Cub Scout and Boy Scout Ceremonies


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Basic Flag Closing

Intended for:All Scouts
Script:(leader assembles color guard in back of room or offstage so they are ready. You may only have flag bearers, 2 or 3 scouts following, 2 in front and 2 behind, or any crisp formation depending on number of scouts in color guard.)

Leader: "Color Guard, Attention! "

Leader: "Audience, Please Rise! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March! "
(wait for color guard to reach the front)

Leader: "Color Guard, Halt! "

Leader: "Scout Salute! Please put your right hand over your heart if you are not in uniform."

Leader: "Color Guard, Retrieve the Colors! "
(wait for flag bearers to pick up their flags)

Leader: "Color Guard, Return to Ranks! "
(Scouts not carrying flags turn around so they are facing the audience. Wait for flag bearers to return to formation)
(US Flag is on the far right facing the audience, then state flag, then troop flag on far left.)

Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March! "
(wait until color guard reaches back of room)

Leader: "Color Guard, Halt! "

Leader: "TWO! "
(everyone drops salute.)

Leader: "Audience, Thank you for joining us. "

Leader: "Color Guard, Dismissed! "
(flag bearers should immediately put the flags away before starting to play with the other guys. )

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Basic Flag Opening

Intended for:All Scouts
Script:(have the scouts offstage, ready holding the flags. The US Flag is on the right, then State flag, then Troop flag on the far left.)

Leader: "Color Guard, Attention!"

Leader: "Audience, Please Rise!"

Leader: "Scout Salute! Those not in uniform, please place your right hand over your heart."
Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March!"
(wait for color guard to reach the front)

Leader: "Color Guard, Halt!"

Leader: "Color Guard, Cross the Colors!"
(US Flag crosses in front of others to left-most flag stand, then state, then troop flags. Wait for flag bearers to move to the flag pole stands)

Leader: "Please recite the Pledge of Allegiance!"

Leader: "TWO!"
(Everyone drops salute)

Leader: "Scout Sign!"
(Everyone raises right hand making the Scout sign or Cub Scout sign)

Leader: "Please join us in reciting the [Scout Law, Scout Oath, Cub Scout Promise, Outdoor Code, ...]!"
(this is where the ceremony can be customized by the color guard. Choose what to recite. Could sing a song such as 'America the Beautiful'..)

Leader: "TWO!"
(Everyone drops Scout sign)

Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the United States of America! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the Great State of [your state name]! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of [Pack/Troop] 123! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Honor your Colors!"
(Flag bearers salute the US flag)

Leader: "Color Guard, return to ranks!"
(wait for flag bearers return to formation)

Leader: "Audience, Please be seated!"

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Boy Scout Flag Collection

Intended for:Boy Scouts
Script:Whatever ceremony you attempt, these guidelines will help make it go smoothly:
  • Who will carry the flag?
  • Who will be the color guards and what formation will they make?
  • Who will give the directions for the ceremony?
  • What song will be sung? Who will start the song?
  • Who will say or read any extra parts?
  • After the Pledge of Allegiance, will the Scout Law, Scout Oath, and/or Outdoor Code be recited?
  • In what order will the parts of the ceremony take place?
  • When will the group practice?
  • Where will the flags be placed at the end of the ceremony?


Remember these points of U.S. Flag etiquette:
  • The U.S. Flag is always displayed to the far right of other flags, or in the center and higher than all others.
  • The U.S. Flag is displayed in a stand to the speaker's right as he faces the audience in an auditorium.
  • The U.S. Flag is raised briskly and lowered slowly.
  • When posting flags in stands, the U.S. Flag is always the last one posted and the first one lifted.
  • When raising flags on flag poles, the U.S. Flag s always the first one raised and the last one lowered.
  • The U.S. Flag should not be carried flat or horizontally.
  • The U.S. Flag should not touch anything below it, should not have anything placed on or above it, should not be used to cover anything, and should be kept clean.
  • When displayed after dark, the U.S. Flag should be illuminated.
  • When no longer suitable for display, a U.S. Flag should be burned in a special flag retirement ceremony.




 
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Freedom Candles

Equipment:
4 Candles
Spotlight or bright flashlight
6 Scouts

(Darken Room. 4 person color guard in back of room - each member has an unlit candle. One scout with spotlight seated front center of audience.)

Color guard enters with flagbearer in lead and 3 scouts following. They stop at center stage.
One scout grasps the upper right corner of the flag and raises it up so the flag hangs full.
Other two scouts each take a single knee at two lower corners of the flag.

Narrator scout steps forward and lights each of the four candles to illuminate the flag then returns to position to the audience's right.

Narrator: You see here the past, present and future of our country. The stripes of our flag stand for the original 13 colonies that began our nation. The stars represent the current 50 states. The blue field represents the dreams of the future. The Scouts represent the men of tomorrow. The lit candles remind us of our four great freedoms and if any of those are lost our nation will be lost:
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom from Want
  • Freedom from Oppression
(each scout loudly says his Freedom and blows out his candle)

(after a couple seconds, the spotlight scout turns his light directly on the flag.)

Narrator: In this world of oppression, fear, and lack of freedoms, the United States of America stands forth. In our country, the four freedoms do exist and are an example for all.
Narrator: Please stand. Scouts salute and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.


 
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Face the Flag

(Color guard brings in the flag. Read this poem before saying the Pledge of Allegiance.)

Face the Flag of stars and bars,
Of red and white and blue,
A flag that guarantees the rights
For men like me and you.

Face the flag, friends, read what's written there
The history, the progress, and the heritage we share
Our flag reflects the past, friends, but stands for so much more
And in this age of challenge, it still flies in the fore.

It leads the forward movement shared by all mankind
To learn, to love, to live with peace in mind
To learn the mysteries of space, as well as those of earth
To love each man for what he is, regardless of his birth.

To live without the fear of reprisal for belief
To ease the the tensions of the world that cries out for relief.

Face the Flag of stars and bars,
Of red and white and blue,
A flag that guarantees the rights
For men like me and you

Face the flag, friends, take a good long look
What you're seeing now can't be found in any history book
It's the present and the future so it's being written now
And you're the one to write it, but the flag can show you how.

Do you know what it stands for? What it's makers meant?
To think, to speak, the privilege of dissent
To think our leaders might be wrong, to stand and tell them so
These are things that other men under other flags will never know.

But, responsibility, that's the cross that free men must bear
And if you don't accept that, the freedom isn't there.

Face the Flag of stars and bars,
Of red and white and blue,
A flag that guarantees the rights
For men like me and you.

Face the flag, friends, and face reality
Our strengths and our freedoms are based in unity
The flag is but a symbol, friends, of the world's greatest nation
And as long as it keeps flying, there's cause for celebration.

So do what you've got to do, but always keep in mind
A lot of other people believe in peace, but there are the other kind
If we want to keep these freedoms, we may have to fight again
God forbid, but if we do, let's always fight to win.

For the fate of a loser is futile and it's bare
No love, no peace, just misery and despair.

Face the flag, friends, and thank God it's still there.


 
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Remember Me?

Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but what ever they call me I am your Flag, the Flag of the United States of America. Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you, because it is about you and me.

I remember some time ago people lined on both sides of the street to watch the parade and naturally, I was leading every parade, proudly waving in the breeze. When your daddy saw me coming he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that his hand was directly over his heart. Remember?

And you, I remember you, standing there straight as a soldier. You didn't have a hat, but you were giving the right salute. Remember little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you with her right hand over her heart. Remember?

What happened? I am still the same old flag. Oh, I have a few more stars since the old days. A lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago.

But now I don't feel as proud as I used to. When I come down your street, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets and I may get a small glance and then you look away. Then I see the children running around and shouting, they didn't seem to know who I am. I saw one man take his hat off, then looked around. He didn't see anybody else with their hats off so he quickly put his hat back on.

Is it a sin to be patriotic anymore? Have you forgotten what I stand for and where I've been? Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea, Viet Nam, Okinawa. Take a look at the memorial honor rolls sometime of those who
never came back to keep this Republic Free. One Nation Under God. When you salute me, you are actually saluting them.

Well, it wont be long until I'll be coming down your street again. So, when you see me, stand straight, place your right hand over your heart, and I'll salute you by waving back, and I'll know that ...
YOU REMEMBER!


 
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I Am Your Flag

I am your flag.
I was born June 14, 1777.
I am more then just cloth shaped into a design.
I am the refuge of the World's oppressed people.
I am the silent sentinel of freedom.
I am the emblem of the greatest sovereign nation on earth.
I am the inspiration for which American Patriots gave their lives and fortunes.
I have led your sons into battle from Valley Forge to the dense jungles of Vietnam.
I walk in silence with each of your honored dead to their final resting place beneath the silent white crosses - row upon row.
I have flown through peace and war; strife and prosperity; and amidst it all, I have been respected.

I am your flag.
My red stripes symbolize the blood spilled in defense of this glorious nation.
My white stripes signify the yurning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons and daughters.
My blue field is indicative of God's heaven, under which I fly.
My stars, clustered together, unify fifty states as one, for God and Country. "Old Glory" is my nickname, and I proudly wave on high. Honor me, respect me, defend me with your lives and your fortunes.
Never let my enemies tear me down from my lofty position, lest I never return.
Keep alight the fires of patriotism; strive earnestly for the spirit of Democracy.
Worship God and I shall remain the bulwark of peace and freedom for all mankind.
I am Your Flag!


 
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Scouting Flag

The flag of the United States is a symbol of our country and all it represents. One of the many great things our flag represents is Scouting. Let's look at the flag from our Scouting viewpoint.

The white stripes are all Scouts with their clean, fresh desire to learn, be with the best of others, and still stand out in their own individuality.

