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CRIME PREVENTION 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 Crime Prevention Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Crime Prevention 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.

 

 

CRIME PREVENTION 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. Crime Prevention 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

 

1. Discuss the role and value of laws in society with regard to crime and crime prevention. Include in your discussion the definitions of "crime" and "crime prevention".

Scouts should consider writing this 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. Prepare a notebook of newspaper and other clippings that addresses crime and crime prevention efforts in your community.

Scouts will be engaged in discussion on their findings, their source of this information, and discuss how these issues they feel affect their community.  It is recommended that Scouts bring their notebook completed (if possible) as there will NOT be time allocated in the class for working on this requirement.  Scouts who bring a completed notebook will have an opportunity to review this requirement with the class counselor.

 

3. Discuss the following with your counselor:

a. The role of citizens, including youth, in crime prevention.

b. Gangs and their impact on the community.

c. When and how to report a crime.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.

 

4. After doing EACH of the following, discuss with your counselor what you have learned.

a. Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime. Learn how to do a crime prevention survey.

b. Using the checklist in this pamphlet, conduct a security survey of your home and discuss the results with your family.

Scouts will be engaged in discussion on their findings, review of their completed checklist, and discuss their findings and results.  It is recommended that Scouts bring their notes for requirement 4a and completed checklist and notes for requirement 4b.  This requirement will be discussed in the class, however only Scouts who have fully completed the requirements (which includes bringing the preparation work COMPLETED to class) will have an opportunity to be signed off on this requirement.

 

5. Teach your family or patrol members how to protect themselves from crime at home, at school, in your community, and while traveling.

Scouts should bring some sort of note from their parent or Patrol Leader validating that they have completed this requirement.  Only Scout who are able to show proof of doing this requirement prior to the class will have the opportunity to be considered for sign off on this requirement by the counselor.

 

6. Help raise awareness about one school safety issue facing students by doing ONE of the following:

a. Create a poster for display on a school bulletin board.

b. With permission from school officials, create a page long public service announcement that could be read over the public address system at school or posted on the school's web site.

c. Make a presentation to a group such as a Cub Scout den that addresses the issue.

Scouts are encouraged to gather material ahead of time for use in creating their poster or presentation.  Some time will be allotted during the class to share their work.  While some time may be available during the class to finishing touches on the work, only Scouts having completed a majority of work ahead of time will have an opportunity to be considered for sign off on this requirement during the class.  In other words, don't expect to show up at the class and begin working on this AND completing it within the class time. Be Prepared.

 

7. Do ONE of the following:

a. Assist in the planning and organization of a crime prevention program in your community such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Watch, or Crime Stoppers. Explain how this program can benefit your neighborhood.

b. With your parent's and counselor's approval, visit a jail or detention facility or a criminal court hearing. Discuss your experience with your counselor.

Scouts will be working on requirement 7a as a part of this class, reviewing the Merit Badge pamphlet ahead of time will give Scouts all the resources necessary for participation in the classroom activity.

 

8. Discuss the following with your counselor:

a. How drug abuse awareness programs, such as "Drugs: A Deadly Game" help prevent crime.

b. Why alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are sometimes called "gateway drugs" and how gateway drugs can lead to the use of other drugs.

c. Three resources in your city where a person with a drug problem or drug-related problem can go for help.

d. How the illegal sale and use of drugs lead to other crimes.

e. How to recognize child abuse.

f. The three R's of Youth Protection.

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.

 

9. Discuss the following with your counselor:

a. The role of a sheriff's or police department in crime prevention.

b. The purpose and operation of agencies in your community that help law enforcement personnel prevent crime, and how those agencies function during emergency situations.

c. Explain the role private security plays in crime prevention.

d. Choose a career in the crime prevention or security industry that interests you. Describe the level of education required and responsibilities of a person in that position. Tell why this position interests you.

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.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015