Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Webelos Graduation Ceremony
Webelos Graduation Ceremony
Wed, 22 Dec 1999 09:47:17 -0700
I need some phrases to blend an Arrow of Light ceremony with a Crossing
Here are the spcifications:
The ceremonies, while meaningful need to be short. We are sharing the
program with the annual FOS fundraiser - the cake auction. We will be
first, I believe.
Two boys weren't able to attend the AOL ceremony last month, put on by the
OA. One had to be out-of-town; the other didn't finish the last
requirements until after the Pack Meeting.
A third Scout wasn't eligible to earn the AOL, having joined in September.
He is 11 however.
I have made, as a gift for the Scouts, an career arrow. The boys and
parents expected them (did it last year for my first group of WEbelos). I
don't however, want to make the family of the newest Scout feel left out.
Here's what I've got so far: A AOL candelabra (sp) with slots for eight
small candles. I thought to start the ceremony with the 2 boys who are
earning AOL lighting them (saying something). Help me with the something.
I was tossing around them saying a (lesson in Cub or WEbelos Scout - Be
prepared, Do your best, something). Hand out AOL's to parents and boys.
Then, move into bridging. So far, I have:
There is a den of the oldest boys among us, the Raccoons, who have worked
hard to fulfil the (joining requirements) for Boy Scouts. (I'm trying to
eliminate specific references to AOL at this point.) Worked well as team,
call up rest of families.
I take from the campfire tonite, an arrow, as symbol of the journey each
Cub and Webelo Scouts makes through the lessons and ranks. The arrow
points the way to Boy Scouting and the even greater adventures you will
Synbolism of arrow explained. Point - parents, right direction.
Fletching, the scout. The banded shaft (I wound colored cotton string
around the shaft to represent the ranks of each boy; typically you use
cut strips of colored electrical tape. I think the string went a LITTLE
faster.) Each different. Had lots of help - parents, leaders, Pack.
Now here's where I need more help. We use a bridge with the law painted
on the steps. Will lash flags to bridge. We typically have the boys
remove epaulets and neckerchiefs as they receive the new ones on the other
side of the bridge. They will also get their Scout Handbook.
Last year's ceremony was an exchange of greetings back and forth from
WDL's to SM and greetings to each boy as they crossed. We don't have the
luxury of that kind of time this year and it took so long, the Cubs were
restless. I have another ceremony which mentions the AOL for each boy;
That won't work either. (Need some words here)
Thanks for any help you can give me for fleshing out this ceremony. I'm
down for Netscape right now, so I can't do the easy thing and search the
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Troop Committee Chair, Troop 170
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council