We all had to have our lines perfectly memorized, or those waiting to challenge us for our positions on the ceremonial team would quick send us off.
"even to the giving of their blood."
Awareness of blood-born pathogens took care of that.
Thanks Tahawk, You made me smile,
After my Ordeal I joined the team, I wanted to be the " Mighty Chief " when I asked if I could have the part the older guys just smiled a little and said " Sure thing kid, all ya gotta do is do it better than Roger does."
Roger was about 6'-3" , 220 lbs. and had a booming voice. The kind that rattled windows. He just loved being Allowat. He had also practiced for years. He was good, he was very very good.
I accepted a smaller part in the Friday night ceremony, without another word.
I also watched Roger every Tuesday night. How he moved, what words he gave more "punch", where he paused.....
Everyone knew what I was doing and no one minded at all. Even Roger! The mindset was " We are here to do the best ceremony possible for the scouts, if you can do it better, the job is yours."
I got better, did most of the other parts but, I was never good enough to beat Roger out for the job, but when he turned 21, I got the role
After the ceremony some of the new members come up to tell me how "awesome" I looked. I thanked 'em but couldn't help but think " Kid, you have no idea what awesome is. I do and it's not me"