Re: scout-ASM transition
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 28 Apr 1998 09:46:06 -0500
Don was one of several that had problems accessing the Leaders' Online side
of The Tree:
>In a recent posting there was a link to a scout to
>ASM transition ceremony. I deleted the message
>before checking out the link, and after correcting for
>an obvious error in the address still could not find it.
>Please post again or email me.
I'll see what I can do to correct this massive problem this morning;
in the meantime, here's the file from the site:
asmxover.htm (Bridging Ceremony for 18 year old Scouts/ASMs --LO)
Courtesy of : Steve Tobin / Scouts-L Youth Programs Discussion List
Date: 15 Jun 1994
From: "Settummanque, the blackeagle" <email@example.com>
gcg@po.CWRU.Edu (Grover C. Gilmore) writes:
>I read your note on the "Bridge" ceremony. I too would like to receive a
>copy of the ceremony. Just last week one of our asst. scoutmasters
>suggested that we should have such a ceremony. It's interesting that the
>inquiries should appear on Scouts-L at the same time.
>If you decide to post the ceremony on Scouts-L, I will simply pull it off
>there. Thanks in advance for this help and all the other information which
>you have provided to Scouts-L in the past; it has been very useful.
Thanks, Cleve...I am posting this to you directly, as well as to both
Scouts-L and to Rec. Scouting. My deepest apologies for not posting this
earlier...it has been really rough around here.
Many Scouters have wrote me about getting a copy of the "Bridge Ceremony"
for those Scouts that turn 18. I have used this as a ceremony to bring in
new Assistant Scoutmasters to my Troops. I don't claim authorship...this is
from a three-page handout I was given during the Transatlantic Council's
annual fall program meeting. It's
brief, short, and meaningful:
new Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop or Unit Commissioner
Troop Committee Chairman
Assistant Scoutmaster patch
small universal emblem
Certificate of Service (I use the BSA Commendation Certificate, since
it carries the seal of the BSA on
it...any other certificate would be okay, I guess....the certificate is
signed by the Council Scout Executive
and President/Commissioner of the Council.)
certificate binder ( the ones I used were green or white...I understand
they are now maroon in color).
Tonight, we are saddended to say farewell to one of our Scouts whom has
reached the age of 18. As you know, the game of Scouting officially ends for
our youth at the age of 18. I have asked our Commissioner (name), to be
present this evening in order to assist (name), our Troop Committee Chairman
and myself with this presentation.
Will (rank of Scout) (name) come forward at this time and please stand in
front of our Troop's flag.
(all participants move toward the flag. The Scout should be in front of the
flag, the Scoutmaster and others behind the flag but still visible to the
Troop Committee Chair:
(Scout's Name), we have seen you grow physically from the time you became a
member of this Troop on (date that Scout became a member of the Troop). We
witnessed your progress from boy to man through our program. We are proud
to have had you serve as a member and leader of this Troop and we would like
to present you with a small token of our pride in you and your progress. May
you wear it as you make your way through this world, remembering the good
times you have had in this Troop and the great friends you have met while here.
(Troop Committee Chair pins the small Universal emblem on the shirt of
Scout. He salutes the Scout, and then shakes hands with him. The Troop
Commitee Chair stands back and the Commissioner steps forward.)
(Scout's Name), your involvement in the Scouting program is noteworthy and
your progress along the Scouting trail has been noticed by those outside
your Troop. As you know, your Troop is one of several belonging to the
(Name) Council, and we are proud to have been able to provide you with this
great and valuable game. Part of this game that you have played was to learn
as much as you could about this great land-its people, its past, present and
your future within it. You participated with other Scouts, under leadership
from others; and later, under your own leadership, to complete service and
conservation projects to benefit others. Your citizenship in Scouting was
only a subset of your citizenship as a member of this community, this state
and this wonderful nation
of ours. We will miss your enthusiam and willingness to serve. On behalf of
the (name) Council, I take pride in presenting you this Certificate of
Service. May you continue to assist others and "Be Prepared" for the rest of
(Commissioner presents opened certificate to Scout and reads the
certificate. The stock certificate reads "The Boy Scouts of America takes
pleasure in recognizing (space for name, Troop number and city and state)
who has (four lines for "served honorably as a member of Troop (number),
(city, state) from (starting date) to (date of his 18th birthday), his final
day in which he could serve as a youth member.") the Date is the date of
presentation. The line on the left is for the Council Scout Executive, with
the person's name and title (Scout Executive, Council Executive) below. The
line on the right is for the Council President or Commissioner, with the
person's name and title (President, (name) Council, BSA or Commissioner,
(name) Council), BSA ). (the certificate number is BSA #3714). After reading
the certificate, he closes the cover and presents it to the Scout. He
salutes the Scout, and then shakes the Scout's hand. Then the Commissioner
moves back and the Scoutmaster comes forward.
