what does the name akela mean

“Akela…who led all the Pack by strength and cunning, lay out at full length on his rock, and below him sat forty or more wolves of every size and color…” Rudyard KiplingMowgli

1967 animated film

Akela founder first came accross the name Akela when as a kid he was reading Rudyard Kipling’s Junglebook one rare hot summer. The book was too mesmerizing to be put down and there was one character that stood out: Akela the wise wolf, leader of the wolf pack, whose advise was highly valued. What was a childhood interest is now the guiding light for the company Akela; listen and you understand, from understanding comes good advise.

But in actual fact the name Akela was coined by Kirsten, Pekka’s darling wife, from Swahili words of Asante (thank you), Amani (Peace and Tranquility) meaning to live in peace, unity and freedom with each other with calm and reason without chaos and the presence of serenity.

Additional meanings

  • Akela in Old German means “Noble”.
  • The masculine Akela means “Happy” in Hebrew
  • Akela is “Lucky” in Hawaiian.
  • In contemporary English the word Akela means charming and smart.

And as it just happens to be, the boy scouts have a specific use for the name Akela.

In Cub Scout packs, Akela is a symbol of wisdom, authority, and leadership. Akela is anyone who acts as a leader to the Scout. Akela can be a Cubmaster, Den Leader, parent or teacher depending on where the guidance takes place. In den meetings, it is the Den Leader who is Akela. During pack meetings it is the Cubmaster. At home, the parents fill this role. Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, chose Rudyard Kipling‘s The Jungle Book as a source of symbolism and allegorical framework for the youngest members of the Scouting movement.

And Pekka used to be Akela when he was a boy scout as a kid, the leader of a small pack. “Be a good scout” !

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