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Our love of ceremonies goes back to early days when primitive man saw God in nature and communed with the Great Spirit in ceremonies conducted by tribal witch doctors. As men gathered together in larger settlements to till their crops, tend their herds, and combine for mutual protection, great cities sprang up. Society became more organized, and recorded history began. Tribal and national leaders arose: chieftains, heroes, kings, tyrants, and emperors. Barbaric religious ceremonies based on worship and tradition were held. Rulers celebrated their coronations and victories with feasting and impressive public ceremonials. 

The Athenian lad, with due ceremony, promised to keep and transmit his city better and stronger than it was when he found it, thus assuming the duties of citizenship. The young squire in the days of King Arthur's Round Table held an all-night vigil with prayer and dedication, followed by the ceremony of knighthood. The American Indian boy endured a rigid and often painful ordeal before the ceremony that raised him to warrior's high estate. Heads of state take their oaths of office in dignified ceremonials based on national tradition; young clergymen pass through rituals and ceremonies as they dedicate themselves to service.

We have always celebrated important events and recognized notable achievements by means of ceremonies rooted in tradition. It is therefore natural that we should do this in Scouting. We have compiled here Scout ceremonies from many sources and have tried to give credit for original material where the source is known. These ceremonies cover troop meetings and installations, courts of honor, recognition of all ranks from Tenderfoot through Eagle Scout, graduation from Scout to Explorer, campfire ceremonies, and junior leader recognition.

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