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As The Flames Point Upward

SETTING - This is perhaps the most compelling of the opening phrases. It calls for dignity and it sets the pattern. The camp fire is brought to the alert, the Scoutmaster walks in and stands a few yards behind the fire which must be lit and burning well, otherwise the words are a mockery. When the Scoutmaster comes to the words, "As the fire warms the circle so may the Scout ideal" . . . his hand should go out over the fire, making the Scout sign.

As the flames point upwards, so be our aims;

As the red logs glow, so be our sympathies,

As the gray ash fades, so be our errors,

As the fire warms the circle,

So may the Scout ideal warm the world.

It's not much use to grumble or complain

It's just as quick and easy to rejoice,

When God sorts out the weather and sends rain,

Then rain's our choice

Comes the last day of many days,

The last Camp Fire of all too few,

Last - but not lost. In the years ahead,

These times our memories shall renew.


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