Family Life Merit Badge Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky Family Life
Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:
Saturday, January 4, 2020 Oakdale, MN 26 Scouts
Monday, August 19, 2019 Edina, MN 11 Scouts
Saturday, March 23, 2019 Oakdale, MN 41 Scouts
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Oakdale, MN 19 Scouts
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Base Camp Fort Snelling, MN 27 Scouts
Saturday, March 12, 2016 Maple Plain, MN 50 Scouts
Saturday, March 7, 2015 Maple Plain, MN 48 Scouts
Saturday, March 15, 2014 Maple Plain, MN 60 Scouts
Saturday, March 16, 2013 Maple Plain, MN 66 Scouts
Saturday, March 10, 2012 Maple Plain, MN 63 Scouts
Saturday, May 21, 2011 Rockford, MN 7 Scouts
Saturday, May 14, 2011 Richfield, MN 34 Scouts
Saturday, May 8, 2010 Richfield, MN 52 Scouts
Saturday, May 9, 2009 Richfield, MN 32 Scouts
Family Life Merit Badge Pamphlet
Created: 1991
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MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS source: 2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

3. How your chores in requirement 3 contributed 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.


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 page last reviewed / updated: March 2020