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by Raymond Weaver

Lighting the Council Fire:
Oath and Law Ceremony

0ne of our Scouts whom we consider an expert in building council fires, builds one pyramid fashion (log cabin construction) about three or three and a half feet high. Near the top he builds a platform across and on this he erects three small wigwam fires, and continues the pyramid up about four or five inches above the platform.

The bugler blows assembly and the Scouts gather around the fire. As the Scout who built the fire steps up to the pyramid, a Scout, and another boy dressed as an Indian, step forward from the sides, and coming out in front of the fire, clasp hands.

The Scout who built the fire now lights one of the small fires on the construction and says, "On my Honor." The Scouts standing at salute, take up the Oath here and repeat, "I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, and obey the Scout Law."

The Scout then lights the next fire and says, "On my Honor," the rest take it up from here and repeat, "I will do my best to help other people at all times."

He then lights the third fire and says, "On my Honor," and the circle takes it up and repeats, "I will do my best to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight."  The Indian and the Scout stand with clasped hands during the ceremony.

At the close, "Taps" is sounded and by this time the whole council fire is ablaze, and we then go on with our program. --Scoutmaster Raymond Weaver, Saranac, Mich.

See Also: 

Oath & Law Torch Ceremony
Troop Ceremonies

Campfire Helps






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