The aims of Scouting are character development, citizenship training, personal fitness (both mental and physical), and leadership development.
Here are some ideas about how citizenship training is incorporated into the Scouting programs offered by BSA. I’ve also included some helps and activities which are specifically designed to engage Scouts of all ages in participatory citizenship.
- Cub Scouts learn about America’s heritage
- Through small service projects, Cub Scouts learn to take pride in helping the community
- Cubs learn flag etiquette and basic citizenship skills
- Cub Scouts learn about everyday heroes who make our communities better and safer places to live
- Scouts BSA learn about their rights and duties as US citizens as part of the early rank requirements
- The Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World merit badges help Scouts BSA learn how they can be useful members of larger communities.
- By learning to take care of the environment, they preseve our natural reasources for everyone’s benefit
- Scouts BSA also perform service projects to benefit organizations and individuals in the community.
- Venturing develops strong leaders who will serve our country as they mature
- Venturers learn about the importance of putting others before themselves through service projects. Service is one of the four pillars of Venturing.
How does your unit incorporate participatory citizenship into its program? Put your ideas in the comments below.
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