Eighth Roosevelt Memorial Pilgrimage
Saturday, October 29, 1927
Oyster Bay, L. I., NY
Scout Troops within an area of fifty miles were invited to participate. They
came by train, automobile, trucks and afoot. Provision was made for those
Troops that wished to prepare their own luncheons. Some Troops made the
pilgrimage the occasion of an overnight hike.
All Troops mobilized at 2:15 at a convenient point within easy walking
distance of the grave of Theodore Roosevelt. A picturesque feature was
added by the Order of the Buckskin Men, in costume (appropriate costumes for a
similar pilgrimage could be worn by old pioneers, or Local Council Members).
The Color Squads brought the Colors to the front, the Scout bands sounded,
and, led by the National Scout
Commissioner, the procession marched in fours to
the cemetery. Here the Color Guards massed the colors at Roosevelt's
grave. The National Scout Commissioner laid a wreath upon the grave, and
delegates from Troops that had brought wreaths did the same. The boys then
passed the grave in single file, saluting the colors, and reassembled in Council
and Troop formation at a convenient place outside the cemetery for the remainder
of the program. Prominent citizens addressed the Scouts. The
Responses which are reproduced here were written by James West, the National
Scout Commissioner, and could be used at any, patriotic occasion,
What Americanism Means
by James West
As Used By Troop 1, BSA of the Dan Beard Outdoor School
(The public is welcome to use this, but please give the school
Leader: (1) What is America?
Response: America is the realization of the hopes of the oppressed
people of the world since the dawn of history.
Leader: (2) What more is America?
Response: It is an answer to the prayers of down trodden people
since time began.
Leader: (3) What obligation does America impose on her citizens
Response: To accept responsibility, and appreciate the joy of
Leader: (4) What is the greatest gift America can bestow?
Leader: (5) Why?
Response: Because it required the heroism and devotion of a
Washington, the vision of a Jefferson, the wisdom of a Franklin, and the soul
and life blood of a Lincoln, to create it and maintain it.
Leader: (6) What do we believe to be our mission?
Response: We believe that the American people by right living and
example are now working out the problems of humanity which will benefit all
mankind and eventually free the world from oppression.
Leader: (7) What is an American?
Response: One who upholds the principles of the Declaration of
Independence and respects the Constitution of the United States and cheerfully
obeys its laws without equivocation or evasion.
Leader: (8) What is the Declaration of Independence?
Response: The statement made by our forefathers, giving the
reasons why we must be an independent nation with friendship for ail and malice
Leader: (9) What is the Constitution?
Response: The foundation principles upon which our government
Leader: (10) How was our nation born?
Response: Out of the hardship, privation and struggle of men, out
of finest ideals of their souls, and the prayers of the world. God furnished
inspiration, gathered a people, made them a nation, founded on kindliness,
endowed it with a great mission, and called it AMERICA.
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