Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Wed, 22 Nov 1995 10:31:40 EST
We had a cross-over ceremony at our pack meeting on Monday night, and
seven webelos crossed over to two different troops (I got five in
mine, thank Heavens--I'm now up to 12 scouts).
We used an outer space theme this time. I have a Captain Picard suit
I wear at Halloween, and a working toy ray gun. We started out by
dimming the lights and playing over the speaker system at full volume
Strauss' "Thus Spake Zarathustra," more familiarly known as the theme
from "200l: A Space Odyssey."
I came out and tried to light the "campfire" but had no matches.
"Great Denibian slime devils, I'm out of matches!" I bellowed in my
most stentorian starship commander's voice. "I'll have to speak to
Riker about this immediately!" But I solve the problem by lighting
the campfire with a blast from my ray gun (my ASM turned the dimmer
switch up to full slowly). Then I leisurely warmed my hands, and
turned around and warmed my posterior (giggles here, as intended).
Then I turned to the WDL, and said, "Commander Keith, I understand you
have seven graduates from the starfleet academy who are ready to join
the crews of starships 113 and 1515. Bring them up here immediately!"
Anyway, you get the idea. Bring the boys up, congratulate them on
their accomplishments, wish them well in boy scouting, and then cross
them over the bridge, where they are received by a representative from
their new troops. We also give them boy scout neckerchiefs; my troop
has a custom-made one we give each new scout.
Another thing we do--I have each boy sign our cross-over bridge with
an indelible magic marker before they actually cross over. Who knows?
We may have a president's signature on there someday.
At the end, we played the theme from "Star Wars", also LOUD. Very
This is a fun ceremony and seemed to work well. The boys really liked
it--didn't want me to turn off "Star Wars," so we played it as a
finale when they were leaving the pack meeting.
Each of the seven boys also received his Arrow of Light in a separate
ceremony earlier in the meeting. On a personal note, one of the seven
was a kid I've known since moments after his birth--my son Walker.
This is the first of what I hope will be many times his
accomplishments outshine my own. Needless to say, I'm beaming
CM, Pack 1515
GW District, NCAC
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