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Eagle Ceremony Script for Troop 533, Calumet Council

Submitted by Elly Bacoyanis

[Pre-Ceremony Notes]

Stage: The stage has chairs on it for Scoutmaster Goodwin, Master of Ceremonies John Nootens, Mr. Sikora, Past Scoutmaster Susoreny, Head of Council Mr. Creagh, Committee Member Nootens,Eagle Scout Tom Hancock, and Past Assistant Scout Master Katherine Sipes. hopefully a podium and flag bases

Everyone in the ceremony should be there early, like 6:30, to rehearse. Everyone should have flashlights

The Stage has a table, on the Table is:

Remember to bring flashlights

Flags -- Ceremonial Flag Color Guard are:

Ushers: Ushers are to instruct guests to sign guest book or sheet and List speakers and talk to each dignitary to determine if they have a presentation to make, and ask them how they prefer to be introduced, put them on the schedule of speakers, ask if they have any special scheduling needs.

Ushers are to instruct the scouts to sit with their parents

The Ushers are: Scot Goodwin, Tim Creagh

The Usher Scouts will work the lights and shine light onto Eagle Box, with box is lit.

Scouts are encouraged to sit with parents

The front row is for the Eagle Scout, his Escorts, and his parents

Eagle Honor Guard are Eagle Scouts Doug Boyer and Steve Hus.

All Eagle Scouts are encouraged to sit in the Eagles’ Nest along with their family

The Master of Ceremonies is: John Nootens

The Eagle Scout Honor Guard is Eagle Scouts: Doug Boyer and Steve Huss

Eagle Honor Guard, Spelios and Parents wait in back of room until ushered in.


(Thomas Simmons walks to the podium.)

SPL SIMMONS: Everyone please stand. Color Guard Advance

(Guard goes to flag posts)

SPL SIMMONS: Please recite 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.

Please recite the Boy Scout Promise. 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.

Please recite the Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Color Guard Post Colors.

(Guard posts flags)

SPL SIMMONS: Color Guard and audience, please be seated.

(Thomas and color guard go to sit in the audience)

(The MC JOHN NOOTENS goes to the podium)


MC JOHN NOOTENS: To earn the highest rank in Scouting, a Scout must spend a great deal of time and effort. Therefore, the occasion that recognizes his accomplishments should be memorable.

Tonight, we recognize the accomplishments of Spelios Theodore Bacoyanis.

I am John Nootens, an Eagle Scout and friend of Spelios. I have the pleasure of being the Master of Ceremonies for this Eagle Court of Honor.

I would like to introduce Eagle Scout and Scout Master Kenneth Goodwin. (MC JOHN NOOTENS sits down)

SM Goodwin: Good evening, everyone; and I welcome you.

Will the Eagle Honor Guard of Eagle Scout Doug Boyer and Eagle Scout Steve Hus please take their positions.

(Eagle Honor Guard of Eagle appears in aisle.)

SM Goodwin: Eagle Honor Guard, kindly escort Mr. and Mrs. Bacoyanis to the Eagle Court of Honor.

(Parents escorted by having an Eagle Scout in front of them and in back of them and parents are seated at the front of the room.)

SM Goodwin: Will the Eagle Honor Guard please escort Eagle Awardee Spelios Theodore Bacoyanis to the Eagle Court of Honor.

(Eagle Guard goes to back of room and one in front of Spelios and one in back of Spelios. Spelios is escorted and he and Guards sit down)

(SM Goodwin sits down)

(Council Head Creagh stands up)

Scouter Creagh: Scouts, Scouters, and friends of Scouting, I welcome you tonight to this Eagle Court of Honor. I am Scouter Mike Creagh, Head of the Boys Scouts of the Calumet Council and a member of Troop 533. This is an occasion for pride and joy, as well as a time for serious reflection. The Eagle is the highest recognition that Scouting offers to Scouts. It is earned through the advancement program and only a small percentage of boys who begin in Scouting receive this honor.

The wearer of the Eagle award is the epitome of Scouting’s best efforts and beliefs.

Tonight we have the pleasure of seeing Spelios Theodore Bacoyanis climax his Scouting efforts when he officially joins the company of Eagle Scouts.

