Sample Scripts: Report to the State
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Will everyone please rise as the Honorable [name], [position or elected office], is escorted forward. Please give [him] [her] a real Scouting welcome.
Please remain standing and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to our country. Those of you in uniform, please give the Scout salute. All others, please place your right hand over your heart.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag …”
Thank you. Please be seated. [Pause for everyone to be seated.]
Good morning. I am [name], your master of ceremonies.
Welcome to the capital of the state of [state]. The purpose of this assembly is to Report to the State of [state] on Scouting’s progress during the year [year]. Scouting is celebrating [number] years of training American youth in the ideals of citizenship.
Ideals such as duty to God and country, and the Good Turn in service to others have become a strong element in our society. What we learn today in Scouting will help us meet the challenges of the future.
The United States Congress granted a federal charter to the Boy Scouts of America on June 15, 1916. And since that time, councils throughout America have reported their activities and progress to their respective states. [State] has [number] BSA local councils, all of which are represented here today.
It is my pleasure to introduce to you the council delegates who are here.
Council Delegate Reports
Each youth delegate is prepared to give a short summary of Scouting in his or her respective council.
Delegates, please proceed to your reporting station. [Allow time for youth delegates to form up behind the floor microphone.] Please hold your applause until all have reported.
As your council is called, will the delegate please report? [Call the name and city of each participating council, and hear each council’s Report to the State.]
Thank you, council delegates.
Report for the State as a Whole
I now call on [name], [unit], from [city], to give the report of Scouting in the entire state of [state] for [year].
[Selected youth delegate reports on the overall program in the state.]
Thank you, [name].
Response by State Official
At this time, I have the great privilege to introduce the Honorable [name, position] of the great state of [state].
[State official gives a response.]
Thank you, [name]. In recognition of your participation in today’s ceremonies, please accept this token of our appreciation. The eagle is a symbol of strength and leadership—attributes that we in Scouting strive to achieve.
Scout Oath or Promise
As we officially begin another year in Scouting, we rededicate ourselves to the values of duty, service, and personal fitness. Will everyone please stand and join me in the Scout Oath? [Pause for everyone to stand.] Following the oath, everyone please remain standing until [state official] and the escorts exit the chamber.
Scout sign. “On my honor I will do my best 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 straight.”
[State official and escorts exit.]
The Report to the State ceremonies are now concluded. Thank you for your attendance, and have a great year.