The Ceremony: XXXVI of C of #100daysofscouting


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Do you get it?  Ceremonies are incredibly important part of being in a Scouting unit.  It does not matter what for.  They are needed.
Even if you sit there and read it off a sheet of paper.  Oh, and NO BAGGIES!
There are so many different websites that offer really cool ideas about ceremonies. Here are just a few:

National Website (There is also a Den & Pack Ceremony guide that is available at the Scout Shop.  It’s not online.)

Another site I used this to find my Arrow of Light Ceremony.

Boy Scout Trail This was the first website that I found when I became the Tiger Den Leader.  I use it ALL THE TIME!  If I need a game or anything.  I actually send this to Parents who contact me via email to join the Pack.  This site breaks it all down.

So, why am I going off about this tonight?  I have seen, heard and read about several instances about units just basically phoning in the ceremony.  Which to me is bad.   I knew that our Pack needs more, but we are good to what I have seen.  There is so much room for improvement within our Pack.  I am not giving us a hard time, but it’s just so clear to me now that the boys need it.  It’s what traditions are built from.  If there are not any within your Unit, MAKE SOME!

If Ceremonies were not important then the Wedding business would not be a bajillion dollars a year!

Ok, note to self….DO MORE CEREMONIES!  This is such a Woodbadge ticket item it’s not funny!

About Adam R. Cox

Current Skyloo District Commissioner Current Skyloo District & Council Trainer Current Council Member at Large (Cascade Pacific Council) Former Tiger DL & CM of P221 in Pioneer District Former Skyloo District CS Roundtable Commissioner. Former Ast Council Commissioner for Commissioner Tools and Communication Former Pioneer District Training Chair WE1-492-09 Beaver W1-492-11 Bobwhite TG ASM Logistic W1-492-17-2
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2 Responses to The Ceremony: XXXVI of C of #100daysofscouting

  1. JimmyMac says:

    We’d had a couple of rough years in our Pack as far as Crossover, so this year I worked every angle I had – including the District Camping Committee – and the Scouts within the OA and receiving Troops totally stepped up.

    I can’t agree more about the need for ceremony. This was at the end of a 1.5 hour Blue & Gold banquet, but everyone – from Tigers to Moms & Dads – were in rapt attention to the events in front of them.

    In the end, the boys crossing over have a memory for the rest of their life – the younger boys have a visual to strive for, and everyone now has an idea of OA and something to reach as a stretch goal.

    I encourage Unit Leaders to include ceremony wherever possible, and especially on Crossovers – and don’t forget that the local OA is there for you.

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    • scouteradam says:

      Yes. The OA is there for us. My first year as Tiger Den Leader they came and rocked the show. I had no clue that it was going to happen. Very fun. I am hoping to get them to come to a Pack Meeting BEFORE Crossover. Maybe work something up for the Bobcats at the beging of the year.

      Overall, Ceremonies are very much needed.

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