Re: Arrow of Light / Bridge Ceremony
Sat, 11 Apr 1998 09:16:31 -0700
>Are the two ceremonies supposed to be separate?
You won't find any rules. Conceptually these are
two very different things. The Arrow of Light Award
is a rank award. Once the requirement are met the boy
has a RIGHT to get the award; the requirements do not
include transitioning to boy scouts.
A bridge ceremony is supposed to encorporate the fact
that the boy leaves the pack and joins a troop.
While these are conceptionally two different things,
it is difficult for a pack to handle. In particular my
pack used to make nice and elaborated ceremonies.
But, the year has only 12 pack meetings; it just
doesn't make sense to waste every pack meeting on
a big ceremony. The boys ought to do other fun
things too. What it came down to was that we
always combined the Arrow of Light ceremony and
the Bridging ceremony in one pack meeting because
otherwise we were out of time. Also, when the boys
were ready they either wanted to stay longer in cub
scouts or wanted to transition quickly, but all boys
of a den wanted the same...
So what we did was one big ceremony with individual
segments to recognize the two achievements.
>Our cubmaster made my son wait
This is a NO NO.
come on, it is now beginning of April; you are talking of
a mere short 4 week period and call that wait?
What I do (did) is having a big ceremony at the date
when the boys ready. If a boy is ready earlier he can
choose to have a small individual award or participate in
the big ceremony. If a boy is ready later he got mentioned
a little in the big ceremony but didn't participate. He
got a little ceremony later, but without having a pack
meeting dedicated to the ceemony again.
There is always a particular time when most of the boys
got ready together. That is due to the den leader's effort to
get requirements done.
It is clear that ceremony is not part of the requirement
of the award. When the boy got the requirements done
earlier he is reported to the council and can join a troop.
As much as paperwork is concerned he got his arrow of
light. The ceremony is only a ceremony.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City