American Cultures Merit Badge
CLASS PREPARATION PAGE
 
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
 
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
 
 
 
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky American Cultures Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky American Cultures Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
 
 
Other American Cultures MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
American Cultures Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - American Cultures Merit Badge Workbook
 
American Cultures Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
American Cultures MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

American Cultures Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. American Cultures Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED STUDY PREPARATION NOTES
 

Choose THREE groups that have different racial, cultural, national, or ethnic backgrounds, one of which comes from your own background. Use these groups to meet requirements 1, 2, and 3.

 

1. Do TWO of the following, choosing a different group for each:

a. Go to a festival, celebration, or other event identified with one of the groups. Report on what you see and learn.

b. Go to a place of worship, school, or other institution identified with one of the groups. Report on what you see and learn.

c. Talk with a person from one of the groups about the heritage and traditions of the group. Report on what you learn.

d. Learn a song, dance, poem, or story that is traditional to one group, and teach it to a group of your friends.

e. Go to a library or museum to see a program or exhibit featuring one group's traditions. Report on what you see and learn.

Scouts will find that all of these options in this requirement require some sort of reporting or explanation after completing the action specified. Scouts will have an opportunity to share their findings and experiences with the Counselor and other Scouts  Any supporting material (ticket stubs, photos, souvenirs, pamphlets, etc.) from the event, visit, locale, etc that Scouts can bring to show and share as a part of their reporting would be of great benefit.  While Scouts are not required to "report" in writing, it is strongly suggested to at least use something like the Scoutmaster Bucky American Cultures Merit Badge Workbook to help manage and organize your notes while completing his requirement.

 

2. Imagine that one of the groups had always lived alone in a city or country to which no other groups ever came. Tell what you think the city or country might be like today. Now tell what you think it might be like if the three groups you chose lived there at the same time.

This requirement will be covered in the class, however Scouts must do some preparation work ahead of time in order to have a viable chance of completing this requirement on the day of the class.  Scouts not preparing for this requirement will likely find it difficult, if not impossible, to complete on the day of the class. Read the requirement carefully and fairly give this requirement some thought and effort in formulating your thoughts and ideas to share during the class, write them down if you feel this will help.

 

3. Tell about some differences between the religions and social customs of the three groups. Tell about some ideas or ways of doing things that are similar in the three groups.

Scouts should come to the class having prepared for this requirement by reading the merit badge pamphlet and making any notes they feel might be useful in helping support their explanation to the Counselor during the class.

 

4. Tell about a contribution made to our country by three different people, each from a different racial, ethnic, or religious background.

Scouts should be prepared and make notes to assist them with the discussion during the class. Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must "tell" about their findings. Scouts will need to actively partake in the class in order to fully receive credit for this requirement.

 

5. Give a talk to your Scout unit or class at school on how people from different groups have gotten along together. Lead a discussion on what can be done to help various groups understand one another better.

While not required, it is strongly recommended that prior to making any presentation, you should review the contents of your presentation with your Counselor. Scouts wishing to make their presentation during the class will have the opportunity to do so, however it should be noted that there will be NO time allotted for preparing for this during the class.  Scouts choosing his option will need to come fully prepared and ready to present on the day of the class.  Remember it is at the discretion of the Counselor as to whether the requirement has been satisfactorily completed.  All Scouts will be given an opportunity to lead the discussion in order to complete this requirement on the day of the class.

 
this page last reviewed / updated: October 2017
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