Wolf Achievement 2 – Your Flag – helps instill one of the three Aims of Scouting in our young Scouts – citizenship. By learning about how to properly display the US flag, they learn about respect.
You will need to meet somewhere with a flagpole. If your normal meeting location doesn’t have one, try your local city hall, VFW post, or similar location.
With both of my dens, they really enjoyed this achievement more than I thought they would. Take some time to talk about what the flag represents and why we should respect it. The timeline in this plan is pretty generous and allows for some time to talk.
I found my den chiefs very valuable when working on this. They did a lot of the demonstration and added in some practical information. They had experience raising and lowering the school flag, so they were really helpful with that.
Printable copy of Den Meeting Plan for Wolf Achievement 2 – Your Flag (includes timeline)
Den Meeting Plan for Wolf Achievement 2 – Your Flag
You will be doing several flag ceremonies during this meeting. Give different Scouts the chance to lead these so they can complete requirement 2b.
Arrange to use the flag pole at your meeting place
Your will need to gather these materials beforehand:
- Several US flags. One should be for the flagpole. Have another on a staff.
- Printouts for the meeting
Play State Capitals Bingo
Raise a United States flag on a flagpole (See Raising and Lowering a US Flag ) – for requirements 2e and 2f
Say the Pledge of Allegiance and then talk about what it means – for requirement 2a
Talk about your state flag, what the symbols on it mean, it’s history, etc. Look on your state’s website. Some will have coloring sheets or other information about your flag which is appropriate for children. Discuss how to display a state flag with a US flag (See Displaying the US Flag with Other Flags )- for requirement 2d
Show some different ways to display a United States flag – for requirement 2c
Let the Scouts practice leading a flag ceremony (See simple opening flag ceremony ) – for requirement 2b
Practice flag folding (See How to Fold the US Flag ) – for requirement 2g
Announcements and Closing
Hand out recognitions
Announce upcoming den and pack events
Lower the flag you raised at the beginning of the meeting