One of the three Citizenship Merit Badges required for your Eagle rank.  Like all Eagle merit badges, this is a tough one, but can be accomplished with ease with some diligent work and good preparation.

If you like the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge, consider also doing American Cultures, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the Community.


Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday January 10, 2015

Plymouth, MN


75 Scouts

Saturday January 11, 2014

Plymouth, MN


64 Scouts

Saturday January 19, 2013

Richfield, MN


112 Scouts

Saturday January 14, 2012

Richfield, MN


89 Scouts

Saturday May 21, 2011

Rockford, MN


2 Scouts

Saturday January 15, 2011

Richfield, MN


66 Scouts

Saturday March 6, 2010

Richfield, MN


90 Scouts

Saturday April 18, 2009

Richfield, MN


27 Scouts








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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


1. Explain what citizenship in the world means to you and what you think it takes to be a good world citizen.


2. Explain how one becomes a citizen in the United States, and explain the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizenship. Discuss the similarities and differences between the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizens and the citizens of two other countries.


3. Do the following:

a. Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country's national interest and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.

b. Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries.


4. Do TWO of the following:

a. Explain international law and how it differs from national law. Explain the role of international law and how international law can be used as a tool for conflict resolution.

b. Using resources such as major daily newspapers, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and news magazines, observe a current issue that involves international trade, foreign exchange, balance of payments, tariffs, and free trade. Explain what you have learned. Include in your discussion an explanation of why countries must cooperate in order for world trade and global competition to thrive.

c. Select TWO of the following organizations and describe their role in the world.

1. The United Nations.

2. The World Court.

3. World Organization of the Scout Movement.

4. The World Health Organization.

5. Amnesty International .

6. The International Committee of the Red Cross.

7. CARE.


5. Do the following:

a. Discuss the differences between constitutional and nonconstitutional governments.

b. Name at least five different types of governments currently in power in the world

c. Show on a world map countries that use each of these five different forms of government.


6. Do the following:

a. Explain how a government is represented abroad and how the United States government is accredited to international organizations.

b. Describe the roles of the following in the conduct of foreign relations

1. Ambassador.

2. Consul.

3. Bureau of International Information Programs.

4. Agency for International Development.

5. United States and Foreign Commercial Service.

c. Explain the purpose of a passport and visa for international travel.


7. Do TWO of the following (with your parent's permission) and share with your counselor what you have learned:

a. Visit the Web site of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting that is discussed on this Web site.

b. Visit the Web site of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country.

c. Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.

d. Attend a world Scout jamboree

e. Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015