The red stripes can represent the parents, who have given their sons the blood of inheritance, the closeness of constant support, the brilliance of visible good example and distinction of encouraging self-reliance.

The blue field represents the Scouting organization with it's broad principles and high ideals bound together with sound practices serving a teaching and supporting background.

The white stars are Scout leaders - all those who promote the interest of Boy Scouts, guide them in self-leadership, brighten the way of their growth, and illuminate the goals to constructive manhood.


 
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Just a Piece of Cloth

It's just a piece of cloth, that's all it is
Just a piece of cloth.
But when a little breeze comes along, it stirs and comes to life
And flutters and snaps in the wind, all red and white and blue.
Then you realize that no other piece of cloth could be like it.
It has your whole life wrapped up in it.
The meals you eat, the time you spend with your family,
The kind of things boys and girls learn at school,
The strange and wonderful thoughts you get in church.
Those stars on it,
They make you feel just as free as the stars
in the wide, wide, deep night.
And the stripes,
they are the bars of blood
To any dictator who would try to change this way of life.
Just a piece of cloth, that's all it is
Until you put your soul into it and give it meaning;
Then it is the symbol of liberty and decency
and fair dealing for everyone.
It is just a piece of cloth
Until we breathe life into it,
Until we make it stand for everything we believe in
And refuse to live without it.


 
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Freedom

Equipment: One scout wearing a jacket over his scout uniform and is blindfolded, gagged, and hands bound. Another scout to lead him to the front and perform actions.

(scout is brought forward)
This is an American boy.
The American Revolution won him freedom.
(Scout unbinds him.)
The Constitution guarantees him free speech.
(Scout removes gag.)
Public education lets him understand the world.
(Scout removes blindfold.)
Scouting teaches him to preserve and enjoy his heritage and to become a good citizen.
(Remove jacket to show uniform.)

As Americans, let's pledge our allegiance in gratitude for the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy in this country.


 
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Scout Promise

Equipment: Red, white, and blue candles. 3 scouts.

Have you noticed the strong bond between our flag and our Scout Promise?

(Scout lights white candle)
One of the colors of the flag is white, It is the symbol of purity and perfection, It is like the first part of our Scout Promise, Our Duty to God.

(Scout lights red candle)
The color red in our flag means sacrifice and courage, the qualities of the founders of our country. Red is the symbol of the second part of the Scout Promise. Our duty to other people requires courage to help anyone in trouble and the self-sacrifice of putting others first.

(Scout lights blue candle)
Blue is the color of faith. It represents the Scout Law, which we faithfully follow. We do our best to be true and honest and strong in character.

Let's dedicate ourselves with our Pledge of Allegiance and follow with the Boy Scout Promise.


 
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I am an American

(Flags are processed in.)
Up to 10 scouts can each speak one of the following, or have each scout have multiple parts:

My country gives each one of us the opportunity to advance according to his ambition. Education is for all. I am an American.

My country means love of freedom, faith in democracy, justice and equality. I am an American.

My country believes in the moral worth of the common
man. I am an American.

My country gives us the privilege of expressing beliefs or opinions without fear of persecution. I am an American.

My country has the best form of government. It is my duty to keep it that way. I am an American.

My country promises life, liberty, and the pursuit
of happiness. I am an American.

My country gives us a privilege that we will protect and defend even with our lives. I am an American.

My country is, and always shall remain, the land of the free and the home of the brave. I am an American.

My country meets any need or suffering with compassion and loyalty. I am an American.

My country believes in the freedom of the individual. I am an American.

Please join in the Pledge of Allegiance.


 
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National Anthem

I occasionally stop to look at the Flag rippling in the breeze around our town. I think it's a baeutiful flag, with it's 13 stripes and it's stars on a field of blue.

Red is a symbol of Bravery, White is a symbol of Purity, and Blue is a symbol of Love and Devotion.

The cloth of which our Flag is made is made up of millions of threads and stitched, and all bound together and each doing it's part, making our Flag.

In the same way, our Country is made up of millions of individuals, with different religious beliefs, different colors and creeds, but all bound together in the common cause to see that Liberty and Justice prevails in this Country.

When looking at our flag, I can understand how proud Francis Scott Key was when he wrote our National Anthem. He had visited a British battle ship anchored in Baltimore Harbor to intercede for the release of a friend of his held captive by the British. When he walked into the British Captain's cabin he overheard the plans the British were making to assault Fort McHenry that night. The British Captain agreed to release Key's friend, but made Francis Scott Key remain overnight aboard the ship so he could not give away the plans for the attack.

As darkness was closing in, Francis Scott Key was on the deck of the ship and the last thing he saw was Old Glory proudly floating above Fort McHenry. During the night, the British made a terrific assault on Fort McHenry and Francis Scott Key had his doubts as to whether the Fort could stand during the night. As dawn was breaking, Francis Scott Key walked out onto the deck of the ship. The first thing that met his eyes was Old Glory still proudly flying above the Fort, and the words of our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, came to him at this time.

Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming.

I think we should be as proud of our Flag as was Francis Scott Key, and that we should re-pledge our Allegiance to our Flag.



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Eagle Feather

Intended for:All Scouts
Required:Faux eagle feathers, one for each Scout
Script:(scout names), please come forward with your parents.

You see that I hold here a feather. This is not just any feather, but represents that of an Eagle, the most respected of all creatures. The eagle is most beloved by the Great Spirit because it represents life and how all things are divided into two parts.

The eagle, you see, has only two eggs at a time. Likewise, there is man and woman. People have two hands, two feet, and two eyes. We each have a body and a soul. There is also day and night, light and dark, summer and winter, war and peace, life and death.

We smell good scents and foul odors, and we see beautiful and distasteful sights. We hear pleasant sounds and dreadful news. We use our hands for good deeds, or bad.

We have before us two paths. Scouting encourages us to follow the way of good Ė of bravery, service, honor, and brotherhood. We also may choose selfishness, laziness, mean spirit, and deceit. That choice belongs to each of us.

On your journey, you have chosen the Scouting way, and through your work you have earned the _____ rank. Wear the patch you receive proudly. I also present to each of you a feather of your own. When you see it, remember what it represents, that we face choices every day which path we will follow. Stay true, and continue on your trail of the Eagle.

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Eagle Palm

Intended for:Eagle Scouts
Required:Eagle palm card and pin.
Bronze, Gold, or Silver unlit candle in holder.
3 white lit candles in holders.
Notes:Led by Scoutmaster
Script:Eagle Scout, __________, please come to the front with your parents if they are present.

Some people think that after becoming an Eagle Scout, a scout has reached the end of the trail. As ______ knows, they are mistaken. He has continued to lead, serve, and grow as an Eagle. He has expanded his scouting knowledge and shared his expertise with new scouts joining the troop.

[Use appropriate words for Silver, Gold, or Bronze palms as needed]
Silver: This SILVER Eagle palm represents the completion of at least 36 merit badges. 21 to reach Eagle, 5 for a bronze palm, 5 more for a gold palm, and 5 more for this silver palm. This emblem of recognition for advancement is the last one to be earned. If an Eagle Scout completes more merit badges, he can earn more bronze, gold, and silver palms.
Gold: This GOLD Eagle palm represents the completion of at least 31 merit badges. 21 to reach Eagle, 5 for a bronze palm, and 5 more for this gold palm. If an Eagle Scout completes more merit badges, he can earn a silver palm after this.
Bronze: This BRONZE Eagle palm represents the completion of at least 26 merit badges. 21 to reach Eagle, and 5 more for this bronze palm. If an Eagle Scout completes more merit badges, he can earn a gold, and then a silver palm.

In addition to completion of merit badges, to earn an Eagle palm, a scout must be active in his troop for at least 3 months, demonstrate the Scout Oath and Law, and continue to develop leadership skills. ______ has successfully done all these things.

All through scouting, the number 3 keeps coming up. There are 3 parts to the Scout Oath (God, others, self), three levels of scouting (Cubs, Boys, Venturing), and even three fingers in the salute. For a scout to reach the levels that ______ has attained, it takes a team of 3 Ė the individual, his family, and his troop.

To represent this joining of efforts, would the SPL, parents, and Eagle scout each pick up one of the lit candles. Using these candles light the [bronze, gold, silver] eagle candle together.

On behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, ________ Council, _______ District, Troop ____ - I am pleased to present this eagle palm to _________. Please have your parent pin the emblem to your Eagle ribbon.


Troop, attention!
Congratulations to this outstanding Eagle Scout!

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Eagle Scout

Intended for:Eagle Scouts
Script:[Color guard and troop are in position at the rear of room: American flag, troop flag]

SPL: [Step to microphone.] Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the opening ceremonies.

[Wait until the audience is standing and quiet.]

SPL: Color guard, present the colors.
[Color guard enters, _____ and _____ carry flags, ______ (from the back of the room) plays "to the colors". Troop follows color guard]
[color guard proceeds to flag stand, troop occupies the front rows. Reserve seats for color guard]
[When color guard is in position]

SPL: Please Stand. Scout salute. Everyone please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
SPL: Color guard, post the colors. [Wait until posted]
SPL: TWO. Color guard retreat.

SPL: Scout Sign. Please join me in reciting the Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
SPL: Two. Please be seated.
Good afternoon, my name is _________________. As Senior Patrol Leader for Troop _____, it is my pleasure to call this Eagle Court of Honor to order. I would like to introduce todayís master of ceremonies, __________.

MC: Thank you. As _________ said, my name is ____________ and I have the pleasure of being Master of Ceremonies for this Eagle Court of Honor to recognize the accomplishments of _________________. To earn the highest rank in Scouting, a Scout must spend a great deal of time and effort fulfilling the requirements of rank advancement. ________ís efforts, as well as those of his Scout leaders and his family, culminate today in the presentation of the Eagle Scout Badge. This is an occasion for pride and joy, as well as a time for reflection.
At this point I would like to call upon the Troop Chaplainís Aide to ask Godís blessing on this ceremony.

