: "O Christmas Tree/O Tannenbaum". 

Softly falls the light of day
As our campfire fades away
Silently each Cub should ask
Have I done my daily tasks?
For my country done my best
Prayed to God before I rest
Helped a friend along the way
Have I done my best today

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Preparation: Make nine large cards with the letters H, A, L, L, O,W, E, E, and N on them.

Narrator: H is for Halloween.

Cub Scout 1: A is for awesome.

Cub Scout 2: L is for laughs.

Cub Scout 3: L is for lighted pumpkins.

Cub Scout 4: O is for outrageous.

Cub Scout 5: W is for wacky.

Cub Scout 6: E is for eerie.

Cub Scout 7: E is for exciting.

Cub Scout 8: N is for nighttime fun!


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I Am Your Flag

Materials: U.S. flag

Cub Scout 1: I am the symbol of freedom.

Cub Scout 2: I am faith.

Cub Scout 3: I am hope.

Cub Scout 4: I am love.

Cub Scout 5: I am tolerance.

Cub Scout 6: I am justice.

Cub Scout 7: I am hope for peace on earth.

Cub Scout 8: I am a sign for the future.

Cub Scout 1: I am the flag of the United States.

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I Made a Promise

Cub Scout 1: I made a promise—I said that in whatever I did, I would do the very best I could.

Cub Scout 2: I made a promise—to serve my God and my country the best I could.

Cub Scout 3: I made a promise—to help other people the best I could.

Cub Scout 4: I made a promise—to obey the Law of the Pack the best I could.

Cub Scout 5: I have done my best, and I will do my best, because I am the best.

Cub Scout 6: I am a Scout.

Cub Scout 7: Please stand and join us in reciting the Cub Scout Promise.

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I Will Use My Senses

Cub Scout 1: This is my country.

Cub Scout 2: I will use my eyes to see the beauty of this land.

Cub Scout 3: I will use my ears to hear its quietest sounds.

Cub Scout 4: I will use my mouth to enjoy the fruits of its harvest.

Cub Scout 5: I will use my mind to keep its beauty for future generations.

Cub Scout 6: I will use my hands to serve it and care for it.

Cub Scout 7:And with my heart, I will honor it.

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Nature Visitors

Cub Scout 1: We enjoy being outdoors but always need to remember those who follow us.

Cub Scout 2: Try to be a good visitor and leave the plants and creatures for others to enjoy.

Cub Scout 3: The only things I took home with me were drawings, photographs, and memories.

Cub Scout 4: I walked on pathways to protect the plants and soil.

Cub Scout 5: When I see animals, I remember that I am a guest in their home.

Cub Scout 6: I always make sure that all campfires are completely out.

Cub Scout 7: When we are careful like this, we’ll be able to leave these things for others to enjoy in the years to come.

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Our Flag

Remember that the Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t always have to happen at the beginning of your pack meeting!

Narrator: I have often seen a large flag rippling in the breeze from a flagstaff atop a tall building and marveled at its beauty with its 13 red and white stripes and stars on a field of blue. Have you wondered why these colors were chosen? Red is a symbol of bravery, white is a symbol of purity, and blue is a symbol of love and devotion. Our flag is made from cloth that contains millions of threads and stitches, all bound together—each doing its part. In this same way, our country is made up of millions of individuals, with varied religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds, but all are bound together in a common cause to see that liberty and justice exist in our country. Please stand and join me in pledging our allegiance to our flag.

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Cub Scout 1: I would like to ask that families keep these things in mind.

Cub Scout 2: Counsel your sons that they may have eyes to behold the red and purple sunsets,

Cub Scout 3: and that they may have sharp ears to hear the voice of the Great Spirit.

Cub Scout 4: Guide them to have hands that respect the things God has made.

Cub Scout 5: Help them be wise and see the lessons hidden in every leaf and rock.

Cub Scout 6: Help them seek strength, not to be superior to others, but to help others.

Cub Scout 7: Help them to do their best along the Scouting trail.

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Ripple Effect

Preparation: Hand each person a pebble to drop into the water.

