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One advancement ceremony is special for the den. Using the Cub Scout Immediate Recognition Kit, a cub is awarded a bead for each three achievements toward his Wolf or Bear badge.

Den Leader:We would like to tell you the story behind these wonderful beads. The customs of awarding beads started in the ancient tribe of Webelos. They are given to braves who did their best to help the tribe and others.

Den Chief:Many moons ago, when the animal world was ruled by wolves and bears, the braves of the Webelos tribe feared these strong beasts.

Den Leader:But some braves names (names of boys being recognized), still untried, decided that the best way to live without fear was to learn to understand the creatures of the forest.

Den Chief:So they went, disguised as animals, to live with the wolves and bears.  The animals accepted them and all their brothers and called them "Cubs", just as if the braves were their own. This was according to the Law of the Pack.

Den Leader:For their bravery and friendliness to the beasts, they were given a leather thong with colored beads on it.  It signified that he knew the ways of the bribe and did his best at everything without worrying if someone else did better.  This is the law which the tribe borrowed from the animals and had the 'cubs' learn.

(ask den to form Living circle and repeat the Law of the Pack)

Den Chief:For doing your best in completing three achievements toward your (Wolf) (Bear) badge, I award you (names)  this thong and this bead.  May you always obey the Law of the Pack.

Grand Howl

The grand howl is a ceremony that combines showing respect for a leader with a chance to use up energy.  It serves equally well as an opening or closing for a den or pack.  

The cubs stand in a circle. When a person is being honored, he or she stands in the center. Starting from a crouching position, the boys make the two-finger Cub Scout sign; but instead of putting their right arms over their heads, they touch the ground between their feet with the two fingers of both hands.  Then, wolf-like, the Cub Scouts raise their heads and howl, "AH--H--KAY--Y--LA!  WE--E--E'LL DO-O-O-O OU-U-R BEST!"  The last word "best" is  yelled in unison. As it is yelled, the Cub Scouts jump to their feet, with both hands high above their heads in the Cub Scout sign.

The hands are held high while the denner or den chief call to the cubs at the top of his voice. "DYB-DYB-DYB-DYB," meaning "do your best." On the fourth 'DYB' each cub drops his left hand smartly to his side, makes the Cub Scout salute with his right, and shouts, "WE-E-E'LL DOB-DOB-DOB," meaning "We'll do our best."  After the fourth 'DOB,' each Cub drops his right hand smartly to his side and comes to attention.

The Living Circle

The living circle may be used alone as a ceremony, or it may be used as a part of one.  It reminds a Cub Scout of the fine friendships he is making in Cub Scouting.

It is made by a den and its leaders in a close circle facing inward.  They turn slightly to the right in the circle, and each extends his left hand into the circle, palm downward and left thumb pointing to the right.

Each person grasps the left thumb of the one to this left - making a complete living circle handclasp.  The right hand is held up in the Cub Scout sign.

Pump left hands up and down while saying "Ah-h--kay-y--la, we-e-e'll do-o ou-u-r BEST!"


The den forms a circle around the United States flag or den flag. Salute and sing "God Bless America" or "America"

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