See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September.
See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole™ is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.
Trail Life USA supports the SYATP prayer rally and will award a commemorative ribbon to each troop that submits a picture of 2 (or more) of its members in any TLUSA uniform (Formal or Unit T-shirt) in front of a flagpole take at their school.
When and Where to Meet
The designated meeting time for the rally is 7:00 AM local time. Meet at your school's flagpole (or at your church or community flagpole if you don't have access to school or if you are a homeschooler).
What Do We Do at SYATP?
PRAY - In keeping with the student-led nature of See You at the Pole™, it is important for students to prayerfully plan how they will use the time during their See You at the Pole™ gathering. In fact, the event itself was born in a time of prayer by one youth group that dared to follow God's leading to pray for their schools.
Many gatherings have included student-led worship, Bible reading, prayer in large ad small groups, and even a message by a student leader. Most have placed a high value on participation by those attending.
Scriptures for the Event
- "They all met together and were constantly UNITED in prayer." - Acts 1:14
- "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." - Matthew 18:20
Role of Adults
See You at the Pole™ is a student-led event. Strong student leadership is crucial. Adult volunteers and parents should not lead the See You at the Pole™ gathering. Many well-meaning adults take over and take away from the students by trying to lead out in the prayers at the flagpole. This is not the intention for See You at the Pole™, nor is it legal for adults to lead (particularly in public school environments). Please step back or stay away and let the students grow and learn in their faith by leading.
The best place for an adult to pray on the day of See You at the Pole™ is not on campus with the students, but at alternate locations such as your church, home, courthouse flagpole, office building flagpole, or military base flagpole.
It is important for students to know they are supported by adults from their churches, communities, and schools. Only upon an invitation from a student leader, an adult can serve at local campuses by assisting with any needs they have prior to or after See You at the Pole™, or possibly recording video or taking pictures during See You at the Pole™.