YMCA Indian Guides
Meeting Rituals Page
Drum Beater: (Host child) Beats the drum once per for
each parent/child team present
Chief:(Raising his hands and eyes to the Great Spirit)
Great Spirit, as we gather around this council fire, dwell among us and guide us.
Give us wisdom and understanding. We are grateful for ... (something simple). O,
Great Spirit, hear our words.
Drum Beater:  Beats drum twice.
Chief:   What is the slogan of the Y-Indian Guides?
All:  Pals Forever.
Chief:  Drum Beater. What is a Y-Indian Brave?
Drum Beater:  A boy with a Dad/Mom like mine!
Chief:  And your office. What does it mean?
Drum Beater:  The beating of the drum calls the tribe together and
tells its members to come to order.
Chief:  What is the pledge of all Y-Indian Braves?
All:  We, Father/Mother and son, through friendly service to each other,
to our family, to this tribe, to our community, seek a world pleasing to the eye
of the Great Spirit.
Chief:  This Council is now open. (Each parent has a seat, with the
child in front.)
Chief:  Tallykeeper, read the Birch Bark Scroll.
Tallykeeper:  (Reads the minutes from the last meeting.)
Chief:  Tallykeeper: Will you take roll while the Wampum Bearer
collects the dues and calls for the scouting reports?
(The children pay their dues, tell how they obtained the money, and report on any special
thing that occurred during the time between meetings. Each child will have a turn
to speak and should be encouraged to participate.)
Tallykeeper:  Chief, the roll has been called.
Wampum Bearer:  Chief, the dues have been collected and the scouting
All:  And now (index finger pointing to the ground) may the Great
Spirit (all fingers circling up, imitating smoke) of all good spirits (arms
stretched out) be with (arms coming in close) you (index finger pointing across
circle), now (all fingers pointing down) and forever more (action of shooting
bow and arrow).