University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension
4-H Ceremonies

Inner Peace


"You'll Never Walk Alone" music played on recorder.

First Person

Let us all observe a moment's silence while we let the evening sounds bring us an inner peace.

Long pause

Was it only yesterday that we arrived here to partake of the many activities? Time has gone so quickly. We've seen new beauty in common things. Like the butterflies in spring we have put away the ugly things, and are resolved to emerge the finest and best young people of which we are capable. Yet, each of us knows that he is not alone. Things come between us, and the goals we set. If we never faced troubles, we would never know our own strength. In the world about us we see many wrong things that need righting. May we have the strength to fulfill the convictions which we have made. During this camp we have all made many new friendships which may be true and lasting. Perhaps we could take home with us a quotation from Benjamin Franklin -- "Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing."

Second Person

We are leaders and have gained by attending this __________Camp. We can help to establish the principal of right conduct and high ideals in the lives of other young adults as well as younger boys and girls. The great opportunity entrusted to you and to me should be kept ever sacred, but should be used in the finest way. Let us not forget the peace of the world, the brotherhood of man, the raising of standards of living and the guiding of happier homes must first of all be enthroned in the hearts of individuals. It is here leaders can play their finest role.

We all are blind until we see That in the human plan,
Nothing is worth the making, it does not make the man.
Why build these cities glorious, If man unbuilded goes?
In vain, we build the world, unless the builder also grows.

Third Person

A candle's but a little thing ... it starts with just a bit of string ... Yet dipped and dipped with patient hand ... it gathers wax upon the strand ... Until, complete and snowy white ... It gives at last a lovely light ...stepping into circle

As we light each other's candle let me tell you a story (to be shortened and put in your own words) "Lights for the Cathedral"

Once upon a time, long ago, a very rich man decided to give a great gift to his village. He decided to build a cathedral, more beautiful than any that had ever been built before. He would give the cathedral as a gift to the village only one. That condition was that none of them, but the workmen, would set foot inside the great church until it had been finished. Of course the people agreed for they needed a place to worship. Work soon started on the great cathedral. The villagers often came and stood around the building, eager to see what it looked like inside, but none of them ventured near. They stood in awe as a great artist completed the beautiful stained glass window and as the great bells were hung in the tower which reached high above the roofs of the village.

Finally the cathedral was completed. The rich man met with the people in the market square and invited them to come to the cathedral. He led the way as they mounted the stairs. The sun was just setting as they opened the great door. "It is lovely," cried one.

"But where are the lights?" whispered another of the villagers. And truly there were no lights, not a light hung in the entire sanctuary. Then the rich man stood tall above the people gathered there.

"Tonight," he said "we shall have the first service in this great new cathedral. Each of you must come and bring with you the family lamp which you keep lighted always in your household." The villagers departed, rather saddened because there was no great splendor in the cathedral. It was cold and gloomy. That night the procession began. Each family left its small hut and started up the road to the cathedral. Each father led the way holding high his lighted lantern. And as they came, they sang the familiar hymns of the church. The singing increased as all the families met at the foot of the stairs at the entrance to the church. Then in a group they went into the great sanctuary, each lantern held high.

Light filled the cathedral and reflected into the coldest corners. They became bright and cheerful. The singing grew higher and louder until the whole cathedral resounded with the joyous noise. Finally the donor quieted the people and spoke to them. "You have come and your joyous singing shows me how truly you enjoy the cathedral. Each of you has brought your lamp. This lamp is to you, and to all the world a symbol of life, of hope, of dreams, of love, of character, in each one of you. Whenever we meet here we shall be reminded of one thing; if any one lamp were missing, the cathedral would be less beautiful. As in the world, each of us must spread our light, making the world more beautiful for those around us. Remember this service as you go home. It is your privilege to inspire others with a zeal and enthusiasm which will enrich their own lives.

"You are the fellow who has to decide
Whether you'll do it or toss it aside
You are the fellow who makes up your mind
Whether you'll try for that goal that's afar
Or be content to stay where you are
Take it or leave it there's something to do
Just think it over, it's all up to you

Fourth Person

We are or have been 4-H members. In fact, for some of us this is our last year as members. Our creed which we believe in has meant a lot to us and can mean even more in our future as we become leaders in our community.

"I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.

I believe in the training of my Head for power it will give me to think, to plan, and to reason.

I believe in the training of my Heart for the nobleness it will give me to become kind, sympathetic, and true.

I believe in the training of my Hands for the ability it will give me to be useful, helpful and skillful.

I believe in the training of my Health for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently.

I believe in my country, my state, and my community, and in my responsibility for their development.

In all these things I believe and I am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment."

Let us say the 4-H Pledge and then go silently to our cabins.

4-H Pledge

Music as group leaves: "Climb Every Mountain" (pre-recorded)

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