Fifty Great States Theme (Citizenship)
BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Fifty Great States related to citizenship. The Fifty Great States meeting plan features games, group activities, songs, and more to help Cub Scouts become good citizens in their Packs and communities.
Here is how the BSA plan suggests tying together this theme with the value of Citizenship:
“Fifty Great States” reminds us that we are to contribute our service and show responsibility to local, state, and national communities. Cub Scouts develop good citizenship skills when they learn about respecting the flag and providing service to the community.
Cub Scout Pack Meeting Plan for November: Fifty Great States (Citizenship)
This Cub Scout pack meeting plan includes the following – all within a citizenship theme. See the meeting plan for details.
- Gathering activity – State Name and Motto Matching Game
- Opening ceremony – State Shout Out and Recipe for a Flag Opening
- A prayer about remembering the sacrifices and citizenship
- Welcomes and Introductions – Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Welcome
- Cheer – Red, White, and Blue Cheer
- Song – America (My Country ’Tis of Thee)
- Activity – Den Demonstrations
- Freedom to Be a Scout Advancement Ceremony
- “With freedom comes responsibility” Cubmaster Minute
Barb sent in this template and instructions for making a cootie catcher to help Cub Scouts learn the history of the US flag. A cootie catcher, also called a fortune teller, is an orgami construct which can be used to ask and answer questions.
One theme for teaching citizenship is the Fifty Great States theme. State capitals bingo would be a fun game or gathering activity to go with this theme. You can play this game with states or capitals on the bingo cards or the call cards. You can choose which combination of bingo cards and call cards you would like to use.
Many of our kids have not been exposed to flag etiquette before their first flag ceremony, so take the time to give them some basic instruction. This is a very simple opening flag ceremony for Cub Scouts to use at Den and Pack meetings.
Basic instructions for a very simple closing flag ceremony. This simple closing flag ceremony is appropriate for a den, pack, or other meeting.
When retiring a United Stated flag, some people will say that you must do it this way or that way, but according to the Flag Code, it just needs to be done with dignity.
The US flag is the symbol of our country and every Scout should know how to handle it. One thing I emphasize when working with Scouts on flag etiquette is that the most important thing is respect. Scouts are going to make mistakes from time to time, but they should always do their best to be respectful.
Citizenship Football Game is a fun way to help Webelos and Scouts BSA work on citizenship requirements.