|Cit. in the Community
||Be sure to have your name and troop # on each document you need to submit.
- Read the book – the merit badge pamphlet – it will guide you on all the requirements. You will have to use other resources but the pamphlet is the place to start.
- We will do Requirements 1, 2, 6 and 7 at the first session, but you will need to know what you will do for the other requirements so we can discuss next steps at the first session.
- Requirement 1 – come to the first session ready to discuss what Citizenship is in your own words.
- Requirement 2 – Do printouts of maps with things marked and bring them along. You can hit Print Screen to get a copy of your screen to paste into a Word document. It’s an easy way to get just what you want. It is okay to write in the places with a pen on the printed sheet.
Do the local government organization chart. Be sure to cover all offices at the level and to note if the person is elected or appointed (and by whom).
- Requirement 3 – attend a meeting, take note of an issue they are considering (we will talk about it at our second college session under requirement 3b). Now is a good time to attend so you have time to think about 3b.
- Requirement 4 – figure out which issue you will do and who you will interview. I will approve the idea and interviewee when I hear it at the first session so you may actually do the work for the second session.
- Requirement 5 – Same as 4, choose a movie to watch so I may approve it at the first session for you to report on at the second session. I suggest you have a list of at least three movies. I would like each scout to choose something different from other scouts, if possible, that is why I’d like you to have a list of at least three movies.
- Requirement 6 – Do this list now as we will discuss at the first session.
- Requirement 7 – We will do at the first session. This is going to take a bit to do. You need to talk to someone at an organization, so you may have to do that right after school as a number of these may close after 5 PM. Be sure to have your parent’s permission to do so.
- Requirement 8 – This one will also require a bit of doing, so while you will present it at the second session, you should begin on it now.
|Citizenship in the Nation
||** No prerequisites required for first session **
** Homework list provided to give you time to work on it prior to the second session **
- 2. Do TWO of the following:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 8. Name your two US 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.
||No Prerequisites, but several notes from the instructors:
Your family situation will not prevent you from earning the genealogy merit badge. For example, if you are adopted and do not know who your biological parents are, please speak with one of the instructors, who will help you to work around your particular situation and earn the merit badge.
If you wish to start your written assignments before the first meeting of the Merit Badge College, you may do so; the following four requirements are your written homework assignments (full text of requirements at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Genealogy.pdf):
2. Do ONE of the following (“a” or “b”) to fulfill requirement #2:
a. Create a time line for yourself or for a relative . . . OR
b. Keep a journal for six weeks. . . . (If you are doing this one (2b), you need to start ASAP
before the first meeting of the College.)
3. With your parent’s help, choose a relative or a family acquaintance you can interview . . .
6. Begin your family tree by listing yourself and include at least two additional generations. . . .
(see below for further info)
7. Complete a family group record form . . . (see below for further info)
Requirement 4b: “Obtain at least one genealogical document that supports an event that is or can be recorded on your pedigree chart or family group record. The document could be found at home or at a government office, religious organization, archive, or library.”
A published book about your family does NOT fulfill the above 4b requirement, unless it contains a readable photograph of a baptismal certificate, marriage certificate, family register, etc. Do not bring an original document, which is a family heirloom; a legible photocopy or a legible photograph is OK.
One of your instructors, David Klees, has worked as a professional genealogist and will fulfill this requirement with you:
“5. Contact ONE of the following individuals or institutions. Ask what genealogical services, records, or activities this individual or institution provides, and report the results:
b. A professional genealogist (someone who gets paid for doing genealogical research)”
Your instructors will pass out printed forms for you to use for the following two requirements. Or, you may print off these forms at:
“Ancestral Chart” to fulfill “6. Begin your family tree by listing yourself and include at least two additional generations. . . .”
“Family Group Sheet” to fulfill “7. Complete a family group record form, listing yourself and your brothers and sisters as the children. . . .”
Please note that for requirement 7, you need to fill out two copies of the “Family Group Sheet”.
You may also use genealogy software for these two requirements, if your family is already using it. (Advice from one of your instructors, who is a retired computer programmer: This genealogy merit badge is not a good time to learn how to use genealogy software.) If you do use genealogy software, your instructors will want to see printed copies on paper produced by the software; please do not show your instructors a computer screen for these two requirements.
At the second session of the College, each Scout will share what he has learned about his family, to fulfill:
“9. Discuss what you have learned about your family and your family members through your genealogical research.”