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Citizenship in Society - 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 Citizenship in Society 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
  • Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Citizenship in Society 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.

Citizenship in Society - 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 Citizenship in Society 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.

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge
2021 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.

1.

Before beginning work on other requirements for this merit badge:

a.

Research the following terms, and then explain to your merit badge counselor how you feel they relate to the Scout Oath and Scout Law:

  • Identities
  • Inclusion
  • Diversity
  • Discrimination
  • Equity
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Equality
  • Upstander

This requirement and its components will take some time to complete and Scouts MUST have these items prepared and readied for the class. Scouts not having this requirement prepared for prior to the class . Preparation is a must and those Scouts who do not prepare ahead of time for this requirement will NOT be able to partake in the class until this requirement is ready for completion. Be Prepared!

2.

Document and discuss with your counselor what leadership means to you. Share what it means to make ethical decisions.

As the first part of this requirement states, Scouts must document what leadership means to them(according to dictionary.com document = record (something) in written, photographic, or other form). Failure to document will result in not being able to complete this requirement. Scouts will also need to actively partake in discussion to the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor in order to fulfill the first part of this requirement.

a.

Research and share with your counselor an individual you feel has demonstrated positive leadership while having to make an ethical decision. (It could be someone in history, a family member, a teacher, a coach, a counselor, a clergy member, a Scoutmaster, etc.)

b.

Explain what decision and/or options that leader had, why you believe they chose their final course of action, and the outcome of that action.

Scouts will be provided time to share their research and findings on their chosen individual. Only Scouts that are able to cover all points within this requirement will be considered for completion of this requirement.

3.

Consider ethical decision-making.

a.

Think about a time you faced an ethical decision.

  • Discuss the situation, what you did, and how it made you feel.
  • Share if you would do anything differently in the future and if so, what that would be.
b.

List three examples of ethical decisions you might have to make in the future at school, at home, in the workplace, or in your community, and what you would do.

  • Share how your actions represent alignment with the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
c.

Explain to your counselor how you plan to use what you have learned to assist you when that time comes, and what action(s) you can take to serve as an upstander and help other people at all times.

Time will be allotted for the sharing of each Scouts work, however it should be noted that most Scouts will findit difficult to complete this requirement without previous thought and preparation. It is high recommended to consider using a merit badge workbook or notepad to organize notes for easier reference when reviewing this requirement in the class.

4.

Repeat the Scout Oath and Scout Law for your counselor. Choose two of the three following scenarios and discuss what you could do as a Scout to demonstrate leadership and your understanding of what it means to help others who may seem different from you:

a.

Scenario 1: While at camp, a youth accidentally spills food on another camper. The camper who gets spilled on gets angry and says something that is offensive to people with disabilities; their friends laugh. What could/should you do?

b.

Scenario 2: Your friend confides in you that some students in school are making insulting comments about one of their identities, and that those same students created a fake social media account to impersonate your friend online and post messages. What could/should you do?

c.

Scenario 3: A new student in your class was born in another country (or has a parent who was born in another country). Your friends make rude comments to the student about their speech or clothes and tell the student to "go back home where you came from." What could/should you do?

Scouts will work with other Scouts in the class in a small group to discuss these scenarios. Small groups will have adult monitoring to ensure all actively participate and the discussion stays in line with the objectives of this merit badge and aligned with the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

5.

Document and discuss with your counselor:

a.

Ideas on what you personally can do to create a welcoming environment in your Scouting unit.

b.

An experience you had in which you went out of your way to include another Scout(s) and what you did to make them feel included and welcomed.

c.

Things you can do to help ensure all Scouts in your unit are given an opportunity to be heard and included in decision-making and planning.

This requirement is another that requires Scouts to document. Scouts not coming to class with their documented work, will find it difficult, if not impossible, to complete this requirement in the class. Be Prepared!

6.

With your parent’s or guardian’s approval, connect with another Scout or youth your own age who has an identity that’s different from yours. (This means a trait, belief, or characteristic different from you.)

a.

