Will Rogers Council
Ceremonies should be an important part of Cub Scouting. Everyone likes to get attention and recognition. Having a den or pack ceremony helps to recognize the boy or boys in a positive way. Ceremonies provide meaningful and memorable highlights in a boy's Cub Scouting experience. They are important for recognition of leaders, for achievements, for special occasions and holidays. Ceremonies help to teach the ideals and goals of Scouting and citizenship. They focus attention on boys, parents, adult leaders and volunteers for their achievements, service projects, or special activities. They should be a regular part of pack meetings. They define the beginning, and the end of the meetings, in addition to presenting awards and advancements. Ceremonies help maintain order in meetings when properly used. They also develop the monthly theme for pack meeting. They increase the interest and anticipation of pack meeting.
Many businesses give a cash contribution to your local council. So approach businesses asking for a discount or a donation of their product instead of cash.
Discounts and Donations
Santa Clara County Council
There are many stores in the Valley that give Scouters a 10-15% discount. They don't advertise the fact; so you have to ask them. Next time you shop for your den or pack, ask if the particular store gives any discount. Don't forget the copy shops. You may be asked to show your registration card. Always carry your's with you. Many supermarkets, discount shops and restaurants make generous donations to packs and troops. Again, ask. For most donations, you will need to make a written request, preferably on letterhead of your pack, at least 2 weeks in advance. Common maximum donation amount is $25. worth of goods.