This merit badge requires a lot of
explanation and discussion in order to
complete most requirements. This class
is structured to offer explanation and
discussion time for Scouts in a small group
setting to offer both learning and earning
Scouts MUST come to the class with
preparation work in order to successfully
complete these requirements.
It will be virtually impossible for Scouts
who do not have preparation work done to
successfully partake in the group
discussions or provide acceptable
explanation if they do not have prior
knowledge of the requirements and answers
prior to the class.
1. Explain what citizenship in the nation means and what it takes to be a good citizen of this country. Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of a responsible and active American citizen.
This should be prepared prior to the class. Scouts should have this written out to show the counselor that some thought and research has gone into this requirement and Scouts should be prepared to discuss their findings. Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must discuss a number of items and will be required to partake in group and/or individual discussion to obtain credit.
2. Do TWO of the following:
Scouts will have to perform on their own, either prior to or after the class, the visit or tour requirements in this requirement. Scouts will have an opportunity to discuss with their counselor their visit or tour, however just saying you went there is not enough to be signed off on this requirement. It is recommended that Scouts come with prepared notes or proof to aid the counselor in confirming that this requirement has been met.
a. Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
b. Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.
c. Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.
d. Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and other resources, find out more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain why the monument is important to this country's citizens.
This class session will have a section for requirement 2D discussion. Scouts should come prepared to share their findings on a national monument. As with previous requirements, it is recommended that Scouts bring notes to help support their research and be prepared to discuss their findings.
3. Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.
Scouts will be engaged in discussion on their findings, their source of this information, and discuss how these issues they feel affect them and their family. It is recommended that Scouts bring news clippings, internet printouts, and/or notes for this requirement to help support their explanation and have on hand for possible reference purposes.
4. Discuss each of the following documents with your counselor. Tell your counselor how you feel life in the United States might be different without each one.
a. Declaration of Independence
b. Preamble to the Constitution
c. The Constitution
d. Bill of Rights
e. Amendments to the Constitution
Scouts should be prepared for discussion of the following requirement items. A good portion of the class will be spent on these discussions.
5. List the six functions of government as noted in the preamble to the Constitution. Discuss with your counselor how these functions affect your family and local community.
Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.
6. With your counselor's approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
This requirement requires a good deal of work and preparation. Scouts will have an opportunity to be signed off on this requirement but they must satisfy the detailed requirements It is recommended that Scouts bring their formulated notes and sources for reference to their explanation and sharing in the class.
7. Name the three branches of our federal government and explain to your counselor their functions. Explain how citizens are involved in each branch. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances.
This requirement will be covered in the class, however Scouts should review and be familiar with the components of this requirement.
8. Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor.
Scouts can work on this requirement before or after the
class, however in order to receive credit for this requirement prior to or at
the day of the class, Scouts should prepare their letter to their choice of
official as listed in the requirement and if sending a letter by email, carbon
copy Scoutmaster Bucky (Scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com)
in the email correspondence
If sending postal mail letter, have the letter written, envelope properly addressed and stamped, but NOT sealed and the counselor will verify the letter, seal the envelope and mail the letter for completion of this requirement. Discussion of the rest of this requirement will happen during the class session.