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AT RETREAT - State the salute at the moment the flag is on its way down and hold until the flag is gathered at the base of the flagstaff. If the flag is at half-mast, salute as it is first hoisted to the peak; hold the salute until it is gathered at the base.

SIMPLY SAID - Salute the Flag of the United States of America ;

¥ When you say the Pledge of Allegiance.

¥ The moment a flag passes in front of you at a parade.

¥ From the moment the flag starts raising up a pole and until it reaches the top.

¥ From the moment it starts lowering until in the hands of the color guard.

¥ When the flag is present and the "Stars Spangle Banner" is being played.

¥ With pride.

Duty To God

From it beginning the Scouting movement has encouraged its members to be faithful in the practice of their religions.  The Cub Scout Promise, Scout Oath, and Explorer Code all call upon members to pledge themselves to do their duty to God.

The Boy Scouts of America does not define what constitutes belief in God or the practice of religion.  Rather, it provides programs and ideals that complement the aims of all religions, with the result that religious organizations are the single largest category of chartered organization for packs, troops, and posts.

Religious principles underline Scouting's philosophy of character formation and are basic to its concepts of citizenship.  Duty to God and Duty to Country go hand-in-hand.  The program helps boys to understand how to participate in the democratic processed, to express citizenship through service, and to cherish and perfect the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens.

Think back about the early history of America.  Can you describe America as it differs from other countries?  Read the Declaration of Independence.  Read the Constitution.  Familiarize yourself with the leaders who have been vital factors in the growth of America.  There you will find the basic for instructing Cub Scouts.  First, reverence toward God.  Second, faithfulness in their religious convictions.  Third, respect for the conviction of others in matters of custom and religion.  Amid today's conflicting ideologies it is more essential than ever that Cub Scouts learn what it means to be citizen of "...one Nation under God..."

Cub Scouts should be encouraged to explore the world of nature and of man in a context of a spiritual view of life.  A skilled leader using the natural environment and element of the program as a teaching medium can do much to instill in boys the concept of God in the universe.  There has always been a spiritual theme running through the nature lore of Scouting.  Dan Beard, our first National Scout Commissioner, emphasized that: "...it was God who made the great out-of-doors".  This acceptance of the natural world as God's creation, by whatever process, is the reverent attitude that Scouting has chosen to communicate to boys through its religious principles.

The principles of the Cub Scout program are often summed up in the words "Cub Scout spirit".  Like the wind, this spirit is invisible, but it has great power when harnessed.  How to catch this spirit is described by the words of an old sailor who was asked by a young lad;  "What is the wind?"  The old sailor replied:  "I don't know what the wind is, but I know how to set the sail."  In Cub Scouting, a leader tries to help a boy to set the sail of his life so as to capture the spirit of the Cub Scout Promise.  As he experiences the warm feeling of citizenship through service as he does a good turn,  he can also be made aware that he is helping to fulfill his duty to God in the spirit of the Good Samaritan.

The one principles that can do most to give meaning and motivation to a Cub Scout's life is "Duty to God and Country".

Scouting is not a religion but it is religious.  If we can help the boy to understand that there is a Supreme  Being who is guiding us daily, taking care of us and loving us, we may have implanted a seed of righteousness that will grow and mature all of his life.  We sincerely hope that the parent are giving their sons a religious experience through home life.  Maybe we can add to it so very subtly.

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