A friend’s youngest boy decided to join a traditional troop in our community and the new cubmaster needed ideas for an appropriately traditional graduation ceremony.
In my boy scouting library is a 1973 printing of “Staging Pack and Den Ceremonies.” Here is a scan of the chapter on graduations.
The older ceremonies were significantly better designed with a dignified, stately language little heard today. This is also the origin of the so-called “bridging” ceremony, an innovation to match the Improved Scouting Program and its emphasis on transferring cub scouts into the boy scouting program. The concept of “bridging” is a reference to the idea of the Boy Scout Trail, leading from cub scouting to American citizenship and Manhood.
Of interest, at this time was a natural link between cub and boy scouting. The Arrow of Light Award, formerly the Webelos Award, came with a signed certificate that qualified a boy as a Tenderfoot scout on acceptance into a troop and payment of his dues. This is a tradition worthy of revival!
Here’s a quick outline of the material:
|i.||Cub Scout Family Graduation||p. 150|
|ii.||Seven Virtues of Life||p. 152|
|iii.||Crossing the Bridge||p. 154|
|v.||Friendship Fire (Outdoor)||p. 158|
|vi.||Bridge to Scouting||p. 160|
|vii.||Archway to Scouting||p. 161|
|viii.||The Milepost||p. 164|