The Official NJCL Creed
We the members of the Junior Classical League,
covenant to hand on the torch of classical
civilization in the modern world.
We believe an acquaintance with the civilization of
Greece and Rome
will help us understand and appraise
this world of today,
Which is indebted to the ancient civilization
in its government and laws, literature, language and
We affirm the JCL experience develops
fosters brotherhood, promotes enthusiasm, encourages
inspires dedication and enriches our
Information about the National JCL Creed.
The JCL creed is recited at all JCL meetings and
functions and during the opening ceremonies of the JCL
Conventions. In 1955, the delegates at the convention
voted to accept and retain unaltered the JCL Creed as
written in 1937 by Dorothy Park Latta and printed on all
chapters charters sent out from national headquarters.
The music for the JCL Creed was contributed by the Music
Department at St Vincent's College in Latrobe, PA.