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American Heritage Class Preparation

What to Bring

Read and review ALL requirements prior to the class.
Even though a requirement may be identified as one to be done in class, Scouts are still expected to familiarize, review, and prepare for the requirement – BE PREPARED!

Active interaction/participation is expected and mandatory.

Share in your own words – avoid reading your answers.

Pay attention to the action verbs in the requirements.

Bring proof of completion, even partially completed work.

Requirement Insights


Bring your completed write up to the class so that you can successfully complete this requirement.

Be prepared for class discussion by reading the Declaration of Independence.

2, 3, 5, 6

Scouts will be able to successfully complete these requirements during the class when they have prepared ahead of time.

Time will be allotted for those Scouts who have prepared to share their work for sign off consideration.


Successfully fulfilling this requirement during the class is contingent upon having completed at least one of the two components of Requirement 4 beforehand and bringing your work to class.

The instructor / counselor will facilitate completion of at least one of the two requirement components during the class.

Things to Remember to Bring

What to Bring
  1. Your BSA ID# and / or your Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scout Leader.
  2. Notes and questions from reading the American Heritage Merit Badge Pamphlet.
  3. Wear your 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.
Merit Badge Workbooks are a tool to aid Scouts with their work preparation. BSA discourages — but does not ban — the use of any merit badge worksheets or workbooks. Merit badge counselors must NEVER require the use of merit badge worksheets or workbooks and may if they choose, refuse to accept them. Scouts shall not be required to use ANY of these to complete a merit badge.