Pack Awards Ceromonies (From Help with Cubs)
Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 09:41:27 CST
Every Award Ceremony should be Fun and a Place of Honor for the Scout. Use
We performed one ceremony where I had all the Scouts stand in circle. I
asked the Scouts to yell the Scouts last name when I call him in the
circle. When I present his award, they would yell, "Roar of the of the
Bear" or "Howl of the Wolf" and then stomp their feet. Make up your own
The next meeting we had and Indian Chief present the Awards, then he lead
everyone in a Indian dance, parents included. The parents talked about that
Sometimes I put the ceremony at the beginning of the meeting, next time at
the end. No ceremony was ever the same and none ever longer than 15
minutes. Yet they were all special, FUN and gave a personal acknowledgment
to the awardies.
Use props (not airplane props, although I haven't thought of that yet). Use
the Webelos to help. They love it. I have a box of feathers, bells, face
paint and other Native American stuff that I let them use.
Lights out with candles create a great atmosphere for awards.
I would always try to get the whole audience involved. That makes it fun
for everyone including the parents.
So many Packs dread the awards part of the meeting when it should be the
highlight and FUN. Put yourself in the Scouts shoes when you think about
the awards ceremony. Do you think he will feel on top of the world? Will he
feel special? Will he look forward to his next award? Will the other boys
look forward to getting theirs and did they have FUN? The parents should
proud of their young man.
The best part of SCOUTS-L is making me look back and smile. I love this
"Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City