National Capital Area Council
Exactly what is citizenship? What does it mean? Where
does the word come from? Citizenship comes from the Latin word civitas which
means citizens united in a community. Citizenship means full membership of a
nation, state, or community and full membership means taking part in every
aspect of the community or nation that is possible.
The following is a
partial list of some of the qualities of a citizen and some of the rights and
duties of a citizen. Our Constitution says that we have these rights and
guarantees them to us.
Your Rights As A Citizen:
The right to equal protection under the law and equal
justice in court.
The right to be free from arbitrary arrest or search.
The right to equal education and economic opportunity.
The right to select public offices in free elections.
The right to own property.
The right to free speech, press, and assembly.
The right of religious freedom.
The right to have a lawyer and a speedy court trial if
accused of a crime.
Your Duties As A Citizen:
If you are going to have rights as a citizen and you want
to keep. them, then you also have certain duties that you must take care of.
Your duties as a citizen are:
Obey the laws.
Respect the rights of others.
Keep informed on issues of National and local
To vote in elections.
To serve and defend your country.
To assist the agencies of law enforcement.
To practice and teach good citizenship in your
"As future citizens, we will do our best to be prepared
in body and will, in spirit and skill. We accept our obligation to God and
will show by our actions we are willing to serve others and be good members of
the Scouting team".
While working on this badge is a good time to
teach the history of the flag, how to display it, how to respect it, and the
care and handling of it. If you should need to know more information about
the flag you could use as your source a good encyclopedia. The Marines have a
pamphlet out about out flag and also have posters.
Discuss requirements of Badge with boys. Decide
on a good turn for the school, church or community and plan how to carry it
out. Perhaps the den will want to involve the whole pack in their good turn,
so that all the boys will be included in the excitement and rewarding feeling
of doing something for others.
Make log books for boys to record their work on
Plan a special good turn for the next pack
meeting, such as setting up chairs, ushering, cleanup, etc.
Visit a local city government agency. Find out
how it works, what services it provides, how it affects you and your family.
A campaign against litter is a "must" for good
citizenship. Discuss how your den can carry on such a campaign and do it.
This could include making posters for display, litter clean-up, making litter
bags, a fight against pollution, collecting items for recycling.
Discuss the various organizations in the community
which help people. How are they financed and run? Do they use volunteer
Attend a naturalization ceremony.
Observe the voting process.
Visit a city council meeting or school board
Remind people to fly the flag.
Invite a new citizen to speak to your den on what
becoming an American citizen means to him.
Visit a court. Ask the judge to speak to the boys
about citizenship. Acquaint boys with the court procedure.
Visit police and/or fire department.
Learn more about your community from the Chamber
Discuss difference between the rights and duties
of a citizen.
The Webelos Leader must plan so the boys get feeling for
the real meaning of citizenship without spending a lot of time in study. One
of the best ways to stress the meaning of citizenship is by practicing the
The appeal of this badge to the boys will be determined
in large part by the method used by the Webelos Leader in presenting it. It
can be exciting, fun and informative; or it can be just some more reports to
write. Because of its importance, the leader is encouraged to make a special
effort in planning it.
Scrambled Presidents - Scramble up the letters in
the names of various presidents of the United States. Let your Webelos Scouts
Name The Office - You Name The Man -
You say the word "President”, Webelos Scout Says "Bush",
"Governor" "Siegelman" - "Mayor" (will vary), etc.
Flag Quiz - After your Webelos have studied flag
history in the Scout Handbook, give them a quiz.
Paul Revere - described in "Games for Cub Scouts.
Quiz How much do you know about
two of the greatest documents ever written...the Declaration of Independence
and the Constitution of the United States?
1. The first
words of the Declaration of Independence are:
"We hold these truths
to be self-evident..."
"We, the People of
the United States..."
"When in the course
of human events..."
"Four score and seven
2. The first
draft of the Declaration of Independence was written by:
Constitution of the United States was signed in what year?
4. What is the
minimum age for a President of the United States, and in what document is this
amendment to the Constitution provided for the abolition of slavery?
6. A senator
serves a term of:
7. What is the
maximum number of years a President may serve?
amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech?
legislative body has the sole power to impeach a President?
10. Who takes
over in the event of death of the President?
1. "When in the course of human events..." 2. Thomas Jefferson 3. 1787 4.
Age 35, as stated in the Constitution 5. Thirteenth 6. Six years 7. Ten
years (two terms plus the remainder of a predecessor's term if 2 years or
less) 8. First Amendment 9. House of Representatives 10. Vice President
Do You Know
(This quiz can be very tricky!)
1. The flag is
raised: (a) slowly (b) briskly (c) at any speed that is comfortable.
2. If you carried the flag in a parade
before the President of the United States, you would dip the flag slightly in
salute to the President as you walked past him. True or False?
3. The flag must
never be lowered no matter how bad the weather conditions. True or False?
4. The flag is never
allowed to fly after daylight hours anywhere in the world. True or False?
5. When the flag is carried in a
procession or on other occasions, it is escorted by an honor guard. True or
6. The flag's honor guard walks: (a) on
the flag's right (b) just behind the flag (c) on either side of the flag.
7. If you are a Cub Scout, Scout, or
Explorer, you always give the Cub Scout, Scout, or Explorer salute to the
flag whether or not you are in uniform. True or False?
8. When you carry the flag in a parade with other flags, the U.S. flag must
go on the left of and in line with the other flags. True or False?
9. When the flag is hung against the
wall, the stars are placed in the upper left corner (as you look at it) when
the stripes are horizontal, but in the upper right corner when the stripes are
vertical. True or False?
The only time a flag is flown upside down is as a
signal for help. True or False?
1. (b) briskly. It is a happy occasion. 2. False. The flag is never dipped
3. False. The
flag is not flown in bad weather. 4. False. Although it is the custom to
display the flag only from sunrise to sunset, there is no law prohibiting its
being flown both day and night.
5. True. 6. On either side of the flag. 7. False. When
you are in civilian clothes, you remove your hat and place your right hand
over your heart when the flag passes. 8. False. It is carried on the right
of the other flags or at the front of the center of the line of other flags.
9. False. The stars should be in the upper left corner as you look at it (the
flag's right) regardless of whether the stripes are horizontal or vertical.
forget that we have brought back the Internet Patch for Scouts, yes Cubs can
earn this patch, as a temporary one.