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    American Heritage Merit Badge American Heritage Merit Badge is a easy merit badge!

    This merit badge can be done either as at a Merit Badge Clinic or a Themed Field Trip. American Heritage is richly portrayed in the arts which provides for a great opportunity for exciting audio-visual presentations.

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

    Why Do American Heritage Merit Badge
    What makes this a really cool subject? Every Scout swears to an oath that includes duty to his country. A better understanding of American heritage, the ways in which the past has lead to our present nation, is key to truly knowing what it means to be an American.

    American Heritage Merit Badge
    American Heritage Merit Badge

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

    USS Lexington B) Prerequisites - Leaders
    Work to be done prior to program start:

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

      Print Merit Badge Workbook
      One copy for each scout. And don't forget to have ready your Merit Badge Blue Card - (home printer version.)

      Req #1: Declaration of Independence
      Follow this link to read the complete Declaration of Independence.

      Req #2: American Heritage Report
      Do TWO of the following:

      • a. Report on two individuals from American History.
      • b. Report on a major American organization.
      • c. Interview and report on two US military veterans.
      • d. Interview and report on three community citizens.

      Req #3a: American News
      Bring a current newspaper.

      Req #3c: Family History
      Research your Family History and prepare a report thereon.

      Req #4 & 5: Field Trip Plan
      Discuss with your Patrol Leaders what your group can do to cover two or more of the requirements for #4 and #5 (see below).

      Req #4: Community Report
      Merit Badge Clinic Format
      - to be done instead of a Field Trip.
      Req #4a: Map Historic Sites in your community
      Req #4c: Research the history of your town or community.

      Req #5: Heritage Report
      Merit Badge Clinic Format
      - to be done instead of a Field Trip.
      Do anyone of the three options for this requirement.

    American Heritage Merit Badge D) Study Hall

    The purpose of this section is to facilitate an opportunity for scouts to research and learn about key concepts relevant to this subject. They need to be prepared to explain these to the counselor.

    While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles intruduced here would be relevant.


    American HeritageMerit Badge E) Merit Badge Clinic
    Follow this format if NOT doing a Field Trip.

    F) Field Trip

    Pioneer Wagon Train Field Trip Overview
    Discuss with your Patrol Leaders what your group can do to cover two or more of the requirements for #4, #5 and #6:

    • 4b Historic Site: Visit the site of a historical event.
    • 4d Event Participation: - Participate in a program about an historic event
    • 4e Historic Trail: Visit a historic trail
    • 5a Motion Picture: The historic site/event may have a theater and motion picture presentation
    • 5b Historic Biography: The historic site/event may have a special presentation on some prominent people
    • 6 Career Interview: Interview people involved with the historic site or event.

      USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum Tour
      Several large carriers have been converted into floating museums and most hold regular scouting events including Merit Badge Seminars, Tours and Overnight Camping onboard. Check out the following USS Midway (San Diego CA), USS Lexington (Corpus Christi TX), USS Yorktown (Charleston SC), USS Intrepid (New York City NY), USS Hornet (Alameda CA). An overnight visit here may also cover requirements for both Aviation and Camping and Citizenship in the Nation merit badges.

      Civil War Boy Scout Experience Tour Civil War Experience Tour
      Brady Saunders Scout Camp

      This Central Virginia adventure tour is a great opportunity for older scouts looking for something beyond a week of summer camp. This program will leave the camp everyday and visit Civil War battlefields and museums throughout the Richmond area. You will return to camp every evening (except one overnighter) to enjoy evening activities. You will have the opportunity to earn your Historic Trails award and your American Heritage merit badge.

    G) Program Debriefing

    H) Extra Credit

      Historic Trails of America Award Historic Trails Award Patch

      Working this merit badge can help scouts meet some of the requirements for the BSA Historic Trails Award. Note also that many historic trails also have their own customized award program sponsored by individual scout councils.

      This activity will emphasize cooperation between historic societies and Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturer units. A unit should establish a close relationship a local society as soon as possible when planning a historic activity - most communities have such societies. Cumberland Gap Virginia Tour Popular Backpacking Adventure Treks
      U.S. National Historic Parks

      There are many state and national historic parks connected to famous trails and or landmarks. Many offer opportunities for fun camping, hiking and backpacking adventures:

        Cumberland Gap - Take a scenic, multi-day, backcountry adventure tour on one a historic trial first cut by the legendary Daniel Boone through land rich in danger and challenge. Several park trails are specially maintained by BSA to support backpacking adventures here.

    J) American Heritage Famous Quotes:

      Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf - What people don't understand is this is something that we only have in America. There is no other country in the world where the ordinary citizen can go out and enjoy hunting and fishing. There's no other nation in the world where that happens. And it's very much a part of our heritage.
      Gen. Dwight D Eisenhower - Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.

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American Heritage Merit Badge
Official Merit Badge Book

America: The Last Best Hope
If you love American History, then you will enjoy this book by acclaimed commentator Dr. William J. Bennett. (Get the Two Volume Discount.)

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Outdoor Trek Guide

Based on experiences of millions of Scouts and leaders, this book holds essential information for every outdoor enthusiast. A comprehensive reference, this handbook includes sections on trek, preparation and adventures, appreciating our environment, and more.

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