The Age Of Scouting

Personnel:

  • 1 announcer (a Cub Scout or adult leader)
  • 10 Cub Scouts (or use five and have each say two parts)

Material:

  • Text for the announcer
  • 10 cards with specified dates written in large letters on one side, script on the back side
  • American flag (if used for opening/closing ceremony)

Arrangement:

If 10 Cubs are used, have each one of them hold a cardboard sign with a date (printed in very large letters) on one side and the associated text for them to read on the other side. Have the Cubs line up in chronological order off to the side of the stage or presentation area. This skit uses a timeline to graphically show that Boy Scouts has been around for nearly 40% of the time the United States of America has-something most people don’t realize. That’s why the Boy Scout card needs to be card #6, to represent that almost 40% of American history happened after BSA was founded.

Announcer: “For well over 200 years now, the United States has been an independent nation. Throughout this period, our country has undergone many changes and made great progress. Today, America still stands as an example of goodness and righteousness for all the world.”

“Many people may not be aware of how long the Boy Scouts of America has been an organized youth group, but we have been in existence for a very long time. Tonight, the Cubs of Pack 832 are going to present a timeline to demonstrate just how long Boy Scouts has been around.”

Have the Cub Scouts enter the presentation area one at a time. Have them hold up their card for the audience to see the date while they read the text on the back of the card. Different dates/events can be substituted for all except the date of 1910, the date Boy Scouts of America was founded. For chronological accuracy, this card should be the sixth card in the lineup. Have the Cubs line with the oldest date on the audience’s left, side by side

Cub Scout #1: “In 1776, the 13 colonies declared their independence from England. The United States of America was born.”

Cub Scout #2: “In 1787, George Washington was elected the first president of the United States of America.”

Cub Scout #3: “In 1814, the “Star Spangled Banner” became the official National Anthem of the United States of America.”

Cub Scout #4: “In 1845, Texas became the 28th state to join the Union.”

Cub Scout #5: “In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th president of the United States.”

Cub Scout #6: “In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was founded.”

Cub Scout #7: “In 1914, World War I began in Europe.”

Cub Scout #8: “In 1941, America entered World War II.”

Cub Scout #9: “In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.”

Cub Scout #10: “In 1969, the United States became the first country to put a human on the moon-Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong.”

Announcer: “As you can see, the Boy Scouts of America has been around a lot longer than it may seem. Since just after the turn of the century, Boy Scouts has provided boys an opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun while doing so. In the past XXX years, Boy Scouts of America has become the largest youth organization in the world, and continues to grow each year. So next time someone asks about Boy Scouts, tell them just how long we’ve been here.

If used as an opening/closing ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance can be said now

If used as an independent skit, the Cub Scout Promise and/or the Law of the Pack can be said now

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