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    Special Closing Ceremonies

    Special closing ceremonies are to be used for
    special troop meetings such as courts of honor, etc.

    1. (A table is placed in the center of the meeting room between the Us. and troop flags. Upon this table are three lighted candles-one red, one white, one blue. Three Scouts are assigned to extinguish the candles. Partial darkness is suggested. )

    Scout 1: As I put out this white candle, which represents purity, may we be ever mindful of this obligation, that a Scout is clean. He keeps clean in body and thought, stands for clean speech, clean sport, clean habits, and travels with a clean crowd.

    Scout 2: As I put out this blue candle, which represents loyalty, may we be ever mindful of this obligation, that a Scout is loyal. He is loyal to all whom loyalty is due-his Scout leader, his home, his parents, and his country.

    Scout 3: As I put out this red candle, which represents courage and sacrifice, may we be ever mindful of our obligation to remember the sacrifices that have been made for us by many others, that we may enjoy the lives of good citizens in the American way.

    Troop (in unisoh): So may it be!

    2. Materials: 12 candles, 3 larger candles, table, pedestal or any of the standards used for such ceremonies. Light the 12 candles. Let there be no other illumination in the room. In the hall outside the room, the patrol leaders will tell the members of their patrols to enter the room silently, be seated, and consider the Scout Law and how it applies to their daily life. After a moment of complete silence, the Scoutmaster or officer in charge reads the following:

    Fellow Scouts, we are fortunate. We are members of the world's greatest brotherhood of men and boys. There are Boy Scouts in almost every country of the world. It is a privilege to wear the Boy Scout uniform and badge.

    The whole world admires and respects us.
    With these privileges, we also accept obligations. We promise to do our best to live up to the Scout Law. The world sees us as individual Scouts, but when one of us grossly violates one point of the Law it is not of an individual that the world thinks, but of the entire Scouting movement.

    These burning candles represent the 12 points of the Scout Law and how they brighten the life of the Scout who observes them. Will you name with me each point of the Law as I put out the candles? (Put out candles one by one as each point is named. Pause momentarily.) How dark the room is! It reminds me of a Scout who makes no attempt to live up to the Scout Law. The candles are still on the table, but without illumination they are useless.

    It was the living flame that brightened the room, and so it is with the Scout Law. The words, in themselves, are useless, but when through practice they become a part of our daily life they brighten not only our own life, but the lives of all we contact. (Light the three large candles.) We too easily forget that the Scout Oath is a serious pledge. Habitually, we recite the Oath like parrots, as if it were a group of meaningless words. Tonight, let us in full sincerity rededicate our lives to the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. (Lead the group in rededication to the Scout Oath and Law.)

    3. (A record player is needed for this ceremony.)
    The troop is formed, with the troop colors marching into place to a stirring march tune.When the colors are in position, "The StarSpangled Banner" is played and all salute.

    On completion of the tune, another march is played and the colors are paraded out ofthe room. The command is given to repeat the Scout Lmv while the troop follows the colors out of the room. The object is for the Scout to stop repeating the Law as he leaves the meeting room, and to practice throughout the week that part ofthe Law that he stopped on when he left the room.

    4. (A table is set up in the center of the floor. Upon this rests a set of 4 logs, forming a square, into which are 12 candles placed. Another log holds 3 larger candles.)

    Leader: On this table you will observe 12 candles arranged in a square, which represent the 12 points of the Scout Law. They are placed in a square because a square is made up of four equal parts, similar to the four-fold, well balanced program of Scouting: physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being. The three large candles represent the three parts of the Scout Oath. As the candle gives out light, so you as a Scout shall shed the light of Scouting to those about you in your home, your school, at work, and at play. In your religious duty you are to work willingly and with a smile. Should you fail to uphold even one point of the Law, such as trustworthiness, tne act will stand out as a charred candle (puts out candle). Although there are 11 lights still burning, the most conspicuous is the light that is not burning. One point broken is more prominent than 11 kept.

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