I have received permission to reprint this ceremony
in Baloo's Bugle from John Herrholz. .It is very powerful. Even
though it is written as a Scoutmaster's Minute geared more towards
the Boy Scouts, I hope some Cubmasters, and other unit leaders will
be able to adapt it to fit the needs of their program and use it as
a Cubmaster minute or an opening.
My first Scoutmaster taught the importance of the
Scout Oath and Law using the Neckerchief. He would hold the open
neckerchief in his hands and remind the young scouts of what the
last item of clothing they put on when they were getting dressed for
the meeting was, his neckerchief. He said that it was no coincidence
that the neckerchief had 3 sides, just like the three parts of the
Scout oath. He would run a side through his fingers and say "On
my honor, I'll do my best. To do my duty to God" The first and
longest side is to remind you of your long standing duty to God.
This whole side is hidden from view, just as your faith is deep
inside you. But with out that faith, there is no strength for the
Holding on to the neckerchief by the point he would
run the next side through his fingers and say "To help other
people at all times...." This shorter side is to remind you of
your duty to help others. Remember it is some of this duty that
shows to others, just like part of this side of your neckerchief
shows. So do your duty to others well so that people might see the
good work you do in the name of Scouting.
The last side also shows. He would say "To keep
myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight."
This last side is your duty to your self. This shows to others as
well. They will know that by seeing your uniform, you are a young
man who is physically fit. Has a strong moral foundation and who is
not apt to fall into the temptations of drugs and
He would then say that this was a means by which we
could remember the Scout Oath, every time we got dressed in uniform.
He also gave us a means by which to remember the Scout
While wrapping the neckerchief up for wear, he said
to wrap it tight in small twists, 12 in fact. And to repeat the 12
points of the Scout Law as you did so. Then as you placed your
neckerchief around your neck for wear, the elements of the Scout
Oath and Law were with you. They were in fact part of you.
I hope my rambling remembrances of Mr. Clinton
Cooper Troop 6 Nashua, N.H. from 1969 can be used by some. It is a
memory that I have used through out my scouting career and have
shared with Scouts and Scouters.
John Herrholz, Massabesic District
Daniel Webster Council, New Hampshire