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The following Poems, Quotes, and Prayers have been compiled from friends, fellow Scouts, and those that share their inspirations. The PDF booklet of Troop77 Prayers and Poems can be downloaded by clicking here.

Please, add your own here by sending to the Assistant Chaplin.

Scout Vespers
(sing to tune of “Oh Christmas Tree”)
Softly falls the light of day,
As our campfire fades away.
Silently each Scout should ask,
“Have I done my daily task?
Have I kept my honor bright?
Can I guiltless sleep tonight?
Have I done and have I dared,
Everything to be Prepared?”

Scouting Trail

"This is the trail that the scout shall know
where knightly qualities thrive and grow
The trail that scouts, in their seeking,
blaze through the toughest tangle,
the deepest maze,
'til out of boyhood the scout comes straight to manhood
splendid and high estate"

-Berton Braley
Printed June 1946 "Handbook for boys"


"...They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with WINGS AS EAGLES; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Isaiah 40:31

Meadows and Trees

We thank the Creator for the food we eat,
For camping, fun and the friends we meet.
For the rushing streams and the calm cool breeze,
for lovely meadows and tall palm trees.


For the Lord, our God, is bringing you into a good country,
a land with streams of water,
with springs and fountains welling up in the hills and valleys…

Woe unto them that join house to house,
that lay field to field, where there be no place,
that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!

Deuteronomy 8:7


You are a seeker.

Delight in the mastery of your hands and your feet,

Of your words and your thoughts.

Desight in meditation and in solitude.

Compose yourself, be happy. You are a seeker.

Buddha, The Dhammapada

Psalm 40 (Responsive Reading)

Leader: I waited patiently for the Lord

People: He inclined unto me, and heard my cry

Leader: He brought me out of horrible pit, out of mirhy clay

People: He set my feet upon the rock, and He established my goings

Leader: He has put a new song in mouth, even praise unto our God

People: Many shall hear it, and trust in the Lord.

Responsive Reading

Leader: For all the victims of crime and terror everywhere

People: Let us pray and remember

Leader: For the many heroic men and women serving us, keeping us safe

People: Let us pray and remember

Leader: For our sick and afflicted, that their burdens may be eased

People: Let us pray and remember

Leader: For peace in the world, community, our homes, and our lives

People: Let us pray and remember

Offering of Self

“It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leaving a Trail for Others to Follow

As you pass through this world, wittingly or unwittingly, whoever you are and wherever you be, you leave a trail behind you.

Others will notice and may follow it. It may be one that leads them to good, or it may lead them astray. That depends on you. You may blaze it on the trees for them to see, or you may be makimng footmarks quite unconsciously, footmarks, which are, nonetheless, traceable in the sand.

In either case, it is well to remember that your are leaving tracks of some sort, and therefore, by directing your steps right, you may lead others in the right direction also.

Your trail is marked by your deeds and your written words. Your deeds are landmarks that are permanently set up; your words are but foottracks that may be changed or obliterated by time.

Lord Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, London, 1923

Song: For the Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth

For the glory of the skies

For the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies

God of all, to Thee we raise,

This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour

Of the day and of the night

Hill and vale and tree and flower

Sun and moon and stars of light

God of all, to Thee we raise,

This our hymn of grateful praise.


Is no the sky a father and the earth a mother, and are not all living things with feet or wings or roots their children?

Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is!

Black Elk, Lakota


Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise ment listen.

John Muir

We shall not cease from exploration.

T.S. Elliot

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest  wilderness.

John Muir

All good things are wild and free.

Henry David Thoreau

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

John Muir

It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

Ursula K. LeGuin

It's Only A Pin

Two fond parents watch their boy where he stands,

Apart from his comrades tonight,

And see placed on his camp-battered tunic, a badge...

An Eagle... the emblem of right.

It seems just a few short months have passed

Since he joined with the youngsters next door...

How proud they were then of their Tenderfoot pin

As they told of the message it bore.

But the years have gone as he struggled along

To learn what the Scout Law's about;

He practiced them daily, the Oath and the Law,

Until now he is an Eagle Scout.

You may smile in your worldly wisdom at this

And say, "Why it's only a pin."

But I'll tell you, no honors he'll gain as a man

Will mean quite as much to him.

The red, white and blue of the ribbon you see

Are the symbols of honor and truth.

He has learned how to value these fine attributes

In the glorious days of his youth.

