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These random suggestions, disconnected but practical, may be worthy of consideration as you plan your program. 

Make a check list of the things you'll need and things to be done. 

A large, colored cutout of the badge of each rank makes an attractive wall decoration. Hang up the proper one as each rank is invested. 

An attractive log candelabrum and brightly colored candles will put sparkle into your affair. In candle ceremonies, to prevent spotting the table or drapery with candle grease, place a strip of dark cloth on the side of the table approached by the candle-lighter.

If you have a reader and commentator, make sure he will have a light when you cut off the overhead lights. 

In candle or indoor campfire ceremonies, it may be more effective merely to dim the lights, rather than to cut them off altogether. 

Dignify your ceremony by inviting notable public figures to take part and assist in the presentations. 

Have your scribe carry a tray containing the various badges and a check list of boys to receive them. He stands close to the presenting officer and helps him. 

The use of music and a public address system will be very helpful. You may be able to borrow one. 

Many ceremonies are impressive when held around a campfire. Artificial campfires are effective for indoor use. 

Type the speeches of a ceremony on both sides of a 4 x 6 inch card and fold it once. Many leaders will not memorize a ceremony. 

Use flags of the United States and the unit for patriotism and color. 

Soak your candlewicks in lighter fluid-they'll light much better. 

The use of a spotlight (on flags and on the recipients of awards) is dramatic. 

Avoid fraternal, religious, and military ritual and methods insofar as possible.






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