Re: Quartermaster Ceremonies
Mark Ritter (email@example.com)
Sun, 22 Jun 1997 12:22:34 EDT
Hello, Bill Carlen (and everyone else on the -net).
Last year there were several requests to include more information about
conducting a Bridge of Honor in general into the next edition of the
Skipper's handbook, and for information about a Charge to Quartermasters
and a Challenge Ceremony for Quartermasters in particular. Ship 90 was
asked to provide input for this. I've made our contribution available on
our web site:
There are also pictures (not very good ones, I'll admit) of Ship 90's
51st Bridge of Honor in February '97, at which two Quartermaster awards
You might also checkout the downloadable FTP files from the national web
There are scripts for several ceremonies out there, and the list keeps
A few suggestions:
- Don't try the Challenge Ceremony your first time out.
It's a MAJOR effort to pull off properly. Put that effort into program,
recruiting, and getting your next Quartermaster. I've seen a very few
Scout troops use a challenge ceremony for Eagle presenations, and I've
heard of one ship using a challenge ceremony for Quartermaster, but it
wasn't Ship 90.
- Invitations sent to the Commandant of the Coast Guard and Chief of
Naval Operations usually result in letters of congratulations from them.
- Invite your district and council executives, chairman, commissioners,
and other Scout leaders. Remember the office staff that processes your
advancement reports and orders your awards.
- If you've done any begging, borrowing, or soliciting of local marinas,
boat shops, or other businesses for either donations or reduced prices
(and haven't we all?), invite the owners or managers so they can see
where their contributions have gone.
- Have your members invite friends from school. They may not come out
for a routine work session, but an awards program just might be enough to
"hook" a few new members.
Mark Ritter - Committee Member
Ship 90 - The SES North Star - New Milford PA