And the out-flinging wings of the Eagle that rests

On the breast of this knight of today

Are the wings which will lift him above petty deeds,

And guide him along the right way.

Yes, it's only a pin, just an Eagle Scout badge,

But the heart beneath it beats true,

And will throb to the last for the things that are good;

A lesson for me... and for you.

Fond parents watch their boy where he stands

apart from his friends tonight

as the y place on his camp-battered tunic, a badge

an eagle, the emblem of right

It seems just a few short months have passed

since he joined with the youngsters next door

how proud he was the of his new scout badge

as he told them the message it bore.

But the years have gone as he struggled along

to learn what the scout law's all about

he practiced them daily, the oath and the law

until now he's an Eagle Scout.

You may smile in your worldly old wisdom at this

and say, "Why it's only a pin."

But I tell you, no honors he'll gain as a man

will mean as much to him.

The red, white, and blue of the ribbon you see

are the symbols of honor and truth

he has learned how to value these fine attributes

in the glorious days of his youth.

And the outflinging wings of the eagle scout badge

on the breast of this knight of today

are the things which will lift him above petty deeds

and guide him along the right way.

Yes, it's only a pin, just an eagle scout badge

but the heart that's beneath it beats true

and will throb to the last for the things which are good

a lesson ......for me....... and for you.

n     Thanks to Paul Sweeney,, ASM, T-7, Lowell, Ma


An Eagle Mom's Poem

It's every mother's dream to see,

her son grow tall and strong.

To teach him what is right to be,

to keep him from the wrong.

Mom so loves that little boy,

and uses all the skills at her employ.

She teaches him the things she can,

and hopes that he'll become a man.

He learns that words can hurt or heal,

that words can change the way we feel.

He learns that truth is right and good,

to treat his fellow man the way he should.

The Eagle Court of Honor Handbook -- 52 -- 18 September 1996

He learns that where there's greatest freedom in this world,

there also stands his Nation's flag unfurled.

He learns to live by faith and love,

to always trust in God above.

The years have passed and in their wake,

a taller straighter lad there stands.

And mother's pride is great indeed,

her little boy is nearly a man.

An Eagle Scout

n     Thanks to Ed Schmitt


An Eagle Dad's Poem

I saw a chubby little boy,

In uniform of blue,

A jaunty cap was on his head,

His shoes were shiny, too.

His eyes were wide, expectant;

He glowed fresh from the tub.

His air said, "Let's get on with it!"

This my son the Cub.

I saw a slightly larger boy,

Much taller, leaner, too;

He stood up straight and proud,

In garb of khaki hue.

He now has more determination,

In his face there is no doubt;

I'm pleased to see his confidence,

This is my son, the Scout.

I know he'll strive to do his best,

This bigger boy, not yet a man,

Will grow in strength, in law and skill,

For him, I'm sure, God has a plan.

God, guide his path, make straight his way,

Make his goal be high, his courage stout,

That humbly, yet proudly, I will know,

This is *MY* son, the Eagle Scout!

n     Thanks to Paul Sweeney,, ASM, T-7, Lowell, Ma

The Law Of Life

The following poem was part of a package of Eagle Court of Honor materials which was distributed by

the Bucks County Council Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association. No author or source was

given for the poem.

The tree that never had to fight

For sun and sky and air and light,

That stood out in the open plain

And always got its share of rain,

Never became a forest king,

But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil

Who never had to win his share

Of sun sky and light and air,

Never became a manly man,

But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow in ease.

The stronger wind, the tougher trees,

The farther sky, the greater length,

The more the storm, the more the strength,

By sun and cold, by rain and snows,

In tree or man, good timber grows.

Because Of Our Son

Because of our son, we found a job to do.

We became Scouters, tried and true!

We understand boys better, because of our son.

It happened through Scouting, oh what fun!

Because of our son, it was all worthwhile,

Oh, what a reward, to see a boy's smile!

It's endless, the pleasures gained from Scouting,

Because of our son, we attended each meeting,

And we've gained many friends beyond measure.

Tis indeed blessed to hold, such a wonderful treasure!

Hours that were idle, are now filled to the brim.

Because of our son, we enjoy life with him!

Because of our son, we've a new way of life.

We recommend Scouting for each Husband and Wife!


by Greg Gough

I dreamed of the Eagle,

soaring high above.

Majestic, graceful;

free from it's Earthly tether.

