Re: Webelos to Scout Crossover
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 20 Mar 1995 16:38:40 EST
I always liked the part where you take the parents into a dark room,
with 1 candle, and a guy with an axe in the shadows. You don't let
the parents out until they sign up to be on the troop committee or
sign up to chair some even or fund raiser etc.
Just kidding. (are you sure?) My favorite is simple, put with
lots of candles to light what ever you have for a bridge, if
not outside with a real fire. You read the names of the Webs,
and ask the Webs to lead thier family over the bridge to scouting.
On the other side is the scout master and SPL and maybe the Guide
for first year scouts, to welcome the NEW scouts. And then the
committee chair can welcome the parents and take them off to
the dark room . . . etc.
We have also asked members of the BSA Order of the Arrow to
lead the Webs over the brige, and if outside or at a camporee,
the Arrowmen can hold real or symbolic torches to light the
brige etc. Our pack has always had a lot of native american
themes to our ceremonies, so the OA ties in well with us.
TO me the staging of the cermemonies are at least as important
as the words being said. I think the Webs will remember that
an Indian lead them over the bridge, long after they forget
what words the cub leaders may have said. We also have the
scout master give the parents an invitation to the NEXT
troop meeting, and a schedule of troop activities for the
next few months, TO INCLUDE SUMMER camp and the fees etc.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City