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CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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

 

 

CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

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. Citizenship in the Nation 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

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

 

Note: 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 opportunity.  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

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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.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015