INDIANA JONES CRUSADERS BOOTCAMP
Props: whip, hats, rope for swinging, pvc “blow guns”, Nerf darts, idol, medicine ball, pipes for rails, bandanas,
First, an Indiana Jones explorer starts with the proper explorer attire (hat, whip & pistol for each candidate).
CHALLENGE # 1: Whip Cracking Skills (scout must successfully crack a whip, then use the whip to knock pop cans off of a nearby table).
Good job explorers!
(Indiana Jones puts on the White Bandana)
The first bandana rank the Indiana Jones explorer receives is White. This color is to remind you of the lessons you learned as a Cub Scout (ask each candidate to tell a lesson he has learned from Cub Scouting).
CHALLENGE # 2: Cross over the balance beam while the jungle vines (colorful foam pool noodles) attack (6-8 volunteer scouts lay on the floor and bop the scout with the noodles trying to make them fall off the balance beam).
Whew!!! Well done young explorer! You have proved yourself worthy of advancing your rank to that of a Blue Bandana explorer.
(Indiana Jones puts on the Blue Bandana)
Blue represents the spirit of Cub Scouting: the spirit of giving goodwill and doing your best. Do you promise to fulfill the Cub Scout promise and the Cub Scout motto, Do Your Best, when you receive the Arrow of Light badge?
CHALLENGE # 3: Rope Swing over the Pit of Snakes (use a very large tug-o-war type rope, hang from a basketball standard if available. Set up a table about 10-15 feet apart. Scout will swing over the pit, which is filled with rubber snakes and other humorous dangers [toy dinosaurs, Megatron, Darth Vader, broccoli, etc]).
The next thing an Explorer needs to know is how to escape a dangerous situation by swinging on your whip to the other side of an unfortunately placed bottomless pit--because that happens a lot (pause for mild amused laughter).
Nice work explorers! That was a close one!
(Indiana Jones puts on the Yellow Bandana)
The third color of bandana, yellow, stands for the Arrow of Light. The arrows shaft is straight and narrow, just as is the path that you Scouts should follow throughout your life. Its tip points the way; the way to success in all that you do. It is pointing to the right, a symbol that nothing should be left undone. If it is within your power to do it, see that
it is done. And lastly, this is the symbol of the seven rays of the sun, one for each day of the week; this is to remind you that every day is a new day: a day to Do Your Best in everything.
Candidates: Do you promise to set an example for others to follow in your footsteps, and to set your eye on the Eagle Scout award and never waiver?
We are now ready to move into the final stage of the Indiana Jones explorer training.
CHALLENGE # 4:
(Set up a path using chairs on either side toward the idol, which is sitting on a chair below the medicine ball. The medicine ball will roll down two pvc pipes that are taped to the floor and some thing about 3-4 feet high (stage?). A helper holds the ball and lets go as the scout grabs the idol. 8-10 helper scouts are placed about ten feet away and are given ½” pvc pipes, about 12” long and a handful of Nerf air darts. The candidate wears protective glasses for safety, and crab walks backwards to the idol, grabs it, then run out fast as the giant boulder chases after him. Air darts are shot at the candidates as they run thru obstacle course and obtain the idol)
(Indiana Jones puts on the Green Bandana)
The last bandana is Green; it symbolizes the beginning of your path toward Eagle as a Boy Scout. As you put on your green bandana, prepare yourselves to no longer be known as Webelos Scouts, but now as Boy Scouts.
The Cub Master then proceeds with the presentation of the Arrow of Light to each candidate, together with his parents. Den Leader leads them to the bridge that connects Cub Scouting with Boy Scouting.
The Webelos leader shakes their hands, and sends them over the bridge to be greeted by the Boy Scout leaders and troop. Boy Scout leaders remove the Cub Scout neckerchief and replace it with the troop neckerchief.