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Thursday, June 10, 2010


The Cub section of the Scout movement was started in 1916, 9 years after the beginning of the Scouts.

Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the movement asked Rudyard Kipling if he could use the history and universe of "The Jungle Book" as a motivational frame in Cub scouting.

From this, the names of the Cub leaders were selected.

As, in some countries, the Cubs are referred to as Wolf Cubs, the leader of the pack is known as Akela.  In the story, Akela is chief of the wolves, and presides over council meetings.  It was at one, such meeting, that Mowgli was adopted by the pack.

Other common names in use include Baloo, Shere Khan, Kaa and Bagheera.  There is also Hathi (the Elephant, but who wants to be named after an elephant?)

When it came to my investiture, I had the choice of King Louis (the orang-utan, who 'wants to be like you'), or Bagheera, the black panther.

Since King Louis doesn't exist in the original book, I decided on Bagheera as my Cub name.

Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody cared to cross his path; for he was as cunning as Tabaqui, as bold as the wild buffalo, and as reckless as the wounded elephant.  But he had a voice as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree, and a skin softer than down.
Rudyard Kipling

For some fun, and to make you smile, here's Baloo, with some essential survival tips (and Bagheera makes an appearance too) ....

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