scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Three points of the scout oath
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM
Fri Mar 03 2000 - 18:31:00 CST
>I have always thought the 3 points of the oath were duty to 1. God
>country, 2. others, 3. self. I have also heard them as duty to 1.
>country, 3. others. I have checked 3 handbooks which refer to the 3
>of the oath, but can not find where the three points are specified.
>someone give me a reference in a scout handbook or somewhere else
>states the three points?
Ya know, I had a heck of a time finding this info myself. I've always
heard it as 1. Duty to God, 2. Duty to Country and 3. Duty to self.
I couldn't find it in the Scout handbook or the Scoutmaster Handbook,
so I looked in the ceremonies section of Woods Wisdom. The very first
ceremony is a new Scout investiture ceremony, which calls for twelve
candles to represent the points of the Scout Law and three to
represent the parts of the oath. Later in the ceremony the SPL lights
the candles as the Scoutmaster repeats the parts of the oath :
"To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law."
"To help other people at all times"
"To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally
In my 1944 handbook the Oath is written so that these three parts are
slightly seperated and reverse indented (outdented?).
In the current handook the only clue that the three parts break out
his way is in the punctuation ... semicolons after "Law" and "times"
indicate the breaks.
Jim Peterson Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 379, Blenker, WI
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