For the October Roundtable, we had an interesting presentation and discussion on Scouting ceremonies. We started off by reviewing the history and purpose of ceremonies and then looked at flag ceremonies, campfires, courts of honor, eagle courts, and other awards and ceremonies in more detail. Resources for enhancing flag ceremonies, recitations of the Scout Oath and Law, and awarding rank advancements to Scouts were reviewed and handed out to attendees.
“Every Scout should be made to feel that he has taken an important forward step in his life when he receives an award or rank advancement. He should be made to feel that added responsibility has fallen upon his shoulders because he has now become an example for the younger Scouts coming up through the ranks.”
“The primary function of ceremony is to organize the imagination, to emphasize fundamentals and to present in concrete form the abstract sense of idealism, which is inherent in the individual. Good ceremonials stimulate both thought and emotion, and provide a basis for an intelligent and sympathetic conception of one’s duty to God, his country, his neighbor and himself.” – Raymond Hanson, Scout Executive, San Francisco
In addition to the discussion, we also enjoyed an interesting display of Scouting memorabilia (such as camp and event patches, eagle figurines and an official BSA bugle) and other items (a bear rug to put patches and awards on, campfire stories and handcrafted Scout camp totems) that can be used to enhance Scouting campfires and ceremonies.