Re: Citizenship badges for foreign cub scouts
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Wed, 2 Nov 1994 23:08:48 +000
Joyce McKibben asks about " citizenship " requirements in other
Here in UK it has never really been an issue at Cub Scout level , because
the requirements have always been fairly general and open to interpretation.
Things such as " find out something about the Royal family ... " or "
discover the meaning of the Union Flag and the national symbols of the
nations of the United Kingdom " have been part of the program in
different guises for many years , and clearly this is not a problem since
a kid of <any> nationality can " find out " something without it being a
Each Progressive Training Award (rank) requires an International activity
as one of the choices. Having links with the BSA my Pack has often done
activities based on USA , e.g. I have told them something about the USA,
taught the boys about the US flag and how to fold it correctly, etc. We
also have (rather tenuous) local links, in that our church is near the
site of the laboratory of General Congreve , who developed the use of
rockets in warfare. Greenwich is also a town with a naval history. In the
war of 1812 Congreve's rockets were used to bombard Fort McHenry, in
September 1914 , the first time rockets had been used in maritime warfare.
As HMS Erebustook part in the bombardment a gentleman called Francis
Scott Key wrote a poem describing the battle :
" ... and the rockets red glare, the bomb bursting in air, gave proof
through the night that our flag was still there ... On the shore dimly
seen, through the mists of the deep, where the foes haughty host in dead
silence reposes, what is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
as it fitfully blows half reveals, half discloses ... "
There is a museum where Congreve's models etc. are kept , and a visit
combines both " local history " and " international activity " aspects in
the one story !
I have at present two US citizens as Beaver Scouts. When they come up to
Cub Scouts I will use the " write in your own requirement " provision
to ask them to do something reflecting their own citizenship, possibly
based on Bobcat / Wolf requirements, for credit towards their awards.
Just a few ideas ...
Ian N Ford
AGSL 25th Greenwich Scout Group
ASM, BSA Troop 401 (London)
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