Troop Chaplain: Lord, you bring us together this afternoon to honor an Eagle Scout. We acknowledge your guidance in helping boys and adults work together to build strong character, physical fitness, ethical leadership and an appreciation of the outdoors. Lord, continue to watch over these boys as they grow into young men, and give the adults the patience and wisdom to guide them. Amen

MC: Thank you. Scoutmaster ____________, would you please come forward.

SM: Good afternoon Ladies and gentlemen, I am _________________, Scoutmaster of Troop ______. Today I present Eagle Candidate _______________ for Rank of Eagle Scout.

SM: As we begin this Eagle Court of Honor and examine the Trail to Eagle, it is fitting that we began today with a Pledge, and an Oath.
The Scout Oath that we recited is the guiding principle of Scouting.
The Scout Oath sets our internal direction. We declare our duty to God, Country, Others and Self. Also within the Oath are the rules we must follow to provide guidelines to our duties.
The rules of Scouting are found in the twelve points of the Scout Law.
Let us pay careful attention to the words and re-dedicate ourselves to the principles contained in those words.
Scouts, join me in slowly reciting the Scout law.
Scout Attention. Scout Sign.

[slowly] A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

SM: TWO, Thank you, you may take your seats.
(As MC lights the unity candle)
SM: When a boy joins Boy Scouts, there is within him, something that we call Scout Spirit. The boy may not know that it exists, or know its meaning, but by following the trail to Eagle the scout is enlightened. This single candle, lit before you, represents that spirit.
The spirit of Scouting embodies the principles of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. It becomes a shining beacon of inspiration. Alone, this light may seem feeble, but when multiplied by the more than three and a half million boys in Scouting around the world, it is powerful indeed.

The pathway to Eagle can be described as a steep trail leading up to three peaks, the highest being that of Eagle Scout.
[MC lights the first three rank candles.]
Officially, the trail starts with the Tenderfoot rank and continues through Second and First Class ranks. During this phase the scouts are given instruction and guidance. They are learning important outdoor skills, including camping, cooking, physical fitness, and developing teamwork and leadership skills.
They are also being examined. The adult leaders are watching to see if the flicker of light representing duty, service and law is growing within.
Reaching First Class is an important step in a Scoutís life. He has demonstrated that he has met the requirements at each rank and is showing SCOUT SPIRIT.
Then, the mountain climbing begins. To begin the climb, the scout is first asked, "Are you ready for the next challenge?" Secondly, "Can you and will you teach others what you have learned?"
[MC lights Star and Life candles]
The path going forward is marked with Service, Leadership, Exploration and a stronger presence of Scout Spirit.
The first peak to be reached is the Star Scout. The scout has provided leadership to his troop, he has provided service to fellow scouts and to his community and he is completing merit badges of personal interest as well as required to reach Eagle. At this point the scout is a Star. He has done well. The scouting family expects the light to be shining more brightly.
The second peak is the Life Scout. Again the scout must complete several hours of service to the community. The scout must demonstrate additional leadership within the troop. The scout must complete several merit badges. And finally the scout must have embodied Scout Spirit in his daily life.
The badge for Life Scout contains a heart. This is the only rank position that shows what Boy Scouts is all about and what is inside the scout. This rank badge answers these questions:
Does he understand his duty?
Does he understand the 12 points of the law?
What is in this young manís heart?
What could be more important than this rank?

The third peak is the Eagle Scout. The scout has demonstrated he is a Star and he has embodied the Scout Spirit in his Life. Now he must be tested on one final climb to see if it is truly part of his character. The requirements are much the same as Star and Life, however the scout must now go into the community, plan, organize, coordinate, and deliver a service project; a demonstration of leadership and character.
And one final time the scout must go before a group of adults who focus on his character, his leadership and his spirit.

Does he reach the peak? Has he proven himself? Can he leap from the top peak and fly like an Eagle?
______, are you an Eagle?

[The Challenge Ceremony]

MC: Sir, I have the honor to present Life Scout ____________ for the award of Eagle Scout.

[Eagle Candidate goes to the front of the room]

MC: Awarding the Eagle Badge of rank is an important and serious matter. It is the goal toward which this Scout has been working for several years. It is the culmination of effort by his parents and Scout Leaders. It is an occasion for pride and for joy, but it is also a time for serious contemplation.

The Eagle rank is the highest and most coveted award in all of Scouting, and it is the last major step in the advancement program. If at this point, Scouting has not achieved its purpose of building character:then it probably never shall. These thoughts, which are the basic code of Scouting, are well summed up in the pledge that is taken by every Scout in the council upon advancement to Eagle rank.

______, I will read the pledge so that you will know that which you are about to promise, and then I will ask you to repeat it after me.

MC: (reads entire pledge)

I ________, On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God.
On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to my country
I reaffirm my allegiance to the three promises of the Scout Oath
I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself the obligations and responsibilities of the rank of Eagle Scout.
On my honor, I will do my best to make my training an example,
and make my rank and influence strongly count
for better scouting and for better citizenship,
in my troop, in my community, and in my contact with other people,
regardless of race, color, or creed.
To this, I pledge my sacred honor.

MC: Having heard the Eagle pledge, are you willing to adopt it?

Eagle Candidate: I am.

MC: Raise your hand in the Scout sign and repeat after me.

(A Life Scout in the audience stands and interrupts.)

LIFE SCOUT: Stop! I challenge the right of this Scout to be awarded the rank of Eagle.

MC: Who are you and by what right do you challenge?

LIFE SCOUT: I am a Life Scout, and my esteem for the Eagle rank gives me the right to so challenge.

MC: On what grounds do you challenge?

LIFE SCOUT: Has this Scout achieved the requirements in Scoutcraft and Life Interest?

MC: His application was verified, and indicates that he has satisfactorily completed the required 21 merit badges in the various fields of endeavor. Are you satisfied Life Scout?

LIFE SCOUT: I am.

(A Tenderfoot Scout in the audience stands and interrupts.)

TENDERFOOT: I, too, challenge the right of this Scout to be awarded the rank of Eagle

MC: Who are you and by what right do you challenge?

TENDERFOOT: I am a Tenderfoot Scout, and the respect that I have for the uniform that I wear gives me the right to so challenge.

MC: On what grounds do you challenge?

TENDERFOOT: Does his Scoutmaster certify that this Scout has actively participated in Scouting in his troop. Has he demonstrated leadership, and done his best to help in his home, school, church, and community?

SM: As Scoutmaster of Troop ____, I certify that for more than 6 months since attaining the Life rank, this Scout has held leadership positions in his troop. Also, he has been active in school, church, and community activities.

MC: Are you now satisfied?

TENDERFOOT: I am.

(An Eagle Scout in the audience stands and interrupts.)

EAGLE SCOUT #1: I too challenge the right of this Scout to be awarded the rank of Eagle.

MC: Who are you and by what right do you challenge?

EAGLE SCOUT #1: I am an Eagle Scout, and the pride that I have in this badge that I wear over my heart gives me the right to so challenge.

MC: On what grounds do you challenge?

EAGLE SCOUT #1: Has this Scout, nearing the end of the Eagle trail, demonstrated his Scouting Spirit? Has his ability to live and act in accordance with the ideals of Scouting, as exemplified by the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan been noted? The Scout motto is Be Prepared and the Scout slogan is Do a Good Turn Daily.

ADVANCEMENT CHAIR: As Advancement Chair I have reviewed this Scout's record. I certify that, after investigation, interview, and examination, the Eagle board of Review is of the opinion that this Scout has demonstrated that he has held to the spirit of Scouting in his daily living. The board recommends his advancement to Eagle.

MC: Are you now satisfied?

EAGLE SCOUT #1: I am still not satisfied. I believe that this candidate should understand that the Eagle Rank is a big responsibility, as well as an honor. I respectfully ask that this candidate be informed of the responsibilities of an Eagle Scout before continuing further.

MC: Thank you, Eagle Scout. I agree with your feelings and suggest that none are more qualified to impart this than those who wear the Eagle Badge. I invite you and your fellow Eagle Scouts, Mr. ______, Mr. ______ and Mr. ______ to the platform.

EAGLE SCOUT #1: The first responsibility of an Eagle Scout is to live with honor, which to an Eagle is sacred. Honor is the foundation of character : it is what a person really is, down inside, not what someone may think he is. An Eagle will live so as to reflect credit upon his home, church, school, friends, upon Scouting, and upon himself. May the white of your Eagle badge always remind you to live with honor.

EAGLE SCOUT #2: The second responsibility of an Eagle Scout is loyalty, for without loyalty, character lacks direction. An Eagle is loyal to his ideals. May the blue of your Eagle badge always remind you to be loyal.

EAGLE SCOUT #3: The third responsibility of an Eagle Scout is courage. Courage gives character force and strength. Trusting in God and with faith in his fellowman, the Eagle faces each day unafraid, and seeks his share of the world's work. May the red of your Eagle badge always remind you of courage.

EAGLE SCOUT #4: The final responsibility of an Eagle Scout is service. He extends a helping hand to those who toil up the Scouting trail he has completed, just as others helped him in his achievement of the Eagle rank. The habit of the daily Good Turn must take on new meaning and blossom forth into a life of service. The Eagle protects and defends the weak and the helpless. He aids and comforts the oppressed and the unfortunate. He upholds the rights of others while defending his own. His code of honor is based upon the belief that leadership is founded upon real service.

EAGLE SCOUT #1: Mr. Chairman, if this candidate is willing and eager to accept the mantle of responsibility, as well as the honor of the badge, then I will be satisfied and request that you proceed to administer the Eagle pledge.

