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out of your pack and into the troop of their choice as soon as they are 10½ years old. Don’t make them wait for arbitrary things like the blue and gold banquet. This is when they need to be moving away from everybody-at-the- same-time Cub Scouting to you’re-on-your-own-to-advance- at-your-speed Boy Scouting.


T.P. DES PLAINES, ILL.


DIVIDE AND CONQUER We used to do the Arrow of Light and crossover ceremo- nies at the blue and gold, but it made a long event even longer and the younger boys got stir crazy. This year, we decided to do two ceremonies. The pack meeting before the blue and gold was devoted to


the Arrow of Light, and the leader who planned the cer- emony had younger boys get involved so they were partici- pants instead of just observers. The crossover ceremony was still just as good as ever, and my son is looking forward to doing it next year.


Pack Committee Chairman R.W. FRAMINGHAM, MASS.


TILL WE MEET AGAIN If the parents and leadership decide to do the crossover before blue and gold, the pack can still invite these boys back to recognize their hard work in the Cub Scout program.


District Commissioner J.M. STIGLER, OKLA.


WORTH THE WAIT Most boys in our pack earn Arrow of Light between


December and early February, so they don’t have to wait long before the blue and gold. We hold the Arrow of Light ceremony right before we eat lunch, and the crossover ceremony begins after the meal. We do not hold any other rank ceremonies during our blue and gold. This day honors Webelos Scouts only. We have a separate graduation toward the end of May for other dens.


Cubmaster M.C. FOREST CITY, PA.


ENCOURAGE (MORE) ADVANCEMENT


Why hold back the Super Achievers? When we have a group of boys who have achieved Arrow of Light way before the blue and gold date


(most likely because they are very active and have gone to summer camp, day camp, and most meetings), we hold their ceremony in the fall. We then have them focus on achieving their 20 pins and other awards, such as the Nova and World Conservation awards.


Cubmaster S.N. EASLEY, S.C.


MAKE IT A ‘WOW’ Parents can be involved in planning, developing, and orga- nizing these events to create a sense of uniqueness. Reward patience by allowing families to be part of the Arrow of Light and/or crossover ceremo- nies, and make them incredible events for the boys. ¿


B.H. IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO


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