Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge
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    Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop

    Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge teaches scouts about what makes our country great.

    Sample Activity Plan

    A core element of this program are two themed field trips (Req #2) to places of national importance.

    Prior counselor approval is necessary for some requirements:

      Req #6 - Research Historic Speach

    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
      • 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

    Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge 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.

    As Scouts fulfill the requirements for this merit badge, they will learn how to become active citizens are aware of and grateful for their liberties and rights, to participate in their governments and protect their freedom, helping to defend their country and standing up for individual rights on behalf of all its citizens.

    Show on Laptop or portable TV
    Changing the World - Official World Scout Jamboree song 2011, by Daniel Lemma

    Genealogy Merit Badge C) Study Hall

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

      Req #1: What is Citizenship?

        Discuss with your counselor what citizenship in the community means and what it takes to be a good citizen in your community. Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of citizenship, and explain how you can demonstrate good citizenship in your community, Scouting unit, place of worship or school.

        2015 Jamboree Promotional Clip - YouTube Boy Scout Music Video - Scout Troop Citizenship.
        Citizenship Quiz - Multiple Choice test about Duties, Rights and Obligations.

      Req #4: U.S. Constitution

        Discuss each of the following documents with your counselor. Tell your counselor how you feel life in the United States might be different without each one.

      Req #5: National Government

        List the six functions of government as noted in the preamble to the Constitution. Discuss with your counselor how these functions affect your family and local community.
      Martin Luther King 1963

      Req #6: Historic Speeches

        With your counselor's approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
      • Top 100 Historic Speeches of America - American Rhetoric
      • Historic American Speeches - Great American Documents
      • Historic Speeches - This History Place

      Req #7: Three Branches of Government

        Name the three branches of our federal government and explain to your counselor their functions. Explain how citizens are involved in each branch. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances. (Reference: U.S. Constitution.)

      Req #8: Letter to Congressman

        Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor.

        Do this item at least two weeks prior to your meeting with merit badge counselor to allow time for a return letter. Note Email is Quicker! Make a copy of your own letter before sending!
        Contacting the - Email Address for all current U.S. Senators and representatives.


    Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge D) Homework

    Req #3: Watch National News

      Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.

    Reading Assignment (Req #4,5,7)
    Read ahead (optional) and be prepared to discuss these two important documents:

    Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge E) National Field Trips (Two)

      Req #2: Two Field Trips to Sites of National Importance

        Do TWO of the following:
        a. Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
        b. Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.
        c. Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.
        d. Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and other resources, find out more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain why the monument is important to this country's citizens.

      Req #2: Federal Tour Suggestions
      Contact facility ahead time and ask about guided tours for Scouts and Youth Groups. Some of these may also overnight camping facilities and/or stand in need of a service project opportunity

      • Military Base -
      • National Forest - Park Ranger Office / Campground
      • National Monument - Historic Facility Tour / Campground
      • Federal Courthouse - Building Tour
      • Historic Landmark - Old fort or mission - Listing of Landmarks by State - National Park Service.
      • National Register of Historic Places - Follow the link to drill down to your state and county.

    Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge F) Merit Badge Final

    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 about potential career opportunities in this field.

    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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      Aviation Merit Badge Tour

      Several large naval carriers and other warships have been converted into floating museums and most hold regular scouting events including Aviation 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). Look for

      US Forest Rangers H2) Forest Ranger Headquarters
      Forestry Merit Badge Tour

      Several scout camps are located very close to U.S. National Forest territory and have made arrangements for their summer camp merit badge program to tour a Forest Ranger Facility. We did this once with the Roadkill Patrol at Camp Emerson and our tour included a presentation by an armed forest ranger and her K-9 Partner. That scored really high on the cool factor scale.

      Historic Trails of America Award Historic Trails Award Patch

      You may find in your area a trail of historic national importance. Camping and Hiking along a portion of the trail and visiting an associated Visitors Center may satisfy Req #2a of this merit badge and also earn your scout the BSA Historic Trails Award. Note also that many historic trails also have their own customized award program sponsored by individual scout councils.

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    Bharati Mukherjee - I am a naturalized U.S. citizen, which means that, unlike native-born citizens, I had to prove to the U.S. government that I merited citizenship.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger (Former Governor of California) - As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship. Do you know how proud I was? I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long.
    Jonathan Sacks - Religion creates community, community creates altruism and altruism turns us away from self and towards the common good... There is something about the tenor of relationships within a religious community that makes it the best tutorial in citizenship and good neighborliness.
    Patrick Henry - Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.
    Bill Maher - [F]reedom isn't free. It shouldn't be a bragging point that "Oh, I don't get involved in politics," as if that makes you somehow cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn't insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable.
    Ezra Taft Benson - The Declaration of Independence . . . is much more than a political document. It constitutes a spiritual manifesto—revelation, if you will—declaring not for this nation only, but for all nations, the source of man's rights
    Thomas Jefferson - In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.

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