Re: Webelos Crossover Ceremonies (long?)
Berk Moss (mossfam@TELEPORT.COM)
Sat, 8 Feb 1997 19:21:37 -0800
Re: Webelos to Scout crossover.
Just a few thoughts.
+ Let the event show that Scouts lead Boy Scout activities. Limit the
scoutmaster to a word or two to parents and a Scoutmaster's minute.
+ Use the Troop bugler. In fact, when I was Cubmaster and saw the effect
of a bugle in settling a group of Cubs and parents, I though buglers would
be a wonderful addition to all Pack meetings! First call, assembly, call to
the colors all are very effective.
+ Involve the Order of the Arrow if at all possible.
+ Boys don't have to crossover to a single Troop. Those conducting the
ceremony should welcome the new Scouts as representatives of all the Troops
the new Scouts will join.
+ Have the Cub Leaders who are parents of the New Scouts cross the bridge
too. Nothing points out to the Pack's parents that they must step forward
and run the pack from this point on better than having the Cubmaster cross
the bridge and join the Troop and having the Assistant Cubmaster finish the
One version of how we do it.
A crossover bridge is assembled at the center of the room. An electric
campfire is in an open area to the right.
The bugler sounds first call and the Cubmaster announces the meeing will
start in three minutes.
The bugler sounds assembly. All the Boy Scouts (except color guard) present
assemble at the side of the front of the room. The Cubmaster asks the Cubs
and parents to find a seat.
The caller moves to the center and conducts the flag ceremeony.
The Pack meeting continues with the normal activities, announcemnts, and awa=
At the time for the crossover, the Scoutmaster comes forward and BRIEFLY
explains the significance of the achievement of the Webelos. Meanwhile the
SPL has assembled the Webelos to the left of the bridge.
The Scoutmaster goes to the right near the campfire with a few scouts.
The SPL whispers one point of the Scout Law to the first New Scout. This
boy crosses the bridge stops at the middle, turns and says his part of the
law, "A Scout Is Trustworthy=8A" continues across the bridge and is greated
by the scoutmaster and the Boy Scouts at the campfire. (Scout Handshakes
The second New Scout continues the process. Adult Cub Leaders follow. If
there are more than twelve people crossing, points of the law are repated.
If fewer, the SPL and his crew which has organized on the left cross the
bridge and say the remaining points.
When the new Troop is around the campfire the Scoutmaster does a
Scoutmaster MINUTE with the new boys. and the meeting is returned to the
NEW (we took the old ones!) Pack leadership.
As the meeting concludes, the new Scouts are told to report to the Troop
Guide at a back corner of the room as soon as the flags are finished.
The Color Guard retires the colors.
At the back corner, the Guide tells the new scouts the have two duties
before tehy go home. 1) They must thank their den leader, cubmaster and and
anyone else who helped them get the Arrow of Light. Shake hands and say
thank you. and (2) they must do their good turn in helping the Pack leaders
clean up the meeting space. They should report to the Guide when these two
thing have been done.
There are lots of elements here emphsizing the methods of scouting and the
organization. I think the new Scouts really feel they something has
happened to them. The younger Cubs want to do it too. The parents see that
the Scouts are the kind of boys that they want their sons to be.
That is just one of many ways a good crossover can be done.
P.S. a nice wooden bridge is great. Lacking that, lay out a bridge with
ropes and poles. Use your resources.
| Berk Moss
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