The Scouting movement began in 1907. Lord Baden-Powell held the first Scouting Jamboree in southern Britain. In 1913, Scouting came to the shores of the United States. Now, millions have learned the Scout Chant. It has lovingly been dubbed, the “Grand Howl.”
The Beginning of a Great Tradition
The picture above is from the 1916 Scout’s Handbook, written by Lord Baden Powell. The Grand Howl is the way of greeting the old wolf, “Akela.”
He was an animal making his debut in Rudyard Kipling’s story “The Jungle Book”. He was welcomed to the meeting of the Pack with a Grand Howl.
Today, the Grand Howl is still used to open and close each meeting. It is to remind Cubs of the Cub Scout promise, and to show respect to Akela, the leader of the Cub Pack.
The Grand Howl
As a youngster in Cubs, like millions of other young boys around the Globe, the opening of the Cub meeting, and the closing, with the Grand Howl was a thrill for the evening.
The Grand Howl reminded us of the commitment the other Cubs, our families and to our country, as well as, showed respect for the leaders of the pack.
Following is the Chant for the Ceremony:
I promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.
The ceremony is always done with Akela in the center of a circle formed by the young Cubs. Part of the ceremony is always the raising and lowering of the Cut Troupe Flag.
The Grand Howl is an integral part of the Cub Scout movement. It is as American as apple pie, and concisely provides a snapshot of what Cubs are all about; being prepared to do their best.