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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