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Saturday, November 7, 1999 at George Washington's Mount Vernon

To Participate in the Salute

Scout Units and Scouts across the nation are invited to join the Salute to George Washington. To participate:

1. Create an appropriate commemorative item: a poster, certificate, handcraft item, banner, wreath, personal letter, or proposed Rules of Civility with your unit's identification.

2. Send it to: George Washington's Bicentennial, PO Box 110, Mount Vernon, VA 22121. Items can be hand-delivered at Mount Vernon's Entrance Gate (all scouts who hand-deliver a commemorative item will receive free admission).

3. All commemorative items will be placed at Washington's Tomb as part of the Scout Salute on November 6, 1999 and must be received by October 31, 1999.


4. Attend in person!

George Washington Commemorative Event

Scouts and scout units are invited to plan a community event to commemorate the 1999 Bicentennial of George Washington. Commemorative events can include:

Proclaim a "George Washington Day." Work with your elected officials or school principal, to have one day designated to honor the legacy of George Washington.

Fly a Flag. Using a replica historic flag, like Washington's commander-in-chief's flag, conduct a flag-raising ceremony at a school, at a camporee, or at a public event to recall the patriotic values that Washington embodied (contact Mount Vernon for replica flags.)

Plant a Tree. Create a living memorial to Washington in a public park or on a school's grounds. Mount Vernon saplings are available from the American Forests Famous & Historic Trees.

Scout Rules of Civility for the 21st Century In his early teens, just before he embarked on his first adventure on the frontier, George Washington wrote Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation. The 110 precepts he included set out values that guided him throughout his life, and helped him become the most trusted and admired hero of the new American nation. As we celebrate Washington's legacy and look forward to the challenges of a new millenium, imagine yourselves in Washington's place. Help draft the Boy Scout Rules of Civility for the 21st Century. Working individually or as a unit, write ten modern rules. Send them or hand-deliver them to Mount Vernon before October 31, 1999 (all scouts who hand-deliver Rules will receive free admission). All submissions become the property of Mount Vernon. From submissions across the nation, 110 rules will be compiled as the Boy Scout Rules of Civility for the 21st Century, and presented to the President of the United States.

Washington's Rules of Civility

1st: Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to thos that are Present.

6th: Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not when other stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not on when others Stop.

48th: Wherein you reprove Another be unblameable yourself; for example is more prevalent than Precepts.

56th: Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad Company.

58th: Let your Conversation be without Malice or Envy, for 'tis a Sign of a Tractable and Commendable Nature: And in all Causes of Passion admit Reason to Govern.

67th: Detract not from others neither be excessive in Commanding.

71st: Gaze not on the marks or blemishes of Others and ask not how they came. What you may Speak in Secret to your Friend deliver not before others.

74th: When another Speaks be attentive your Self and disturb not the Audience if any hesitate in his Words help him not nor Prompt him without desired, Interrupt him not, nor Answer him till his Speech be ended.

105th: Be not Angry at Table whatever happens & if you have reason to be so, shew it not but on a Cheerfull Countenance especially if there be Strangers for Good Humour makes one Dish of Meat a Feast.

Look for Washington's Rules of Civility in your public library or contact Mount Vernon.

Create a George Washington Bookshelf. Working with your school or public librarian, select and purchase books to create a special shelf featuring a wide range of books on Washington.

Write a Letter. Send a letter to the editor of y9our local newspaper on Goerge Washington's legacy to the nation.

Reach a Congregation. Ask the minister of your congregation to conduct a memorial service on George Washington, and help him or her research important facts for the sermon.

Toll the Bells. At a church, school, or library, arrange to have the bells rung for one minute starting at 12:00 noon, CST, on December 14, 1999 to honor George Wahington.

More information on these commemorative events can be found at the George Washington Bicentennial web site at: You can also ask for information from Mount Vernon at: George Washington Bicentennial, PO Box 110, Mount Vernon, VA 22121; phone: 1-877-492-1999

Introducting the George Washington Patch

Wear the George Washington patch to show your participation in the Bicentennial! Scouts who submit ten modern Rules and conduct one commemorative event in their community are eligible to purchase the "George Washington" patch. Send your Rules, a description of your commemorative event, your name, address and troop number and $3.50 for each patch to: George Washinton Bicentennial, PO Box 110, Mount Vernon, VA 22121. Please add $2.00 to each order for shipping and handling.

Spirit of George Washington Camporee

Plan a camporee in the Spirit of George Washington -- commemorating the patriotism of the Continental Soldiers during the revolution. Contact Mount Vernon for ideas to make your camporee an unforgettable expedition to the founding days of the American nation. Ideas include:

  • - Menu suggestions;
  • - Camp layout;
  • - Military drill practice;
  • - Woodsman skills of flint-and-steel fire starting;
  • - Games of the period;

Every Spirit of the George Washington Camporee will receive a FREE replica of George Washington's original commander-in-chief's flag -- presented with a certificate from Washington's home, Mount Vernon.

1999: The George Washington Bicentennial

The 1999 George Washington Bicentennial will kick off in February of '99 on Washington's Birthday and marks the start of a national pilgrimage to Mount Vernon where visitors will experience Washington's home as never before. The estate will introduce an all-new Masion tour with 18th-century costumed characters; display over 100 18th-century objects on loan from collections around the world; open a new museum featuring a re-creation of the first presidential office; feature "Washington Is No More: The Final Experience," a dramatic multi-media show; host "Celebration Nights" each Friday and Saturday evening April through August and much more!

Thanks to partnerships with organizations like the National Capital Area Council of The Boy Scouts of America, this celebration extends nation-wide with educational activities, community celebrations, traveling exhibits, package tours, and much more! Through this and many other programs at Mount Vernon and from coast to coast, the 1999 George Washington Bicentennial promises to provide a time to reflect on America's strongest qualities and richest traditions as we face the challenges of a new century.

Find out everything happening during the George Washington Bicentennial on the net by visiting

Geroge Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens (703)780-2000

The Cub and Boy Scout Salute to George Washington is sponsored by the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts in partnership with Mount Vernon.

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