A five-year-old boy earns a school atten­dance award and a fifty-year-old women wins an Oscar in a sim­i­lar man­ner. An individual’s name is called, the per­son comes up, is hand­ed a certificate(or tro­phy), and oth­ers clap. This is the gener­ic process for awards, diplo­mas, cer­tifi­cates, etc. 

Luck­i­ly for Cubs, the award­ing process doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, Cub Scouts can, and should, have a blast when advanc­ing and receiv­ing recog­ni­tion. Here’re some ideas from cur­rent Cub lead­ers to make the cer­e­mo­ny more mem­o­rable:

Drone Attack

drone

In one leader’s den, Cubs receive awards techie-style. Drones give awards. 

To do, tie a pin, or arrow point to the bot­tom of a drone. Then, when it’s time for the boy to be award­ed, the drone sweeps in,  soar­ing over boys’ heads to award the recip­i­ent. 

Fris­bee Toss

frisbeeSim­i­lar to using drones, this idea lit­er­al­ly flies high. You’ll sit in the back of the room and tie an arrow point (or oth­er award item) to a Fris­bee. Then, when a boy comes for­ward, toss the Fris­bee over the heads of audi­ence mem­bers. Every­one ducks, and the boy catch­es his reward. (You might want to get some­one with good aim for this one.) 

The Watery Tale

Many advance­ment cer­e­monies include sto­ry­telling. Try telling bColored-water-shoys this pop­u­lar water tale. After the sto­ry, the Cub wants to know his wor­thi­ness. He’ll shake a bot­tle of water, then it mag­i­cal­ly changes col­or (instruc­tions found above). 

Brand­ing

Cre­ate a “brand­ing iron” using a dow­el and sponge. Cut the sponge out into let­ters to form a Cub-ori­ent­ed mes­sage. Then, award the Cub, dunk the brand­ing iron into flour, and brand the Scout. Remind him these mem­o­ries are meant to last. Flour’s great because it comes off quick­ly. 

Try award­ing your Cub Scout in a mem­o­rable way. Then, he’ll feel excit­ed about his achieve­ments. How­ev­er, use cau­tion. Know your Cubs. Some cer­e­mo­ny prac­tices can be embar­rass­ing or offen­sive to an indi­vid­ual. 

For hun­dreds of years, peo­ple received awards in sim­i­lar ways, but new tra­di­tions start. Come up with a grand one! 

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Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.

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