MC: (To Eagle candidate) Are you ready and willing to accept these responsibilities and to adopt the Eagle pledge which I have previously read to you?

Eagle Candidate: I am.

MC: The Eagle Scout candidate will now take the Eagle Scout pledge. As the candidate takes this pledge for the first time, will those Eagle Scouts who are present in the audience please stand and reaffirm their pledge? Would those in attendance also introduce yourself and when you received your rank of Eagle?
(All Eagles stand and introduce themselves)

MC: Thank you. And now, Attention. Scout Sign.
Eagle Scouts, please repeat after me in unison:

On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God.
On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to my country
I reaffirm my allegiance to the three promises of the Scout Oath
I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself
the obligations and responsibilities of the rank of Eagle Scout.
On my honor, I will do my best to make my training an example,
and make my rank and influence strongly count for better scouting
and for better citizenship, in my troop, in my community,
and in my contact with other people,
regardless of race, color, or creed.
To this, I pledge my sacred honor.

MC: The Eagle Scouts in the audience may now be seated. Mr. Scoutmaster, will you do the honor of awarding the rank of Eagle to ______?
Since the parents and siblings of this Scout have been so instrumental in his attaining the Eagle rank, I will ask that they come to the platform. (pause while they come forward)
Mr. _____ will you please assist?

(Presentation of Eagle Award)
SM: The symbol of your success is the Eagle badge which is now present to your mother. Your mother will, in turn, pin the badge over your heart.
(presentation of badge)

SM: In recognition of the wisdom and guidance given to you by your father will you present to him this Eagle pin, which he will be proud to wear in your honor.
(presentation of fathers pin)

SM: And now, also in recognition of the many hours of patient guidance given by her in your efforts, will you pin the Eagle motherís pin on your mother.
(presentation of motherís pin)

SM: (siblings of Eagle Candidate)___________, will you remove ______ís Troop Neckerchief and dress him in the Eagle Neckerchief.

SM: _____, will you present the Eagle Advisor Mentor pin?

Eagle Candidate: Mr. _______, thank you for your interest, dedication and patience in assisting me in earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

SM: Now, would the audience please rise. By virtue of the authority vested in me by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, I hereby present to you our newest Eagle Scout. Letís give him a round of applause. (Pause) At this time I would like to invite ______ to say a few words about his Scouting experience.

Eagle Candidate: (give Eagle response. Then invites each adult up that he wants to acknowledge, presents him/her with a gift and asks him/her to say a few words, stay standing next to him. Typically, his Eagle mentor, past scoutmasters, current scoutmaster, other influential adults. If doing the Scoutmaster, then save him/her for last.)

SM: says a few words after receiving acknowledgement from Eagle Candidate.

SM: _____, the process of earning oneís Eagle Scout award does not end with this ceremony. I have confidence that you will honor Scouting with your life and service as today Scouting has honored you. The Eagle soars high and seeks to rest only upon the lofty peaks. As an Eagle Scout, you, too, must soar high. You must not swerve from the path of duty. You must strive to obtain that which is the highest and noblest in life.

Eagle Candidate: Thank you, Mr. __________. I will do my best.

MC: By the authority vested in me as a representative of Troop ____, I declare that this court of honor is now complete. Mr. SPL, will you close this meeting?

SPL: Everyone please rise. Color guard advance. Color guard retire the colors.
(color guard exits while bugler plays taps)

SPL: This meeting is now adjourned.
There will be refreshments served in the back, please stay and enjoy, thank you.

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Eagle Scout 2

Intended for:Eagle Scouts
Script:This ceremony requires an MC, Scoutmaster, Color Guard of at least 2 scouts, 2 scouts for opening, 6 scouts for ceremony, 1 Eagle Scout, Chaplain or Pastor, member of Eagle Board, Unit or District Commissioner.
The commissioner is optional and some roles can be fulfilled by the same person.


SPL:
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I please have your attention.
Please stand for the Presentation of the Colors.
Color Guard, advance the Colors.
(Color Guard brings in the Flags Ė US flag on the right and Troop flag on the left. Troop follows in double ranks. When the Color Guard reaches the front, the SPL continues.)

SPL: Color Guard, halt.
Scouts, to your seats, remain standing.
(Wait while the scouts file into their seats and remain standing.)

SPL: Color Guard, continue.
(Color Guard crosses the US flag ahead of the Troop flag and position the flags above their stands.)

SPL:
Will the audience please join in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Scouts, Salute!
(S.P.L. leads the Pledge of Allegiance)
(After the Pledge, while everyone is standing, three Scouts come forward and complete the opening ceremony. SPL asks each scout by name to come forward.)

SCOUT #1 _________:
The Red of our Flag represents the life blood of Brave Americans ready to die or worthily live for this our Country.

SCOUT #2 __________:
The white of our Flag is for Purity, Cleanliness of purpose, thought, word and deed.

SCOUT #3 __________:
The Blue of our Flag is for Faith and Loyalty, the eternal blue of the Star-filled heavens.
(Three Scouts return to their seats.)

SPL: Color Guard, post the Colors.
(Color Guard posts the colors, returns to the aisle, salutes the US Flag, and goes to their seats.)

SPL: Please remain standing while ______________ of ______________ Church, delivers the invocation.
(delivers the invocation)

SPL:
Thank you ______________. Would everyone please be seated.

I would like to introduce ______________, of Troop #_____ and our Master of Ceremonies for this Eagle Court of Honor.

MC:
Thank you, ______________, Good afternoon honored guests, ladies, gentlemen, scouts and scouters. My name is ______________, ______________ of Troop #______. It is my pleasure to be the Master of Ceremonies for this Eagle Court of Honor, honoring ______________.

Today we have the honor and pleasure of recognizing _______ for the award of Eagle Scout. His parents and Scout Leaders have labored long and faithfully to develop him towards responsible citizenship through the Boy Scout Program. Their efforts now culminate in the presentation of the Eagle Award.
The success of these efforts, however, will only be manifested in the way this new Eagle sets a social pattern for the lives of those he touches.

Honor Guard, please escort before this Court of Honor, Eagle Candidate ________________.
(Honor Guard escorts candidate to the front of the room and returns to seats.)

MC: I will now call upon ______________, a member of the ______________ District Commissioners staff to open this Court of Honor.

DISTRICT COMMISSIONER: By the authority vested in me by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, I hereby declare this Court of Honor opened.

MC: Achieving Eagle is a long and arduous task. Scoutmaster ______________ will outline ________'s long trail to the Rank of Eagle.
(Six preselected, rehearsed scouts with rank award signs prepare to assist in this ceremony.)

SM: Scouting is no doubt one of the greatest organizations in the world to foster the ideals of citizenship. It is little wonder then that so many of our nationís greatest leaders had some of their earliest leadership experiences in scouting. The total development from boyhood to manhood depends on physical, mental and moral growth expressed in the Scout Law and Oath. The skills are so demanding and the challenges so great that it is not surprising that only a small percentage of scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. Let us now reflect on the trail to Eagle which a young man must undertake. If you refer to your program, you can see the long trail this Eagle Candidate traveled.

Scout: (Holds up Scout Emblem)
I am the Scout. My badge represents the international brotherhood of Scouting which I have joined.
SM: To become a Scout a boy must understand and promise to live by the Scout Oath and Law.

Tenderfoot: (Holds up the Tenderfoot Emblem)
I am the Tenderfoot. My three points stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath. You find me on the Mariner's Compass, forever pointing the way to the North Star and a safe journey in life. On my face are two stars representing truth and knowledge, a shield which is the emblem of a nation molded together in justice, and an Eagle to guard the freedom of my land.

SM: A Scout must demonstrate basic skills in camping, first aid, rope work, and safety to become a Tenderfoot. He begins to demonstrate patrol spirit, improves his physical fitness, and citizenship.

2nd Class: (Holds up the Second Class Emblem)
I am the Second Class. The ends of my scroll are turned up in the willing smile of the scout. On my face is the motto "BE PREPARED", and suspended from me is the knot, tied there to remind you of the slogan of the Boy Scouts of America, "DO A GOOD TURN DAILY".

SM: To become a Second Class Scout a Tenderfoot works together with his patrol to cook meals and run a good campsite. He develops more advanced first aid skills, plus map and compass, swimming, and fire skills. He is introduced to the concepts of service to others and leadership, as well as self-sufficiency.

1st Class: (Holds up the First Class Emblem)
I am a First Class Scout. I was Second Class and I laid a course by the stars of truth and knowledge and I girded myself with the righteousness of justice and freedom. I added a smile that I might be a friend to all and bound myself together with the knot of duty to others.

SM: A First Class scout has reached the level of skills so that he is ready to take care of himself in the wilds. He can handle tough situations, such as finding direction with no compass and helping others that need first aid. He has led his patrol and is ready to perform more leadership at the troop level.

Star: (Holds up the Star Emblem)
I am the Star. Now that I can stand alone, I have earned the right to improve on my own. To me goes the honor of choosing my field. Before me lies a horizon of endless opportunity.

SM: To become a Star Scout a scout works on his character by leading and serving others. He practices living by the Scout Oath in his everyday life and earns a total of six merit badges, four of which must be from the required Eagle List.

Life: (Holds up the Life Emblem)
I am the Life. I have shown the world that Scouting is in my heart. I have mastered knowledge of subjects that will benefit not only myself but my country and my fellowman. I am ready to reach for my wings to fly.

SM: A Life Scout has been actively participating in his patrol and troop for at least 10 months, providing leadership and service to other scouts and people in his community. He has demonstrated citizenship and Scout Spirit. His activities and behavior show that his character is growing towards the expectations of an Eagle. To become a Life Scout, he earned a total of eleven Merit Badges, including seven from the required Eagle list.