It's presence...

shadowing and altering reality.

All who see it,

focus upon it.

At times it becomes elusive

as it dances in and out of the sun.

Watch closely,

do not turn away and

miss your chance to share

in it's spirit.

The spirit of the Eagle can be found in

each young Scout's eyes.

It's presence can be felt

by those close to achieving

Scouting's highest honor.

And it's essence

is preserved and cherished

by those known as

Eagle Scouts!

Eagle Scout

The Scouts gave you a challenge,

And you've met it faithfully my friend,

But it's quite hard to understand

Just all it will mean in the end.

An Eagle Scout, you've reached the top,

Or have you only just begun?

I'm betting that you will not stop

With so much glory to be won.

For life holds out a challenge too,

A mountain high for you to scale,

And with the training Scouts gave you,

There's really no such word as fail.

And so as you press on ahead,

You'll find it's made much work like play,

And as the tasks before you spread,

They'll find you ready, so I'll say.

Congratulations Eagle Scout,

The world before you now is spread,

Scouts taught you much what life's about,

Prepared you well for what's ahead.

The Oyster And The Eagle

When God made the oyster, he guaranteed him social security.

He built the oyster a house, a shell to protect him from his enemies.

When hungry, the oyster simply opens his shell, and the food rushes in.

But when God made the EAGLE, he said, "The Blue sky is the limit.

Go and build your house." So the EAGLE went and built his house upon the highest

mountain peak, where storms threatened him every day. For food, he must fly through

miles of rain and snow and wind.

The EAGLE, then...not the the symbol of the United States Of America, and

Scouting's highest award.

The Scouting Trail

This is the trail that the Scout shall know,

Where knightly qualities thrive and grow.

The trail of HONOR, TRUTH and WORTH,

And the strength that spring, from the good brown earth.

The trail that Scouts, in their seeking blaze,

Through the toughest tangle, the deepest maze.

Till out of boyhood the Scout comes straight,

To manhood's splendid and high estate.

An Eagle Scout

True to his God and his Nation's Flag,

A boy whose loyalties never sag.

An adventurous sort of a rough, tough lad,

He'd share with anyone, all that he had.

He's cheerful and good, and he's filled with fun,

He always helps till the work is done.

No loafer is he, this young man with skill,

With his disciplined heart, mind and will.

He camps and cooks, he hikes and climbs,

He can sing a song or make a verse that rhymes.

He's a splendid youth with a lifetime goal,

He's the type of boy who's in control.

There's no better young man in this great land,

Than an Eagle Scout with a helping hand.

Trail To Eagle

by Greg Gough

Walk upon the trail,

that links the,

future with the past.

Take the Oath,

Live the Law.

The pathway to Eagle,

is steep and narrow.

Your journey will require,

skill and fortitude.

Your reward:

Knowledge and Understanding.

Enough to base a lifetime on.

Your challenge is to;

Take the journey,

Join the few and

Soar with the Eagle.

Trail The Eagle

Trail the Eagle, Trail the Eagle,

Climbing all the time.

First the Star and then the Life,

Will on your bosom shine, keep climbing!

Blaze the trail, and we will follow,

Hark, The Eagle's call;

On brothers, on until we're Eagles all.

A Prayer For Eagles

"And he will raise you up on Eagle's wings,

Bear you on the breath of dawn,

Make you to shine like the sun and,

Hold you in the palm of his hand."

The Call of the Eagle

I am the voice of the Eagle.

I speak for The Eagles whose summit you have struggled so hard to reach.

We remember well when you first came to the base of our mountain, and how you looked up with ambition and determination.

Pause for a moment, and look back over the trail you have climbed: Look back at the adventures you have encountered on your ascent. These experiences are a valuable teacher if you but heed them.

We remember when you took your first steps upon the Boy Scout trail.

With your first step you began to start living the Scout Oath and Law. You began to build yourself, physically, mentally, and morally. Your brother scouts then called you a Tenderfoot -- and they were right, for you were indeed a tenderfoot.

But not for long. For as you climbed, you soon reached a turning in the trail, and you were greeted by a large group of friendly Second Class Scouts.

Some, like yourself, were stopping to catch their breath, before continuing along the trail. But you studied more, you worked harder, you continued your climb, and soon came to another turning, the place where First Class Scouts dwell.

The Eagle Court of Honor Handbook -- 57 -- 18 September 1996

There you found a green, flowered meadow

There you found a green, flowered meadow close by a crystal clear stream, sparkling in sunshine.

