I ended up doing exactly what I planned NOT to do: I waited until the last week of my scheduled time to finish the requirements for this rank. I could have done it earlier, and I had wanted to add the extra time to my next rank, but life got the better of me.
6. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag. Last week I emailed the principal of my kids’ school and asked if we could use the flagpole for this demonstration tonight, adding that I have my own flag to use. He wrote back that it was fine, and this was the first activity in my family’s weekly home evening tonight.
As we drove over, I recounted all the material from the handbook about displaying the flag. When we got there, I showed the kids how to fold and unfold it, then one kid helped me attach it to the line, while the little kids helped me hoist it up and then down again. While it flew at the top for a minute, we decided to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Afterwards, the oldest child folded the flag, as I had shown them all, while I held the other end.
11. Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them. I went over the handbook’s section on this, adding my own warning about oleander, which are very popular in Las Vegas. Of course, one kid pointed out that it was unlikely that any of us would ever eat one.