In the early history of The NSCDA, citizenship projects emphasized preparing educational materials to help immigrants undertake the naturalization process. Participation in naturalization ceremonies has been widespread in our Societies. This participation has involved such activities as the presentation of gifts, such as small U.S. flags to new citizens, and the hosting of welcoming receptions following the ceremonies. More recently Dames have recognized the need to improve the teaching of Civics and the ideals of our heritage in the school system. More projects are being developed to promote such lessons in our schools.
Many of the State Societies of the NSCDA host citizenship ceremonies for both children and adults. At these ceremonies and welcoming receptions, the NSCDA has presented gifts to new citizens such as small U.S. flags, coloring books, flag brochures, and National Flag Foundation posters.