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Lifeguard Yell 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.)
    One copy for each scout.

    Field Trips
    With your scout troop or family - complete the following
    Req #5: Town Council Meeting Tour - See below

    Req #2: Personal Presentation
    Come prepared to do ONE of the following:
    a. Think of a creative way to describe yourself, using, for example, a collage, short story or autobiography, drawing or series of photographs, or a song or skit. Using the aid you created, make a presentation to your counselor about yourself.
    b. Choose a concept, product, or service in which you have great confidence. Build a sales plan based on its good points. Try to persuade the counselor to agree with, use, or buy your concept, product or service. After your sales talk, discuss with your counselor how persuasive you were.

    Req #3: Five Minute Speech
    Write a five-minute speech. Give it at a meeting of a group.

    Req #4: The Interview
    Interview someone you know fairly well, like, or respect because of his or her position, talent, career or life experiences. Listen actively to learn as much as you can about the person. Then prepare and deliver to your counselor an introduction of the person as though this person were to be a guest speaker, and include reasons why the audience would want to hear this person speak. Show how you would call to invite this person to speak. merit badge help

    Req #6: Teaching Skills
    With your counselor's approval, develop a plan to teach a skill or inform someone about something. Prepare teaching aids for your plan. Carry out your plan. With your counselor, determine whether the person has learned what you intended.

    Come prepared with necessary teaching aids to teach a skill to another person. Sample ides:

    • Rope & Scout Knots
    • First Aid Treatment for a Injury
    • Totenchip Task
    • Boy Scout Safety Rules
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    Req #7: Publishing
    Do ONE of the following:

      a. Letter: Write to the editor of a magazine or your local newspaper to express your opinion or share information on any subject you choose. Send your message by fax, email or regular mail.
      b. Web Blog: - Create a web page or blog of special interest to you (for instance, your troop or crew, a hobby, or a sport). Include at least three articles or entries and one photograph or illustration, and one link to some other Web page or blog that would be helpful to someone who visits the Web page or blog you have created. It is not necessary to post your Web page or blog to the Internet, but if you decide to do so, you must first share it with your parents and counselor and get their permission.
      c. Newsletter: - Use desktop publishing to produce a newsletter, brochure, flier or other printed material for your scout troop, class at school, or other group. Include at least one article and one photograph or illustration.
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    Req #8: Court of Honor
    Plan a troop or crew court of honor, campfire program, or an interfaith worship service. Have the patrol leaders' council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies.


boy scout television news 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.

May want to set aside one or more sessions to work on several of the Scout Prerequisites above.

    Req #1c: Listening
    In a small-group setting, meet with other scouts or with friends. Have them share personal stories about significant events in their lives that affected them in some way. Take note of how each scout participates in the group discussion and how effectively he communicates his story. Report what you have learned to your counselor about the differences you observed in effective communication.

    Be prepared to present to the counselor what you did for each of the following:
    Req #2: Personal Presentation
    Req #3: Five Minute Group Talk
    Req #4: The Interview
    Req #6: The Interview
    Req #7: Publishing
    Req #8: Court of Honor

    Req #9: Careers
    Find out about three career opportunities in the field of communication. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you. - Communication, Journalism and Related Programs.


F) Town Council Field Trip

About every other year, Roadkill Patrol would visit the local town council meeting and then stop off at a local fast food or ice cream place afterwards where we would have some of our most meaningful discussions about the roles of government and citizenship. This activity also covers a key requirement for Citizenship in the Community, which is another merit badge required for Eagle Rank Advancement.

It has been my experience that many prominent individuals in local government have a great interest in the Boy Scout program - mentoring young boys, being merit badge councelors, serving in other local organizations that sponsor troops, facilitating eagle scout and troop service projects, and presenting letters of recognition at courts of honor.

The relationship of a scout troop to its local community is very important. If doing this badge at a scout camp or scouting workshop, then this requirement would be a pre-requisite.

    Req #5: Town Council Meeting
    Attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) approved by your counselor where several points of view are given on a single issue. Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Prepare an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed, and share this with your counselor.

H) Extra Credit

J) Communication Famous Quotes:

    William Shakespeare - Brevity is the soul of wit.


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