Thursday, July 12, 2012

Worth Ranch Grace

Before every meal the camp says grace.  This morning Alex and August explained the history the of Worth Ranch Grace to the camp. 

Worth Ranch Grace
For food, for raiment,
For life, for opportunities
For friends and this fellowship,
We thank Thee, O Lord. Amen.

The Worth Ranch grace is heard all over the world because of its use at Philmont.  Worth Ranch’s Grace was been in use in since the 1930’s at Worth Ranch.  Its writing is usually attributed to Jerry Fulkerson a Worth Ranch Staffer during that time period.

The Worth Ranch Grace was brought to Philmont in the Summer of 1943 by Clarence E. Dunn, a Worth Ranch Scouter and a Scouter from Arlington Texas.. Dunn, a school teacher, became a member of the Philmont Staff in the summer of 1945 with the position of Personnel Director. Dunn developed the Ranger Program and held the position of Chief Ranger for 26 years until his retirement at the end of the 1970 season. If it were not for Clarence Dunn, The Worth Ranch Grace would have never been introduced to thousands of Philmont Scouts from every part of the world over the past decades. Dunn was later honored by having an elementary school in Arlington, Texas, named for him.  As an aside, both of my children went to Dunn Elementary

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