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 religious 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.