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FAMILY LIFE 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 Family Life Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Family Life 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.

 

 

FAMILY LIFE 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. Family Life 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. Prepare an outline on what a family is and discuss this with your merit badge counselor. Tell why families are important to individuals and to society. Discuss how the actions of one member can affect other members.

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

 

2. List several reasons why you are important to your family and discuss this with your parents or guardians and with your merit badge counselor.

Scouts should note that if they choose to do this requirement with their parent(s) it is recommended that some sort of note is brought to share with the Counselor.  While this is not a guarantee of completion of the requirement (remember a merit badge counselor ultimately decided if they feel the requirement has been met to their satisfaction of their interpretation of the requirement), in the past Scouts who have brought this sort of confirmation have had great ease in completing this requirement. 

Scouts choosing to utilize the Counselor for this requirements discussion will have an opportunity during the class.  All Scouts will partake, and whether the Scouts have done the discussion before hand with their parents or not, ALL Scouts should be prepared to show or share their notes, thoughts, and ideas from their experience in preparing for this requirement

 

3. Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them. Discuss with your counselor the effect your chores had on your family.

Scouts will likely not be able to complete this requirement on the day of the class because it obviously requires a number of months to complete.  It should be noted that this requirement is a challenging one for many Scouts in completing this merit badge.  Remember this is an Eagle required merit badge and simply stating that taking out the trash or mowing the lawn will likely fall short of most Counselor interpretation and expectations for completing this requirement.  It is strongly recommended to work with the merit badge counselor PRIOR to starting this requirement so that you share an understanding and agreement to the level in which you need to perform to complete this requirement.   Scouts who may have started this requirement on their own or with another merit badge counselor, may not be credited for partial work or completed work done if the level of involvement does not meet their interpretations of this requirement.  Again.... remember Family Life is an Eagle-required Merit Badge and these tend to be slightly more difficult than most other merit badges.

 

4. With the approval of your parents or guardians and your merit badge counselor, decide on and carry out a project that you would do around the home that would benefit your family. Submit a report to your merit badge counselor outlining how the project benefited your family.

For this merit badge, most counselors are going to readily accept family approved projects (of course there are exceptions if the project appears scant, some counselors might suggest a little more robustness).  Scouts can work on this prior to the class keeping in mind that the counselor reserves the right to reject or revise the project. (This is rare but can happen).  Time will be allotted within the class to share project ideas, project execution, and project successes.  While Scouts have an opportunity to complete this requirement at the class, it must be emphasized that this is only able to be done with proper preparation and completion of the requirements without attempting to short cut them.   Again, remember completion is based on the Counselor's satisfaction of a Scout having adequately met the expectations of the requirement.

Scouts should bring supporting documentation, pictures, etc to share as a part of their project report submission if attempting to complete this requirement during the class.

Remember this project is separate from the project in Requirement 5.  The Requirement 4 project is "a project that you do around the home that would benefit your family"  Requirement 5's project is a different project that you plan but includes the participation of your family.

 

5. Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family. After completing the project, discuss the following with your merit badge counselor:

a. The objective or goal of the project.

b. How individual members of your family participated.

c. The results of the project.

Scouts will have an opportunity to discuss their family project and share these with either the Counselor one on one or within the small Scout group setting in the class. Scouts not having done this requirement prior to the class will NOT have an opportunity of completing this requirement on that day, however for those other Scouts willing to share their family project experience, these Scouts may get some ideas for doing after the class.

Scouts should bring supporting documentation, pictures, etc to share with the counselor and/or other Scouts as a part of completing this requirement in the class.

Remember this project is separate from the project in Requirement 4.  Requirement 5's project is a project that you plan but includes the participation of your family. The Requirement 4 project is a different project that is "a project that you do around the home that would benefit your family".

 

6. Do the following:

a. Discuss with your merit badge counselor how to plan and carry out a family meeting.

b. After this discussion, plan and carry out a family meeting* to include the following subjects:

1. Avoiding substance abuse, including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, all of which negatively affect your health and well-being.

2. Understanding the growing-up process and how the body changes, and making responsible decisions dealing with sex.

3. How your chores in Requirement 3 contribute to your role in the family.

4. Personal and family finances.

5. A crisis situation within your family.

6. The effect of technology on your family.

7. Good etiquette and manners.

Discussion of each of these subjects will very likely carry over to more than one family meeting

Scouts should be prepared for discussion on all six of these discussion items.  Scouts will only be signed of for those in which they can show they have completed along with active participation in one on one and/or group discussion participation with the Counselor during the class.  For this Scoutmaster Bucky class the Counselor has approved Scouts to work on component 6B prior to the class.  It needs to be noted that failure to satisfy the Counselor for requirement 6A (this means active discussion and valid understanding and demonstration of this components requirements) will negate the opportunity for consideration of component 6B to be completed at the class.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts use the Scoutmaster Bucky Family Life Merit Badge Workbook to document notes to assist them with the discussion aspect of this requirement.  It will also help the merit badge counselor to better assess your efforts toward completing this requirement.

 

7. Discuss the following with your counselor:

a. Your understanding of what makes an effective father and why, and your thoughts on the father's role in the family.

b. Your understanding of the responsibilities of a parent.

This requirement will be completed as a part of this class. Scouts should come prepared having reviewed the information in the merit badge pamphlet and be knowledgeable of the components of this requirement.

 

* This conversation may take place with only one or both of your parents or guardians

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015