Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Scoutmaster Miniute--Great Seal of the United States
Scoutmaster Miniute--Great Seal of the United States
John P. Blanchard
Thu, 8 Oct 1998 19:26:41 EDT
I have adapted this to a SMM. It originally appeared (to my knowledge) in the
1964 National Jamboree Daily Newspaper. When I did it I held up a dollar bill
with front showing asked a few questions which most know answer then turned it
over and asked how many ever look at the back side.........
"THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES"
Scout Oath: "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and Country"
Within hours of the signing fo the Declaration of Independance on July 4, 1976
a committee of three was appointed to prepare a seal that represented the
governing power of the new nation. The initial members were Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams. Six years later, on June 20, 1782, after
three committees had worked on it with great study the Continental Congress
appoved the seal of the United States of America.
(HOLD UP A DOLLAR BILL OR HAVE SMALL GROUPS WITH DOLLAR BILLS AND/OR HAVE AN
ENLARGED COPY OF THE BACK SIDE OF THE DOLLAR BILL)
EXPLAIN FOLLOWING (DELETE SECTIONS AS NEEDED)
Reverse Side (of the seal)
The pyramid represents the material strength of the country or the countries
strength and duration. The eye above it, though separate completes the
pyramid. It represents the eye of Providence. The Founding Fathers firmly
believed that our strength was rooted in God and that our progress must be
rooted in God and that our progress must always be under the watchful eye of
Annuit Coeptis circling the top of the great seal means, "He (God) has favored
The Latin words under the pyramid - Novus Ordo Seclorum mean "a new order of
ages." They signify that the new republic introduced a new age in the life and
freedom of the people of the world .... that it ushered in a new era in which
people themselves would be able to exercise their God given right to self-
The Roman Numerals MDCCLXXVI at the base of the pyramid are 1776 - the
beginning of the United States as a independent nation.
Obverse Side (front or stamping side of the Great Seal of the United States)
The American Eagle became our national emblem in 1782, when it was chosen for
the great seal as a symbol of strength and victory.
The shield on the eagle's breast signifies self-reliance. It bears 13 stripes
as a reminder that each individual state, with its basic rights and
responsibities, was expected to help protect the freedom of all states.. The
bar across the top of the shield stands for Congress as the unifying and
binding force between the states. The stripes are red and white with a blue
chief; red signifies hardiness and valor; white: purity and innocence; blue:
vigilance, perserverance, and justice. In the dexter (right talon) of the
eagle is the olive branch with 13 leaves, signifying "domestic tranquillty".
In the sinister (left talon) is a bundle of 13 arrows symbolizing "common
A scroll in the eagle's beak bears the motto E Pluribus Unum (Sorry folks
forgot what this means!!! Anyone!!! Had to put you to work to see who's awake!
Above the eagle's head is a ring of light (called a "glory") surrounding 13
stars of silver on a azure field. The constellation of stars denotes "a new
state taking its place and rank among other sovereign powers".
The seal has limited use, strictly guarded by law. It is affixed to
Presidential proclamations and used in connection with international affairs.
The devise on the obverse side is employed as an emblem or coat of arms of the
nation. It appears on stationary, medals, publications, flags, etc. It is the
seal of the Department of State, and part of the seal of the President. It is
displayed in color over the entrance of embassies, legations, consulates,
vice-consulates, and consular agencies.
Use for SMM or Eagle Court of Honors......adapt as you wish
John Blanchard SM Troop 35 West Greenwich, State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations Narragansett Council
"A husband, a father (22 & 16 ages), an eagle (class of '63) and used to be a