Assistant Scout Master John Sikora, would you please conduct the candle ceremony.


ASM Sikora: Please turn out the lights. Will Eagle Scouts, Dr. Nootens, Mike Creagh, Doug Boyer, Steve Hus and ASM Katherine Sipes come to the front on stage.

(ASM Sikora Lights the large white candle, which is to be the only light in the room)

ASM Sikora: This candle aflame represents the spirit of Scouting. Spelios, it is in fact your demonstration of scout spirit that has brought you to where you are tonight.

This evening, Spelios, as you formally prepare to receive Scouting’s highest honor, The Eagle Scout Award, let us pause and reflect on the oath and the law which are the essence of the scout spirit in you.

(After a second)

ASM Sikora: When a boy becomes a Boy Scout, there is within him something that we call the spirit of Scouting. This single lighted candle before you represents that spirit. Because the spirit of Scouting embodies the principles of the Scout Oath and 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.

(All flashlights now shine on the Spirit of Scouting Candle)

Eagle Scout Dr. Nootens: (Lights small white candle in Eagle box) This white candle represents the first responsibility of an Eagle Scout, which is to live with honor. An Eagle’s honor is sacred. Honor is the foundation of all character. Character is what one is down deep inside, not what others think one is. An Eagle will so live that he reflects honor upon his home, his church, his school, his friends, and upon himself. May the white of your badge remind you to live with honor.

Eagle Scout Creagh: (Lights small blue candle) This blue candle represents the second responsibility of an Eagle Scout, which is loyalty. Without loyalty, character lacks direction. An Eagle is loyal to his ideals. To thy own self be true. It follows as the night into day, you cannot be false to any man. Neither pain nor profit, pride nor personal loss shall swerve him in his loyalty. May the blue of your badge remind you always to be loyal.

Eagle Scout Boyer: (lights red candle) 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 Scout faces each day unafraid and seeks his share of the world’s work. May the red of your badge remind you always of courage.

Eagle Scout STEVE Hus: The fourth responsibility of an Eagle Scout is to be cheerful. To remind the Eagle Scout to always wear a smile, to remember that the red, white and blue ribbon is attached to the scroll of the Second Class Scout Award, which has its ends turned up in a smile.

ASM Katherine Sipes: The final responsibility of an Eagle Scout is service. He extends a helping hand to those who still toil up the Scouting trail, just as others helped him in his achievement of the Eagle rank. The habit of the daily Good Turn must take on new meaning, blossoming into a life of service.

The Eagle stands as a protector and defender of the weak and helpless. He aids and comforts the unfortunate and the oppressed. He upholds the rights of others while defending his own. He is always prepared to put forth his best. His code of conduct is based upon the belief that real leadership must be founded upon service.

May the motto “Be Prepared” which is on your Eagle insignia, guide you, may you always be of service to others. May the Eagle suspended from the ribbon always remind you to perform that service when the opportunity presents itself.

(Candle ceremony people sit down) (SM Goodwin stands up)

SM GOODWIN: Individuals from the prehistoric times to the present day have felt the appeal of the majestic Eagle.

For us today, the Eagle is a living symbol of courageous and freedom-aspiring Americans. When the badge of rank for Eagle Scout was designed in 1912, a small silver eagle was suspended from a tricolor ribbon of red, white, and blue. It remains so today.

SM Goodwin: Eagle Scout Awardee Spelios Theodore Bacoyanis, are you willing to accept the responsibilities attached to being an Eagle Scout?

(Spelios Stands up)

Spelios: Gentlemen of this Court, this Scout is willing, yes eager, to accept the responsibilities of the Badge and Pin designating the wearer as an Eagle Scout, as well as its Honor.

(Spelios sits down. SM Goodwin sits down)

Scouter Creagh stands up.)

Scouter Creagh: Please turn on the lights.

Scouter Creagh: Scouts, Scouters, and friends of Scouting, I am Scouter Mike Creagh, Head of the Boys Scouts of the Calumet Council and a member of Troop 533.

By the authority vested in me as a representative of District Five of the Calumet Council of Indiana and Illinois, and the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, I declare this Eagle Court of Honor to be convened.

