In the Jungle on the night of the full moon, all the wolves in the pack creep into a circle around the council rock. In the middle of the rock crouches their leader, Akela – and the wolves throw up their heads and howl in welcome.
The Grand Howl is used to begin and end every Pack meeting. It is a greeting to Akela and says that every Cub will continue to do their best.
When Akela calls "PACK, PACK, PACK" all Cubs answer "P-A-A-A-C-K" and run to form a circle around Akela and the Council Rock. In one movement, they join hands and move outwards to form a parade circle.
As Akela steps on to the Council Rock, all the Cubs squat with their hands together, fingers pointing to the ground and call:
- WE'LL DO OUR BEST!"
Then the Cubs jump up to the alert hands to their sides, and the duty sixer calls:
- DO YOUR BEST"
The Cubs answer with a smart salute and reply:
- "WE WILL
- DO OUR BEST"