Memorable Verses - Scout Songs & Prayers

Philmont Grace

For food, for raiment,
For life, for opportunities,
For friendship and fellowship,
We thank Thee, O Lord. Amen.

The Wilderness Grace, also known as the "Worth Ranch Grace" and the "Philmont Grace", is the common name of a simple prayer recited before meals at many Boy Scout camps around the United States. The original version, the "Worth Ranch Grace", was written in 1929 by A. J. "Jerry" Fulkerson, Camp Director at Worth Ranch Scout Camp in Palo Pinto County, Texas, a part of the Fort Worth Area Council.

Scout Vespers

Original Scout Vespers

Softly falls the light of day,
As our campfire fades away.
Silently each Scout should ask,
"Have I done my daily task?
Have I kept my honor bright?
Can I guiltless sleep tonight?
Have I done and have I dared,
Everything to Be Prepared?"

Listen Lord, oh listen Lord,
As I whisper soft and low.
Bless my mom and bless my dad,
These are things that they should know.
I will keep my honor bright,
The Oath and Law will be my guide.
And Mom and Dad this you should know,
Deep in my heart I love you so.

Scout Vespers is a traditional song of the Boy Scouts. The first verse is universal, but the second is at times omitted. The song occasionally ends with the spoken blessing, "May the great Master of all Scouts be with us 'til we meet again," or words to such effect. Like other vespers it is usually sung at the conclusion of the day or service, especially at the end of a campfire service.