MC: The Eagle Award is the culmination of the efforts of ________ and his leaders. A scout must earn 21 Merit Badges, in various crafts and skills. Eleven of these badges are required by the Boy Scouts of America. You scouts who sit here with the Troop are a part of the Eagle Award that ________ is about to receive. As _________ has helped you learn your scouting skills, he was exhibiting Troop leadership, that is necessary to develop to become an Eagle Scout.
Hopefully, all of you will follow his example and complete your Eagle Rank. Each Eagle Candidate must plan and supervise an Eagle Service Project. This Service Project demonstrates a Scoutís capacity and willingness to exert his leadership ability in activities that are constructive and worthwhile in his community.

(Briefly describe the Eagle Service Project completed by the Candidate.)

After a Scout has completed the requirements for the rank of Eagle, he must be reviewed by an Eagle Board of Review. This Board of Review meets to assure that the ideals of Scouting and the esteem of the Eagle Rank are upheld. I would like to introduce _________________ who sat on the Eagle Board and will report on the Boards findings.

Board Member: As a member of the Board that reviewed ___________________, I certify that after investigation, interview and examination, the Board is of the opinion that this Scout has demonstrated that he has held to the spirit of Scouting in his daily living. The Board recommends his advancement to Eagle.

MC: Thank you ________________. I will now call upon __________________, an Eagle Scout, to help convey the responsibilities of the Eagle Rank to our new candidate.

Eagle Scout: I speak for all Eagle Scouts. I have the honor to give you the Eagle Scout Charge on the occasion of your elevation to the highest rank in Scouting. The Boy Scouts of all nations constitute one of the most wholesome and significant influences in the world's history. You have been counted worthy of this high rank. All who know you rejoice in your achievement. As you live up to your obligations, you bring honor to yourself and your brother Scouts. Your responsibility extends to your country and your God. America has many good things to give you and your children after you, but these good things depend for the most part on the ability of her citizens. Our country has a great past, you can make the future still greater.

I charge you to undertake your citizenship with solemn dedication. Be a leader, but lead only towards the best. Lift up every task you do and every office you hold to the high level of service to God and your fellow man. So live and serve, that those who know you will be inspired to the finest living. We have too many who use their strength and their brains to exploit others and to gain selfish ends. I charge you to be among those who dedicate their hearts and hands to common good. Build America on the solid foundation of clean living, honest work, unselfish citizenship, and reverence for God. Then, whatever others may do, you will leave behind you a record of which you may be justly proud.

Eagle Scout Candidate ________________, I charge you to enter the Eagle Scout Brotherhood, holding without reservation ever before you, the ideals of honor and service. By repetition of the Eagle Scout Promise before your fellow Scouts, you will become an Eagle Scout. Though the words you use may be similar to those by which you joined Scouting, today they will mean more than they could have meant at any time in the past. When you pledge yourself on your sacred honor, you will be sealing your eternal loyalty to the code of the Eagle Scout, with the words which closed the Declaration of Independence".

(Speaker turns to the audience and says)

Will all the Eagle Scouts present today join ________ and me here at the front, as I administer the Eagle Scout Promise.

(Speaker waits for the Eagle Scouts to reach the front and line up.)

Eagle Scouts, please give the Scout Sign and repeat after me.

I______________ (name) reaffirm my allegiance to the three promises of the Scout Oath. (pause)
I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself (pause)
the obligations and responsibilities of the rank of Eagle Scout. (pause)
On my honor, I will do my best (pause)
to make my training an example of my rank (pause)
and my influence count strongly and for better citizenship, (pause)
in my home, in my community and in my contacts with other people. (pause)
To this I pledge my sacred honor.

Thank you.
Eagle Scouts please return to your seats.
(All Eagle Scouts except candidate, return to seats.)

MC: Will Scoutmaster ______________ please come forward and present the Eagle Award.

SM: Will _______ís parents please come forward.

By the virtue of the authority vested in me by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, I hereby award the rank of Eagle Scout to _________________.

(Scoutmaster gives Eagle Medal to the Scout's mother to pin on her son.)

Will you please pin the Eagle Medal on your son.

(Scoutmaster gives Eagle pin for mother to Scout)

No one will ever know the unnumbered acts of self-sacrifice and helpfulness from the mother of this Eagle Scout which has led to this afternoon. As the symbol of what this mother has made possible, this Court now asks ___________ to present his mother a miniature Eagle pin.

(Eagle Scout pins pin on mother)

Eagle Scout, it is customary that you also give your mother an Eagle kiss.

Eagle Scout, would you also present your Dad with the lapel pin.

(Scoutmaster gives lapel pin to Eagle Scout to present to his father.)

(MC asks parents to return to their seats.)
MC: I would like to introduce Eagle Scout ______________, with a presentation from the National Eagle Scout Association.
The Troop Committee has enrolled you, our new Eagle Scout in the National Eagle Scout Association. May I present you with your certificate and membership card.

MC: __________, there are a few dignitaries here today that would like to congratulate you and say a few words.
(MC invites each individual forward, one at a time.)
1. __________________________________
2. __________________________________
3. __________________________________
4. __________________________________
5. __________________________________
6. __________________________________
7. ___________________________________

MC: Are there any others present who wish to make a presentation at this time.

___________ has received many letters and certificates from dignitaries and friends who could not be here this afternoon. I would like to read a few of them.
(Reads letter from President and a few others)

MC: __________, it is now time to hear from you.
(New Eagle Scout gives a few remarks)

MC: I declare this National Court of Honor Closed. Senior Patrol Leader take charge.

SPL: Scouts, please rise and repeat the Scout Law.
Scout Sign.
A Scout is Ö

SPL: _____________, will you please deliver the Benediction.
(Gives the Benediction)

SPL: Everyone please rise.
Troop, as the Colors are retired, please file out following the Colors.
Color Guard, retire the colors.
(Color Guard retires the colors.)
(Troop files out as the flags pass them.)

I would like to invite everyone to enjoy themselves with refreshments.

Thank you.

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Eagle Scout 3

Intended for:Eagle Scouts
Required:Scoutmaster, Minister, Scout as Master of Ceremonies, 2 or more scouts as color/honor guard, 1 or 3 scouts to light candles for Scout Oath, 1, 3, 4, 6, or 12 scouts to recite parts of the Scout Law (depends on how many scouts you want involved), committee member to present letters.
Script:SM: I would like to welcome you all to this special meeting of Troop _____ as we recognize the accomplishments of __________[scout name]. Before you leave today, please sign the guest book which is in the back of the room.
I would now like to introduce ________________[Minister name] who will provide us with the invocation of the day.

Minister: [Invocation]

MC: Color guard, please advance the colors.
[color guard performs their ceremony with one scout coming forward to issue commands]

[Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance]

MC: Everyone please remain standing for the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
[Music is played on organ or piano]

MC: Thank you, please be seated.

SM: As Scoutmaster for Troop ____, it is my pleasure to declare this Eagle court of honor for [ Scout's name ] now officially open.

MC: Troop _____, please stand and give the Scout Sign.

Scouts, join me in the Scout Oath.
[Recite oath]

Scouts, be seated.

MC: Honor guard, please escort [ Eagle candidate name ] forward.
[Pause for honor guard to escort scout to front.]

As we begin this Eagle Court of Honor and examine the "Trail to Eagle," it is fitting that we start with the fundamental principles of Scouting: the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. We have just joined together in reciting the oath. Let us begin our ceremony by lighting candles symbolic of the three parts of the Scout Oath:

Duty to God and country
[pause for a scout to light candle]
Duty to others
[pause for a scout to light candle]
Duty to self
[pause for a scout to light candle]

MC: In Scouting, as in most activities of life, there are rules. The rules of Scouting are found in the twelve points of the Scout Law. As a candle is lit for each point of the Scout Law, let us pay careful attention to the words and re-dedicate ourselves to the principles contained in those words.

MC: A SCOUT IS TRUSTWORTHY

Scout: A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is a part of his code of conduct.

MC: A SCOUT IS LOYAL

Scout: A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, nation, and world community.

MC: A SCOUT IS HELPFUL

Scout: A Scout is concerned about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.

MC: A SCOUT IS FRIENDLY

Scout: A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs that are different from his own.

MC: A SCOUT IS COURTEOUS

Scout: A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that good manners make it easier for people to get along together.

MC: A SCOUT IS KIND

Scout: A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not harm or kill anything without reason.

MC: A SCOUT IS OBEDIENT

Scout: A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.

MC: A SCOUT IS CHEERFUL

Scout: A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

MC: A SCOUT IS THRIFTY

Scout: A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

MC: A SCOUT IS BRAVE

Scout: A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.

MC: A SCOUT IS CLEAN

Scout: A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.

MC: A SCOUT IS REVERENT

Scout: A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.


MC: The pathway to Eagle can be described as a steep trail leading up to three peaks, the highest being that of Eagle Scout. Officially, the trail starts with the Tenderfoot rank and continues through Second and First Class ranks. Then, the mountain climbing begins. The path is marked with merit badges, leadership responsibilities, service projects, and the practice of Scouting skills and ideals. The first peak reached is that of Star Scout, the second is Life Scout, and, finally, Eagle Scout.

Now we shall hear the story of [ Scout's name]'s "Trail to Eagle." Each part will be told by a scout holding the respective rank.

Tenderfoot: To earn the rank of Tenderfoot Scout, [ Scout's name] did the following:
He memorized the Scout Oath and Law.
He explained the meaning of each point of the Scout Law.
He practiced these ideals in his everyday life.
He camped with his patrol in a tent which he helped pitch.
He showed improvement in physical tests.
He demonstrated basic first aid skills.
He completed a scoutmaster conference and a board of review.