Official presentation of the Eagle Award is an important and serious matter. For the Eagle before us tonight, the award is a pinnacle of his Scouting efforts for may years.

Let me point out that the attainment of this award is made possible through the assistance of those with the candidate tonight. His Scoutmasters, His fellow Scouts, parents, the Troop Sponsors-the Lions Club, his friends, his teachers, and members of our local community.

Spelios has distinguished himself through his continued, active service in Scouting. He is trained and practiced in his leadership abilities, and is marked by the character gained through an understanding of his citizenship and religious beliefs. It is important that we understand the meaning of the Eagle Badge.

I would like to introduce former Scout Master Greg Susoreny to recite the Voice of the Eagle, which explains the symbolism of Eagle.

(Scouter Creagh sits and Mr. Susoreny stands up)


Mr. Susoreny: I am the Eagle. Since the beginning of time, man has used my brothers and me as a symbol of royalty, power, victory, authority, and valor. My strength and courage have inspired men through the ages.

Ancient man looked upon me as an inveterate enemy of serpents. They saw the battle between the sun and clouds as battles between an eagle and a serpent.

The ancient Assyrians associated me with Ashur, the great sun god. I was held in awe and worshipped for my majestic beauty. In Assyrian myths, I was a symbol of storms and lightning and the god who carried souls to Hades.

In India and Babylon I was the symbol of fire, of wind and storms, and the bringer of immortality.

In the golden age of Greece, I was a symbol of victory and supreme spiritual energy. I was the sacred bird of Zeus, the ruler of all gods. The Greeks represented me with wings out-stretched holding a serpent in my claws. Thus, I represented the triumph of good over evil.

In Rome, I was the symbol of Jupiter, the supreme god. The Romans saw me as the symbol of victory. As the Roman legions conquered the world, they marched under the standard of the eagle, with outstretched wings. The silver eagle was the symbol of the republic and the Roman Empire used the golden eagle as its symbol. I became the personal emblem of the Caesars, representing supreme authority.

In the Middle Ages, I because the symbol of Germany. As falconry flourished as a sport in Europe, only kings were allowed to hunt with an eagle.

The rise of Christianity brought me still more honor. To the early Christians, the eagle was the symbol of ascension. This was due to the strong flight of the eagle with its gaze fixed on the sun. In early icons, I was best known as the symbol of St. John the Evangelist.

In the nineteenth century, French troops under Napoleon conquered Europe under the symbol of the eagle. Many French soldiers gave their lives to protect the golden eagle which supported the French flag on the battleground.

On June 20, 1782, I, the Eagle, became the symbol of a new country. Because of my courage and beauty, I was chosen to symbolize the new United States of America. The eagle became a prominent feature of the Seal of the State of the new republic.

From this early beginning, I have been used in may ways to symbolize the ideals of this country. Several states have the eagle on their state flags. You can find me on the coins of America from the beginning to present day.

I have a prominent place in America as in ancient Rome as a symbol of power and authority. The emblems of the president, vice president, several members of the president’s cabinet, and most branches of the Armed Forces center on the eagle.

From the god of the Assyrians to the symbol of the Caesars to the emblem of this country, it was thus fitting that the eagle should have a part in the most momentous achievement of man. The Apollo 11 crew chose Eagle as the name for the lunar module which was to make world history. And with the words of Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong –“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed” – man was on the moon.

In 1911, following tradition as old as man himself, the Boy Scouts of America chose the eagle to symbolize the very highest achievement. Through all of history, I, the Eagle, has been the symbol of man’s best; now the EAGLE is the symbol of Scouting’s best.

[Mr. Susoreny sits down.

SM Goodwin stands up]

[4. Rededication of Eagle Scout to Scout Oath and Law]

SM Goodwin: Spelios, will you please recite the Boy Scout Oath and Law.

{Spelios does so}

SM Goodwin: Spelios, you are deserving of much credit in having achieved Scouting’s highest rank. Wear your award with humility, every mindful that the Eagle Scout is looked up to as an example. May the Scout Oath and the Scout Law be your guide for tomorrow and onward.

{Next, Eagle Scout Challenge}

MC JOHN NOOTENS: Would Eagle Scout Tom Hancock please come forward to administer the Eagle Scout Challenge.

