Posted On: 2009-01-02
Ceremonies should be an important part of Cub Scouting. Everyone likes to get attention and recognition. Having a den or pack ceremony helps to recognize the boy or boys in a positive way. Ceremonies provide meaningful and memorable highlights in a boy's Cub Scouting experience. They are important for recognition of leaders, for achievements, for special occasions and holidays. Ceremonies help to teach the ideals and goals of Scouting and citizenship. They focus attention on boys, parents, adult leaders and volunteers for their achievements, service projects, or special activities. They should be a regular part of pack meetings. They define the beginning, and the end of the meetings, in addition to presenting awards and advancements. Ceremonies help maintain order in meetings when properly used. They also develop the monthly theme for pack meeting. They increase the interest and anticipation of pack meeting
Outdoor Ceremonies - Cub Scout Leader Book
Ceremonies are important, even in the outdoors. Outdoor pack activities usually call for an opening and closing ceremony (or closing campfire). Outdoor pack activities that take the place of regular pack meetings should also include advancement ceremonies so awards can be presented promptly.
The outdoors is a good place to hold the Webelos Scout Crossing the Bridge Graduation Ceremony when the weather permits. (See Staging Den and Pack Ceremonies for more detail.)
More info on planning outdoor ceremonies can be found in the Cub Scout Leader Book available at your Scout Shop.