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PUBLIC SPEAKING 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 Public Speaking Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Public Speaking 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.

 

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING 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. Public Speaking 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. Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself to an audience such as your troop, class at school, or some other group.

Scouts should be prepared to introduce themselves as a part of this class. Scouts will need to come to the class with notes or their presentation memorized.  It is HIGHLY recommended that Scouts practice this prior to the class.  Three to five minutes does not seem like a long time, but Scouts will find it is a lot longer than they realize when they formulate their introduction.

2. Prepare a three- to five-minute talk on a topic of your choice that incorporates body language and visual aids

Scouts will need to prepare for this requirement prior to the class. Scouts should be ready with their presentation when they arrive at the class.  Little to no time will be available during the class to prepare for this requirement.

 

3. Give an impromptu talk of at least two minutes, either as part of a group discussion or before your counselor. Use a subject selected by your counselor that is interesting to you but that is not known to you in advance and for which you do not have time to prepare.

This requirement will be covered completely in the class.

 

4. Select a topic of interest to your audience. Collect and organize information about the topic and prepare an outline. Write an eight- to 10-minute speech, practice it, then deliver it in the conversational way.

Scouts should come to the class prepared and ready to make their presentation.  While the topic may be on anything, it should be something to do with Scouting, and most definitely must be Scout appropriate. The class is structured so as to allow all participants time to make their presentation for other Scouts to observe and learn from.  There will not be time allocated during the class in order to prepare for this presentation, so Scouts desiring to complete this requirement must come prepared.

 

5. Show you know parliamentary procedure by leading a discussion or meeting according to accepted rules of order, or by answering questions on the rules of order

This requirement will be covered in the class, however Scouts are encouraged to read the merit badge pamphlet (required) for knowledge of this requirement prior to the class and our encouraged to do further familiarization on this topic from other sources as well.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015