America: Candlelight Scouts’ Own
Narrator: It was a colonial custom to place a lightedcandle in the window to guide loved ones home.Today, let us revive the custom and place in thewindows o our hearts a candle to guide ourown thinking in understanding the manybounties that have been given to us in thiscountry. As we recall some o these bounties,we will add ten candles to brighten thebeacon and help us impress upon our heartsthe trust that is placed upon us.#1: I light this candle or the community we live inand or the power we have o striving to make itbetter or all o us.#2: I light this candle or the homes in ourcommunity, or the homes lived in, loved, andor the unaraid afection o amilies or eachother and their children.#3: I light this candle or the open doors o schools,or the teachers and volunteers in them, skilled,devoted, kindly and or the ree inner growththat we ﬁnd there.#4: I light this candle or the open doors o ourhouses o prayer, and the reedom oworship or all who may stand with an uplitingsong in their hearts.#5: I light this candle or our Girl Scouts, otheryouth and community groups, and or theirservice to our community and to the welareo all.#6: I light this candle or the good earth, and or theworking hands o ree women and men whosow, cultivate, and keep the harvest we enjoy.#7: I light this candle or long rows o reely chosenbooks, old and new in libraries everywhere withthe hope that their words o wisdom, courage,and delight may be more widely used.#8: I light this candle or the right to ree discussion,the right to say what we as loyal Americansbelieve at our meetings, in our stores, innewspapers, on our streets, in our school, in ouro ces and wherever else we may gather, solong as our worlds do not endanger the welareo our community and our nation.#9: I light this candle or hope, a hope that time willcome when the American dream o respect and justice or all people o the world will cometrue, when we will not hurt one another by wordor deed because o what diferences we have.#10: I light this candle or hope, a hope that one dayevery child, woman, and man in American andthe world will have enough ood, clothing,shelter, and opportunity or creative growthand the hope that all may have the right toollow her own desire.Narrator: These candles symbolize the many bountiesthat have been given to us. There are two wayso spreading light – to be the candle or themirror that reﬂects it. Let us make our candlesa lighthouse on the hill, a beacon to guide usin appreciation.As we reﬂect on these symbols, let usall stand and recite our promise ollowedby singing_________________ .
(America, God Bless America, The National Anthem, or Lift Every Voice and Sing.)
Anita Alcatara, Girl Scouts of Chicago American Bi-Centennial Celebration