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Thursday, October 20, 2011
This is a copy of the script used at October's Roundtable by the men from the V.F.W. Post 4918, Timpanogos Post.
Other scripts can be found at this link."The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing." Section 8j. Read the full Flag Code
Flag-Folding Script #4
What follows is a popular script for folding the flag; however, it should not be used in official ceremonies as it is in violation of the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause (First Amendment) requires that expression not create the reasonable impression that the government is sponsoring, endorsing, or inhibiting religion generally, or favoring or disfavoring a particular religion.
The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our country was originally founded. The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing the states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country in uniform.
In the Armed Forces of the United States, at the ceremony of retreat the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation's honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.
(Wait for the Honor Guard or Flag Detail to unravel and fold the flag into a quarter fold--resume reading when Honor Guard is standing ready.)
- The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
- The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
- The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.
- The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
- The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
- The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
- The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
- The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
- The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
- The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
- The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, "In God we Trust."
(Wait for the Honor Guard or Flag Detail to inspect the flag--after the inspection, resume reading.)
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Pack 152 Webelos came up with this fun game to combine the sport of the season with the core value of the month! For template, instructions, and qustions click PACK 152.
This will take some advanced preparation. Review the questions, and be prepared to update or change some of the answers. For instance, when this was written our current President of the United States was Bill Clinton (you'll have to change that), and in another question it places the name of a local religious leader as a funny choice, but wrong answer.
I think this will be a popular game. The questions support review for the Webelos Citizenship Badge, but can be altered for the pack, or come up with completely new questions for Tiger, Wolf, or Bear den reviews, or even Belt Loop reviews.
This page is a wonderful resource to knowing how to pull off a well-organized and successful pack meeting. If you don't want to copy and paste to keep that long address, just click THIS LINK.
Cub Scout's Monthly Core Values. The top of the page indicates it's from Sept 2010 to August 2011, but the list remains the same from year to year. For instance, November's Core Value will always be Citizenship, and April's will always be Faith, and so forth.
These are the Core Values of the Month, but remember that it is always appropriate to point out other core values the cubs are displaying or have an opportunity to practice throughout your weekly den meeting activities.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I have a book that puts very nicely what responsibility is, but it has a copyright on it, and I'm a stickler for keeping copyrights, if I know about them. This link, Teaching Responsibility, has some wonderful things to read which will help leaders be better able to explain and guide children into understanding Responsibility.
Demonstrate the importance of doing your part with a 3-legged stool. While it is possible, with extra effort, to sit with only one or two legs, all legs are important for stability.
Activities could include a trust walk or playing a game where each team or person has a responsibility that only he is allowed to perform. For instance, teach the positions of soccer, basketball, baseball, or football. You could build something, but each team builds a part, and then it gets put together. Teach them to take pride in doing their best with the responsibility they have been given, and how good it feels to do one's part in a group.
Ask what's important to them. Peace? Winning a game? Getting their turn? A clean house? Explain that taking responsibility is doing what they can to make these goals come to pass. If they want a turn, they need to let others have a turn. if they want to win a game, they need to practice at home as well as at team practice.
Have everyone bring 3 pieces of small trash. Have them walk around a small yard and nonchalantly drop each piece of trash around the yard. When everyone's finished, have them look at the difference only 3 pieces of trash makes. Then clean up the yard and throw away the trash properly.
Take responsibility for your corner of a clean world. Have each boy weigh the trash in their house for one day, then times it by 356 for a year. Visit a local dump and recycling plant. Talk about how to recycle.
Talk about the responsibility of their teacher or mother or coach or milking a cow. Then discuss what would happen if they did not take their responsibility seriously. Talk about what responsibilities the boys have at school and at home. Talk about the effects of their being responsible or not responsible.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Here are two links (Link 1 and Link 2) to some short group games that demonstrate cooperation quite well. You might want to play these games, then have them assess how cooperation helped them reach their goal.
Two other popular games for scouts are Human Knot and Shrinking Island. Click on the Human Knot link above for instructions to play it.
For Shrinking Island, take a tarp, open it up and place it on the ground. The goal of the game is to get everybody on the island. When they have successfully completed their task, have everyone get off the island, fold the tarp in half, and have them see how many of them can now get on the island. Continue shrinking the island to see how small that island can get and still have everyone on it. You can do this talking or without talking. It's fun to watch the cooperation as they hold each other to all be safe on the island.