(Scout's Name), Anytime a Scout leaves my Troop, I feel a little sad for
them and myself. Sad, because I too, remember the great times we have had
together and will miss your company here. More importantly, I feel sad
because I feel that perhaps I did not have enough time in order to further
develop you along character lines. I hope that my personal example to you
have given you ample opportunities to see the way I live and apply the
principles of Scouting to my personal life.
I also hope that you will continue your Scouting service. There are many
ways to do this: by serving as a member of [the College Scouter Reserve]
your college's Alpha Phi Omega Chapter; by serving as a volunteer with a
local Cub Scout Pack; by continuing your service as an Explorer, a member of
a Post or Ship; or with the District here or at school. Perhaps you have
grown tired of the game of Scouting and choose not to participate anymore. I
surely hope not, and would encourage you to continue to be a catalyst for
change through your continued Scouting registration. I am selfish in this
respect, (Scout's Name), because I would like very much for you to share
your experiences, your enthuisiam and your self with those younger than you.
The Troop's Committee has agreed with me and have authorized me to appoint
you as an Assistant Scoutmaster of this Troop and to register you, if you so
choose, as a member of Troop (number).
(Scoutmaster presents Scout with Assistant Scoutmaster patch, along with any
other personal items.)
When Baden-Powell wrote his treatise on Scoutmastership, he clarified his
philosophy of Scouting, as it was reflected in this program. He first stated
what Scouting was NOT:
"It is NOT a school, having a definate curriculum and standards of
examination; it is NOT a brigade of officers and privates for drilling
manliness into boys and girls; it is NOT a show where surface results are
gained through payment in Merit Badges, medals, etc.; these all come from
without, whereas the Scout training all comes from within."
He then explained what Scouting is, and what I, working with your Senior
Patrol Leader, your fellow Scouts, your parents, school, church and this
community all tried to share with you:
"Scouting is a game in which elder brothers (like you (name of Scout), can
give their younger brothers healthy environment and encourage them to
healthy activities, such as will help them to develop citizenship. It's
strongest appeal is through Nature and Woodcraft. It deals with the
individual, not with the Company. It raises intellectual as well as purely
physical or purely moral qualities. "
"Happy citizenship, developed through impulse from within, rather than
through impression from without, individual efficiency encouraged and then
harnessed for the good of the community-that is our scheme."
And that, I trust, (name of Scout), I have taught you. I am hopeful that you
will go out from here and teach others, in and through Scouting and by
personal example of the Scouting principles.
(Scoutmaster salutes Scout and shakes hands with him. He then goes back and
Commissioner comes forward)
Would all present or past Scouts please stand at this time and face the
(rank and name of Scout), would you please do us the honor of closing out
this portion of this program by facing the Troop's flag, raising your hand
in the sign of the Scout, and repeating for the last time the words in which
you suscribed to over your time in Scouting.
(waits for Scout to raise hand in Scout sign)
On my honor.....
(end of ceremony).
I hope that this is some benefit and help to those Scouters that want to
recognize their long-time members of their Troop. Please note that this
ceremony is rather outdated, and will require some modification on your
part. There's no more "college Scouter Reserve", nor can 18 year olds serve
as members of District or Council Committees as adult members. Also, I
removed all references to the National Eagle Scout Assocation in order to
make this ceremony more universal than just applying to Eagle Scouts. There
are several versions of the Commendation
Certificate out there, and your Council may have to look in their "back
room" to find the ones with the BSA seal on the lower center of the blank.
Finally, when we send the certificates to the Council office (at least in
Germany), we didn't get them back for about a month or so. It's not that
they lose them...it's just getting the President of the Council and the
Scout Executive to sign them and return them to you. In our Council's case,
Bob Zadima (the TAC's CE) also sent an unsoliticed letter to the Scout,
thanking him for his service to Scouting. Your CE may or may not do the same
thing, depending on their time.
Again, I'm sorry that those that tried to get this from the Leaders' Online
site couldn't get it.....I'll fix it this morning and reannounce where it
can be downloaded with no problems later this week.
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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