Ceremony Team Evaluation Guidelines
1. All ceremonial team members must be from the same
lodge. Ceremonialists may perform with only one team per
ceremony category; however, they may perform in more
than one category.
2. All participants MUST be under 21 years of age
on August 3, 2000 and be a member of the lodge entering
the team competition.
3. All participants must wear appropriate American
Indian style dress. The American Indian Activities staff
will assist teams by critiquing the appropriateness of
their outfits in a separate session. Dress will not be
judged as a part of the performance evaluation; however,
any show of disrespect, carelessness, or gross
inappropriateness in American Indian dress may
disqualify a team from receiving an award. Teams are
strongly encouraged to pursue this critique!
4. Use of face and body paint is prohibited at
all national ceremonial team competitions. Use of face
or body skin coloring or wigs in simulation of ethnic
traits is not acceptable.
5. All ceremonial parts MUST be fully memorized.
Memorization will be evaluated in the Pre-Ordeal,
Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil Honor evaluations using
the 1999 revision to the ceremony publications:
- Pre-Ordeal/Ordeal: Ceremony for the Ordeal,
BSA Number 34993, 1999 Printing
- Brotherhood: Ceremony for the Brotherhood,
BSA Number 34994, 1999 Printing
- Vigil Honor: Ceremony for the Vigil Honor,
BSA Number 34043, 1999 Printing
Memorization of Call-Out ceremonies will be evaluated
according to the printed script provided by the team.
Please note and correct the following errors in the 1999
printing of the Ceremony for the Ordeal:
Diagram 6 on page 7 and 24; change "N"
to "M" and "M" to "N"
Diagram 7 on page 8 and 24; change "N"
to "A" and "A" to "M"
and "M" to "N"
(Corrected pages are available
6. Lodges can enter as many ceremonial teams as
they wish in all ceremonies as scheduling permits.
7. All lodges MUST pre-register for the NOAC Ceremony
Evaluation before June 1, 2000. Pre-registering will
help the staff plan for the necessary number of
performance sites and judging staff positions needed.
8. Only pre-registered ceremonial teams will be
guaranteed a place in the Ceremony Team Evaluation.
9. Teams that have not pre-registered MUST check-in
during NOAC registration on Saturday at the Inductions and
Ceremonial Events desk. These teams will be placed on
a waiting list and scheduled as spaces become available.
These teams will be given special instructions by
the registration team.
10. All ceremonial teams MUST check-in on
Saturday when their lodge contingent registers at the NOAC.
An Inductions and Ceremonial Events desk will be set-up
in the conference registration area. Ceremonial teams
will verify their performance schedule and sign-up their
team members by name. Ceremonial teams that do not check-in
upon arrival will be replaced in the schedule by
teams on the waiting list.
11. Ceremonial teams will provide whatever props they
need to make their ceremony performance as realistic as
possible. Extra people may be used to enhance a performance,
such as drummers, candidates, Elangomats, etc. The staff
will provide markers to indicate the locations of the
central fire and places for fire pots in the performance area.
A heavy burden will be provided for the Brotherhood ceremony.
12. Each team must be present and ready at their
assigned time, even if the evaluators are running behind
schedule. Each team MUST remain for the entire venue
evaluation, approximately three hours, and participate by
observing and evaluating other teams.
13. There will be three staff evaluators at each
ceremonial site (two lead evaluators and one memorization
judge). Each team will perform and be evaluated by the
other two teams in their venue and will help decide the award
rating (Participation, Achievement, Merit, or Honor) for each
team. The evaluators will attempt to help the entire group
reach a consensus on each of the factors that will be
evaluated. The lead evaluators will make the final decision
on each team's rating and announce each team's award.
14. Experienced ceremonialists from participating lodges who
would like to volunteer for a judging/evaluating position
should visit the Inductions and Ceremonial Events table at
registration upon arrival at NOAC. Arrowmen who would like
to apply for a Lead Evaluator position (the head of a venue)
should should request a support staff application by
sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Lead Adviser:
J. Terry Honan
3355 Chimney Point Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
We expect to have all Lead Evaluator
positions filled before May 1, 2000. Please be aware
that we will hold training for evaluators on
Saturday July 29, 2000.
Inductions & Ceremonial Events Committee
Invitation Letter From the CVC
Ceremony Evaluation Details
Ceremony Evaluation Guidelines
Ceremony Evaluation Criteria
Ceremony Evaluation Definitions