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Citizenship in the Nation - 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 the Nation 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 the Nation Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Citizenship in the Nation 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 the Nation - 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 Citizenship in the Nation 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 the Nation 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 the Nation Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of November 27, 2022

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.

Note: This merit badge requires a lot of explanation and discussion in order to complete most requirements. This class is structured to offer explanation and discussion time for Scouts in a small group setting to offer both learning and earning opportunity. Scouts MUST come to the class with preparation work in order to successfully complete these requirements. It will be nearly impossible for Scouts who do not have preparation work done to successfully partake in the group discussions or provide acceptable explanation if they do not have prior knowledge of the requirements and answers prior to the class.

1.
What is the Constitution of the United States? What does the Constitution do? What principles does it reflect? Why is it important to have a Constitution?
This should be prepared prior to the class. Scouts should have this written out to show the counselor that some thought and research has gone into this requirement and Scouts should be prepared to discuss their findings. Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must discuss a number of items and will be required to partake in group and/or individual discussion to obtain credit.
2.
List the six purposes for creating the United States Constitution set forth in the Preamble to the Constitution. How do these purposes affect your family and community?
Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.
3.
List the three branches of the United States government. Explain:
This requirement will be covered in the class however Scouts should review and be familiar with the components of this requirement.
a.
The function of each branch of government
b.
Why it is important to divide powers among different branches
c.
How each branch "checks" and "balances" the others
d.
How citizens can be involved in each branch of government.
4.
Discuss the importance of:
Scouts should be prepared for discussion of the following requirement items. A good portion of the class will be spent on these discussions.
a.
Declaration of Independence
b.
The Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution) and the 14th Amendment
c.

The traditional United States motto “E Pluribus Unum.”

5.
Watch the national evening news for five days in a row or read the main stories in a national media organization (e.g., a newspaper or news website) for five days in a row. Discuss the national issues that you learned about with your counselor. Choose one issue and explain how it affects you, your family, and community.
Scouts will be engaged in discussion on their findings, their source of this information, and discuss how these issues they feel affect them and their family. It is recommended that Scouts bring news clippings, internet printouts, and/or notes for this requirement to help support their explanation and have on hand for possible reference purposes.
6.
With your counselor’s approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Explain:
a.
Who the author was
b.
What the historical context was
c.
What difficulties the nation faced that the author wished to discuss
d.
What the author said
e.
Why the speech is important to the nation’s history.
Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
This requirement requires a good deal of work and preparation. Scouts will have an opportunity to be signed off on this requirement, but they must satisfy the detailed requirements. It is recommended that Scouts bring their formulated notes and sources to aid in their explanation and sharing during the class.
7.
Do TWO of the following:
Scouts will have to perform on their own, either prior to or after the class, the visit or tour requirements in this requirement. Scouts will have an opportunity to discuss with their counselor their visit or tour, however just saying you went there is not enough to be signed off on this requirement. It is recommended that Scouts come with prepared notes or proof to aid the counselor in confirming that this requirement has been met.
a.
Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
b.
Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.
c.
Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.
d.
Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the internet (with your parent’s permission), and other resources, find out more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain why the monument is important to this country’s citizens.
This class session will have a section for requirement 2D discussion. Scouts should come prepared to share their findings on a national monument. As with previous requirements, it is recommended that Scouts bring notes to help support their research and be prepared to discuss their findings.
8.
Name your representatives in the United States Congress. Write a letter to your representative in Congress explaining your views on a national issue. Show your letter, along with any response you might receive, to your counselor.

Scouts can work on this requirement before or after the class, however in order to receive credit for this requirement prior to or at the day of the class, Scouts should prepare their letter to their choice of official as listed in the requirement and if sending a letter by email, carbon copy Scoutmaster Bucky (Scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com) in the email correspondence.

OR

If sending postal mail letter, have the letter written, envelope properly addressed and stamped, but NOT sealed and the counselor will verify the letter, seal the envelope and mail the letter for completion of this requirement. Discussion of the rest of this requirement will happen during the class session.