August Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 10, Issue 1
Soaring to New Heights
Citizen and Communicator
Tiger Cub Achivement #1
Note from Commissioner Dave – This
Webelos section is reprinted from the August 2002 Baloo with a few additions.
I need to improve my resources for Webelos Activity Badges.
Citizen (2nd Year)
National Capital Area Council
Note – It may seem
very tempting for a First Year Webelos leader to jump in and do Citizen,
which is a specifically required activity badge, versus the recommended
Communicator or maybe Outdoorsman (If your council has a Fall Webelos
weekend) but please don’t do this. Your new Webelos need to start with a
few fun badges until they get the hang of the Webelos program. I have seen
many Leaders and boys who did Citizen for their first badge discouraged by
the time they finished. By next Fall both the boys and you will understand
Webelos better and be ready to earn this badge. CD
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 good turn.
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.
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 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
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
The right to free
speech, press, and assembly.
The right of
The right to have a
lawyer and a speedy court trial if accused of a crime.
Your Duties As A
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
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 the badge.
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
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
Discuss the various organizations in
the community which help people. How are they financed and run? Do they
use volunteer help?
Attend a naturalization ceremony.
Observe the voting process.
Visit a city council meeting or school
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 of Commerce.
Discuss difference between the rights
and duties of a citizen.
Scrambled Presidents - Scramble up
the letters in the names of various presidents of the United States. Let your
Webelos Scouts unscramble them.
Name The Office - You Name The Man -
You say the word "President”, Webelos
Scout Says "Bush", "Governor" "McGreevy" (for NJ) - "Mayor" (will vary),
Flag Quiz - After your Webelos
have studied flag history in the Scout Handbook, give them a quiz.
Great Documents 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:
hold these truths to be self-evident..."
the People of the United States..."
in the course of human events..."
score and seven years ago..."
2. The first draft of the Declaration
of Independence was written by:
3. The 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 stated?
5. Which 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?
8. Which amendment to the
Constitution guarantees freedom of speech?
9. What legislative body has the sole
power to impeach a President?
10. Who takes over in the event of
death of the President?
"When in the course of human events..."
Age 35, as stated in the Constitution
Ten years (two terms plus the remainder of a
predecessor's term if 2 years or less)
House of Representatives
Do You Know Your Flag?
(This quiz can be very
The flag is raised: (a) slowly (b) briskly (c)
at any speed that is comfortable.
If you carried the flag in a parade before the
President of the United States, you would dip the flag in salute to the
President as you walk past him. True or False?
The flag must never be lowered no matter how bad
the weather conditions. True or False?
The flag is never allowed to fly after daylight
hours anywhere in the world. True or False?
When the flag is carried in parades or other
occasions, it is escorted by an honor guard. True or False?
The flag's honor guard walks: (a) on the flag's
right (b) just behind the flag (c) on either side of the flag.
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
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?
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
The only time a flag is flown upside down is as a
signal for help. True or False?
(b) briskly. It is a happy occasion.
False. The flag is never dipped to anyone.
False. The flag is not flown in bad weather.
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 with illumination.
On either side of the flag.
False. When you are in civilian clothes, you
remove your hat and place your right hand over your heart when the flag
False. It is carried on the right of the other
flags or at the front of the center of the line of other flags.
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.
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