The theme for the day was learning about the Flag. The American Legion accepts donations of flags that need to be retired, as opposed to letting someone just throw them in the trash. Inside the Legion, I found this poster for how to treat the Flag with Respect.
The kids had a member of the Legion, a former Navy man, come and speak to them about the Flag.
All things considered, he did a great job holding their attention.
He asked for Volunteers to come hold the Flag while they discussed what the stars and stripes represent. The 'kids in blue' won the honor, Christopher and his Best Friend Clark.
After we discussed the History of the Flag, we went outside, where a small fire pit had been started, and the Webelos paired up with a Boy Scout Partner for the Flag burning Ceremony.
Wow, there was a lot of variety in the shades of blue of the flags waiting to be burned, these flags had seriously seen some better days, so it was clearly Time.
The boys line up and hold their flags.
Then they walked them over to the fire.
Chris had to raise that Flag up pretty high in order to get that second flag up over the fire.
That one even scared me!
But he did the job, treated the Flag Respectively, and his only response was to give me a look and a shake to convey he'd had a bad case of the willies. He did Wonderfully. I was so Proud of Him.
I was even more proud, when another couple kids in his Den started being noisy afterwards, but Christopher continued respectful silence, or leaned over for a whisper. That's hard for him. He really impressed me. I don't know if it was being around the other scouts or what, but I was Impressed. It made me almost can't wait for him to become a full bodied Boy Scout! I know how excited he is, maybe he can do this Eagle Scout goal. If anyone can, it's Christopher.