(Eagle Scout Tom Hancock takes the stage)


EAGLE SCOUT TOM HANCOCK: The Boy Scouts of all nations constitute one of the most wholesome and significant influences in the world’s history. You have been declared worthy of the high rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. All who know you rejoice in your achievement.

Your position, as you well know, is one of honor and responsibility. You are a marked man. As an Eagle Scout, you are expected to exemplify in your daily life the high principles and values expressed in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. You have assumed a solemn obligation to do your duty to God, to your country, to your fellow scouts, and to all other human beings. This is a great undertaking which you are now just beginning. As you live up to your obligations, you bring honor to yourself and to your brother scouts.

As an Eagle Scout, you will be a champion to other scouts and be an example to your community. Remember, your actions will be more conspicuous. People will expect more of you. It is your responsibility to help maintain the high regard that all Americans have for Eagle Scouts. To falter would bring discredit, not only to you, but also to your fellow Eagles. Keep your ideals high and your honor bright.

Your responsibilities, however, go beyond your fellow scouts. They extend to your country and to your God. America has many good things to give you and to give your children after you; but these good things depend, for the most part, on the quality of her citizens. Our country has had a great past. You can help make the future even greater.

I challenge you to undertake your citizenship with solemn dedication. Be a leader, but lead only toward the best. Lift up every task you do, and every office you hold, with a high level of service to God and to your fellow human beings. Live and serve so that those who know you will be inspired to the highest ideals of life.

I challenge you to be among those who dedicate their hearts and hands to the common good. Build America on the solid foundations of clean living, honest work, unselfish citizenship, and reverence to God. Then, whatever others may do, you will leave behind you a record of which you may be justly proud.

Scout Master Goodwin. (SM Goodwin gets up, Eagle Tom Hancock sits down.)

SM GOODWIN: As this young Eagle Scout grows into full manhood and a more mature bearing replaces his youthful notions, several things come to light. Ever more frequently, he would find himself reaching back, almost in autonomic reaction, into his subconscious Eagle-Scout database for little tidbits of information or skill to meet some daily or extraordinary demand of life. A few years later, the realization will begin to hit home that he had actually learned something from his scouting program. A new level of nostalgia and appreciation will begin to form. Upon reflection, he will re-discover that: 1. Honest, wholesome and tolerant relationships with people from all walks of life were first founded in scouting. 2. Leadership, organizational skills and sound work habits were first practiced and tested in scouting. 3. Appreciation and knowledge of nature and the ability to provide root-smart solutions to common problems reflect the scouting experience. 4. Ability to react calmly and decisively to emergencies, large or small, is based on scout training and discipline. 5. Patriotic service to one’s country had its formative roots in scouting; and Respect for family, love of the flag and devotion to God were first foundations of scouting.

The sum of all these attributes may be called one’s values or one’s character. The older scout now realizes that he had always sensed the presence of these character attributes as if they were a second nature--The silent voice of a code of conduct and honor speaking to him from deep within. A hidden compass. Indeed, a compass aligned in no small part by his scouting experience from long ago.

However, practice of these attributes in daily life has not been and is now not an easy task. There had been moments of temptation or failure, always accompanied by the characteristic queasy, uneasy feelings of having done the wrong thing or from not having done his best. The consolation for such disappointments was knowledge that as long as the character still resided within him, it could be recalled and recharged. Mistakes and missteps could be dealt with.

Does the process of earning one’s Eagle Scout end with this ceremony?

Nope. The process of earning one’s Eagle Scout award does not end with this ceremony. Spelios, you, as well as every Eagle Scout, are charged with the lifelong commitment of keeping an ever-vigilant eye on that hidden compass and of making continuous corrections to your course. Such corrections will prove most self-gratifying as they scratch the itch of that deeply rooted Eagle Scout Character.

This is what Old Eagle Scouts learn about themselves after years of self-examination. In the final analysis, you realize that you become an Eagle because you want to.

Do not forget to thank your Mom and Dad, though, for their encouragement and help.

Congratulations and good luck.

