A few attractive props set the scene for an impressive unit meeting. A little "showmanship" along this line shows the boys and their parents that your unit really cares that they came to the meeting, and that you are prepared for it.
Many props can be made from scrap material. They need not be expensive to be impressive. The following are some basic pieces of equipment that your unit may wish to acquire:
- A colorful tablecloth.
- This will add color to your head table which holds the badges and other ceremonial equipment. Use washable fabric so that it will be easy care.
- Electric candles.
- These can be made from discarded electric candle-type Christmas wreaths. Run the wiring through a piece of conduit or heavy cardboard tubing for the candle part. Scouts use their troop colors. Posters of the various awards can e placed on a small easel between the candles on your head table.
- Candle ceremonies are impressive. The color of the candles can have special significance. Candle holders can be made from wood, plaster, metal, etc. Logs or log slices can also be used as candle holders. Check with your chartered organization for permission to use lit candles inside their building.
- Indian headdress.
- These are sometimes difficult and time-consuming to make, but most Scoutmasters will think it worth the effort. With careful storage, a headdress will last for years. Transferring the headdress from the outgoing Scoutmaster to the incoming leader is a beautiful act. The headdress alone, worn with the Scout uniform, is adequate unless you wish to make other Indian costume parts. Navy enlisted white uniforms (purchased at a surplus store) can be dyed tan or brown for a good Indian costume.
- Occasionally, the Scoutmaster may want to wear a costume fitting the monthly theme. You won't want to do this every month, of course, but on special occasions it can be very effective.
- A log cabin or teepee-type fire can be nailed to a plywood base and lined with yellow, orange, or red cellophane. Use a small string of individually blinking Christmas lights underneath. Be sure to use flameproof materials.
- Bridge to Scouting.
- A bridge can be built from logs or scrap lumber, using dowling for poles and white rope to string along the top. Graduating Webelos Scouts look forward to crossing the bridge and being met by the Scoutmaster of the troop they are joining. It is a good idea to build the bridge so that the poles can be removed for easy storage.
- Arrow of Light.
- This can be cut from scrap plywood, painted yellow, and mounted atop another piece of plywood for the base. Holes can be drilled to hold candles