Many other scouts rested beside the murmuring waters. You were tempted to remain. But your ambition spurred you, and you continued your upward venture.

We next remember your progress when you turned the trail to become a Star Scout. You found the trail from First Class had been an optical illusion, not so difficult as it had first seemed. This inspired you to push onward, to climb higher.

But now the trail was steeper, and less traveled. Fewer Scouts seemed headed in your direction. You looked back and saw crowds below you. You looked up, and saw very few above. Yet, with the same determination as you started your climb, now enhanced by experience and firm resolve, you continued to push up the trail.

Soon you turned another corner on the trail and the Heart shaped badge of the Life Scout was placed on your uniform. You will always recall the thoughts in your heart at this moment, it has been experienced by all scouts reaching the ledge of Life: "Now I am close to the Eagle, I will carry on".

But the trail now grows tougher and fainter, many seem to falter along the way. The original simple principles of the Scout Oath and Law take on a fuller meaning, as your understanding grows greater.

WE, the Eagles, have watched your character unfold and become more manly. We have watched your leadership ability expand into a valuable asset. We have watched your mind develop and your wisdom increase. Yes, We have watched all these things in you.

And now, that you are standing at the summit of the trail, in the glory of sunshine and wind and cloud at the threshold of your goal, WE, your Fellow Eagles applaud you and welcome you, for you have done your climbing in a true Scout-like manner.

-- Thanks to Ben Parker,, ASM T-16 Oak Park IL

I Am Old Glory

I am Old Glory: For more than nine score years I have been the banner of hope and freedom for generation after generation of Americans. Born amid the first flames of America's fight for freedom, I am the symbol of a country that has grown from a little group of thirteen colonies to a United Nation of fifty sovereign states. Planted firmly on the high pinnacle of American faith my gently fluttering folds have proved an inspiration to untold millions. Men have followed me into battle with unwavering courage. They

have looked upon me as a symbol of national unity. They have prayed that they and their fellow citizens might continue to enjoy the life liberty an pursuit of happiness, which have been granted to every American as the heritage of free men. While men love liberty more than life itself; since they treasure the priceless privileges bought with the blood of our forefathers; so long as the principles of truth, justice and charity for all remain deeply rooted in human hearts, I shall continue to be the enduring banner of the United States of America.

What's It Worth

The Eagle Badge. The highest rank a Scout can earn. What is it worth? Well, in dollars and cents it is worth about $7.50. Probably two and a half dollars in silver, twenty five cents worth of ribbon, and the rest of it in manufacturing and handling costs. But, what is it really worth to you?

Think back to the time when you first became a Scout. Remember the Scout skills that you learned for each rank? And the re- dedication to the Scout Oath and Law each time you advanced. Think of the service that you have given to your troop and to other people. Is your Eagle badge worth seven fifty? Of course not! Your Eagle badge is priceless. It represents everything that you have learned, everything that you have done, to be prepared, to help others, and to help yourself. So now you stand on the peak of the

mountain. An Eagle Scout, now look ahead, look sharp. Way out there in the mist is another mountain, and there below is the trail to your future. It may be a long trail, or a short one, but it leads to that mountain far away. As you walk down the trail, and as the years roll by, and finally reach the end, we all hope that you can look back on the trail of life and be able and proud to say, "I have done my best."

The Eagle Court of Honor Handbook -- 58 -- 18 September 1996

The Voice of Old Glory

A great host of heroes with the help of God have kept me gallantly flying in the face of every threat and challenge to the Democratic way of life which I represent. The blood spilled at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, San Juan Hill, Bataan, Korea, Vietnam and now Kuwait and every other great battle fought on land, in the air and on the sea, is my red stripes. The shining light of sunshine is in my white stripes, penetrating the blackest night which, in the nation's darkest hours is filled with radiant light. The vast

infinity of the heavens is in my stars inspiring mankind to continue climbing courageously up the spiral

staircase of history to a world of glowing promise. I am the emblem of man's finest dreams. I am the last

hope for peace on earth....I am the American Flag.

The Eagle Scout

Fond parents watch their boy where he stands apart from his comrades tonight.

As they place on his camp-battered tunic badge, an Eagle, the emblem of right.

It seems just a few short months have passed, since he joined with the youngster next door.

How proud he was then of his Tenderfoot badge, as he told them the message it bore.

