Cultural Awareness Troop Program Feature

Cultural Awareness Troop Program Feature

The history of every community in the United States has been influenced by many different groups: the Native Americans who lived here first, the various peoples who have immigrated to this country over the past 500 years, and those who continue to come to
this country today. Each nationality brings its own language and customs. Initially these peoples settled near their friends and family, forming neighborhoods with a predominant single-ethnic heritage.

By the time the Scouts in the troop reach midlife, most communities will no longer have a predominant single ethnic heritage, and many communities in the United States will reflect the cultural diversity of the world. Help Scouts to better understand the different ethnic groups represented in their communities.

Genealogy Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Genealogy Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts who enjoy delving into their family history can earn the Genealogy merit badge. There is a local LDS church which holds a skill center for this badge every year. Some of our scouts have attended and it has sparked an interest in genealogy.

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Indian Lore Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Indian Lore Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

The Indian Lore merit badge is a favorite for our first year Boy Scouts at summer camp. I can always tell which Scouts are working on the badge because they are usually walking around with a necklace with beads on.

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Treasure

Sleeping Pirate Game

This month I am featuring the Cultural Awareness Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts. The meeting plan for week two suggests playing Sleeping Pirate as a opening activity while the Scouts are gathering. This works well for this purpose since it doesn’t require much equipment and additional Scouts can join in as they arrive.

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Camping

Tent Pitching Contest (Standard or Blindfolded)

Tent pitching contests are an inter-patrol activity staple. To make it a blindfolded tent pitching contest, just add blindfolds. If you want, let one team member keep his vision, but he can only participate by giving verbal instructions to the others. This makes a good communications exercise also.

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Praying hands

Native American Prayer

Native American lore is an important part of the Boy Scout and Cub Scout programs. This prayer is attributed to Chief Sealth (for whom Seattle is named).

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