June Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 7, Issue 11
Webelos Aquanaut & Geologist
Meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance
Trapper Trails Council
When you pledge allegiance to your flag, you promise
loyalty and devotion to your nation. Each
word has a deep meaning:
allegiance: I promise to be true
to the flag: to the sign of our
of the United States of America: a
country made up of 50 states, each with certain rights of it’s own
and to the Republic: a country where
the people elect others to make laws for them
for which it stands: the flag means
one Nation under God: a single
country whose people believe in a supreme being
indivisible: the country cannot be
split into parts
with liberty and justice: with
freedom and fairness
for all. For each person in the
country – you and me.
Is Special To Me”
Simon Kenton Council
Eight Cub Scouts in uniforms stand in a straight line. Seven boys hold poster
boards, each with one letter of AMERICA
on one side.
The other side shows a colorful drawing by the Cub Scout
that corresponds to the description or of what America means to him.
Begin with all drawings facing the audience.
The Cub Scouts turn over their letters one at a time as they speak.
wildlife running free
mountains from sea to sea
soaring through evergreen forests
rivers and nature's own chorus
love God has for us
people who love this land
in Scouting, lessons firsthand
Cub Scout #8 (dressed as Uncle Sam and holding an American
Flag): "Will you please join us in the Pledge of Allegiance?
Simon Kenton Council
You need 8 boys holding cards with the letters MY
CHOICE printed on each card. Each boy in turn steps up raises his card and
reads his line.
If I could choose what I could be,
I'd choose to be just me,
To live where I am free to talk,
To choose my friends and where to walk.
To choose the job I want to do,
And live where I've a notion to.
To spend my money as I please,
And never have to bend my knees.
To any dictator or government boss,
Who profits from the peoples' loss.
To choose the church in which I will pray,
And worship God in my own way.
To vote for men who'll do their best,
To see our nation meets the test.
And conquer evils that would destroy
The freedoms that I enjoy.
To be my boss and live the way,
According to how I choose each day.
Yes if I could choose what could be,
I'd be an American. Just
Simon Kenton Council
The flag folding ceremony described by the Uniformed
Services is a dramatic and uplifting way to honor the flag on special days, like
Memorial Day or Veterans Day, and is sometimes used at retirement ceremonies.
Here is a typical sequence of the reading:
(Begin reading as Honor Guard or Flag Detail is coming
The flag folding ceremony represents the same principles on
which our country was originally founded. The portion of the flag denoted honors
the canton of blue containing the stars representing the states our veterans
served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is
inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our
country in uniform.
In the Armed Forces of the United States, at the ceremony
of retreat the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold, and kept under watch
throughout the night as a tribute to our nation's honored dead.
The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run
aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.
(Wait for the Honor Guard or Flag Detail to unravel and
fold the flag into a quarter fold - resume reading when Honor Guard is standing
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the
veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our
country to attain a peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as
American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as
well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the
words of Stephen Decatur, "Our country.
In dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still
our country, right or wrong."
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our
heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and
to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it
is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all
her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to
the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to
honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been
through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men
and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has
given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen,
represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and
glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen,
represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father,
the Son, and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are
uppermost, reminding us of the national motto, "In God We Trust."
(Wait for the Honor Guard or Flag Detail to inspect the
flag; after inspection, resume reading.)
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes
on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served
under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under
Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the
Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and
freedoms we enjoy today.
The Flag Folding Ceremony above is from the US Air Force
Sam Houston Area Council
Sing the "Star-Spangled Banner"
Props: Make a
map of the United States with the following cities highlighted
tour of the USA by the letters."
Have Cubs read off a name from the list and point it out on
the map. Do them alphabetically.
Gallup, New Mexico
Neptune, New Jersey
Providence, Rhode Island
Tornado, West Virginia
Vermillion, South Dakota
"From A to
Z, Scouts do things all over our great land."
is a Beautiful Word
Heart of America Council
Narrator and 7 Cub
boy holds a card with a letter of “AMERICA”
on it. Flip card over and draw a
picture with the same letter illustrating the description below.
do you see when you look at the word AMERICA?
What mental picture do the seven letters create in your mind?
The “Capital A”
suggest our magnificent snow-covered mountain peaks, and the wigwam of the
symbolizes the broad shoulders of our pioneer, shoulder-to-the-wheel pushing our
frontier westward; broad shoulder swinging axes, building a nation.
might be the lariats of the cowboy riding the plains, lariats of Kit Carson or
The “R” is
a man with outstretched arms in friendship and cooperation toward all who love
freedom, justice and peace.
represents the individual American with his right to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness.
The “C” is
a bent boy from which an arrow has just sped toward the heart of mankind's
The final “A”
is a man on his knees in prayer, symbolizing a nation which recognizes it's
Creator and gives thanks for His blessings.
America is a beautiful word!
White & Blue Bird
Heart of America
Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster and 2 Den Leaders
Camping gear and outfit for each participant, 1 binoculars, American Flag, and
Flags are in front of the audience. The
group of participants are off to one side and slowly walk through the audience
to the front, as they say their line.
(Everyone starts walking slowly) It sure is nice to be here in the outdoors.
All these trees, animals and fresh air.
Cubmaster: (looking through binoculars)
Hey, I think I see a big red bird up there!
Leader 1: (Takes
the binoculars away as everyone continues to walk slowly toward the front) Here,
let ME see!
Naw, it’s a huge white bird of some sort.
Leader 2: (Takes
the binoculars away while everyone continues to walk slowly to the front) Boy,
you don’t know what you’re
talking about! It’ not red OR
white. It’s big and blue and
what’s this?!?!?! It has STARS!!
(Cubmaster takes the binoculars and everyone STOPS) Here, let ME see what
you’re all talking about. (Looks through the binoculars)
C’mon you guys. (Motions
for everyone to follow as they walk to the front)
It’s not a red bird, or even a white bird.
What you are looking at is our nation’s flag!
(Turns to audience) Please
join us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
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