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  • THE WOLF CUB’S

    HANDBOOK

    BY LORD BADEN-POWELL

    OF GILWELL AUTHOR OF “SCOUTING FOR BOYS,” ETC.

    9th EDITION — 1938

  • 2 THE WOLF CUB’S HANDBOOK

    INTRODUCTION

    INTRODUCTION

    Every boy, like every young Wolf, has a hearty appetite. This book is a meal offered by an old Wolf to the young Cubs.

    There is juicy meat in it to be eaten, and there are tough bones to be gnawed.

    But if every Cub who devours it will tackle the bone as well as the meat, and will eat up the fat with the lean, I hope that he will get good strength, as well as some enjoyment, out of every bite. B.-P.

    To Rudyard Kipling, who has done so much to put the right spirit into our rising manhood, I am very grateful for the permission to quote as my text his inimitable “Jungle Book.”

    My thanks are also due to his publishers, Messrs. Macmillan and Co., Ltd., for their courtesy in allowing these extracts to be made.

    PREFACE TO THE NINTH EDITION

    Another seven years have passed and it is time for yet another edition of the Handbook. Broadly speaking, the main scheme of Cubbing has stood the test of time and there are few alterations in the present edition, except those necessitated by the current revision of Star and Badge Tests, which come into force in October, 1938. August, 1938. B.-P.

    THE LAW OF THE WOLF CUB PACK

    1. The Cub gives in to the Old Wolf; 2. The Cub does not give in to himself.

    THE WOLF CUB’S PROMISE

    I promise to DO MY BEST — To do my duty to God and the King, To keep the Law of the Wolf Cub Pack, and to do a good turn to somebody every day.

  • THE WOLF CUB’S HANDBOOK 3

    This electronic edition

    ©2006 Canadian Sea Scouts Homeport — http://www.seascouts.ca/

    The Editors gratefully acknowledge with thanks the invaluable assistance of Karl Pollak and Ric Raynor in preparing this edition.

    It is the volunteers like they who are the strength of the Movement.

    Editor’s Notes:

    The reader is reminded that these texts have been written a long time ago. Consequently, they may use some terms or express sentiments which were current at the time, regardless of what we may think of them at the beginning of the 21st century. For reasons of historical accuracy they have been preserved in their original form. If you find them offensive, we ask you to please delete this file from your system. The text also refers to methods that are the opinion of the author and may not be representative of current beliefs (such as climbing rope). This book was written in England and thus contains English spelling and English terms. Where such terms could be misunderstood, an Editors Note has been inserted.

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  • 4 THE WOLF CUB’S HANDBOOK

    CONTENTS

    CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................2 PREFACE TO THE NINTH EDITION ...............................................................2 LAW OF THE WOLF CUB PACK .....................................................................2 THE WOLF CUB PROMISE...............................................................................2

    PART I FIRST BITE..........................................................................................................6 Story of Mowgli — Wolf Cubs — Zulu Boy — Duties of Cubs — Circles of the Council Rock — The Grand Howl — Game: Shere Khan and Mowgli. SECOND BITE...................................................................................................14 Akela — Baloo and Bagheera — The New Chum — The Salute — Tabaqui Dance — Pronunciation of Jungle Names. THIRD BITE ......................................................................................................18 The Law of the Wolf Cub Pack — The Dances of Baloo and Bagheera — Mothers’ Day. FOURTH BITE...................................................................................................25 The Bandarlog — The Cub Promise — The Hunger Dance of Kaa. FIFTH BITE........................................................................................................32 The Goodfellows — How to make Yourself Useful at Home — Zulu Boy Game — The Dance of Shere Khan’s Death. SIXTH BITE.......................................................................................................37 The Uniform — The Investiture of a Tenderpad — The Six — Totem Poles. SEVENTH BITE ................................................................................................40 The Stars — First Star Tests — The Union Flag and How to Fly it — Flag Game. EIGHTH BITE....................................................................................................44 Observation — Training Senses — Stalking — A Snow Newspaper — Track Reading — Pets. NINTH BITE ......................................................................................................55 Niagara Ice Accident — Knots — Swimming — Seamen — Jack Cornwell, V.C. —The Wolf Cub Lair. TENTH BITE......................................................................................................61 How to Grow Big and Strong — The Blood — Wholesome Food — Fresh Air —Exercise — Skipping, Walking, Leap-frog and Somersaults — Nose Breathing —Nails and their Care — Teeth and their Care — Feet — Telling the Time —”God Save the King” — Cleaning Boots — Folding Clothes — Tidiness — Service. ELEVENTH BITE..............................................................................................73 Signalling — Semaphore — Morse — Sound Signalling — Games — Practises.

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    CONTENTS

    TWELFTH BITE................................................................................................80 Fire Lighting Indoors — Bush Fires — More Knots — Running Messages — Points of Compass — Telephone. THIRTEENTH BITE..........................................................................................85 Knitting and Weaving — Thrift — Models — Collections — Scrapbooks — Cub Band. FOURTEENTH BITE ........................................................................................90 Camping — Comfort in Camp — Bed-Making — Camp Kit — Camp Programme — Things to Remember. FIFTEENTH BITE .............................................................................................96 Dirt in Wound — Burns — Scalds — Shock—Body Exercises — Walking the Plank — Investiture of Two Star Cub. SIXTEENTH BITE...........................................................................................101 Going Up

    PART II PROFICIENCY BADGES AND HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THEM

    CHAPTER I .................. PROFICIENCY BADGES........................................103

    CHAPTER II................. COLLECTOR ...........................................................109

    CHAPTER III. .............. OBSERVER ..............................................................111

    CHAPTER IV. .............. GARDENER .............................................................116

    CHAPTER V. ............... ARTIST.....................................................................118

    CHAPTER VI. .............. HOMECRAFT ..........................................................122

    CHAPTER VII.............. TOYMAKER ............................................................125

    CHAPTER VIII. ........... FIRST AIDER...........................................................127

    CHAPTER IX. .............. GUIDE ......................................................................130

    CHAPTER X. ............... HOUSE ORDERLY..................................................133

    CHAPTER XI. .............. ATHLETE.................................................................135

    CHAPTER XII.............. SWIMMER ...............................................................137

    CHAPTER XIII. ........... TEAM PLAYER .......................................................140

    PART III OBJECTS AND METHODS OF WOLF CUB TRAINING HINTS FOR CUBMASTERS ..........................................................................145

  • 6 THE WOLF CUB’S HANDBOOK

    FIRST BITE

    PART I

    FIRST BITE

    Story Of Mowgli — Wolf Cubs — Zulu Boy — Duties Of Cubs — Circles Of The Council Rock — The Grand Howl Game: Shere Khan And Mowgli

    NOTE TO THE CUBMASTER

    “The Jungle Books,” by Rudyard Kipling, are the basis of the Wolf story which is our theme in the first few “bites.” If you can read the books to the Cubs after giving the outline as above they will enjoy and appreciate its meaning all the more.

    Once upon a time, far away in India, a great big tiger was prowling about in the jungle trying to find food. Presently he came to a place where a wood-cutter and his family were camped, and he thought it would be a grand thing to get hold of a sleeping man or, better still, a fat child for his supper.

    Although he was a great strong animal he was not very brave, and he did not want to face an armed man in the open.

    So he crept up close to the camp fire, but in gazing at his prey he did not look carefully where he was p