Share with each other what makes the different aspect of your identity meaningful/special to you.

b.

Share with each other either one of the following:

i.

A time you felt excluded from a group.

  • What was the situation?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • What did you do?
  • Did anyone stand up for you?
  • What did you learn?
  • Would you do anything differently today?
ii.

This imaginary situation:

  • You’re attending a new school and don’t know anyone there yet. You notice they dress very differently than you do. At lunchtime, you decide you’ll try to sit with a group to get to know other students. People at two tables tell you there is someone sitting at the currently empty seat at their table, so you end up eating by yourself.
  • How would that make you feel?
  • What could the students have done?
  • If that happened at your school, what would you do?
c.

Discuss with your counselor what you learned from the discussion with the other Scout or youth.

Scouts are encouraged to prepare for this requirement ahead of time. Time will be allotted in the class for discussion and completion of this requirement.

7.

Identify and interview an individual in your community, school, and/or Scouting who has had a significant positive impact in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you feel your community, school, or local Scouting group does not have such an individual, then research a historical figure who meets these criteria, and discuss that person with your counselor.

a.

Discover what inspired the individual, learn about the challenges they faced, and share what you feel attributed to their success.

b.

Discuss with your counselor what you learned and how you can apply it in your life.

This requirement and it's components will take a bit of preparation time. It is strongly recommended that you prepare for this requirement prior to the class. While it can not be guaranteed that you will have time or the resources to complete this requirement and it's components during the class, time will be allotted for those that are prepared to share their work and be conisdered for sign off on this requirement. Be Prepared!

8.

With the help of your parent or guardian, study an event that had a positive outcome on how society viewed a group of people and made them feel more welcome. Describe to your counselor the event and what you learned.

Scouts should bring with them to class some sort of proof (a note signed by your parent or guardian) to help validate to the counselor your preparation for this requirement as it states to do this requirement with the help of your parent or guardian. Scouts not able to show that they have done this requirement with their parent or guardian likely will find it difficult to meet the satisfaction of the counselor that the requirement was completed as stated. Scouts will have an opportunity during the class to share their work for completion of this requirement during the class. Scouts may want to consider making notes in the Merit Badge Workbook or notebook in order to organize and formulate their description and explanation required for this requirement.

9.

Document and discuss with your counselor three or more areas in your life outside of Scouting where you feel you can actively provide stronger leadership in.

a.

Making others feel included.

b.

Practicing active listening.

c.

Creating an environment where others feel comfortable to share their ideas and perspectives.

d.

Helping others feel valued for their input and suggestions.

e.

Standing up for others.

Again, a requirement that requires Scouts to document. Scouts will need to show their work to the counselor confirming they have prepared for the completion of this requirement completely. Discussion will be facilitated during the class to fulfill the requirement and it's components as stated, however it must be noted that Scouts that do not have or cannot show their documented work will NOT ba able to complete this requirement on the day of the class. Be Preapred!

10.

Discuss with your counselor how stereotyping people can be harmful, and how stereotypes can lead to prejudice and discrimination. Share ideas you have for challenging assumptions and celebrating individuality.

A section of the class will be dedicated to Scouts sharing their perspective on this requirement. It is recommended that Scouts consider using a workbook or notebook to make notes prior to the class for easier reference during the class for use when fulfilling this requirement.

11.

Scouting strives to develop young people to be future leaders in their workplaces, schools, and community environments. As you look at your current involvement in school, your family, Scouting, your job, and/or community, think about how you can have a positive impact in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

a.

Describe your ideas on how you can and will support others with different identities to feel included and heard at your school, workplace, and/or social settings in your community.

b.

Explain how including diverse thoughts and opinions from others with different identities can:

  • Make your interactions more positive.
  • Help everyone benefit by considering different opinions.
c.

Give three examples of how limiting diverse input can be harmful.

d.

Give three examples of how considering diverse opinions can lead to innovation and success.

Scouts will have an opportunity to share their preparation work for this requirement and it's components during the class for sign off and completion of this requirement. Be Prepared!