Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge
Activity Guide for Patrol Leaders
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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.
A. Make Your Plan - What will you do?
B. Plan Presentation - Tell Your Patrol
C. Study Hall - Req #1,4,5,6,7,8
D. Homework - Req #3
E. Two Field Tours - Req #2 -
F. Final Meeting - Req #8&9 - Activity Final & Pass-off with Counselor
H. Extra Credit - Optional Related Camping and Service Opportunities.
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
3. Meet the Merit Badge Counselor
4. Patrol Leader Council
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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)
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
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
H1) Aircraft Carrier Museum
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
H2) Forest Ranger Headquarters
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.
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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Citizenship Famous Quotes:
Phyllis Schafly - In a world of inhumanity, war and terrorism, American citizenship is a very precious possession.
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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