10 yr anniversary patch

History

St. George was a 3rd century Roman Soldier and priest in the Guard of Diocletian. He died in 303 A.D. in Lydda, which is located in modern day Israel.

He was martyred for becomming a Christian and asking the emperor for mercy for persecuted Christians. He is most famous for the story about St. George and the dragon.

He was canonized in 494 A.D. by Pope Gelasius. His feast day is April 23rd. He is the patron saint of a large selection of items, among which are riders, armor makers and Scouting.

The Legend of St. George and the Dragon

St. George was out riding his horse when he reached a village in Lydia. The village had been terrorized by a dragon that had settled into the lake nearby and had released a pestilence that had begun to kill villagers.

Those who remained were required to feed the dragon two sheep per day. One day, they ran out of sheep, and began to feed it young maidens.

Finally, the only young maiden left was the king's own daughter, and she was to be sacrificed the day that St. George arrived.

St. George promised to kill it, and battled the dragon long and hard. Before he killed the dragon, however, he had the towns-people promis him they would become Christians, have religious piety, and treat the poor with kindness.

Patch Requirements

Kindergarten to Second Grade

  • Talk with your parents/Scout leader about who St. George was.
  • Read the story about St. George and the dragon.
  • Draw pictures of your favorite part of the story and show them to your troop/group. Explain what you drew and tell them the story.
  • See what you can find on the computer about St. George
  • Answer the following questions;
  1. What did St. George do for his job?
  2. What happened to St. George?
  3. What did St. George kill for the villagers?
  4. What are two thing that St. George is patron saint of?

Third to Fifth Grade

  • Read about St. George on this page.
  • Read the Legend.
  1. What is the same?
  2. What is different?
  • Talk with your troop leader or your parents about the similarities and differences.
  • Look at the Legend of St. George at your local library on on the internet.
  1. How many different versions are there?
  2. What does this say about St. George as a saint?
  3. Is he popular or unpopular?
  • Tell a parent about St. George and the Dragon and its impact on St. George's appearance.
  • Talk about how important this ledgend was to most people's idea of St. George.

Sixth to Eighth Grade

  • Read about St. George on this page and then the first paragraph on New Advent site then read the rest of the artical and discover the real St. George. Take notes.
  • Read the version of St. George and the Dragon on this page.
  • Also read the version on the New Advent site (at the botton of the page).
  • Compare the two in the way they tell the story.
  • Which do you prefer?
  • Whrite a paragraph explaining the differences between the real St. George and the story and which one it is that you prefer and why.
  • Answer the following questions;
  1. When was St. George martyred and where?
  2. Why was St. George martyred?
  3. When was St. George canonized and by whom?
  4. St. George rescued which maiden from the village?

High School

  • Read the short peice on St. George on this page and the pieces on New Advent site (see reference materials for site listings).
  • Whrite a paragraph explaining what we do know about St. George and what we do not know for sure.
  • Read multiple versions of the story of St. George.
  • Create a chart that shows the similarities and differences between the stories. Also point out what country the story comes from.
  • Answer the following questions;
  1. Where was St. George martyred?
  2. Which pope canonized St. George?
  3. When was he canonized?
  4. When is St. George's feast day?
  5. What is he patron saint of? (name at least three).
  6. Summarize the basic idea of the Legend of St. George and the dragon in one paragraph.


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