Life Candle Ceremony
This Ceremony is meant for Life scouts.
Scouting candelabra with 7 candles - Scout through Eagle
Make sure Star candle is lit
Leader should be Scoutmaster
(Call scouts forward with parents to line up behind ceremony table facing troop)
Leader: Take a look at the Life Scout badge I have here. It is the only rank badge that has as symbol from INSIDE the scout – a heart symbol. Being a Life scout means you have taken the ideals of Scouting to heart and have made them part of you, not something that you do a couple times a month. You have provided guidance and leadership to the troop and have served others in your community.
As the Scouting trail has steep parts and resting places, you may have rested longer at some points along the trail than you had hoped. Maybe you did not advance as quickly as you wished or some other priority came ahead of Scouting for a time. However your path took you, you reached this milestone. You’ve completed all the requirements to wear this emblem – you earned merit badges, performed service to others, and offered leadership to the troop.
As the heart symbol reminds us, you are the Life of the troop. This troop needs you: We need you to help the younger scouts in their challenges. We need you to take on formal leadership roles. We need you to encourage other boys to become scouts. We need you to keep climbing your own scouting trail to the ultimate level.
Will you accept this Life Scout rank and do your very best to demonstrate its meaning to others?
(Hand the badge to parent as each scout answers)
As a sign to others that you hold the ideals of Scouting in your heart, hold the Life candle and light it from the Star candle.
Parents, please pin the Life badge on your son.
Scouts, present the Life parent pin to your parent.
Troop [number], attention!
Congratulations to the newest Troop [number] Life Scouts!