Message Advancement Ceremony
Crossroads of America
Equipment: A secret message for each advancing boy
prepared by writing in milk or lemon juice on a piece of paper. A light bulb
heat source to reveal the message. Make sure the bulb is hot enough to reveal
the message and in a short amount of time.
Personnel: Cubmaster, advancing boy and parent(s).
Hints: See page 108 of the Wolf book to see how to write
these secret messages.
You can have the boy or his parent(s) heat the message to
reveal messages such as “Way to go ______!”: “Congratulations on your Bear
Rank _____!”: “I knew you could do it!”.
The Cubmaster turns on the light bulb and tells everyone
the light represents the Spirit of Scouting and calls forward the boy and his
parent(s). Speak briefly about the work or steps the boy took and you might
want to ask boys you know are comfortable about speaking in front of people to
tell about the most “fun” thing he did.
Have a parent pin the badge on the boy and have the boy
or a parent hold the message over the bulb and when it is clear have the boy
read the message aloud.