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American Cultures - In-Person Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration. Remember, there will be others checking in as well that registration may take a little time, depending on the size of the class and the event held in conjunction with the class.

Your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending this merit badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure 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 American Cultures 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. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • American Cultures Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the American Cultures merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

American Cultures - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com 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 online 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 American Business 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. 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 American Cultures Merit Badge Workbook for taking notes to help you prepare.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

American Cultures Merit Badge
2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

Choose THREE groups that have different racial, cultural, national, or ethnic backgrounds, one of which comes from your own background. Use these groups to meet requirements 1, 2, and 3.

1.

Do TWO of the following, choosing a different group for each:

(a)

Go to a festival, celebration, or other event identified with one of the groups. Report on what you see and learn.

(b)

Go to a place of worship, school, or other institution identified with one of the groups. Report on what you see and learn.

(c)

Talk with a person from one of the groups about the heritage and traditions of the group. Report on what you learn.

(d)

Learn a song, dance, poem, or story that is traditional to one group, and teach it to a group of your friends.

(e)

Go to a library or museum to see a program or exhibit featuring one group's traditions. Report on what you see and learn.

Scouts will find that all of these options in this requirement require some sort of reporting or explanation after completing the action specified. Scouts will have an opportunity to share their findings and experiences with the Counselor and other Scouts. Any supporting material (ticket stubs, photos, souvenirs, pamphlets, etc.) from the event, visit, locale, etc that Scouts can bring to show and share as a part of their reporting would be of great benefit. While Scouts are not required to "report" in writing, it is strongly suggested to at least use something like the Scoutmaster Bucky American Cultures Merit Badge Workbook to help manage and organize notes while completing his requirement.

2.

Imagine that one of the groups had always lived alone in a city or country to which no other groups ever came. Tell what you think the city or country might be like today. Now tell what you think it might be like if the three groups you chose lived there at the same time.

3.

Tell about some differences between the religions and social customs of the three groups. Tell about some ideas or ways of doing things that are similar in the three groups.

4.

Tell about a contribution made to our country by three different people, each from a different racial, ethnic, or religious background.

5.

Give a talk to your Scout unit or class at school on how people from different groups have gotten along together. Lead a discussion on what can be done to help various groups understand one another better.

While not required, it is strongly recommended that prior to making any presentation, you should review the contents of your presentation with your Counselor. Scouts wishing to make their presentation during the class will have the opportunity to do so, however it should be noted that there will be NO time allotted for preparing for this during the class. Scouts choosing this option will need to come fully prepared and ready to present. Remember it is at the discretion of the Counselor as to whether the requirement has been satisfactorily completed. All Scouts will be given an opportunity to lead the discussion in order to complete this requirement.

If this requirement was completed prior to the class, you will need to provide proof of completion (i.e. a note from your Scout Leader or Teacher). Just saying so is not enough to guarantee completion of this requirement. Bring proof, or be prepared to present.