CUBMASTER NEEDED - MORE
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 14 Jul 1996 01:57:40 -0400
Thought I might share another previous posting on getting parents involved:
>From mfbowman@CapAccess.org Sun Sep 17 11:47:26 1995
To: SCOUTS-L Youth Groups Discussion List <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Cub Scout Parent Ceremonies
Try this relatively simple closing ceremony:
Props: One 18" log cut in half with five evenly spaced holes drilled
about an inch deep
Two blue candles (battery Xmas candles painted can be substituted)
Two yellow/gold candles
One Red candle (any other different color than blue and gold
will do as well)
Candles are placed in holes in the log blue-yellow-red-yellow-blue
Give the Scout Sign until the group is silent. Have 5 denners off-stage
walk silently forward with a lit taper and light the five candles
starting with blue, yellow and then red. They extinguish their candles
and stand on either side of you behind the now glowing log - all in silence.
Say the following:
These five candles burning brightly represent the light that adult
leaders - Akelas - give to our Cub Scouts to help them grow in
citizenship, character, and fitness. This is fitting because without
these leaders these Scouts would be left to fend for themselves in darkness.
Without Council and District leaders (use wetted fingers to extinguish a
blue candle) there would be less light, but still enough.
Without the Pack Committee (extinguish other blue candle) there would be
even less light, but still enough.
Without the Cubmaster and other Pack leaders (extinguish a yellow) there
would be much less light.
Without the Den Leaders and Den Chiefs (extinguish other yellow) there
would be much, much less light.
Finally, we see only a small light left and the most important light of
all. This is the light of parents who help these Scouts. And without
the help of parents (extinguish red candle) who will cast a guiding light
for these Scouts to lead them from darkness?
Have a staged parent in the back of the room come forward lighting a
candle or using a battery lantern. Parent asks each person in turn to
put hand on shoulder of person in front of them and follow him/her out of
the meeting room.
Now if this doesn't get the attention of parents, I'm not sure they can
be moved - must be stones.
Speaking Only for Myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
a/k/a Professor Beaver (WB), ASTA #2566, OA Vigil Honor '71, Eagle
Scout '67, Serving as Deputy District Commissioner for Training,
G.W.Dist., Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA - firstname.lastname@example.org
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