2nd Class: In earning the rank of Second Class Scout, [ Scout's name] did the following:
He used a map and compass to navigate.
He participated in at least 5 troop and patrol activities.
He safely used knife, axe, saw, fire, and rope to demonstrate his scouting skills.
He demonstrated his swimming abilities, first aid skills, and knowledge of nature.
He showed Scout Spirit by participating in service projects.
He completed a scoutmaster conference and a board of review.

1st Class: To earn the rank of First Class Scout, [ Scout's name] did the following:
He demonstrated basic orienteering skills and found his way without a compass.
He participated in ten troop or patrol activities.
He served as head cook for his patrol.
He discussed the rights and obligations of a citizen.
He expanded his understanding of nature, his first aid skills, and his safety knowledge.
He built structures using knots and lashings.
He passed the Boy Scout swim test.
He showed Scout Spirit.
He completed a scoutmaster conference and a board of review.

Star: In earning the rank of Star Scout, [ Scout's name] did the following:
He was active in the troop for at least four months after earning First Class.
He showed Scout spirit.
He earned __________ and __________ elective merit badges.
From the list of required merit badges for Eagle, he earned __________, __________, __________, and __________.
He did at least six hours of service projects.
He served at least four months in troop leadership positions.
He completed a scoutmaster conference and a board of review.

Life: In order to earn the rank of Life Scout, [ Scout's name] did the following:
He was active in the troop for at least six months after earning Star.
He showed Scout spirit.
He earned __________, __________, and __________ elective merit badges.
From the list of required merit badges for Eagle, he earned __________ and __________.
He did at least six hours of service projects.
He served at least six months in troop leadership positions.
He completed a scoutmaster conference and a board of review.

Eagle: To complete the rank of Eagle Scout, __________ did the following:
He was active in the troop for at least six months after earning Life.
He showed Scout spirit.
He earned __________, __________, __________, and __________ merit badges.
From the list of required merit badges for Eagle, he earned __________, __________, __________, __________, __________, and __________.
He served at least six months in troop leadership positions.
He completed a scoutmaster conference.
He was reviewed by a board which included representatives from __________ District as well as members of the committee of Troop _____.
He planned, developed, and gave leadership to others in a service project. His project was ________________________________.
[Describe the project to some level of detail.]

MC: Would all Eagle Scouts present please stand and introduce yourself, including the troop and date when you received your Eagle.
[wait while the Eagles speak]

Please remain standing to witness ___________ís dedication of himself to the principles of Scouting by repeating the Scout Oath.

Eagle Candidate: [Recitation of Scout Oath]

MC: Thank you. Eagles, please be seated.
I would like to introduce ______________, who will deliver the Eagle charge.
[Give as much introduction as is appropriate.]

Speaker: [Challenge and Charge to Eagle Scout]

MC: Honor guard, please escort [ Scout's name]'s parents forward.
[Pause for honor guard to escort parents to front.]

It is my pleasure to introduce __________ and __________.

SM: The symbol of your success is the Eagle badge which I now present to your mother. Your mother will, in turn, pin the badge over your heart
[Presentation of Eagle badge]

Eagle Scout [ Scout's name ], in recognition of the wisdom and guidance given to you by your father, will you present to him this Eagle tie tack, which he will be proud to wear in your honor.
[Presentation of Eagle tie tack]

And now, also in recognition of the many hours of patient guidance given by her in your efforts, will you pin the Eagle mother's pin on your mother.
[Presentation of Eagle mother's pin]

[Parents can return to their seats or have special seats available onstage for them so they donít need to stand so long.]

MC: Committee Member __________ will present letters and certificates which have been sent by people who could not attend this afternoon's ceremony and will introduce others who will make presentations in person.

Committee Member: [Presentation of letters and certificates sent by people not present and introduction of others who are present]

MC: At this point in the court of honor, the new Eagle Scout, [ Scout's name ], would like to make a few remarks.

[Remarks by new Eagle Scout]

SM: As Scoutmaster of Troop _____, I would like to offer my congratulations to [Scout's name ] for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. I now declare this Eagle court of honor closed. ________ [ Minister name] will close with a benediction.

Minister: [Benediction]

MC: We invite everyone present to congratulate the new Eagle Scout and his parents and to join us for refreshments. [ Scout's name ]'s project workbook and letters and certificates of congratulations will also be available for viewing at this time. I would also remind everyone to sign the guest book for this occasion. Thank you for joining us today.

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Elements of Scouting

Intended for:Eagle Scouts
Required:candelabra of 5 candles, representing earth, water, fire, wind, eagle
single white 'spirit of scouting' candle
candelabra with 3 candles, red, white, and blue for Eagle colors
Preparation:Participants:
Candidate
Master of Ceremonies
Scoutmaster
Eagle Advisor
Scout to read poem
Four scouts Ė fire, water, earth, wind
Eagle Scout for Voice of the Eagle reading
Script:MC lights the Spirit of Scouting candle before the ceremony begins.

PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS (MC)

Please stand for the presentation of the colors.
Color Guard! Present the colors!
(Color Guard comes forward with USA and Troop flags and moves to their positions by the podium)
(The entire troop comes forward following the flags and stands in the front rows facing the flags.)

Please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance!

Scout Salute!
(Color Guard dips the troop flag, MC leads the pledge of allegiance.)
"I pledge allegiance ..."

Post the colors!
Scouts, please remain standing.
Audience, you may be seated.
Scouts, please face the audience and make the Scout Sign.
Scouts, recite the Scout Motto with me.
(All scouts recite the scout motto Ė Be Prepared )
Scouts, recite the Scout Oath with me.
(All scouts recite the scout oath Ė On my honor, ...)
Scouts, recite the Scout Law with me.
(All scouts recite the Scout Law Ė A Scout is Trustworthy, ...)
Scouts, recite the Outdoor Code with me.
(All scouts recite the outdoor code Ė As an American, ...)
Color Guard dismissed.
(Color Guard joins the rest of the troop in the front rows)
Scouts, you may be seated.
(Pause while scouts take their seats)


WELCOME (MC)

Good afternoon. Welcome to Troop _____'s Eagle Scout Ceremony for __________ __________. The theme for todayís ceremony is "The Elements of Scouting." You just heard the scouts recite four important elements of Scouting: the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Outdoor Code and the Scout Motto. The Boy Scouts routinely affirm these commitments because these are the foundation, the very elements, of Boy Scouts.

But there is another interpretation of "The Elements of Scouting". The elements of nature are also the elements of Scouting. Fire, water, earth, and wind are core parts of the Boy Scout experience. From small backpacking stoves to large bonfires, fire has been part of ________'s Boy Scout journey. He has swum in lakes and rivers, canoed and rafted, and used water to clean his gear. Through the Boy Scouts, ________ has hiked over hundreds of miles of packed earth, from weekend hikes to long-distance treks. Like the Eagle that he is, the winds of Scouting have taken him far and near. Today, we celebrate ________'s flight through Scouting that has led to the summit of Eagle Scout.

To reflect that theme, it is my pleasure to introduce ________ __________, Life Scout, who will read a modified version of the poem, From the Shore, by Carl Sandburg.

(MC takes his seat while Scout #1 comes to the podium)



POEM (Scout #1)

From the Shore
By Carl Sandburg

A lone Eagle,
Dim-dipping, far-flying,
Alone in the shadows and grandeurs and tumults
Of night and the sea
And the stars and storms.

Out over the darkness it wavers and hovers,
Out into the gloom it swings and batters,
Out into the wind and the rain and the vast,
Out into the pit of a great black world,
Where fogs are at battle, sky-driven, sea-blown,
Love of mist and rapture of flight,
Glories of chance and hazards of death
On its Eagle wings.

Out into the deep of the great dark world,
Beyond the long borders where foam and drift
Of the sundering waves are lost and gone
On the tides that plunge and rear and crumble.

(Scout #1 sits down and MC returns to podium)


RECOGNITION OF EAGLE SCOUTS (MC)

I would like to invite all Eagle Scouts and King Scouts, including adults, to stand at this time and introduce yourselves. Please give your name, troop-number and the year that you received your Eagle or King Scout Rank.
(MC indicates each Eagle Scout to take the floor)

Thank you. You may be seated.

Before you stands a single lighted candle. It represents the Spirit of Scouting.
The law of this Troop is the Scout Law.
Scouts also live by another code, which is the Scout Oath or Promise.
The Scout Oath describes three duties that every Scout must accept; duty to God and country; duty to others, and duty to self.
In this spirit, we celebrate the values of Scouting and recognize the many worthwhile lessons of life that are learned on the Trail to Eagle.
Today we honor ________ __________ on his accomplishment of the Eagle Scout Award.

At this time I would like to introduce ________ __________, our Troop's Scoutmaster.

(Scoutmaster comes to the podium, while MC sits)



ELEMENTS OF SCOUTING (Scoutmaster)

Iíd like to invite the following Scouts to step forward:
________ __________, Troop _____, Life Scout;
________ __________, Troop _____, Life Scout;
________ __________, Troop _____, Life Scout;
________ __________, Troop _____, Life Scout;

I would like the Eagle candidate to please join us as we review the Elements of Scouting.

(Four Scouts and candidate stand behind table bearing 5-candle candelabra, facing audience)

Scoutmaster:
The path to Eagle is a steep trail leading to the high summit of Eagle Scout. Look back for a moment, ________. Look at the path you've flown. Look at the experiences you have encountered on your journey. You have canoed and hiked and camped with your Troop. You have learned from those who came before you on this trail and you are teaching those who are following you on the same trail. These experiences will not be forgotten because they are now part of you.
Each step on the trail, every experience that you've had, all the badges you've earned, all the service you've given, has culminated in this distinct honor today. The elements of fire, water, earth, and wind have been part of the trail to Eagle. These Scouts will review the way those elements have influenced your trail.

