Light of Knowledge Ceremony
This Ceremony is meant for Webelos scouts.
one candle for each scout
large candle as source for them to light their own candles
candelabra to hold all candles, or a raingutter section filled with sand in which candles can be stood up in a row
Have each scout decide what he will say, well before the day of the ceremony.
What each scout says can be modified to match his talents and personality.
It is best performed at dusk or in a darkened room so the candles are more dramatic.
(This is a crossing over ceremony, not for Arrow of Light nor for completing Webelos. It is for scouts continuing on to Boy Scouts.)
Call all the Webelos forward and give each one a candle.
Light the main candle.
Akela: Over the years, our pack has had scouts leave us for greater adventures. It is now time for these scouts to do the same. They have learned all they can here and now seek more excitement with their older scout brothers.
Each of them has special knowledge to share with their new troop.
(Each scout in turn lights his candle, recites his line, and crosses over to place his candle with the others. If it is a group smaller than 5, have unlit candles waiting in the candelabra so the scout lights one and places his lit candle there also - this doubles the amount of light created.)
Scout 1: I've studied animals and nature. I will bring the light of my knowledge to my new troop.
Scout 2: I've learned a lot about rocks and geology. I'll share this knowledge with my troop.
Scout 3: I'm good at music and painting. I'll help my troop as bugler.
Scout 4: I love sports and I play fair. I can show my new troop how to be good sports.
(continue with each scout sharing his thought.)
Other examples: being helpful, good humor, imagination, religious belief, flexibility, problem solving, curiousity, ...
Akela: These scouts have gained much knowledge while part of the pack. I'm glad to see they will be using their abilities to make their new scouting home a great place. They leave a trail for the rest of us to follow and a light for us to look for when we are ready to move on.