MC JOHN NOOTENS: The Eagle Scout candidate will now take the Eagle Scout pledge. As the candidate takes this pledge officially for the first time, will those Eagle Scouts who are present in the audience please stand and reaffirm their pledge?

(Whereupon all Eagles stand)

Will each of you please give the Scout sign and repeat after me in unison?

(Whereupon, John says a part of a sentence, waits for the Eagle to repeat it, and then continues with the other parts of sentences)


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, In addition, 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 John Nootens: The Eagle Scouts in the audience may now be seated. I would like to introduce Assistant Scout Master Katherine Sipes who will issue the Eagle Charge. (John sits down, Katherine stands up)

ASM Katherine Sipes: I charge you to enter this Eagle Scout brotherhood holding ever before you, without reservation, the ideals of honor and service. By repeating of the Eagle Scout pledge before your fellow members, you have become an Eagle Scout. Though the words you used just now are similar to those by which you joined Scouting, today they mean more than they ever could have meant at that time, or at any time in the past. When you pledged yourself on your sacred honor, using the same words, which are found at the end of the Declaration of Independence, you sealed your eternal loyalty to the code of the Eagle Scout.

(ASM Sipes sits down, MC Nootens stands up)

[5.  Eagle Pinning Presentation]

MC J. Nootens: In a moment, Former Scout Master Greg Susoreny will confer upon Spelios the award of Eagle Scout. However, I am sure you will agree that some special persons should be accorded the privilege of standing with you and in some measure sharing this high honor.

Honor Guard, will you please escort Spelios Bacoyanis up to this stage. (They do so)

Honor Guard, will you please escort the parents of Spelios to his side. (They do so)

No words of this Court of Honor could do justice to the devotion and patient perseverance with which your Scoutmasters have helped you towards worthy manhood.

Will all Spelios’ Scout Masters and Assistant Scout Masters please come forward.

Of course, our Calumet Council programs and guidance also helped Spelios get to where he is today. We are fortunate to have Scouter Creagh as not only Head of the Calumet Council, but also a member of Troop 533. Will Scouter Creagh please come forward.

(SM Goodwin picks up pin and passes it to the ASMs and Scouter Creagh, until it gets to Mr. Susoreny)

SM Goodwin: Mr. Susoreny first introduced you to fellowship of Boy Scouting, as such, it is only fitting that he pin the Eagle on to your shirt.

{Spelios is pinned, all Scouters shake his hand with the Scout handshake} {Scouter Creagh shakes Spelios’ hand last and says}

Scouter Creagh: As one Eagle Scout to another, by the authority vested in me by this National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America, it is my privilege and distinct pleasure to pronounce you an Eagle Scout. May the oath you have taken remain true in your heart.

MC Nootens: In recognition of fatherly advice and guidance along the trail to Eagle, I will ask this Eagle Scout’s father now to present to his son the Eagle Scout Certificate and ask him to read one of the letters of commendation that Spelios has received.

MC: We must not forget Spelios’mother. In recognition of her helpfulness and encouragement along Spelios’path to Eagle, we ask him to present his mother with a miniature Eagle pin.

Spelios: Now the customary Eagle kiss (Spe kisses his mom)

MC Nootens: Please, would the teachers and coaches of Spelios stand up. With your teachings, Spelios more easily progressed through the Scouting ranks to Eagle.

MC Nootens: Now, would all the rest of the audience stand up, with your assistance and encouragement, Spelios has become an Eagle.

Spelios: I thank all of you.

SM Goodwin: Let us have a round of applause for Eagle Scout Bacoyanis.

May I congratulate you again, and may I remind you that Scouting should now become an even greater tie between son and parents, binding you even more closely as a family.

To you, Eagle Scout Spelios Bacoyanis, I express confidence that you will honor Scouting with your life and service as tonight Scouting honors you. That God may bless you and make you a blessing is our prayer. I congratulate you as an Eagle Scout. 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. Your ideals must be lofty. You must strive to obtain that which is the highest and noblest in life.

Spelios: Thank you very much.

(Everyone goes to sit down)

MC John Nootens: I am pleased to introduce Eagle Scout, Head of Troop 533’s Parent Committee, and Assistant Scout Master Doctor Marc Nootens, my father, who will welcome Troop 533’s new official Eagle.

