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SM.- Will the Senior Patrol Leader bring the candidate forward?

You have presented yourself before this troop and have asked to become an official scout in troop 105 .

Is this your wish?

Candidate- yes

In this ceremony you will be received into this troop and into the world brotherhood of scouting.

Before you stands a single lighted candle. It represents the spirit of scouting. As you advance in scouting, you will learn more about the scouting spirit.

The law of this troop is the scout law. It is known and followed by millions of scouts. You will learn and follow this law too. Members of the troop will recite for you the parts of this law. Listen to them closely, for I will soon ask you whether you accept this law as your own.

A Scout is:

Trustworthy: a scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.

Loyal: a scout is true to his family, scout leaders, friends, school and nation.

Helpful: a scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for people without pay or reward.

Friendly: a scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects others with ideas and customs other that his own.

Courteous: a scout is polite to everyone regardless to race or age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.

Kind: a scout understands that there is strength in being gentile. He treats others the way he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.

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

Cheerful: a scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

Thrifty: a scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

Brave: a scout can face danger, even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand up for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.

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

Reverent: a scout is reverent towards god. He is faithful to his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

SM.- You have heard the 12 points of the scout law. Do you accept this law as a scout and do you promise to do your best to live by this law?

Candidate- I do.

Sm.- Scouts also live by another code: it is the scout oath. The scout oath describes three duties that every scout must accept. They are his duty to god and country, his duty to other people, and his duty to himself. I want you to make this publicly for this first time. Repeat the oath after the senior patrol leader.

Scout Sign, Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best, {pause}

To do my duty to god and my country, {pause}

And to obey the scout law, {pause}

To help other people at all times, {pause}

To keep myself physically strong, {pause

Mentally awake, {pause}

And morally straight.

SM .- You have heard the words of the scout oath. Do you accept the three duties it describes and do you pledge to learn and follow the Scout Oath.

Candidate-I do

SM.- We began in almost total darkness. Now in the light of these candles we can see one another well. So it is that the scout oath and law light our steps.

I direct your attention to the flag of our country. As scouts we have special feelings about that flag. We learn what it means. We learn to take care of it. We love and honor the nation it represents. I ask you now to face the flag and pledge allegiance to it.

Scout Right Hand Solute, Pledge

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

Name     you have begun your travels along the scouting trail. You have been taught new skills, and have learned what it means to be a good citizen. You have also shown your fellow scouts that you wish to continue to learn. In recognition of your achievement, we are presenting you with the Tenderfoot Patch, and Mothers Pin, along with the troop 105 official neckerchief. Congratulations!


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