Reading Merit Badge
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 will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - 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 direction 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 Reading Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Reading 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 
Reading Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Reading Merit Badge Workbook
Reading Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Reading Merit Badge 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. Reading 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


1. Do EACH of the following:

a. Learn how to search your library's card catalog or computerized catalog by author, title, and subject.

This component will be partially covered in class. Scouts will need to be familiar with their school and local public library card catalog or computerized catalog system. Scouts should come to the class prepared to share their current understanding of these cataloging systems and be prepared to share their findings with the class.

b. With the assistance of your merit badge counselor or a librarian, select six books of four different types (such as poetry, drama/plays, fiction, nonfiction, biographies, etc.). Ask your librarian or counselor about award-winning books that are recommended for readers your age and include at least one of those titles.

While Scouts can wait and work with the merit badge counselor and select books off of the counselor's recommended reading list, Scouts are highly encouraged to bring books that might interest them for approval from the counselor during class. Utilize the librarian resource of this requirement and seek out recommendations from your school or public librarian for this requirement. Bring your choices to class for approval.

c. Find the books in the library catalog. With your counselor's or a librarian's assistance, locate the books on the shelves.

If this requirement component is done ahead of time, please use the Scoutmaster Bucky Reading Merit Badge Workbook to make notes as well as get your librarian's signature.

d. Read each book. Keep a log of your reading that includes the title of the book, the pages or chapters read, the date you completed them, and your thoughts about what you have read so far. Discuss your reading with your counselor. Using your log as a reference, explain why you chose each book and tell whether you enjoyed it and what it meant to you.

While it is encouraged that Scouts start reading ahead of time, it is at the discretion of the merit badge counselor as to whether your selected reading material meets the satisfaction of the requirements as interpreted by the merit badge counselor. Bring your selected readings to class for review and final approval. Those Scouts that can share a log with all the requirements as stated in this requirement component, will have an opportunity to be reviewed by the counselor for credit of completion.

Remember the requirement component also asks for your intepretation of the book(s) you read.  You will need to provide more than a one-sentence response to this part of the requirement component for each of the books you submit for consideration. Be Preapred.


2. Read about the world around you from any two sources - books, magazines, newspapers, the Internet (with your parent's permission), field manuals, etc. Topics may include sports, environmental problems, politics, social issues, current events, nature, religion, etc. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

Scouts should review this requirement and 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. A portion of the class will be devoted to open group discussion on each of the Scouts' readings.


3. Do ONE of the following:

a. From a catalog of your choice, fill out an order form for merchandise as if you intended to place an order. Share the completed form with your counselor and discuss it.

b. With your parent's permission, locate at least five Web sites that are helpful for your scouting or other activities. Write the Internet addresses of these sites in your log. Talk with your counselor or a librarian about safety rules for using the Internet.

Scouts may choose either of these components to complete. Scouts will need to do a small amount of preparation for this requirement prior to the class. If choosing option 3B make sure to use the Scoutmaster Bucky Reading Merit Badge Workbook to show that you received permission to use the internet from your parent(s) and document your findings in the workbook. A part of the class will allow prepared Scouts time to share their findings and work for completing this requirement.


4. With your counselor's and your parent's permission, choose ONE of the following activities and devote at least four hours of service to that activity. Discuss your participation with your counselor.

a. Read to a sick, blind, or homebound person in a hospital or in an extended-care facility.

b. Perform volunteer work at your school library or a public library.

c. Read stories to younger children, in a group or individually.

This requirement will NOT be covered within the class, however Scouts wishing to be considered for completion of this requirement should bring adequate documentation to show that they have completed one of these requirement components. Adequate documentation is not a letter from your parent, but rather a letter or note on organizational letterhead from a representative of the organization where you performed your activity hours. Please remember that the merit badge counselor reserves the right to accept/reject your chosen activity for completion of this merit badge requirement. It is best not to stray too far from the stated requirement.

this page last reviewed / updated: November 2018