Citizenship in the World Merit Badge
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    Citizenship in the World Merit Badge Citizenship in the World Merit Badge is a very popular merit badge and can be very engaging if done right.

    With the proper preparation and prerequisites, this program can be done entirely in an classroom setting, making it ideal for a Merit Badge Roundup event. With my groups we would embark on an imaginary trip around the world. A few good props always help. Allow minimum four hours.


    A) Program Teaser
    Special audio visual presentation for the start of program or even one week in advance.

    Scouts who earn the Citizenship in the World merit badge will discover that they are already citizens of the world. How good a world citizen each person is depends on his willingness to understand and appreciate the values, traditions, and concerns of people in other countries.
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    Gate of the Orient -skyscraper recently built in Suzhou, China.

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


    Citizenship in the World Merit Badge B) Prerequisites - Leaders
    Work to be done prior to program start:

      Official Requirements - Easy Printable Version
      World Trip Props - Artifacts, props, currency, and souvenirs. Note: Flags from different countries are rich in symbolism of local cultural values.
      World Wall Map - Large map of the world to hang on the wall.

      10 Tips for Merit Badge Counselors
      Get the most from your Merit Badge Adventure.


    C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Work to be done prior to program start. Quite a few fun topics and a map exercise that scouts should research in advance:
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      Print Merit Badge Workbook - One for each scout.
      Req #3a: World Event Report - Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country's national interest and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.
      Req #3b: Foreign County Report - Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries.
      Req #4c: World Organization Report - Select TWO of the following organizations and describe their role in the world.

        1. The United Nations
        2. The World Court
        3. World Organization of the Scout Movement
        4. The World Health Organization
        5. Amnesty International
        6. The International Committee of the Red Cross
        7. CARE


    Citizenship in the WorldMerit Badge 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.

      Req #1: Citizenship:
      Discussion Group question - ask each participant to what they think it means to be a Good World Citizen.

      Req #2: Duties Citizenship:
      Explain how one becomes a citizen in the United States, and explain the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizenship. Discuss the similarities and differences between the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizens and the citizens of two other countries.

      Citizenship in the WorldMerit Badge Req #3 & 4c: World Action Reports
      From the prerequisites, scouts should come prepared to give the following four reports. Information for all of these is readily available in Wikipedia. When scouts report on similar subjects, it could be done as a group discussion.


        #3a: World Event
        #3b: Country Overview
        #4c: World Organization #1
        #4c: World Organization #2

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      Citizenship in the WorldMerit Badge Req #4a: International Law
      Explain international law and how it differs from national law. Explain the role of international law and how international law can be used as a tool for conflict resolution.

      Req #5: World Map Exercise


        Constitutional Government - The people control the country.
        Non-Constitutional Government - Tyrany controls the country.
        Map of the World - Big interactive map with all world government types listed.
        Passport Display - Picture of Passport book with VISA stamps. Which country stamps do you see on there?

      Citizenship in the WorldMerit Badge Req #6: Diplomatic Relations
      Group discussion on Ambassadors, Embassies and Foreign Ministers.


        Req #6c: Passport Display - Picture of Passport book with VISA stamps. Which country stamps do you see on there?

      Req #7: World News Tour
      If you have a computer and wi-fi access to your classroom, you can visit the two websites with the scouts. Alternatively, they check to see if they have completed one or more of the field trip options.


      E) Patrol Activity
      None required for this program.


      F) Field Trip

      Req #7: World Tour
      Do TWO of the following and share with your counselor what you have learned: (See also Req 7a and 7b above.)

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        Req #7c. Visit with a student or Scout from another country - Discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
        Req #7d. Attend a world Scout jamboree - Note some BSA Council's have arranged for international scouts to attend their annual Scout Fair to interact with local scouts.
        Req #7e. International Festival - Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.


      Citizenship in the World Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

      After completion of the above activities you may need a work session to finish completion of the merit badge worksheet to document the results.

      Extra Credit:

      Merit Badge BSA World Conservation Award

      Citizenship in the World is one of just three merit badges needed to earn this unique and prestigious scouting award.

      An important opportunity for individual Scouts to 'think globally' and 'act locally' to preserve and improve our environment.

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      I) Citizenship in the World Famous Quotes:

        My mother early on taught us to respect all animals, and I mean all animals - not just cats and dogs but rats and snakes and spiders and fish and wildlife, so I really grew up believing they are just like us and just as deserving of consideration. - Joanna Lumley

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