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

 

 

LAW 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. Law 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. Define "law". Tell some of its sources. Describe functions it serves.

Scouts will find using the merit badge pamhlet helpful, if not easiest, to prepare for this requirement. It is highly recommended that Scouts make notes to help prepare themselves for discussion during the class on this requirement.  It is not acceptable to try and wing-it or fake their way through answering this requirement and Scouts should be ready to show that they understand the sources to which this definition and its functions come from.

 

2. Discuss TWO of the following:

a. The Justinian Code, The Code of Hammurabi, and the Magna Carta.

b. The development of the jury system.

c. Two famous trials in history.

Scouts will find most, if not all the information needed to prepare for discussion on this requirement by reviewing the merit badge pamphlet.  Only Scouts that are prepared AND actively participate in the counselor-led discussion will be considered for sign off on this requirement..

 

3. Tell what civil law is; tell what criminal law is. Tell the main differences between them. Give examples of each.

Scouts will have an opportunity during the class to share their findings for this requirement,  Scouts should attend class prepared with an understanding of the differences between civil and criminal law and their differences.  Scouts must have some examples ready to share for the class.  THis requirement will not be signed of for Scouts who have not prepared ahead of time for the class.  While the merit badge counselor may be able to give deeper insight into the elements of this requirement, Unprepared Scouts will not be fed the information at the class in order to fulfill the requirement as they must show that they have a clear understanding of the requirement to be signed off.

 

4. Ask five people (not more than one from your immediate family) about the role of law enforcement officers in our society. Discuss their answers with them. Go to a law enforcement officer in your neighborhood and ask about his or her responsibilities and duties. Report your findings.

Scouts will need to come to the class with this requirement already completed and ready to share their findings in the class discussion.  While there may be time during breaks in the class to find a willing interviewee, Scouts should not rely on this possibility and come to the class prepared and ready with this requirement done..

 

5. Tell about several laws that were passed to protect the consumer and the seller. Tell about several organizations that provide help to consumers and sellers.

Scouts will find using the merit badge pamphlet as a good starting point to prepare for this requirement.  While the counselor will be able to help give personal experience and insight to this requirement, it should not be expected by any Scout to get signed off on this requirement without some pre-class preparation.  Of course active participation during the class discussion will also be required in order for a Scout to be considered for sign off on this requirement.  Scouts may want to consider making notes to reference to help show the counselor that they have put effort into preparing for this requirement as well as to reference during discussion. Be prepared.

 

6. Do ONE of the following:

a. Attend a session of a civil or criminal court. Write 250 words or more on what you saw

b. Plan and conduct a mock trial with your troop or school class. After the trial is over, discuss it with the group.

Scouts will conduct a mock trial as a part of the class.  This mock trial will be facilitated by the merit badge counselor during the class.

 

7. Arrange a visit with a lawyer who works for a business, bank, title company, or government agency. Find out his or her duties and responsibilities. Report what you have learned.

Scouts will have an opportunity to complete this requirement during the class, as the counselor is a lawyer.  Scouts should however prepare for this requirement by formulating questions they may want to ask during discussion on this requirement with the merit badge counselor.

 

8. Explain the requirements for becoming a lawyer in your state. Describe how judges are selected in your state.

While the merit badge counselor will help educate Scouts further on this requirement, Scouts will need to prepare for this requirement by doing some simple internet research (with your parent's permission) or through the use of other sources to understand the elements in this requirement. Scouts will need to be able to explain their findings to the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor.

 

9. Make a list of 15 jobs that deal with some aspect of law or legal processes. Tell which you prefer. Why?

Scouts should prepare their list prior to the class. Scouts should find this requirement easy to prepare for through the use of the merit badge pamphlet as well as other sources.  It is highly recommended that Scouts write down their list and bring it with to class to help show the counselor that effort was put into preparing for the class on this requirement, as well as to reference during the class discussion time for this requirement.

 

10. Tell where people can go to obtain the help of a lawyer if they are unable to pay for one. Tell what you can do if you can afford a lawyer but do not know of any in your area.

Scouts will need to do little research ahead of time for this requirement, but will also find a lot of the information needed in the merit badge pamphlet. Scouts may want to utilize a merit badge workbook to help organize their findings and notes.  Documenting your research and findings will help make completion of this requirement much easier.

 

11. Discuss with your counselor the importance in our society of TWO of the following areas of the law:

a. Environmental law

b. Computers and the Internet

c. Copyright and the Internet

d. Space travel and satellites orbiting Earth

e. Patents

f. Biotechnology

g. Privacy law

h. International law

Scouts should prepare notes, or other preparation method, to assist them in the discussion on this requirement.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documentation they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion on this requirement.  Preparation documentation will also assist Scouts to participate in the class discussion on this requirement.  Only Scouts that have come prepared AND actively participate in the class discussion will be considered for sign off on this requirement..

 

this page last reviewed and updated - February 2016