Reading Merit Badge Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky Reading
Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:
Thursday, December 20, 2018 online 6 Scouts
Saturday, December 15, 2018 Prior Lake, MN 5 Scouts
Thursday, April 5, 2018 online 7 Scouts
Saturday, February 10, 2018 Bloomington, MN 8 Scouts
Saturday, May 13, 2017 Shoreview, MN 6 Scouts
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 online 6 Scouts
Saturday, November 7, 2015 Minneapolis, MN 7 Scouts
Thursday, May 21, 2015 online 5 Scouts
Saturday, November 8, 2014 Minneapolis, MN 10 Scouts
Saturday, December 21, 2013 Base Camp Fort Snelling, MN 11 Scouts
Saturday, November 17, 2012 Richfield, MN 16 Scouts
Saturday, March 12, 2011 Richfield, MN 5 Scouts
Saturday, January 9, 2010 Richfield, MN 11 Scouts
Reading Merit Badge Pamphlet
Created: 1925
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MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS source: 2019 Scouts BSA Requirements

1. Do EACH of the following:

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

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.

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

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.


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.


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.


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 page last reviewed / updated: April 2019