Thursday, October 20, 2011

Flag Folding Ceremony

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.

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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.)

  1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
  2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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."
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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

Arrow of Light

Arrow of Light Ceremony done at POW WOW

Pizza Hut Song

Preparing for Life Skit

Skit done at POW WOW

What to do with those Apple Spice Junction Lunch Boxes

You Can't Ride In My Red Wagon

Song sung at POW WOW

Citizenship Football


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.

Pack Meeting Plans

Cubmasters, this is a link you may want direct access to:  http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/Leaders/DenLeaderResources/DenandPackMeetingResourceGuide/PackMeetingPlans.aspx

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.

BIG NEWS:  Monthly themes are back.  This is very big interest factor for the 8-10 year-old boys!  The page I've directed you already has October's Supplemental Packet - Jungle of Fun - available, and the rest will come when they are available.

Core Values

Here is a list of 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.