Woods of Wisdom
Troop Program Features
General Tips for Good Ceremonies
A few props and techniques can spice up any ceremony. These can range from the simple to the elaborate, depending on need and budget. A few ideas have been included in this guide, but use your imagination to develop your own.
Lighting is important to most ceremonies. Techniques range from performing a ceremony behind the campfire so the fire illuminates the participants to spotlighting recipients in a court of honor.
A flashlight may be used as a spotlight. A 35mm slide projector can be an effective spotlight. Try it first to be sure of the distances. Masks in front of the lens will reduce the size of the spot.
A few decorations can transform a room into a special place for appropriate ceremonies.
Many commercial and BSA movies and slide programs are available and appropriate for more formal ceremonies. Good sound equipment (tape or record) and carefully selected music will enhance a court of honor or other special ceremony.
Specially designed and developed props become tradition and add special flair to ceremonies.
Arrange by rank or patrol. Have names on individual cards punched for hanging when advanced.
The use of troop, church, state, and U.S. flags is appropriate in ceremonies. Be certain you display and carry flags correctly. A spotlight on the flag(s) is a nice highlight.
Display your scrapbook at special ceremonies.
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