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    American Cultures Merit Badge American Cultures Merit Badge is one of the easier merit badge programs available in scouting - So make the most of it!

    A core element of this program is an American Cultures themed field trip (several exciting options available). Your unit should have a study unit ahead of time and another afterwards.


    A) Program Teaser
    Special audio visual presentation for the start of program or even one week in advance.

    Why Do American Cultures Merit Badge
    What makes this a really cool subject?

    The United States is a nation of immigrants. Every person came to America from somewhere else—or their ancestors did—and understanding these various cultural backgrounds can help Scouts to live in harmony with others in our varied and increasingly multicultural society.

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    Show on Laptop or portable TV & crank up the sound!


    American Cultures Merit Badge B) Prerequisites - Leaders
    Work to be done prior to program start:


    C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Work to be done prior to program start:


    American CulturesMerit Badge D) Cultural Report
    Choose THREE groups that have different racial, cultural, national, or ethnic backgrounds, one of which comes from your own background. While the field trip covers Req #1, the boy scout must be make a report on Req #2, 3, 4, & 5. (This could be all in one presentation, or several seperate presentations make to his fellow scouts or other public forum.)

      Req #2: Group Independence -
      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.

      American Cultures Merit Badge Req #3: Religious and Social Custums -
      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.

      Req #4: Contributions -
      Tell about a contribution made to our country by three different people each from a different racial, ethnic, or religious background.

      Req #5: Getting Along -
      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.


    F) Field Trip
    Choose THREE groups that have different racial, cultural, national, or ethnic backgrounds, one of which comes from your own background. Note: Item 1.b may already be completed if the scout regularly participates in a qualifying church, school or other organization.

    American Cultures Merit Badge Req #1: Cultural Field Trip -
    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 which 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.


    American Cultures Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

    Extra Credit:

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    American Cultures Merit Badge


    I) American Cultures Famous Quotes:

      Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - NBA All-Star. - When I was 17, I worked in a mentoring program in Harlem designed to improve the community. That's when I first gained an appreciation of the Harlem Renaissance, a time when African-Americans rose to prominence in American culture. For the first time, they were taken seriously as artists, musicians, writers, athletes, and as political thinkers. :

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