Activity Badge –
Circle Ten Council
One way to make this
activity badge come alive is to get involved. A good citizen gets involved
where he lives. Your involvement can start at any age and it can be almost any
useful act. Now is a good time to plan a citizenship project for your Webelos
Often after a fire,
flood, or other disaster many people will be without sufficient clothing.
Generally, local authorities coordinate a campaign to get used clothing in
serviceable condition for distribution to the victims. Councils and districts
should cooperate with local authorities and not attempt to set up an
A natural follow-up to
registration campaign is an effort to get every eligible voter to vote. This
calls for an educational and promotional campaign aimed at reminding citizens
of their right and duty to vote. The campaign must be non-partisan. Before the
election distribute get-out-the-vote materials. On election day, Scouts may be
stationed outside polling places to "baby-sit" young children, hold packages,
assist elderly or handicapped people, and provide "I have voted" badges to
voters, leaving them as a reminder to others.
Mark Homes for Disabled
In cooperation with fire
departments, install amber reflectors (or other distinctive devices) over the
front doors of homes where handicapped persons live. Then if a fire breaks
out, the firefighters will know immediately that a handicapped person lives
there. A similar device may be placed on the door of the person's bedroom to
help firefighters find it in an emergency. Fire departments generally provide
the insignia, usually placed on the front downstairs window near the door or
on the glass of the front door. A similar device is placed on the window of
the invalid's room. Caution: Be sure you have approval of everyone living in
that home before you place markers.
Collect Christmas Toys
In many communities, new
and used but still usable toys are collected for` distribution to needy
children at Christmas. Units may assist by making pickups of toys, making
posters to advertise the campaign, helping to stockpile toys, cleaning and
repairing used toys, and delivering toys to the agencies that distribute them
to poor children. Each youth member may also be asked to contribute one usable
Buy a bulk of small
plastic flags. Divide them up to all the den members during the closing
ceremony. Tell them to carry the flags around this week and give them to
people who are being "Good Citizens," explaining why.
Citizen (Tune: Row,
Row, Row Your Boat)
Fly, fly, fly your flag,
On our holidays,
Be a loyal citizen,
In this and other ways.
We're good citizens,
From a land that's free,
We should all be proud to
Be good citizens,
Webelos like me,
I'll be loyal, honest,
And keep my country free.
Duties & Rights
By Barb Stephens
Every Citizen has ...
Complete each statement by inserting
duty or right in the blank.
obey all laws.
equal protection of laws and equal justice in the courts.
respect the rights of others.
inform yourself on issues of government.
be free of arbitrary search and seizure.
equal education and economic opportunity.
serve on a jury if called.
vote in elections.
serve and defend your country.
free speech, press, and assembly.
assist agencies of law enforcement.
a lawyer of your choice and a prompt trial if accused of a crime.
practice and teach the principle of good citizenship in your home.
1. Duty, 2. Right, 3.
Duty, 4. Duty, 5. Right, 6. Right, 7. Duty, 8. Right, 9. Right, 10.
Duty, 11. Duty, 12. right, 13. Duty, 14. Right, 15. Duty
Patriotic Wall Plaque
Using a copy of the
Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights or the Gettysburg Address make a
wall plaque by mounting one of these on 1/48 plywood shaped into the design of
a scroll. Make your scroll slightly larger than your copy. Finish plywood by
sanding, staining a natural color and varnishing -- or leave the wood grain
and color show through by eliminating stain and just finishing with varnish.
Find pictures of well
known buildings, symbols or people and tape each one onto construction paper.
(Example: White House, Uncle Sam, President Clinton. Eagle, plus some harder
ones like the Presidential Seal or your state Governor.) Number each picture
and then hang on the wall. Give each boy a paper and pencil and have them list
numbers down the side. Set a time limit, and ask the boys to circulate,
looking at the pictures and writing down the name. The den historian is the
person who has the most written down correctly at the end of the time period.
Be sure to review all the answers out loud so all can hear the correct
Heads Of Government Game
Material needed: Pictures
of government officials from newspapers or magazines, nametags with the
officials' names written on them. Have Webelos match the correct name with
each official. You may wish to try this at the local, state and federal
Material needed: One current newspaper per team. Divide boys into teams. On
signal, each team starts a search for news items that illustrate good
citizenship. Team with the most clippings in a given time period is the
Build A Flag
Materials needed: For
each team, 1 set of the five US flags shown in Citizen section of the Webelos
handbook. With a color copier, each flag to fit onto a standard sheet of card
stock. If preferred, draw a set of the flags for each team. When the flag sets
are copied, cut each flag picture into 2 pieces, the stripes and the field of
stars. Prepare cards with the name of each flag and year of each flag. A
corkboard and pushpins are needed. Divide Webelos into two teams. First boy
from each team runs to his team's pile of pieces, grabs a stripe piece and a
push pin and pins it to the corkboard. He runs back and touches off
the second boy, who pins
up a star field piece, which matches the striping. Next team member matches
appropriate flag name and fourth member pins up the year of the flag. Continue
to rotate until all five flags have been properly constructed, named, and
Two teams face each other
with a wide space between them. The leader asks each player a question about
the Declaration of Independence, the Star Spangled Banner, the President,
VicePresident, Governor, or other fitting subject. A correct answer entitles
that team to move one step forward. An incorrect answer passes the question to
the other team. The first team to cross the other team's starting line is the