How Children Are Building Youth Citizenship Early

March 29, 2017

Meeting with the mayor and handing out nonperishables to the homeless? It’s all in a day’s work for Cub Scouts.

That’s because active youth citizenship is a priority of the Cub Scout program. Everyday, countrywide, the youngest of men are learning about civics. What’s more, they’re putting each lesson into practice with service projects and by meeting community leaders. Sound advanced for boys in elementary school? Think again as you check out these three stories of youth citizenship and duty to country. Then, consider using each story as a jumping off point to talk with your children about civics.

  1. “What’s it like to be mayor?” That’s the question Cub Scout Nick D. asked Mayor Kazmark of Woodland Park, NJ. As the Cub Scout pack welcomed the mayor to a recent meeting, they had the chance to ask this civic leader all about serving their town. Read more about the Scouts’ experience on TAPinto.
  2.  “It means you’re doing your part to help your community, your pack and your church.” This is how Cubmaster Dan Boehning explained the significance of Cub Scouts earning a Messengers of Peace patch for a recent service project. His pack collected hundreds of brown bags they had asked friends and family to fill with food for those in need in Suffolk, VA. Read more about their good turn on Suffolk News Herald.
  3. “It’s an honor to be here with everyone else.” Webelos Francesco G. said this to Bryan on Scouting about his journey to Report to the Nation (a tradition that proves to be the ultimate civics lesson for Scouts selected to attend). The trip sent Francesco to Washington, D.C. with a small group of Scouts to present the Boy Scouts of America’s official report to government officials. Hear more from Francesco below in his interview with Bryan (skip to 03:12 to see his segment or watch the whole thing to hear what the older Scouts had to say).

How Can Children Build Youth Citizenship in Your Community?

While these stories are unique to the Scouts who experienced them, there are opportunities to get your kids involved in your community. Share with us your thoughts on how to impart youth citizenship onto the developing minds of children. Post your thoughts in the comments below.