Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Crossing over ceremonies and customs
Re: Crossing over ceremonies and customs
Ronald W. Fox
Tue, 3 Nov 1998 19:14:33 -0600
In answer to Jan Mussler:
>1) I wouldn't want to have a ceremony for the remaining boys that might
>embarass them. Is the shirt removal usual?
I've never seen that done. I have a number of boys (and parents!) that this
would embarass. I wouldn't do it.
>2) I had suggested to the parents that the Boy Scout Handbook might make
>an excellent Christmas present/Hannukah present for the boys, as we will
>cross over in February. Is that not a good Idea?
A Handbook is good, if they don't get it from another source (see #4,
below). I'd also suggest that the parents ask the family to get the Scout
some camping equipment. There's a whole range from Vittles Kits, Mess Kits,
Canteens, flashlights, sleeping bag, Scout Knife, first aid kit, survival
kit, pack, compass, boots, etc., etc.
>3) During our previous Crossing Overs (few and far between I'm afraid),
>we gave neckerchiefs as the Scouts crossed the bridge.
My Troop gives every entering Scout one Troop neckerchief (Silver embroidery
on black, standard BSA issue). We do this whether they join us at a
Crossover or show up new at a Troop meeting.
>Should I contact the SM or the SPL about the conventions associated
>with the local Troop concerning neckerchiefs?
Absolutely. When we cross over boys at a Crossover ceremony, we also change
over their shoulder tabs from blue to red (our Scouts usually have the khaki
uniform by the time they cross over). The SPL and PLs handle this.
>4) Do the Den Leaders give the Scouts some sort of gift at the time of
>crossing over? I'd like to, but could use some suggestions.
Our Pack gives the boys a Scout Handbook.
>5) Should the boys expect to give something to the Troop as a token of
>goodwill from the Pack?
Not in my opinion. However, if the Scouts have built up money in their own
Scout account (as opposed to what they earned for the Pack's treasury), that
money should go with them to their new Troop, as long as it still remains
totally for the use of the Scout when it transfers. Otherwise give it to
their parents in cash, with the suggestion that it be spent on Scout
If your Pack has more funds than it knows how to spend, I'd buy some manner
of Scouting goods (see above gift suggestions) for the individual Scout.
Of course, the above is either the way my Troop does it, or my own opinion.
Your mileage may vary.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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