Materials: Tub of water and a pebble for each person

Narrator: This tub of water symbolizes the world of nature around us. Each pebble that is dropped into the water has an effect on the waves that were caused by the previous pebble This is the same thing that happens in nature. We are all connected and need to remember that what we do has an impact on everything around us. As you leave, please silently drop your pebble into the water.

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Taps With Cub Scout Promise

Form the pack in a large circle, with families behind the boys. Have all hum "Taps" quietly while one Cub Scout slowly recites the Cub Scout Promise.

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Taps With Hand Motions

Preparation: Have one den practice this so they can demonstrate. Have the pack join in the second time.

Day is done. (Hands out to sides, palms up)
Gone the sun, (Turn palms down)
From the lakes, (Hands in front at waist height, palms down)
From the hills, (Hands in front at shoulder height, palms down)
From the sky. (Hands high above head)
All is well, (Right hand to left shoulder)
Safely rest, (Left hand to right shoulder)
God is nigh. (Bow head after singing)

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Ten Needs of a Boy

Cub Scout 1: Every boy has 10 needs:

Cub Scout 2: To climb a mountain and look afar,

Cub Scout 3: To sit around a campfire with good friends,

Cub Scout 4: To test his strength and his skills on his very own,

Cub Scout 5: To be alone with his thoughts and his God,

Cub Scout 6: To be ready to reach out and find the hand of an understanding adult who is ready and willing to help,

Cub Scout 7: To have a code to live by that is easily understood and fair; a chance to play hard just for the fun of it and to work hard for the thrill of it,

Cub Scout 8: To have a chance to fail.. .and know why.

Cub Scout 1: To have and be a good friend and have a chance to prove both,

Cub Scout 2: To have a hero.. and a vision to measure him by.

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Cub Scout 1: Have you ever thought about how helpful a tree is?

Cub Scout 2: It provides a nesting place for birds, shade from the sun, and protection from the rain.

Cub Scout 3: It discards its dead branches, providing firewood for our warmth and fuel for cooking food.

Cub Scout 4: It adds beauty to our world.

Cub Scout 5: It adds oxygen to our air.

Cub Scout 6: A tree gives a lot more than it receives.

Cub Scout 7: We can learn a lesson from the tree—by doing our best to always be helpful to others and by putting others first and ourselves last.

Cub Scout 8: Remember to give to others more than you receive.

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Flag Retirement Ceremony

Here are the basics for a Flag retirement ceremony. Appropriate songs and/or readings may be added.  It is suitable for an outdoor campfire.

  1. Lower the flag from the pole (or remove it from the staff) and carry it to the fire site.
  2. Place the stars (as the audience sees them) in the upper left hand corner. This is an appropriate reading to start the ceremony:
    “Remember as you look at the Flag, it is the symbol of our nation, it is red because of human sacrifice; blue because of the true blue loyalty of its defenders; and white symbolizes liberty - our land of the free. The stars are symbols of the united efforts and hope in the hearts of the many people striving to keep America great.”
  3. Cut the field of blue from the stripes - have someone hold onto this piece.
  4. Next, cut each stripe from the “whole” and lay each piece, one at a time, across the flames. These are some ideas for appropriate readings for each stripe:
First Stripe  "The thirteen stripes stand for the thirteen original colonies which are: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island."
Second Stripe  "The white stands for purity"
Third Stripe  "The red stands for courage"
Fourth Stripe  "Give me liberty or give me death"
Fifth Stripe  "One if by land, two if by sea"
Sixth Stripe  "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution on the United States of America."
Seventh Stripe  "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. They are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Eighth Stripe  "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
Ninth Stripe  "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or press."
Tenth Stripe  "Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
Eleventh Stripe  "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state because they are female."
Twelfth Stripe  "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
Thirteenth Stripe  "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
  1. After all the stripes have been burned, the field of blue is laid on the fire - all are silent until the entire piece burns to ash.
  2. Out of respect, nothing should ever be added to the ceremonial fire after the Flag has been retired.
  3. The ceremony ends with everyone departing in silence.
  4. After the ashes have cooled, they should be buried.

Please remember, this is a very solemn ceremony and should be done with the utmost respect and reverence for the flag to be retired.

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Last Updated: 06/15/2006 03:17 PM

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