Here is what the program helps say about this theme:
Hometown heroes are those who see a need, bring others together to cooperate in achieving a common goal, and solve problems to keep us safe in our community by working together as a team. Firefighters, police officers, members of the military, and other leaders cooperate to make our lives better. Our founding fathers represented different colonies but joined together to create the United States of America. Our space program combined the efforts of the government, the military, and private business to explore our universe and provide innovative ideas for our daily lives.
So this theme will revolve around the ideas of leadership, service, and cooperation. Several of the Cub Scout achievements and electives fit in with this theme.
Achievements Related to Hometown Heroes
Tiger Cub Scouts
- Achievement 2: Where I Live - – Go See It Activity: Visit a police station or a fire station. Ask someone who works there how he or she helps people in your community.
- Tiger Elective 8 – Your Religious Leaders: Invite a religious leader from your place of worship to your home or to your den meeting. (Talk about the things religious leaders and churches can do to solve problems in communities.)
- Tiger Elective 10 – Helping Hands: Along with your adult partner, help an elderly or shut-in person with a chore.
- Tiger Elective 11 – Helping the Needy: Help collect food, clothing or toys for needy families with your den or pack. (Talk about how even young people can make a difference in a community.)
- Tiger Elective 49 – Your Government: Visit a government office such as the mayor’s office, the state capitol building, or a courthouse. (Learn about how citizens can improve communities by working with local government.)
Wolf Cub Scouts
- Talk with your family members. Agree on the household jobs you will be responsible for. Make a list of your jobs and mark off when you have finished them. Do this for one month.
- Visit an important place in your community, such as a historic or government location. Explain why it is important.
- There is an older boy who hangs around Jason’s school. He tries to give drugs to the children. What would you do if you were Jason?
- Justin is new to your school. He has braces on his legs and walks with a limp. Some of the kids at school tease him. They want you to tease him, too. What would you do?
- Sam is home alone. He looks out the window and sees a man trying to break into a neighbor’s back door. What would you do if you were Sam?
- Mr. Palmer is blind. He has a guide dog. One day as he is crossing the street, some kids whistle and call to the dog. They want you and your friends to call the dog, too. What would you do?
- Some kids who go to Bob’s school want him to steal candy and gum from a store, which they can share later. Bob knows this is wrong, but he wants to be popular with these kids. What would you do if you were Bob?
Bear Cub Scouts
- Write or tell what makes America special to you.
- With the help of your family or den leader, find out about two famous Americans. Tell the things they did or are doing to improve our way of life.
- Help a boy join Cub Scouting, or help a new Cub Scout through the Bobcat trail.
- Serve as a denner or assistant denner.
- Plan and conduct a den activity with the approval of your den leader.
- Tell two people they have done a good job.
- Leadership means choosing a way even when not everybody likes your choice.
- Know the names of the President and Vice-President of the United States, elected Governor of your state and the head of your local government.
- Explain the rights and duties of a citizen of the United States. Explain what a citizen should do to save our natural resources.
- With your Webelos den or your family, visit a community leader. Learn about the duties of the job or office and tell what you have learned.
- Write a short story of not less than 50 words about a former U.S. president or some other great American. Give a report on this to your Webelos den.
- Tell about another boy you think is a good citizen. Tell what he does that makes you think he is a good citizen.
- List the names of three people you think are good citizens. (They can be from any country.) Tell why you chose each of them.
- Name three organizations, not churches or other religious organizations, in your area that help people. Tell something about what one of these organizations does.