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Crime Prevention Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Crime Prevention Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Crime Prevention merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Discuss the role and value of laws in society with regard to crime and crime prevention. Include in your discussion the definitions of "crime" and "crime prevention."
Requirement 2: Prepare a journal from various sources that address crime and crime prevention efforts in your community.
Requirement 3: Discuss the following with your counselor:
Requirement 3a: The role of citizens, including youth, in crime prevention.
Requirement 3b: Gangs and their impact on the community.
Requirement 3c: When and how to report a crime.
Requirement 4: After doing EACH of the following, discuss with your counselor what you have learned.
Requirement 4a: Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime. Learn how to do a crime prevention survey.
Requirement 4b: Using the checklist in this pamphlet, conduct a security survey of your home and discuss the results with your family.
Requirement 5: Teach your family or patrol members how to protect themselves from crime at home, at school, in your community, and while traveling.
Requirement 6: Help raise awareness about one school safety issue facing students by doing ONE of the following:
Requirement 6a: Create a poster for display on a school bulletin board.
Requirement 6b: With permission from school officials, create a page long public service announcement that could be read over the public address system at school or posted on the school's website.
Requirement 6c: Make a presentation to a group such as a Cub Scout den that addresses the issue.
Requirement 7: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 7a: Assist in the planning and organization of a crime prevention program in your community such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Watch, or Crime Stoppers. Explain how this program can benefit your neighborhood.
Requirement 7b: With your parent's and counselor's approval, visit a jail or detention facility or a criminal court hearing. Discuss your experience with your counselor.
Requirement 8: Discuss the following with your counselor:
Requirement 8a: How drug abuse awareness programs help prevent crime.
Requirement 8b: Why alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are sometimes called "gateway drugs" and how gateway drugs can lead to the use of other drugs.
Requirement 8c: The potential consequences from the misuse of prescription drugs.
Requirement 8d: How the illegal sale and use of drugs lead to other crimes.
Requirement 8e: Three resources in your city where a person with a drug problem or drug-related problem can go for help.
Requirement 8f: How to recognize child abuse.
Requirement 8g: The three R's of Youth Protection.
Requirement 9: Discuss the following with your counselor:
Requirement 9a: The role of a sheriff's or police department in crime prevention.
Requirement 9b: The purpose and operation of agencies in your community that help law enforcement personnel prevent crime, and how those agencies function during emergency situations.
Requirement 9c: Explain the role private security plays in crime prevention.
Requirement 9d: Choose a career in the crime prevention or security industry that interests you. Describe the level of education required and responsibilities of a person in that position. Tell why this position interests you.