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Indian Nations CouncilThe Greatest Show on Earth

(Provide copies of the "Wildlife Pledge" below to each person in audience, and ask them to repeat it together.)

"I pledge to use my eyes to see the beauty of all outdoors.

I pledge to train my mind to learn the importance of nature.

I pledge to use my hands to help protect our soil, water, woods,  and wildlife.

And by my good example, show others how to respect, properly use,  and enjoy our natural resources."

Closing Thought

(Provide copies of the closing though so audience can read it together:)

This is my country. I will use my eyes to see the beauty of this land. I will use my ears to hear its sounds.  I will usemy mind to think what I can do to make it more beautiful.  I  will use my hands to serve it well. And with my heart, I will  honor it.

Advancement Ceremony

Setting:

A large tree, cut from cardboard and set firmly in a stand. A large green construction paper leaf for each boy who will receive an award. If desired, names can be written on the leaves.  As each person receives his award, he tapes his leaf on the tree.

Cubmaster:

What do we plant when we plant a tree?

A thousand things that we daily see!

The paper for books from which we learn,

Tools to help us do a good turn,

The wood for a Pinewood Derby car,

For model planes that we can fly far,

We plant the staff for the flag of the free,

Yes, we plant all these when we plant a tree.

But what do we plant when we plant a lad?

With the help of high mother and hid dad,

We plant a Cub who'll become a Scout,

We plant ideas that will round him out,

The silk, the games, the joy to be had,

We plant a Scout when we plant a lad.

(Cubmaster calls boys and parents forward to receive awards. As awards are presented, each boy tapes his leaf on the tree.)

You have all helped make this tree more beautiful, and it is a part of you, Just as Mother Nature's trees endure for many years, you have learned many things from your achievements, electives, and activity badges that will last you a lifetime. May you always stand straight and tall like a tree, and be a worthwhile resource of our country.

What do we do when we plant a lad?

We plant a Scout when we plant a lad.

Congratulations to all of you.

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