December 2017



The Four Square Induction Ceremony

Form the troop into a square; one Scout in each corner holds a scroll. On one scroll is inscribed the three promises of the Scout Oath. Four points of the Scout Law are inscribed on each of the

other scrolls. The candidate is escorted to each corner, where the scroll is unrolled and its keeper explains the meaning of his part. At the conclusion of this instruction, the candidate is invited to

express his understanding of what he has heard and to pledge himself by reciting the Scout Oath. After this, the boy is introduced to all members and shakes hands with each.

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Scoutmaster's Minute


Sometimes we forget that we set an example for our Scouts in everything we do. To remind us of the importance of example, let’s hear from Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder. He wrote:

“Success in training the boy largely depends upon the Scoutmaster’s own personal example. It is easy to become the hero as well as the elder brother of the boy. We are apt, as we

grow up, to forget what a store of hero worship is in the boy. “The Scoutmaster who is a hero to his boys holds a powerful lever to their development, but at the same time brings a great

responsibility on himself. They are quick enough to see the smallest characteristic about him, whether it be a virtue or a vice. His mannerisms become theirs, the amount of courtesy he

shows, his irritations, his sunny happiness, or his impatient glower, his willing self-discipline or his occasional moral lapses—all are not only noticed, but adopted by his followers.

“Therefore, to get them to carry out the Scout Law and all that underlies it, the Scoutmaster himself should scrupulously carry out its professions in every detail of his life. With scarcely a word

of instruction his boys will follow him.”