Today we had our rank advancement ceremony! Leadership transition has made this a difficult year, but it was great to see the boys recognized for their hard work. We used the Painted Ranks ceremony, and it went over very well. The scouts looked great! Next time I'll try to get some paint on the parents, too.
One of the leaders who was new to our pack this year had the idea to give the boys who earned their rank a copy of the next handbook that they'll start working on. It gives the boys something to work on over the summer, and saves the parents a 20-mile trip to the Scout Shop. His other great idea was Mother Pins, which our pack hadn't done before. Hopefully it will inspire them to continue helping their boys in Scouting.