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    American Labor Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop

    Sample Activity Plan

    Opportunity for Great Family Fun and to Participate in an Extraordinary Service Project:

    American Labor Merit Badge is mostly a discussion of a wide range of labor issues and definitions.


    American Labor Merit Badge A) Make Your Plan
    The Trail to Adventure Fun!

      1. Merit Badge Activity Preview

      2. Sample Plan Outline
      Note: This Plan is a Draft - Some dates, events and activities may change after reviewing it with your leaders.

      • Make draft of Event Flyer (See Example Here).
      • Each Participant to be notified that he needs:
      • Event Dates / Places / Dress Code / Supplies / Etc.
      • Pre-requisites (ie worksheet, blue card, research materials)
      • Homework Requirements

      3. Meet the Merit Badge Counselor
      Review your plan with the merit badge counselor. Some activities require his advance approval. The Scoutmaster should be able to recommend a counselor to you.

      4. Patrol Leader Council
      Present Activity Proposal to your fellow patrol leaders and scoutmaster. Make assignments as needed.

      5. Field Trip Plan

      • Contact the destination venue. Confirm that they can assist with the Field Trip Requirements. Reserve your Event Dates.
      • Troop Historian should be ready to take pictures on this activity to report back on the next troop blog, newsletter or court of honor.

      6. Announce & Start Activity

      • Get final approval from your scoutmaster.
      • Update event flyer (#2) above.
      • Distribute event flyer / Begin Introduction


    B) Introduction
    Present the plan to your patrol or troop (Either at your first activity meeting or sometime earlier.)

    Here are some ideas to show why this activity will be both fun and important.

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

    • Learn about the many heroes who have worked tirelessly to bring equality and fairness to our society.

    The labor movement in America seeks to ensure that the civil rights of laborers are protected in the workplace, especially in regard to wages, hours, and working conditions.


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


    American Labor Merit 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: Labor Issues List
      Prepare a list of what you think are the top 8 labor issues of today. Explain why each one is important.

      Req #7: Open Issue Debate
      Choose a labor issue of widespread interest to American workers. Prepare an argument to support both sides of the issue debated.

      Req #2: Labor Union Contact
      Only if Not Doing Field Trip


        Contact (via email) a labor organization (ie: local union, a central labor council, or an employee organization). Prepare a report for presentation on the following questions.
      • Find out what the organization does.
      • Find out which issues are of greatest interest or concern to them and why.
      • Ask for a diagram showing how the organization is structured, from the local to the national level, if applicable.

      Req #5d: Biographical Report


    Genealogy Merit Badge D) Study Hall

    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.

      Merit Badge Slideshow
      Troop 23 Slideshow - Covers many of the definitions and historic timeline needed here. (Credit RockMart Troop 23 of Northwest GA Council.)

      Req #1: Major Labor Concerns -


        Discussion: Learn about working people and work-related concerns. List and briefly describe or give examples of at least EIGHT concerns of American workers.

        Chart #1: Common Labor Issues

      Req #3: Labor Discussion -


        Explain to your counselor what labor unions are, what they do, and what services they provide to members.

      Chart #3: Common Labor Terms

      Labor Management Discussion


        Req #4: Labor-Management Relations - Explain what is meant by the adversarial model of labor-management relations, compared with a cooperative-bargaining style.
        Req #6: Globalization - Explain the term globalization. Discuss with your counselor some effects of globalization on the workforce in the United States. Explain how this global workforce fits into the economic system of this country.
        Req #8: Business Goals - What goals may motivate the owners of a business, its stockholders, its customers, its employees, the employees' representatives, the community, and public officials.

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    E) Patrol Activity
    The scout should prepare ahead to make the following presentations to his group:

    Req #2: Labor Organization Interview
    When Not Doing Field Trip

    Scout Report - See Prerequisites:


    American Labor Merit Badge F) Field Trip

      Req #2: Labor Union Visit


        Visit a labor organization (ie: local union, a central labor council, or an employee organization). (If not doing the Field Trip then see Patrol Activity above.) While there discuss the following questions:
      • Find out what the organization does.
      • Find out which issues are of greatest interest or concern to them and why.
      • Ask for a diagram showing how the organization is structured, from the local to the national level, if applicable.


    American Labor Merit Badge G) Merit Badge Final
    Items to review in meeting after the Field Trip or Patrol Activity.

      Req #5: Labor History Report
      Scout Report - See Prerequisites: His report may be one of the following:

      • a. Historical Timeline
      • b. Scrapbook Exhibit
      • c. Labor Movie Report
      • d. Biographical Report

      Req #7: Labor Union Debate


        Choose a labor issue of widespread interest to American workers. Prepare an argument to support both sides of the issue debated.

      Req #9: Union Employment Opportunities


        Learn about opportunities in the field of labor relations. Choose one career in which you are interested and discuss with your counselor the major responsibilities of that position and the qualifications, education, and training such a position requires.

        M Patricia Smith - Famous Labor Attorney


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