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Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge
 

 

 

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 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 directions 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 Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Citizenship in the Community 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.


Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
2. Scout Uniform
3. A Merit Badge Workbook for this merit badge printed out and preparation work filled in
4. Any additional supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge 
5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

 
 
Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work.
 

1. Discuss with your counselor what citizenship in the community means and what it takes to be a good citizen in your community. Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of citizenship, and explain how you can demonstrate good citizenship in your community, Scouting unit, place of worship, or school.

This should be done 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 the following:

a. On a map of your community, locate and point out the following:

1. Chief government buildings such as your city hall, county courthouse, and public works/services facility.

2. Fire station, police station, and hospital nearest your home.

3. Historical or other interesting points

b. Chart the organization of your local or state government. Show the top offices and tell whether they are elected or appointed

Scouts should be prepared to share their findings with the class and should be prepared with this requirement prior to the class.  Scouts should come with their map; a fold out map of their community or one printed out (detailed size) from the Internet. Scouts need to make sure they have components from all three requirements in 2a marked on the map.

For requirement 2b, Scouts may choose either their local or state government to outline.  It is preferred if Scouts would choose their local government as class discussion will include a discussion component comparing the similarities and differences between local governments of each participant

3. Do the following:

a. Attend a meeting of your city, town, or county council or school board; OR attend a municipal, county, or state court session

b. Choose one of the issues discussed at the meeting where a difference of opinions was expressed, and explain to your counselor why you agree with one opinion more than you do another one

While most counselors would prefer you do requirement 3a in person, reviewing a cable broadcast of one of these meetings is also acceptable. Scouts should come prepared to discuss their findings with the counselor and the class.  Make sure to include the date, time, place of the meeting with any notes.

4. Choose an issue that is important to the citizens of your community; then do the following:

a. Find out which branch of local government is responsible for this issue.

b. With your counselor's and a parent's approval, interview one person from the branch of government you identified in requirement 4a. Ask what is being done about this issue and how young people can help

c. Share what you have learned with your counselor

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items. Requirement 4B may be done prior to or after the class, however sign off will only be done after completion of the entire requirement.

5. With the approval of your counselor and a parent, watch a movie that shows how the actions of one individual or group of individuals can have a positive effect on a community. Discuss with your counselor what you learned from the movie about what it means to be a valuable and concerned member of the community.

Scouts may choose a movie to watch and prepare their work for review by the Counselor. Wise movie selection is important.  Some movies that have been approved by many Counselors in the past include:

12 Angry Men

A Bug's Life

Avatar

Boycott

Coach Carter

Erin Brockovich

Follow Me Boys

Footloose

Forrest Gump

Gandhi

Going My Way

Hoosiers

Hoot

It's a Wonderful Life

Lean on Me

The Majestic

The Mighty Ducks

Miracle

Mr. Holland's Opus

October Sky

Pay it Forward

Radio

Rock and a Heart Place (Educational Version)

Remember the Titans

The Right Stuff

Spartacus

Stand and Deliver

Star Wars IV - A New Hope

Take the Lead

To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Please note that while all of these movies have been used in other Citizenship in the Community classes, Scouts, parents, and Counselors vary and may find some of these choices not to their liking.  Please review the movie rating and summary prior to selecting one of these movies. 

Scouts will find that most Counselors will accept one of these listed movies for completion of this requirement.  Scouts should make thorough notes to aid them in their discussion with the Counselor during the class.

A movie will be presented as a part of this class so it is not necessary to do this requirement prior to the class. A movie permission slip will be required.

6. List some of the services (such as the library, recreation center, public transportation, and public safety) your community provides that are funded by taxpayers. Tell your counselor why these services are important to your community.

Scouts should come to the class with a knowledge of what services are available in their community and be prepared for discussion of this requirement in the class.

7. Do the following:

a. Choose a charitable organization outside of Scouting that interests you and brings people in your community together to work for the good of your community.

b. Using a variety of resources (including newspapers, fliers and other literature, the Internet, volunteers, and employees of the organization), find out more about this organization

c. With your counselor's and your parent's approval, contact the organization and find out what young people can do to help. While working on this merit badge, volunteer at least eight hours of your time for the organization. After your volunteer experience is over, discuss what you have learned with your counselor

Scouts may choose to complete this requirement ahead of time or complete this after the class. The class will focus some time into the discussion of opportunities that Scouts have selected to do as well as some ideas for those who are still looking for ideas to complete this requirement.

Scouts wishing to begin or complete their volunteering before the class must email or call Scoutmaster Bucky (ScoutmasterBucky@yahoo.com) to verify that your chosen organization meets the requirements. Acceptable  organizations include nonprofit, religious, or governmental units.  Please note: Religious organizations are acceptable as long as your volunteering does NOT involve disseminating religious information or trying to convert people to that particular faith.  While these are important outreach activities of religion, they do not fulfill the requirements for this merit badge.

In addition, Scouts wishing to complete their volunteering efforts prior to the class, MUST use the Scoutmaster Bucky Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge Workbook to track and receive sign off from the organization's point of contact for hours served. This sign off must be presented to your counselor at the class for credit..

8. Develop a public presentation (such as a video, slide show, speech, digital presentation, or photo exhibit) about important and unique aspects of your community. Include information about the history, cultures, and ethnic groups of your community; its best features and popular places where people gather; and the challenges it faces. Stage your presentation in front of your merit badge counselor or a group, such as your patrol or a class at school.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared for presenting in the class.  Counselors will allot time within the class for all Scouts to make their presentations.


this page last reviewed and updated - February 2014