But the years have gone as he struggled along, to learn, to learn what the Scout Law's about.

He practiced them daily, the Oath and the Law, until now he's an Eagle Scout.

You may smile in your old world's wisdom at this, and say, "Why its only a pin."

But I tell you no honors he'll gain as a man, will mean just as much to him.

The red, white and blue of the ribbon you see, are the symbols of courage, honor and truth.

He has learned how to value, these find attributes.

In the glorious days of his youth.

And the outstretch wings of the Eagle Scout that rests, on the breast of this knight of today,

Are the things that will lift him above petty deeds, and guide him along the right way.

Yes, its only a pin, just an Eagle Scout's badge, but the heart that's beneath it beats true.

And will throb to the last for the things which are good.

A lesson for me, and for you.

The Symbol

An honored symbol of a nation's unity, its hopes, achievements, glory and successes. The flag of the

United States of America is such a symbol, of freedoms bravely fought for and hardly won. Of protection

under the constitution of the rights and privileges of all Americans. Promises of fulfillment of all their

hopes, principles and ideals. It is also a symbol of the duty of all her citizens to serve in time of need, to

speak out for what each considers right, and to help correct under the law that is honestly believed to be

wrong. Throughout the ages, man has developed character, courage, and strength, by devotion to the

symbols he believed in. That is the heritage this symbol has left us.

Scouting Heritage -- A Look At 100 Boys That Join Scouting

n     • Only rarely will one appear before a Juvenile Court.

n     • Twelve will receive their first time religious contact.

n     • Five will receive Church Affiliated Awards.

n     • One will join the Clergy of his chosen faith.

n     • Eighteen will develop hobbies which will last a lifetime.

n     • Eight will enter a career based on Merit Badges work.

n     • Seventeen will become Scout leaders.

n     • One will save a life, and one will save his own life.

n     Through Scouting Skills...

n     • Two of the hundred Scouts will attain the rank of EAGLE.

The Method

He strived with devotion in his work with youth,

To show them joy and beauty and truth.

He toiled and labored, but his work seemed in vain,

He sensed in his soul there was little to gain.

He wondered why, as he tried to review,

Had his plan been faulty, his bases untrue?

Finally it came like a dawning light,

He then saw clearly his faltering plight.

He'd been trying his best, unwisely no doubt,

To pour goodness in, instead of drawing it out.

Scouting To Me - For Others

The following was taken from the program for the Eagle Recognition Breakfast for Jude A. R. Allegrucci of Troop 322 in Dunmore, PA. It was listed as "Author Unknown."

To help the scouts in our area feel the pride and love I have in our scouting movement and the men to carry on when everything is against you for the good of the scout.

Scouting to me is an idea which shall live on and on after I die. I live, eat, sleep and talk scouting.

This I do because I was shown by many men, when I was a young scout myself, that the scout oath and law is the way to happiness. Scouting has helped me in school, church and in the military. So, scouts...

never be ashamed of your uniform or your scouting.

Scouting is people who care. Some men cared enough to give it to me, planted the scouting seed in me and saw it grow healthy.

I in turn want to give some of it back to others, boys of scout age who will pass it on again. I feel I have a little bit of each man who helped me on my trail to Eagle and manhood. It is hard to express the love for scouting in words and thanks to these men.

There are many awards men and scouts can earn along the trail of life, but the award I seek and cherish is a Thank-You from a scout or Scouter I have helped or seen put into practice something someone learned from me that I have learned from someone else. This is my thank you to the men who helped me and to their wives who let them.

What It Means To Be An Eagle Scout

by Greg Gough

(Awarded Eagle Scout 3/15/72)

It means that I have the ability to be a leader. Not of a gang or criminal organization but a leader of like minded individuals that uphold a creed, a sacred oath. A passion for life and the principals that founded the United States of America. Patriotism is a loyalty I will never break. If called on I would voluntarily give my life for my country. But more importantly, I will work to make it better. Duty to God is an ongoing learning and incorporating of similar moral values that ensure that I will be a compassionate and productive citizen. Eagle Scout is not a patch, an award or certificate to hang on the wall. It is a way to live your life. Although the trail to Eagle is hard work and fun; it is much more. The Eagle rank is an education. Each rank is a chapter. The conclusion is that by earning the Eagle rank the individual has the tools to be a responsible consciences citizen who would gladly advance the group before the individual.

