Communication Merit Badge
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    Communication Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop

    Formerly known for many years as the Communications Merit Badge, this program promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication.

    Sample Activity Plan

    A core element of this program is an Communication themed field trip and making a public speech. Also the scout had to come prepared to do some presentations with the counselor. Each scout must be careful attention to the Homework/Prerequisites to be completed.

    A) Make Your Plan
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      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
      • Service Project Opportunities? (See Extra Credit)
      • Outdoor & Camping Opportunities? (See Extra Credit)
      • Other Related Scouting Activities? (See Extra Credit)

      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

      Field Trips
      Plan with your scout troop how to complete the following:
      Req #5: Town Council Meeting Tour - See below

    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.

    Communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media.
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    Communication Merit Badge

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    Lifeguard Yell C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Work to be individually be each scout. May be part of a special patrol activity night:

      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.

      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.
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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

    Purpose: Help each Patrol Member learn key concepts on this subject. Include the following resources:

    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. 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


    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.

      Citizenship in the Community ** - This activity also covers a key requirement (#3) for Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge, which is also required for Eagle Rank Advancement.

    Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge G) Final Presentation

      After completion of the above activities you may need a work session to finish completion of the merit badge worksheet to document the results of your visits, activities and the people you interviewed.

      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 #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.

    H) Extra Credit

    Never add to or take away from the stated merit badge requirements. The material presented below is intended only to add fun for the patrol by way of either activity or community service.

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