A Picture of Our Past - Opening
Circle Ten Council
Setting: Flag is
staffed on a stage behind a closed curtain. If this arrangement is not
possible, the opening may be done in a darkened room with the spotlight on the
flag coming on at the appropriate time.
CUBMASTER: It is a
picture of our past, and there is something of Davy Crockett, Kit Carson,
Daniel Boone, Horace Greeley, the famous forty-niners, and even Lewis and
Clark. It is a picture of all those brave frontiersmen that headed west.
It is a picture of our
people…200 million of them. They are part of the picture we are helping to
To this picture we would add
the portraits of boys, growing into men, who will live useful lives, and who
will add to that history of noble action which is our American heritage.
Cub Scouts and parents,
the picture of our country!
Curtains open showing the American flag; or a spotlight on the American
The flag of the United
States of America! Will you stand and join me in saying the Pledge of
Allegiance to this great flag and to the people who make it so great?
What's It All About? - Opening
Circle Ten Council
You asked, What's it all
Why, to turn a boy into a Scout.
To take a boy so young and
And start him up the Cub Scout trail.
From Bobcat and Wolf and
With all the awards and arrows share.
Through Webelos and then
Giving guidance through problems, fears, and doubts.
And on through school and
into life he'll trod,
With respect and love for man and God.
To watch him grow so tall
Till one day a leader of our country be.
And then he too, like you
Will take a boy so small and wee.,
And will teach that boy,
With pride and joy,
To be helpful, and to be a
Yes, that's what it's all about!
Please stand and join me in
the Pledge of Allegiance
My Flag Opening Ceremony
Props – Flag, 2
flashlights lights out, Cub Scout in Cowboy Outfit or leader with boys in half
circle around flag in cowboy outfits.
Setting - Turn lights
out. Flashlights on flag, either one person says poem or boys take turns
The flag is so beautiful to
It really means a lot to me.
It's like a banner in the
It brings great tears to my eyes.
In my cowboy mind,
These thoughts I find.
The white stripes remind me,
Of Sunday and the Glory of Light.
The red stripes remind me,
Of sweat, of a workday in sight.
The White stars on a blue
Remind me of peace at night.
She stands for freedom, I
stand by her side,
She is to me my faithful guide.
What Makes America Great
Den Leader: The Cub
Scout promises "to do his duty to his country." Our country is different in
many ways from other countries. We would like to review for you some of the
things that are different but still make this the greatest country in the
We call it the United States, and we're bound
together by our Constitution and our language. Yet in many ways we're a group
of separate kingdoms.
We practice more than 250 different religions
and observe thousands of different hunting laws, tax laws, and labor laws.
Our lands grow palm trees and pine, redwood
and beech, vanishing Keg deer, and whooping cranes.
Our people say "y'all" and "youse".
We catch shrimp and sell stocks --- live in
lean-tos, skyscrapers, and stucco bungalows.
We are a very diverse land, but these are some
of the things that make the United States great.
Let us rise and sing "America the Beautiful".
I Am An American
Heart of America Council
Arrangement: Flags are
advanced in regular manner.
12 uniformed Cub Scouts have
speaking parts. (or use 6 Cubs, each giving two parts.)
Cubmaster – Leads
posting of flags and Pledge of Allegiance in standard manner, then says
something like “Den 3 will now tell us what it means to be an American.”
My country gives each one of us the
opportunity to advance according to his ambition. Education is for all. I am
My country means love of freedom, faith in
democracy, justice and equality. I am an American.
My country believes in the moral worth of the
common man. I am an American.
My country gives us the privilege of
expressing beliefs or opinions without fear of persecution. I am an American.
My country has the best form of government. It
is our duty to keep it that way. I am an American.
My country promises life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness. I am an American.
My country gives us a privilege that we shall
protect and defend even with our lies. I am an American.
My country is and always shall remain the land
of the free. I am an American.
My country is the home of the brave. I am an
My country meets any needs or suffering with
its abiding love and loyalty. I am an American.
My country is the servant ...not the master.
I am an American.
My country possesses a Statue of Liberty whose
torch shall burn as long as we keep it lit with our devotion to the freedom of
the individual. I am an American.
I am your Flag
Heart of America Council
behind flag (out of sight). As ceremony begins, the flag talks.
The flag asks,
“What is happening?”
explains about the meeting.
Then some one asks, “Who
The flag replies -
I was born June 14, 1776.
I am more than just cloth
shaped into a design. I am the refuge of the world's oppressed people. I am
the silent sentinel of freedom.
the emblem of the greatest sovereign nation on earth.
the inspiration for which American patriots gave their lives and fortunes.
led your sons into battle from Valley Forge to the dense jungles of Vietnam.
in silence with each of your Honored Dead to their final resting place beneath
the silent white crosses, row upon row.
flown through peace and war, strife and prosperity, and amidst it all I have
stripes symbolize the blood spilled in defense of this glorious Nation.
white stripes signify the burning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons.
Heart of America Council
Narrator: American pioneers have been men and women with curious
minds, strong purpose, courage, determination, and a proud, fierce loyalty.
Through every hardship they refused to give up.
In 1607, some 100 men and some venturesome
boys stepped ashore at Jamestown and founded the first English settlement on
this continent. Soon other men and women came seeking new homes and religious
During the Revolutionary War, the minutemen
and other great patriots fought for our independence and founded our nation.
There were people like Patrick Henry, Nathan Hale, Dolly Madison, Benjamin
Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, and others
opened the way westward. Then came the pioneers, trappers and settlers. This
was the great westward movement over the famous trails with scouts like
Buffalo Bill Cody, Kit Carson, and Davy Crockett.
Robert Fulton produced the first steamboat for
river travel and Peter Cooper built the first steam locomotive which brought
forth our railroads. Man and woman brought their families and possessions into
a new land and built towns and cities.
Narrator: For us, the United States is still a land of expanding
opportunities. The doors of education are open to every American. You can be
trained for any one of thousands of skilled jobs in industry, business,
science or social fields. You can look forward to a life of opportunity
because of our nation's pioneers. Now, let us salute the flag in honor of
these great people who have gone before us and have had visions of today's