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Citizenship Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA

The Boy Scout Planning Guide suggests a Citizenship Troop Program Feature for February 2013.  This program feature offers the opportunity to introduce concepts of history, flag etiquette, and responsibilities in a troop setting. A PLC can use this program feature to plan a month of activities with a focus on citizenship.

The plans for the Citizenship troop program feature can be found in  Volume 1  of Troop Program Features from BSA:

A primary aim of the Boy Scouts of America is to guide youth toward good citizenship. That goal is clearly expressed in the Scout Oath pledges of “duty to God and my country” and “to help other people at all times.” The 12 points of the Scout Law are virtually a checklist for good citizenship. The citizenship program feature is designed to heighten a Scout’s appreciation of his rights and duties as a citizen, to make him aware of his heritage as an American, and to acquaint him with the approved ways of displaying and showing respect for the chief symbol of our country—the flag.

Citizenship Programs

Younger scouts can work on their early rank requirements, including flag etiquette and the rights and duties of US citizens.  Older scouts can earn the Citizenship in the Community Merit BadgeCitizenship in the Nation Merit Badge, or Citizenship in the World Merit Badge. Some other related merit badges include American Cultures Merit BadgeAmerican Heritage Merit Badge, and Law Merit Badge.

Troops are encouraged to attend a civic event such as a city council meeting, a neighborhood watch group, or a naturalization ceremony. The suggested feature event for the month is a heritage hike which includes a visit to an area with a cultural significance to the local area.

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