Closing Ceremonies




Search  Inquiry Net

Back ] Home ] Up ] Next ]

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

Scout Books

Site Contents

Make the closing ceremony itself brief and dignified. Time it in such a way that it ends the meeting as close to the appointed hour as possible. End it with a note of quiet inspiration. 

The flag of the United States has a place in many closing ceremonies. Several of the ceremonies suggested for openings may be used in closing. 

Many troops use "Taps" or a similar soft evening song (See Also: Taps in Indian Sign Language). 

Often the Scoutmaster brings the meeting to its close with the Scout Benediction, whereupon the boys are dismissed by troop, by patrols, or occasionally by rank- the Eagle Scouts first, then Life, Star, First Class, and so on. 

Close your meeting with the troop singing "Taps" unaccompanied--or led by a muffled bugle--the lights dimmed. Or use two bugles, one giving the call, the other the echo effect. Each boy slowly raises his outstretched hands in front of him during the first two lines, then lowers them again during the rest of the song. 

Troop formation, Scout Benediction: "May the Great Master (all make gesture toward heaven) of all Scouts (inclusive gesture from right to left at height of shoulder) be with you till we meet again (right hands being brought to hearts and heads bowed)." 

Form a circle. Have each boy make the Scout sign and with his left hand grasp the lifted right wrist of his left neighbor. Recite the Scout Law or a troop pledge. 

Bring all Scouts to attention. Give the order, "Fall in alphabetically within the patrols," upon which the Scouts scramble into line as nearly as they can make it in the alphabetical order of their surnames. This will merge the game period into the closing. Finish with America yell ("A-M-E-R-I-C-A, Boy SCOUTS, BOY Scouts, U-S-A"), followed by Sky Rocket ("Ssss," the hiss of the rising rocket; "Boom," the bursting; and then the soft exclamation as it spreads, "Ah-h," and the terrific boy-satisfying yell, "Scout!")

Retire the flag with proper ceremony, using bugle. If you have no bugle, whistle "To the Colors." 

One round of patrol calls. Troop yell. Scoutmaster: "Good night to you." Scouts: "Good night to you, sir." 

Form a brotherhood circle, arms around each other's shoulders. Song leader leads troop in the Scout Vesper song or similar good-night song. When the song is ended, Scouts leave the room in silence. 

Form a circle. Each Scout crosses arms in front of himself, grasps his neighbors' hands. Sing "Auld Lang Syne," swaying bodies softly in rhythm. 

Troop in line. The Scoutmaster says, "Be Prepared." All Scouts respond in unison, "We are prepared!"

See Also:

Closing Exercises






Additional Information:

Peer- Level Topic Links:
Scout Law ] Flag Ceremonies ] Flag Ceremonies ] Patriotic Opening ] Scoutmaster's Minute ] Announcements ] [ Closing Ceremonies ] Patriotic Closing ] Singing Ceremony ] Snappy Closing ]

Parent- Level Topic Links:
Introduction ] Troop Meetings ] Investiture Ceremonies ] Court of Honor Ceremony ] New Troop Ceremony ] Higher Ranks Cermony ] Rover Ceremonies ] Otter Ceremonies ] Tenderpad Investiture ]

The Inquiry Net Main Topic Links:
 [Outdoor Skills]  [Patrol Method [Old-School]  [Adults [Advancement]  [Ideals]  [Leadership]  [Uniforms]

Search This Site:

Search Amazon.Com:

When you place an order with Amazon.Com using the search box below, a small referral fee is returned to The Inquiry Net to help defer the expense of keeping us online.  Thank you for your consideration!



Amazon Logo



Scout Books Trading Post

Dead Bugs, Blow Guns, Sharp Knives, & Snakes:
What More Could A Boy Want?

Old School Scouting:
What to Do, and How to Do It!

To Email me, replace "(at)" below with "@"

If you have questions about one of my 2,000 pages here, you must send me the "URL" of the page!
This "URL" is sometimes called the "Address" and it is usually found in a little box near the top of your screen.  Most URLs start with the letters "http://"

The Kudu Net is a backup "mirror" of The Inquiry Net.  

2003, 2011 The Inquiry Net,  In addition to any Copyright still held by the original authors, the Scans, Optical Character Recognition, extensive Editing,  and HTML Coding on this Website are the property of the Webmaster.   My work may be used by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based activities, such as Scouting, research, teaching, and personal use so long as this copyright statement and a URL to my material is included in the text
The purpose of this Website is to provide access  to hard to find, out-of-print documents.  Much of the content has been edited to be of practical use in today's world and is not intended as historical preservation.   I will be happy to provide scans of specific short passages in the original documents for people involved in academic research.  


Last modified: October 15, 2016.