[6. Welcome to a New Eagle]

DR. Nootens: Eagle Scout Spelios Bacoyanis, as a representative of the Eagle Scouts of the Calumet Council, I welcome you to the brotherhood of Eagle Scouts. Barely more than 2 percent of the boys who enter Scouting achieve what you have been recognized for tonight. The requirements are demanding, but fair, requiring perseverance and ability.

I am not here to talk of your accomplishments, which are great, but of your future opportunities. I received my Eagle Award, more than years ago, and in those years, it has continually enriched my life. It is now yours. When you attend a Scouting function, Scouters will recognize you as a doer, and you will be standing as an equal among leaders.

Your Eagle Award will go far beyond Scouting itself. When you apply to a college or apply for a good job, Eagle Scout on your application helps. I know, because it helped me.

More than that, the things you have done, the leadership and character you have developed, will stand you in better than a certificate and a piece of ribbon in a frame. You will have opportunities to be of service to others, through your school, your work, and through Scouting, because you know what you can accomplish.

In the years to come, you will casually meet men who are Eagles too, there will be an instant bond of comradeship. For you have each shared a common experience. You each know that the other can be trusted, as a friend and as a brother Scout. The comradeship among Eagles extends throughout the nation, yes, even around the world. For the rest of your life, Spelios, you travel as a marked man, an EAGLE Scout!

{Dr. Nootens sits down, Mr. Creagh stands up}

[7. NESA Presentation]

Scouter Creagh: Spelios Theodore Bacoyanis by virtue of your earning the Eagle Award, you are now eligible to become a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Your parents have enrolled you as a lifetime member in the association and I have the honor of presenting your membership to you.

Fail not your fellow Eagles, for your responsibilities are now greater than before. As you go forward in life, receiving other honors and awards, always remember this night when you became an Official Eagle Scout.

[8. Speeches]

MC John Nootens: I would like to introduce our Scout Master and Eagle Scout Kenneth Goodwin

{SM Goodwin gives speech}

MC John Nootens: It is my pleasure to introduce ASM Katherine Sipes who is going to read an inspirational poem.

(Katherine reads poem and then sits down.)

MC John Nootens: It is my honor to introduce Spelios’s Commanding Officer from CAP, Lieutenant Colonel Basham.

{LC Basham gives a speech}

MC JOHN NOOTENS: Would any other dignitary like to give a speech?

{ If Lion’s Club or anyone wants to give speech say the following:

MC John Nootens: I would like to introduce our Troop Sponsors, Lion’s Club Representative ______________________ to give a speech.}

{Lion’s Club speech}

(Any other speakers)

MC John Nootens: I would like to introduce our newest officially sworn in Eagle Scout, Spelios Bacoyanis.

(Spelios gives speech)

[9. Closing Ceremonies]

MC John Nootens: Please turn off the lights. Trevor, Karl Bacoyanis and Daniel Nootens will now conduct the closing candle ceremony

{Setting: Room is darkened except for the red, white, and blue candles.}

(Trevor, Karl, and Daniel go to the Eagle Light Box.)

Flashlights are to be pointed at the Eagle Light Box

Scout Trevor: As I put out this white candle, representing purity, may we be ever mindful of the obligation that a Scout is clean. He is clean in body and thought, stands for clean speech, clean sports, clean habits, and travels with a moral crowd.

Scout Karl: As I put out this blue candle, representing loyalty, may we be ever mindful of the obligation that a Scout is loyal. He is loyal to all to whom loyalty is due: his Scout leaders, his home, his parents, and his country.

Scout Daniel: As I put out this red candle, representing courage and sacrifice, may we be ever mindful of our obligation that a Scout is brave. He has the courage to face danger in spite of fear, and to stand up for the right against the coaxing of friends and the jeers or threats of enemies, and defeat does not drown him.

(Scouter Creagh stands up)

Scouter Creagh: Karl, Daniel, and Trevor, you may now sit in the audience.

By the authority vested in me as a representative of the Calumet Council of Indiana and Illinois, I declare that this court of honor is now completed.

May the light of Scouting shine forever.

(Scouter Creagh blows out large Scout candle)


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