understanding of his Duty to Country can begin in the activities of a Cub Scout
Den. Each time you have a meeting that opens or closes with a flag ceremony, a
patriotic song, or the Pledge of Allegiance, you are reminding a Scout of his
Duty to Country. Being reminded and learning, however, are two different
things. And each Scout does need to learn his duty. So how do we help him
learn his duty?
is to incorporate activities into your den's regular program that involve
citizenship building skills. The following activities can help a Den Leader
teach citizenship skills and help Scouts begin to learn their duty:
can teach Cub Scouts the importance of participating in a democracy and prepare
them for their responsibilities as a citizen to vote in local, state and
Tours and field trips
to government organizations can help a scout understand how his Country's
government works and what his duties are.
citizen's duty to obey laws and help enforce laws
can be explored when visiting a police station. Scouts begin to appreciate that
law enforcement is a civic responsibility that the police cannot accomplish
The duty of a citizen to be informed on the issues and vote
can be reinforced by visiting a session of a legislative body (City council,
Supervisors meeting, Parks board, General Assembly or Congress). This helps
scouts understand their duty as a citizen to be informed on the issues such as
those being debated or discussed and the importance of communicating with their
elected representatives who will make decisions on the issues.
The duty of service to one's country
can be encouraged by visits to military museums, ships, posts, forts and
historical sites. These visits can make a scout aware of the duty of citizens
to serve in their country's defense in time of war or conflict.
Role playing in "Ethics in Action"
can foster an understanding of citizenship values. The "Caring and Sharing"
activity found in the "Ethics in Action" section of the Cub Scout Leader
How-To Book allows scouts to participate in a mock trial, learning how a
citizen's duty to serve on a jury when called, while learning to respect the
property and belongings of others.
Advancement related activities
can also be used to help Scouts understand their "Duty to Country."
Wolf: Scouts working on their Wolf Badge (Requirement 2) must learn the
Pledge of Allegiance and what it means, learn how to honor the flag, learn about
their state flag, learn how to fold the flag and lead a flag ceremony.
Practicing flag ceremonies, teaching how to fold the flag, and discussions
related to this advancement requirement can be used as den activity.
Bear: Scouts working on their Bear Rank (Requirements 3 and 4) must
explain why America is special to them, learn what things some great Americans
did to improve life, visit places of historical interest, learn about their
state, take part in a flag ceremony, fly the flag at home, and explore
folklore. Each of these advancements can be used as an opportunity for the Den
Leader to plan a den activity that reinforces or teaches Scouts citizenship
Webelos & Arrow of Light:
Both awards require a Scout to explore the Scout Oath and their "Duty to God and
Country" with a leader. The Citizen Activity Badge can be used as one of the
required badges for Webelos and must be earned for the Arrow of Light. The
Citizen Activity Badge includes six mandatory requirements and two elective
requirements. During the course of a year Scouting Magazine, Boy's
Life, and Program Helps feature activities suitable for a Webelos den
related to the Citizen Activity Badge.