The Birth of a Flag
Posted On: 2020-11-11

 

Materials:

  • One large container (such as a box, wash pot, etc.)
  • One roll each of one or two-inch red, white, and blue crepe paper.
  • Eight to ten stars or disks constructed of aluminum foil or a similar material
  • One large spike or similar object to represent a needle (large enough to be seen by the audience)
  • One piece of brightly colored yarn which should be attached to the needle.
  • One American flag
  • Five Scouts
  • Narrator

The container is placed in the front center stage without a backdrop.  The U.S. flag should be concealed within the interior of the container (care should be taken to protect the flag from soiling or discretion during this procedure),  The five Scouts are positioned or grouped around the container so that on cue during the narration each may deposit his property into the container.  At the conclusion of the narration and at the beginning of the accompanying music, the five Scouts should, in unison, bend, grasp, and withdraw the U.S. flag and hold in proper position until the conclusion of the music; then withdraw from the stage with the flag (two Scouts should properly fold the flag after they are off stage)

Narrator: Have you ever stopped to think about how a flag is born?  Today we are here to show how our flag was made!

First, we add the red for courage (the first Scout raises red strip and deposits into the container by holding the loose end of the roll allowing the roll to "stream".  The courage of those gallant men who have given their lives defending the freedom of our great country.  Red is for the courage of those Scouts who have accepted the challenge of advancement and development of mind, body, and character.

Next, we add some white for purity (next Scout raises white strip and deposits into the container by holding the loose end of the roll allowing the roll to "stream".)  the purity of the birth of a new nation which struggled for life carved from the virgin wilderness.  The white is also for the purity of a new Cub Scout just beginning the great adventure of Scouting.

Then, let us add some blue taken from the sky and the waters that surround our continent (next Scout raises blue strip and deposits into the container by holding the end of the roll allowing the roll to "stream").  The blue represents the life-supporting elements that sustain our very existence.  nations to enjoy God's great natural beauty.

Next, we will add just a dash of stars (next Scout drops stars in a container) to represent the fifty states that make up this grand land we call the United States of America.  Stars that shine in the eyes of a lad as he succeeds in the accomplishments and goals achieved in the Scouting program.

Finally, we add this needle and thread (next Scout drops needle and thread into the container) with which to finish our flag.  The steel of the needle signifies the strength of our nation, and the thread represents the fiber of brotherhood (withdraw the flag as stated in the instructions) that binds us together in the united effort to continually defend the freedom our flag represents.  Our flag!  Old Glory!  The Red, White, and Blue!  Stars and Stripes Forever!  The flag of the United States of America!  May it always fly with honor and respect!

 

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