Prayer For Our Country

The following prayer was contributed by Stan Krieger ( of Summit, NJ. It is a slight rewrite of the Prayer for Our Country, as translated in the Siddur Sim Shalom (the prayerbook used in many Conservative Jewish congregations). Among the principles of Scouting are Duty to God and Duty to Country. These are expressed in the following reading: Our God and God of our fathers, we ask Your blessing for our country, for its government, for its leader and advisors, and for all who exercise just and rightful authority.

wTeach them insights of Your Law, that they may administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, happiness and prosperity,

justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst.

Creator of all flesh, bless all the inhabitants of our country with Your spirit. Then citizens of all races

and creeds will forge a common bond in true brotherhood, to banish all hatred and bigotry, and to

safeguard the ideals and free institutions which are our country's pride and glory.

May this land under Your Providence be an influence for good throughout the world, uniting all men in

peace and freedom. Amen.

What Can We Give?

The following reading was contributed by Stan Krieger ( of Summit, NJ. It is

from a compilation of readings used by Sisterhood (the women's group of many Conservative


One of the objectives of Scouting, duty to others, is readily expressed in the following writing:

• Our Friendship to those who need it.

• Our Love to those close to us.

• Our Thanks to those who deserve it.

• Our Encouragement to those who are unsure.

• Our Support to those who seek it.

• Our Respect to those who have earned it.

• Our Understanding to those whose views differ.

• Our Comfort to those who suffer illness.

• Our Consolation to those who grieve.

• Our Time to causes we deem worthy.

These are gifts we can all afford to give. None is beyond our means, none has to be gift-wrapped, and

none needs to be exchanged for size or color preference.

A gift of oneself is precious not only to the recipient, but enriches the giver as well.


by Greg Gough

Thy song sings in my heart.

Thy voice whispers in the wind.

Thy beauty is shown in all things.

Magnificent & steadfast is your presence.

Thank you for reminding us of How great you are.

A Hiking Prayer

The following prayer was contributed by Paul S. Wolf (aa854@Cleveland.Freenet.Edu) who is Sysop of

The Freenet Scouting Center and a member of the Greater Cleveland Council.

by Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1722-1811)

Master of the Universe
Grant me the ability to be alone;
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day
Among the trees and grass, among all living things.
And there may I be alone, and enter into prayer,
To talk with the one to whom I belong.

May I express there everything in my heart,
And may all the foliage of the field

(All grasses, trees, and plants)

May they all awake at my coming,
To send the powers of their life into the words of my prayer
So that my prayer and speech are made whole
Through the life and the spirit of all growing things,
Which are made as one by their transcendent source.

Benediction For Court Of Honor

The following was contributed by Ted Brown, District Chairman of Tioga District, Baden-Powell Council. Ted indicated that he had gotten it from someone else and it had originally come from a New York City committee on Scouting and religion.

SETTING: Twelve Scouts or Scouters in a line, each with a white candle. A center candle (possibly a different color) is used to ignite the first of the twelve. Each participant in turn lights his candle from the one before him. Each recites a point of the Scout Law while lighting his candle and then recites or readsthe short description. The closing statement can be given by the last person, the leader, or all twelve in unison.

Please give us the guidance and insight to love and to trust one another and help us be good Scouts and always worthy to "Do a Good Turn Daily."

May we keep in mind our families, whose time we have often sacrificed to help make a difference in our communities. Please support them in our absence.

Give us the strength to be helpful not only to those that we can easily help, but also let us learn to reach out to others that are forgotten and neglected.

Let us be thankful for the friends we have, and let us be wise enough to know when to lean on our friends when we need help.

Please give us the patience and tolerance to work with others and to respect their points of view.

Let us strive each day to treat each other kindly. Treat others as we would like to be treated.

Please let us never forget the important lesson that to be a great leader, one must be a great follower.

Let us be cheerful for what you have given us and let us appreciate each new day as a new opportunity to make a positive difference.


Help us learn to save so we can share with others. Let us always be mindful of our environment and treat your earth in the correct manner.

Please give us the courage to speak up for what is just and proper and the tenacity to make the world a better place in the midst of trials and tribulations.


Let us keep our minds and our bodies: physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

For we in Scouting believe that through the programs and volunteers in the Boy Scouts of America we are doing your ministry.May the Great Scoutmaster watch over us and protect us until we meet again. Amen. Thank you and ve a safe trip home.