Reader Pamela asked this question
Hello Scouter Mom,
I am the Assistant Cubmaster for Pack 234. This is my first year, as well as our Cubmaster’s first year doing a crossover ceremony. I’ve read all of your amazing ideas. However, what should we do if we know some of the boys won’t be continuing on to Boy Scouts? Do we still present them with a neckerchief? Do we give them some sort of plaque to show their completion of Cub Scouting? What do we do with the boys that failed to complete the requirements for crossing over? Can we delay the crossover to allow them more time to complete the requirements? Please help!!
Pamela, this is a common question. First of all, it is important to remember that the Arrow of Light presentation and the crossover can be two different things. So present the AOL recognitions to those who earned it. This can be immediately followed by the crossover ceremony to be participated in by those who are crossing over.
Also remember there are three different requirement options for joining a Boy Scout troop:
- 10 years old and completed the Arrow of Light requirements OR
- 11 years old OR
- completed 5th grade
So if they are 11 years old, they may crossover even if they did not complete the Arrow of Light requirements. If they are almost 11, you can check with your council to find out if they are old enough to “round up”. I probably wouldn’t delay the crossover if the majority are ready. If you have one or two who don’t meet the requirements, they can always join the troop when they are ready.
Whether you want to give the ones who are not crossing over and who did not earn the AOL a neckerchief or some alternative recognition is up to your pack. You will have to decide that based on the families involved. Is it important to them? In my experience, the Cub Scouts who did not manage to finish AOL are usually not that concerned with recognitions but your case might be different. Talk to their parents about it. Perhaps they can pitch in to purchase some small recognition.
Readers, what do you think? Add your ideas to the comments below.