Fire Scout:
The trail to Eagle requires that you follow the Outdoor Code. The Outdoor Code says that you will be careful with fire. Fire, as we all know, is part of every Scout outing. As a Tenderfoot Scout, you learned that fire can be helpful but it can also be dangerous. You also learned that three things (oxygen, fuel, and heat) are needed to start a fire and keep it burning. You used that knowledge as a Tenderfoot Scout when you cooked your first meal over an open fire. Then, as a Second Class Scout, you prepared tinder, kindling, and fuel for a fire and again cooked a meal over an open fire. As you advanced through the ranks of Scouting, you used your knowledge of fire to teach younger Scouts in the Troop.

Fire represents one of the best parts of any Scout outing - on Scout campouts, there are always campfires. Cooking meals, using dutch ovens, telling stories, watching sparks fly - these are all part of the way that fire has been part of the trail to Eagle.

(lights the red candle to represent fire)


Water Scout:
Like fire, water has been an important part of your Scouting experience. As a Second Class Scout you demonstrated the ability to swim and performed simple water rescues. As a First Class Scout you passed the Boy Scout swimming test and learned more advanced rescues. You earned the Swimming Merit Badge and the Canoeing Merit Badge.

Time in, and around, water has defined many Scout outings. With your Troop, you have swum and sailed at summer camp; you have canoed the wild lakes and rivers; you have gone white water rafting; you have visited both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

(lights the blue candle to represent water)


Earth Scout:
You have coasted on waterways across the country, and you have also travelled many trails on foot. Conserving the earth's resources is the essence of the Boy Scout's Outdoor Code. This important part of Scouting is reflected in the fact that you earned the Environmental Science, Nature, Fish and Wildlife, Mammal Study, Insect Study, and Camping merit badges. All of these Merit Badges require knowledge of how the earth sustains the biodiversity of life.

To become a Second Class Scout, you went on your first five-mile hike. To reach First Class Scout, you completed an orienteering course and learned how to find your directions during the day or night without using a compass.

You have also been witness to the incredible beauty of the land. You hiked many miles across the country with your fellow scouts on high adventure treks. Your Philmont experience took you from forest floor to above timberline. Other high adventures included trips to Wyoming, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington. As you followed the trail to Eagle, you have found your footing with every step you've taken.

(lights the brown candle to represent earth)


Wind Scout:
As you soar as an Eagle Scout, it is the wind that carries you forward. You have felt the power of the wind as you stood at the summit of Mt. Baldy at Philmont. Cooling breezes at summer camp and frigid gusts during winter have surrounded you on those outings. You've camped in spring rains and you've seen trees shake with autumn bluster. The wind has carried you to the four corners of our country, experiencing scouting far and wide. As an Eagle Scout, you'll continue to fly to new adventures and new places.

(lights the white candle to represent wind)


Scoutmsater:
________, your trail to Eagle has included a commitment to the elements of fire, water, earth, and wind. As a Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and, now, Eagle Scout, you have continued to show Scout Spirit. You earned additional merit badges bringing your total to ____. As a troop leader you developed, planned and led others in an eagle service project for the community that totaled more than ____ hours of service. Your project was to _________________




This is your trail to Eagle. You may light the final candle, which represents the rank of Eagle Scout.

(Eagle candidate lights the highest candle)


VOICE OF THE EAGLE

MC: I would now like to introduce ________ __________, an Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scout:
This is the voice of the Eagle. We represent those who, like yourself, have set high goals and labored successfully to improve ourselves and to give service to others. The Eagle Scouts of our council challenge you to accept the responsibility, as well as the honor, of the Eagle Scout rank.

The poem, In the Company of Eagles, by Howard Simon is a tribute to power of the eagle. It is also a poignant illustration of how the eagle is part of a larger tableau:

In the Company of Eagles
By Howard Simon

Mountains for my mansion
The forest for my pantry
The clouds for my carpet
The sky for my curtains
The sun for my candle
The wind for my chariot
In the company of eagles

Flying above fear
Floating above failures
Winging above worries
Gliding above gravity
Living above limits
Soaring to success
Come fly with me

Flying as an Eagle Scout requires certain obligations.

The first obligation of an Eagle Scout is to live with honor.
An Eagle's honor is sacred.
Honor is the foundation of all character.
Socrates (the ancient Greek philosopher) said, "The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them." Or, as Socrates paraphrased himself, "to do is to be."
An Eagle's life should influence his family, community, and friends in a positive manner.
May the white of your badge remind you to always live with honor.

Please light the WHITE candle representing the WHITE of the Eagle Badge.

(candidate lights the white candle in the 3-candle candelabra from the Scouting candle)

The second obligation of an Eagle Scout is loyalty.
Without loyalty, all character lacks direction.
An Eagle is loyal to his ideals.
Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, said, "Loyalty is a feature in a boyís character that inspires boundless hope."
May the blue of your badge remind you to always be loyal.

Please light the BLUE candle representing the BLUE of the Eagle Badge.

(lights the blue candle)

The third obligation of an Eagle Scout is courage.
Courage gives force and strength to a person's character.
An Eagle's courage extends beyond physical bravery to fighting against injustice and hatred.
W. Clement Stone, businessman, philanthropist, and long-time supporter of Boys' Clubs of America, said, "Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity."
May the red of your badge remind you to always act courageously.

Please light the RED candle representing the RED of the Eagle Badge.

(lights the red candle from the Scouting candle)

The final obligation of an Eagle Scout is service.
Mahatma Gandhi said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
It is indeed true that self-discovery follows the awareness of how you can assist others. For an Eagle Scout, this is especially true.
You are charged with extending a helping hand to those who still travel along the Scouting trail, just as others helped you in your journey toward Eagle.
The habit of the daily Good Turn translates into a life of service to all those who need you.
You are charged with protecting and defending the weak and helpless.
You will provide aid and comfort the unfortunate and oppressed.
You will uphold the rights of others while defending your own.
You will always be prepared to put forth your best.
Are you willing and eager to accept the responsibilities, as well as the honor, of the rank of Eagle Scout?

Eagle Candidate: I am.

(Eagle Scout sits down and MC returns to Podium)


EAGLE CHARGE

MC: I would like to introduce ________ __________ , Eagle Advisor for Troop ____.

Eagle Advisor:
I have the honor to give the Eagle Scout charge on this occasion of your elevation to the highest rank in scouting.
The Boy Scouts of all nations constitute one of the most meaningful and significant movements in the world's history, and you have been found worthy of the highest rank in its membership.
All who know you rejoice in your achievement.
Your position, as you well know, is one of honor and responsibility.

As an Eagle Scout, you have assumed a solemn obligation to do your duty to God and country, to your fellow Scouts, and others.
This is a great undertaking.

Be a leader, but lead only toward the best. Lift up every task you do and every office you hold to the highest level of service and honor. Live and serve so that those who know you will be inspired to finer living. Be among those who dedicate their skills and their abilities to the common good. By doing so, all who know you may be justly proud.

Please make the scout Sign and repeat after me the Eagle Pledge.

(Eagle Advisor leads, candidate repeats):
On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God (pause),
On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to my country (pause),

I reaffirm my allegiance to the three promises of the Scout Oath (pause),
I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself (pause),
the obligations of the rank of Eagle Scout (pause).

On my honor, I will do my best, to make my training an example, (pause)
and make my rank and influence strongly count, (pause)
for better scouting and citizenship, (pause)
in my troop, in my community, (pause)
and in my contact with other people, (pause)
regardless of race, color, or creed. (pause)

To this I pledge my sacred honor (pause).


PRESENTATION OF THE EAGLE SCOUT AWARD (Eagle Advisor)

We will now present the Eagle badge and neckerchief. Will this candidate's parents please join us?
Your mother will pin the badge over your heart.
(mother pins badge on candidate)

Your father will place the neckerchief around your neck
(father removes old neckerchief and places new one around candidate's neck)

In recognition of the wisdom and guidance given to you by your father, present to him this Eagle tie-tack, which he will be proud to wear in your honor.
(candidate presents tie-tack to father)

And now, also in recognition of the many hours of patient guidance given by her in your efforts, will you pin the Eagle mother's pin over your mother's heart?
(candidate presents pin to mother)

It is my privilege and honor to welcome you to the rank of Eagle Scout. May the oath you have taken remain in your heart always.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Scouts, I am proud to present to you Eagle Scout, ________ __________.

(Family members and Eagle Advisor are seated. MC returns to the podium.)



EAGLE RESPONSE (Eagle candidate)

MC: Now ________ will give the Eagle Response.

Eagle Candidate:
(candidate moves to the podium and gives his speech


EAGLE VIDEO

MC: As we join ________ at the summit of his climb, we celebrate the journeys that led him here. Scouts, please lower the blinds. Audience, please enjoy this celebration of ________'s Trail to Eagle.

(Scouts seated near the windows rise and lower the blinds).


CLOSING (MC)

Scouts, please raise the blinds.

Color Guard, please come forward to retire the colors.

All Rise!

Color Guard! Retire the Colors!

(Color guard takes flags to back of room.)

This Eagle Scout Court of Honor is adjourned!

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Flag Retirement 1

Intended for:Boy Scouts
Required:Leader, 4 scouts, hot fire
Script:Lower the colors or unfold the flag. Have 1 scout at each corner of the flag.

You can do this for multiple flags simultaneously, each flag needing 4 more scouts.

Leader: This flag has served well and long. It is no longer a fitting emblem to display, so we are respectfully retiring it today.

(The lead scout is at the lower-right corner of the flag. He cuts off the bottom stripe while 2 scouts continue to hold the top 2 corners of the flag and the 4th scout collects the bottom stripe as it is cut away.)

