The Citizenship Skill Award was probably the first skill award I earned when I was a Boy Scout in the mid 1970’s. In fact, it was probably the first Boy Scout award I earned since it was required for the rank of Tenderfoot Scout. I went on to earn several of them, along with a few merit badges.
The Citizenship Skill Award requirements were:
1) a. Describe the flag of the United States. Give a short history of it.
b. Explain why you should respect your country’s flag. Tell which special days you should fly it in your state.
c. Using a flag, and with another Scout helping you, show how to hoist and lower the flag, how to hang it vertically and horizontally on a wall, and how to fold it.
d. Tell when to salute the flag and show how to do it.
2) a. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. Explain its meaning in your own words. Lead your patrol and troop in the proper ceremony of reciting the pledge.
b. Tell about the meaning of our National Anthem and how it was written.
3) a. Explain the rights and duties of a citizen of the United States.
b. Tell about two things you have done that will help law-enforcement agencies.
c. Explain what a citizen should do to save our resources.
4) Do one of the following:
a. Visit a community leader. Learn about the duties of the job or office. Tell your patrol or troop what you have learned.
b. Learn something about a famous U.S. person of your choosing. Tell your reasons for picking that person and give a short report of what that person did to gain this recognition.
c. Make a list of ten things, places, or sayings, that have some relationship to the history of the United States. Explain their meaning.
d. Know the history and tradition of your state, commonwealth, or territorial flag.
As I was writing these requirements I was flooded with many memories of Boy Scouts completing these requirements over twenty years ago. I also began thinking to myself, this was a great skill award. Some of these requirements have made it into today’s rank requirements, but several of them were lost in the shuffle. This award is one of the reasons I wish the BSA would not have dropped the skill award program.