During our trip to Kartchner Caverns we watched a 15-minute video about how and why the cave became a State park. The founders talked about their reasons for wanting to protect it. They talked about their sense of responsibility to protect their beautiful Xanadu from the unfortunate fate of other caves, like this one:
It was an inspiring film. My 10-year-old was particularly touched by it. It was an unexpected opportunity to reinforce the values of individual responsibility toward ourselves, others and our world.
I’ve recently come to appreciate the fact that film is a powerful way to reach children. In an upcoming post, I’ll share which recently-released movie became the basis for a Family Home Evening lesson.
Meanwhile, because this is what I do, there’s a scouting requirement that capitalizes on the power of movies (and would make a great FHE as well):
Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge requirement 5 involves watching movies like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Mr. Holland’s Opus, or Pay it Forward and then talking about what they have to say about what it means to be a good citizen. There are other suggested movies, but you’re not limited to the list.
Anyone know of any other movies that would be good for this requirement?