Aaron sent in this question
I am looking for ways to welcome Webelos into Scouts BSA at Pack Meetings, any ideas? Like a cross over, but not as formal.
Thanks for the question, Aaron. Our crossover ceremonies are usually not very formal at all. I have seen formal crossovers and they are very nice, but traditionally our are very simple. Our pack usually does the “ceremony” immediately after a more formal Arrow of Light presentation.
Usually the SPL says a few words of welcome. Some SPLs really say little more than “Welcome.” while others might speak a little longer. Then the Webelos cross from the left side of the room to the right, where members of our troop are waiting. The Scouts BSA remove their Webelos neckerchiefs and put on their Boy Scout neckerchiefs. They also give them their Boy Scout epaulets and Scouts BSA handbook.
While not elaborate or very scripted, it is boy-led. At the last crossover, the Scouts BSA encircled the Webelos, so nobody could see what was going on. Then the circle opened up and there were our new Scouts BSA. I wasn’t expecting it and it was a nice touch and I made a point to tell them so afterwards.
Readers, do you have any ideas for a “Welcome Webelos” ceremony? (And check the comments as several Scouters have already left some additional ideas.)