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In some troops, the opening ceremony is tied in with the troop flag and with the traditions and history it represents. 

Salute the troop flag. Give the troop yell or sing the special troop song. 

The Scouts salute the troop flag and repeat after the senior patrol leader the troop's special pledge, along this line: 


"As a member of Troop One, I pledge that I shall always strive: 
- to be a good member of my patrol
-to take part in all troop, activities 
-to advance in Scoutcraft
-to act as a good Scout at all times." 

Form the patrols as spokes in a wheel, facing the troop flag in the center. Patrol leaders hold the flagpole with the left hand. Behind them, their Scouts place their hands on the shoulder of the boy in front of them. The troop sings an appropriate Scout song, such as "Hail, Hail, Scouting Spirit" or "Trail the Eagle. 

The opening ceremony may have a religious touch, with half-minute silence for silent personal prayers or, in a church- sponsored troop, with the recitation aloud of a prayer approved by the church. 

Develop a ceremony that fits your particular troop and it may become a troop tradition. Or develop several others and vary the opening from time to time.

 

 

   

 

 


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Scout Law ] Flag Ceremonies ] [ Flag Ceremonies ] Patriotic Opening ] Scoutmaster's Minute ] Announcements ] Closing Ceremonies ] Patriotic Closing ] Singing Ceremony ] Snappy Closing ]

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