Jungle book and cub scouts
Cub Scouting began with "The Jungle Book"In , he published his own outlines for such a scheme, to be called Wolf Cubbing. Baden-Powell may have had a number of reasons to call this section Wolf Cubs: Wolf was the name of the cannon made in the railway workshops at Mafeking. By analogy, a young boy not old enough to be a wolf or true Scout could be a baby wolf or Wolf Cub. Baden-Powell asked his friend Rudyard Kipling for the use of his Jungle Book history and universe as a motivational frame in cub scouting. In , junior members became known as Wolf Cubs. In the s and later, the Wolf Cub section departed in many organizations from the jungle theme. Some changed their name to Cub Scout or something similar but retained the Jungle Stories and Cub ceremony as tradition—such as the use of Jungle Books names as described below ; and the Grand Howl which signals the start and end of the Cub Scout Meetings.
Jungle Book names
During his second visit to India, from to , he worked as a journalist, keeping exhaustive notes about life in that country. Chapter 1: Mowgli, the man-cub, arrives at the mountain top home of the wolf pack led by Akela. He is taken in by Mother and Father Wolf. But Shere Khan, the tiger, wants to catch and eat the man-cub. Mowgli is finally accepted into the pack after Baloo, the bear, speaks for him and Bagheera, the panther, gives the pack food in return. Chapter 2: Mowgli grows up happily with the wolves. He learns the law of the jungle but also watches the men in the village.
Rudyard Kipling served as one of the British Scout Association's first Commissioners and was glad to permit Robert Baden-Powell to use the story "Mowgli's Brothers" from his Jungle Book as the basis for a younger boy program in The "Wolf Cubbing" program was very successful from the outset. West kept Cubbing from becoming an official BSA program until Even then, the names "Mowgli", "Akela" and "Baloo" were the only thing retained from the Americanized original Wolf, Bear and Lion Trail Amerindian stories in the first edition cubbooks. The second edition cubbooks and third edition cub scout books dispensed with the story entirely. It was only by the fourth edition that stories of young Mowgli returned as reworked tales.
Here are 10 lessons all Cub Scouts can learn from Mowgli:. As long as the wolves follow Akela, they prosper. As soon as they start to ignore his advice and do things their own way, everything falls apart. Because Mowgli follows Akela, he grows wiser and stronger and escapes serious danger. For a Cub Scout, Akela represents pack and den leaders, parents, and teachers.
The moon shown into the mouth of the cave where Mother Wolf lay sleeping with their four young cubs. Now Tabaqui was always ready to make trouble and to talk about others. He hunts in these hills for the next moon. He will scare animals away for miles around. You can hear him now in the jungle below.