(The 4th scout deposits the stripe on the fire. While he is depositing the stripe, the next stripe is cut off.)
Leader: The 13 stripes stand for the original 13 colonies which are; Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Delaware,Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and New Jersey.

(Scout retrieves the next stripe and deposits it.)
Leader: The white stands for purity

(Continue with each of the 13 stripes...)
Leader: The red stands for courage

Leader: "Give me liberty or give me death"

Leader: "One if by land, two if the sea"

Leader: We the scouts of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide fir the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.

Leader: We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created qual. They are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Leader: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

Leader: Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or press.

Leader: "Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth to this continent a new nation."

Leader: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Leader: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

Leader: "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

(Now, only the blue field and stars are left)
Leader: Each state is being represented by a star on a field of blue, which signifies a new constellation being formed.

As we place it in the fire, let it burn brightly and remind us how well our flag represents our country.

Leader: Scout salute!
Leader: Join me in the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance...

(After the pledge of allegiance, have bugler play Taps)
Leader: Two! Scouts dismissed.

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Flag Retirement 2

Intended for:Boy Scouts
Required:five scouts
sharp scissors
Script:When the United States flag becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it. The old flag should be retired in the traditional manner of incineration.

Start a hot, blazing fire large enough to completely consume the flag, but not so large that scouts can not reach over the center of it.



Leader: The U.S. flag is more than just some brightly colored cloth; it is a symbol of our nation. This flag has been displayed with pride for many years and has become worn and no longer usable. A new flag has taken its place and we will now retire this flag with respect.
In order to completely destroy the flag, we will burn it. This ensures that no bit of flag exists when we finish.


Four scouts each hold a corner of the flag. The Leader uses the scissors to cut the flag in half vertically, right along the edge of the blue field of stars. Then, cut each half in half horizontally, keeping the blue field one piece. Use a scissors to cut the flag cleanly and quickly.


Scout #1 places his flag section into the center of the fire.
Scout #1: Seven red stripes and six white strips; together they represent the original 13 colonies that gained us liberty.

Scout #2 approaches fire.
Scout #2: The red stripes remind us of the lifeblood of brave men and women who were ready and willing to die for their country.

Scout #3: The white stripes remind us of purity and cleanliness of purpose, thought, word and deed.

Scout #4 has the blue field and goes last.
Scout #4: The blue is for truth and justice, like the eternal blue of the star-filled heavens. The stars represent the fifty united states of our union. We leave the blue field intact because no one should ever let the union be broken.


Leader: The aims of scouting are character, citizenship, and fitness. The American's Creed, which is the official creed of the United States, was written in 1917 and says a lot about what "citizenship" means:

I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.



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National Honor Patrol Award

Intended for:Boy Scouts
Required:Candle for SPL†
Candle for each scout in receiving Patrol
Script:This ceremony is for presenting the National Honor Patrol Award to a patrol.


SPL lights a candle on the front table.

SPL: 'Mr. Scoutmaster, the __________ Patrol of Troop ____ has proven itself most worthy and has completed all the requirements for the National Honor Patrol Award.'

SM: 'Mr. Senior Patrol Leader, please assemble the patrol.'

SPL: '__________ patrol - front and center, please.'
(SPL hands an unlit candle to each Scout as they assemble. The patrol forms a line facing the troop with the SPL and ASPL at the ends.)

SM: 'Mr. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, why is the _________ Patrol receiving this award?'

ASPL: 'They have shown patrol spirit and have conducted themselves with honor. They have fulfilled their duty to others through patrol service projects, including _____________(list projects). They have had patrol meetings and have planned and carried out patrol events. They have helped with the planning and execution of the troop's program through their participation on the Patrol Leaders Council. _____(number) of their members have recently advanced and they routinely present themselves in proper Scout uniforms.'

SPL: 'They have proven themselves worthy of this honor and the Patrol Leaders Council has confirmed their worthiness. In remembrance of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, I recommend that the ______ Patrol be awarded the National Honor Patrol Award to wear below their patrol patch as a symbol of their great achievements for all to see.'

SM: 'Mr. Senior Patrol Leader, you may present the Award patch to the members of the ______ Patrol.'

SPL and ASPL present the patch to each Scout. The SPL then lights the Patrol Leader's candle and asks him to light the candle next to him and raise his candle high until all candles are lit and raised high.

SPL: '__________ Patrol, continue to light the way for Troop ____ as we continue down our Scouting path.'

SPL: '__________ Patrol - Give your patrol yell.'

SPL: 'Congratulations!' (lead troop in applause as patrol is dismissed.)


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National Honor Patrol Award 2

Intended for:Boy Scouts
Required:eight candles†
one large candle†
award stars in envelope†
safety pin
Script:This ceremony is for presenting the National Honor Patrol Award to a patrol.


Make sure the patrol brings their patrol flag to the ceremony.
Line up the 8 candles on the head table with the 9th large candle off to the side.
Turn off all the lights in the hall.
Senior Patrol Leader lights the one large candle.


Scoutmaster: 'I would like the ______ patrol leader and assistant to please come forward with their patrol flag.'

(SM indicates where he wants the PL and APL to stand. APL should hold the patrol flag.)

SPL: 'The National Honor Patrol Award is a PATROL, not Scout, honor. To earn the Star, this Patrol has: ...'
  • Demonstrated Patrol Spirit
  • Held patrol meetings
  • Participated in the Patrol Leaders' Council
  • Worked as a Patrol


SPL: 'We have the honor of presenting this award to the ________ Patrol, of Troop ____. Please bring your patrol flag forward.'

(SPL hands candle to SM and receives envelope from him. APL presents patrol flag and SPL pins envelope to it. APL returns to PL. SM gives candle back to SPL.)

SPL: 'The Honor Patrol Award is a Group, not individual, award. Additional requirements the _______ patrol fulfilled to earn the award were:...'
  • Wear their uniforms correctly
  • Assist each other in their advancement
  • Hold patrol events
  • Recruit a new patrol member


SM: 'Just as this group of candles lights this room that one candle could not, a patrol working together can do more than its individuals. Congratulations on earning this award.'

SPL: Troop _____, please stand. Join me in congratulating the _____ patrol on their accomplishment!'

(Troop applauds while SPL and SM shake hands with PL and APL who then return to their seats.)




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Pledge of Allegiance Intros

Intended for:Boy Scouts
Script:Reciting the pledge of allegiance at the start of every meeting can become boring and meaningless. A short statement about the pledge or flag before reciting can help keep it meaningful.

  • Thomas Jefferson said, "The God who gave us Life, gave us Liberty at the same time." As we repeat the Pledge of Allegiance, Let's remember that our flag is a symbol of this precious Liberty.
  • We have Good Government only when We, The People of the United States of America, play an active part in making it good. Let's say our Pledge with that in mind.
  • The greatest Public Document of the American People is the Constitution of the United States. Our Flag represents our Constitution in Action. Let's Pledge our Allegiance to the country represented by this Flag.
  • The U.S. Flag is the emblem of our Nation. The Leader of the Free World. Let's plede our Allegiance to this nation.
  • "Long may it wave."... this flag has been flown all over the world when our country has come to the aid of others, in times of war, and in times of peace. Let's remember the history of our country as we Pledge our Allegiance to the Flag.
  • As we salute the Flag, Let's remember the words of the American's Creed that is...
    It is my duty to my country:
    To love it,
    To support its Constitution,
    To obey its Laws,
    To respect its Flag and
    To defend it against all enemies.
  • The Red in our Flag stands for Courage and Bravery. Today as we Salute our Flag, let's remember our men and women in the Armed Forces who are serving us and our country.
  • So long as the Principles of Truth, Justice, and Charity for All remain deeply rooted in Human Hearts, our Flag shall continue to be the enduring Banner of the United States of America. Let us join in the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.
  • For more than 200 years, our Flag has been the Emblem of Liberty for generation after generation of Americans. Let us look at it with pride as we Pledge our Allegiance to it.
  • These Stars and Stripes are our Dreams and our Labors. In these unsettled times, Let us Pledge our Allegiance to our American Flag with new hope.
  • Our Flag is bright with Cheer, brilliant with Courage, and firm with Faith. Let's recognize this with our sincere Pledge today.
  • Because we are Thankful and Appreciative of such Leaders as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, let's Pledge our Allegiance to the Flag and at the same time, remember the Great Presidents of our Land.
  • For the opportunities our country offers to the youth of America, Let's say our Pledge to the Flag, the emblem of our Nation.


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Prisoner of War Flag

Intended for:Boy Scouts
Required:US Flag pinned to a blanket and rolled up
3 scouts
Script:You might use this rather than marching the flag into the room to start a meeting.
2 scouts act out the play while the 3rd reads...

On a summer day in a prison camp during World War II, the prisoners were just completing a talent show when, without any announcement, two soldiers stood up in front of the group holding a rolled up blanket. They looked quickly but carefully in all directions to make sure no guards were watching. Then, holding the blanket high, they let it unroll. Fastened to the inside of the blanket was the beautiful Stars and Stripes of the flag of the United States. (Scouts match actions to story.)

At the time of their surrender, one of the soldiers had taken down the flag and somehow managed to wrap it around his body. Covered by his uniform, it had not been discovered during the inspection of his personal belongings. He had been able to keep it hidden until he had arrived at the prison camp.

As the blanket was unrolled, the other prisoners saw the flag. Many of them had not seen the flag for a very long time, since becoming prisoners. A ripple of wonder and amazement ran through the group, followed by a deep silence that comes only when the heart is too full to permit words to be spoken. With their eyes still gazing upon this beautiful banner the soldiers rose to their feet and began to sing softly, but with pride. They sang our National Anthem.

Will the audience please rise and join in singing our National Anthem (or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance)


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