The Ragger 2012

Seven Rags




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For campers 12 years of age and over who are accepting the challenge of loyalty to God, Country, One’s best self, and the Raggers’ Creed.

A. “Raggers’ Creed” (to be memorized)

I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer,
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

I would be friend to all – the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.

B. Devotion to God

“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. For the greatest things grow, by God’s Law, out of the smallest. But to live your life to the fullest, you must discipline it. Make your thoughts, your acts, all work toward the same end, and not self, but God’s.”

C. “Myself”

I have to live with myself, and so
I want to be fit for myself to know;
I want to be able as days go by,
Always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand, with the setting sun,
And hate myself for things I’ve done.

I can never hide myself from me,
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself, and so
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self – respecting and conscience free.

D. “America”*

America is a unique way of life, symbolic of the creative arts.
America provides the brushes, oils, pigments, and the canvas on which you can paint your life as you want it to be. You choose your own colors, your own form, design, and pattern.
America is any tune you want to play with fife and drum, fiddle or horn, to establish the beat and rhythm of the upward march to high goals.
America is a book in which you set down your life by the way you live it. You are the principal character. You LIVE your own biography. You are free to be hero or villain, great or mediocre.

America is a stage, and the role you play in the drama of life is up to you.
America is a sports arena, and the rules are written so everyone has a chance to win.
My country is an engineering achievement, a bridge over which you can cross the chasm of despair.
America is an architecture with which you can build the tower of your dreams. My country is a sculptor’s hammer and chisel with which you can fashion yourself into the person you aim to become.
America is an art of living through which you can reach higher, think bigger, grow greater, and live deeper than anywhere else on earth.
*For international use, you may wish to substitute an international poem for “America,” or change “America” to “My Country.”

E. Challenges to be Written:

Either alone or with the help of the Director or Ragger who is tying your Rag, write down a list of things you will work on as your personal challenge for the Blue Rag. (Turn in this list to your Camp Director.)

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I would be true, for there are those who trust me,
I would be pure, for there are those who care,
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer,
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend to all, the foe, the friendless,
I would be giving and forget the gift,
I would be humble, for I know my weakness,
I would look up and laugh, and love and lift.

Rag Color Minimum Age Devotion Cards
Green 9 Yrs Old To grow in Mind, Body and Spirit
Orange 10 Yrs Old To grow in Mind, Body, Spirit and Friendship
Tan 11 Years Old To become close to God through appreciation, love and concern for all of His creation.
Blue 12 Yrs Old Loyalty to God, country, one's best self and to the Raggers' Creed. txt / pdf
Silver 13 Years Old Acceptance of or re-dedication of a Christian way of life. txt / pdf
Brown 14 Years Old Serve God, humility, become more aware of the needs of others. txt / pdf
Gold 15 Years Old Understanding of others, concern for others. txt / pdf
Red 16 Years Old Sacrifice of time, talent, and personal will. txt / pdf
Purple 17 Years Old Challenge to live the best life possible. txt / pdf
White 21 Years Old Dedication to lifetime of Christian Service. txt / pdf

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