GENERAL NOTES FOR THE CEREMONY TEAM --
This entire ceremony is up to you and the area in which you live. It need not be well-costumed, performing it in your Venturing uniforms but putting the information on the character you represent and why you are part of the ceremony are important. Each section of the ceremony requires someone to take one part, and then the other names are ignored until the next ceremony team must choose.
This will mean that, eventually, every ceremony, and even the recognition items, will be specific to your community and your people, whether you do it for a Unit, a District, a Council, or the Nation.
Section one ties the ceremony to the name of the organization. Section two discusses the honor being received. Section three ties the program to one of the famous figures of Scouting and to one of his stories, in fact directly to a fur that can still be seen in the Seton Museum at Philmont Scout Ranch. Section four is to remind everyone of their duty to others and to send the unit (or units) off with a direct goal for the new members of the Corps and the unit. Keep these specific goals in mind for the section you take and make sure you emphasize it in the speech you deliver once you have introduced your character.
This speech is written in the program, you customize it by developing your character, your speech, and your actions as you develop your role. You may need to change the way the words are phrased to fit your character. That is fine and acceptable as long as the main message is conveyed.
While it is strongly considered an individual thing to develop your own role in this, we suggest you go over the entire ceremony at least once or twice with the three other members of your team so that they all know where their cue to begin is likely to come.
You will require these items:
1 Recognition Items The original units used a wolf (coyote) tooth on a copper-colored wire or cloth per person, to hang from the right uniform pocket button. These teeth have traditionally been available from places such as Grey Owl. There is a section that shows the handmade recognitions used in the original ceremony and gives instructions on how to make them.
1 scroll or piece of hide with the personalized charge that the new members repeat in section 3 of the ceremony. Be sure each one has the individualÕs name on it. You are on your own to find something appropriate to your region of the country to do this on.
Most of all, HAVE FUN!
SIDE NOTE: Not knowing how this would be done it often says Crew/Ship. Make sure you adjust it to meet YOUR situation. If it is one unit it is easy to say "Crew" or "Ship" when the time comes, but plan ahead if you are doing this for more than one unit so you practice saying "Crew or Ship".
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