Re: Tigers, Athiests, Christians and Jews
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 9 Nov 1997 15:41:45 -0500
Although many Packs use a single candle to represent the light of Akela
at a meeting, there is no rule that you must do the same. You can use
candles to represent just about whatever you would like.
A popular ceremony uses Blue & Gold, Green & Red, and a White candle for
Webelos Crossover. Most use the colors to represent the colors of Cub
Scouting and Boy Scouting and explain their meaning. The white candle
variously represents leadership, the light of knowledge, growth, Akela,
BP, or whatever the unit decides works best. I don't have a script
because this is a loose ceremony with lots of variation.
Another uses five white candles for a closing. One each for
Council/District Scouters, Committee, Unit Leaders, and Den Leaders. The
last is for parents. The ceremony talks about adults giving light and
leadership. As each is snuffed out we talk about how the light is
diminished, but still there because of the ones left. At the end the
only light left is for parents and parents are told that without their
help and cooperation this light too will be extinguished leaving their
Scouts to grow in darkness - snuff.
When I was a Cubmaster I used a long awards board with pictures of each
rank across its length with a candle in front of each. When a boy got a
rank, the candle for that rank was lit and a totem added below the rank.
These things are all used to great a dramatic effect as a prop to help
you convey a message. And they are effective. Just yesterday I happened
on to a Cub Scout popcorn booth at the mall and to my delight found it
was my old Pack - a few years back. ;-) Well had to buy popcorn and
chat. When I mentioned who I was and that I had been Cubmaster, one of
the little fellows said "Wow, you're him?" "You're the old Cubmaster that
made the board with the candles?" Boy that took me by surprise.
Apparently the board is still in use making an impression on the little
fellows and some even know who made the board. I guess that just goes to
show that these things when used to good effect can create quite an
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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