University of Illinois Extension
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4-H Ceremonies

Cooperation Service

Leader I represent the campers of____________ 4-H Camp. We seek light to take with us back to our clubs and communities. We ask to kindle the flame that represents the spirit of 4-H Club work. We ask for the high hopes of 4-H Club work. We have with us club members who bring the ideas to light the flame of 4-H Club work. Who comes first?
Head

I am wisdom, the torchbearer for head. I bring belief in the training of my head, for the power it will give me to think, to plan, and to reason. I bring the light of knowledge and understanding.

"l will travel the upward road to today,
I will keep my face to the light,
I will grasp high thoughts, as I go my way,
I will do what I know is right."

Leader Can anyone light the flame of service?
Head

I shall try. - (cannot) I cannot do it myself.

Leader Can anyone bring an idea that will light the flame of service?
Heart

I am loyalty, the torchbearer for Heart. I bring belief in the training of my heart, for the nobleness it will give me to become kind, sympathetic, and true. I bring the light of love and unselfish living.

"Make me an instrument of thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, Pardon;
Where there is doubt, Faith;
Where there is despair, Hope;
Where there is darkness, Light;
Where there is sadness, Joy;
For it is in giving, that we receive."

Leader Can you light the flame of service?
Heart I shall try. - (cannot) I cannot by myself.
Leader Can anyone, bring an idea that will light the flame of service?
Hand

I am skill, the torchbearer for Hand. I bring belief in the training of hands, for the dignity it will give, to be helpful and useful. I bring the light of joy of tasks well done.

"As fuel is brought to the fire.
So I propose to bring
My strength,
My ambition,
My heart's desire and joy
For I will tend, (as my father has tended and my Father's Fathers
since time began.)
The fire that is called the love of men, for man
The Love of man for God."

Leader

Can you light the flame of service?
Hand I shall try. - (cannot) I cannot myself.
Health

I am better living, the torchbearer for Health. I bring belief in the training of my health, for the strength it will give me, to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently. I bring the light of growth. Reach for stars, I cannot touch them with my hands, but reaching for them, makes me grow.

Leader

Can you rekindle the flame of volunteer service for us?

Health

I shall try. I cannot by myself wait; perhaps if we all try together, we can rekindle the flame. Head, Heart, Hands, and Health together light the way of service. While we cannot be all things to all people, 4 -H members can renew within ourselves these qualities which say

I am only one,
But I am one.
I cannot do everything
But I can do something.
What I can do,
I ought to do,
By the grace of God,
I will do. -Anonymous

 

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