The Raggers Program, formed by Thomas Caldwell, began in 1914 at a YMCA camp in California and since has been adopted at many other Y camps. It was designed for youth ages 12 and up. Progression through the program is marked by a series of colored rags.
It was at YMCA Camp du Nord, a family camp, that I became familiar with it as an adult. For a few years du Nord used an adaptation of the program, modified for use by people of all ages. The camp provides a beautiful setting for personal reflection (the Be blog header is from there) and Raggers helped me be more intentional in my reflection.
Central to the program is the Raggers Creed.
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.
Wherever you may be in this moment, physically or emotionally,
read those words again and reflect on a few questions.
What do they tell me about who I am?
What do they mean to me as a leader?
What do they mean to me as a follower?