An Adult Recruiting
Ceremony Try this relatively simple
- One 18" log cut in half with five evenly spaced holes drilled about an inch deep
- Two blue candles (battery
Xmas candles painted can be substituted)
- Two yellow/gold candles
- One Red candle (any
other different color than blue and gold will do as well)
- Candles are placed
in holes in the log blue-yellow-red-yellow-blue
Give the Scout Sign
until the group is silent. Have 5 denners off-stage walk silently forward
with a lit taper and light the five candles starting with blue, yellow
and then red. They extinguish their candles and stand on either side of
you behind the now glowing log - all in silence.
Say the following:
These five candles burning
brightly represent the light that adult leaders - Akelas - give to our
Cub Scouts to help them grow in citizenship, character, and fitness. This
is fitting because without these leaders these Scouts would be left to
fend for themselves in darkness.
Without Council and District
leaders (use wetted fingers to extinguish a blue candle) there would be
less light, but still enough.
Without the Pack Committee
(extinguish other blue candle) there would be even less light, but still
Without the Cubmaster and
other Pack leaders (extinguish a yellow) there would be much less light.
Without the Den Leaders
and Den Chiefs (extinguish other yellow) there would be much, much less
Finally, we see only a
small light left and the most important light of all. This is the light
of parents who help these Scouts. And without the help of parents (extinguish
red candle) who will cast a guiding light for these Scouts to lead them
Have a staged parent in
the back of the room come forward lighting a candle or using a battery
lantern. Parent asks each person in turn to put hand on shoulder of person
in front of them and follow him/her out of the meeting room.
Now if this doesn't get
the attention of parents, I'm not sure they can be moved. Must be stones.
-- Thanks to Michael F.
Bowman, Dep. Dist.Commissioner-Training, G.W.Dist., NCAC, BSA (Virginia)