Re: Webelos Crossover Ceremonies
Robert Gerhard (ZonieCat@AOL.COM)
Fri, 7 Feb 1997 08:57:50 -0500
In a message dated 97-02-03 17:02:58 EST, you write:
<< I checked the archives, and found one crossover ceremony involving a rope
circle. The WDL mentioned a "broken arrow" ceremony, but I have not heard
it. If anyone has, or knows of a source for appropriate ceremonies, I would
appreciate hearing about them. If you mail them to me privately, I will try
to package them for the archives.>>
I think the ceremony the WDL was referring to is one commonly used for the
Arrow of Light ceremony. I don't have a script of it, but it goes something
The Cubmaster holds an arrow over the boy's head, telling him that if his
Scouting spirit is strong, the arrow will break. The Cubmaster breaks the
arrow and hands the tip to the boy's parents, saying something about how the
tip leads the arrow and
the parents should help lead the boy down the Scouting path.
The Cubmaster then hands the back of the arrow to the boy and says he should
follow his parents as the back of the arrow follows the tip. Finally, the
Cubmaster tells the boy that he should hold on to both pieces of the arrow
and can reunite them on the day he earns his Eagle for on that day he has
shown that he can lead himself.
This works better for Cubs since parents are more involved at that level than
in Scouting. One alternative might be to hand the tip of the arrow over to
the SM as he will be guiding the boys through Scouting from this point. This
is also particularly good if you can get the OA ceremonial team to help out.
That always creates a big impression!
Another memorable ceremony involves the boys crossing a bridge from Cub
Scouts into Boy Scouts. They leave the Pack behind on one side of the bridge
and join the waiting Troop on the other. What is nice about this is that you
have both the Pack and Troop together. The younger Cubs will remember that
and look forward to it.
One extreme version of this that left a real impression involved the
"graduating" Webelos actually leaving the building with the Troop to attend
their meeting, which happened to be the same night right across the street!
It really emphasized the transition from Cubs to Scouts, from one part of
life to another.
Hope this helps!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City