Citizenship in the World Merit Badge
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    Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

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    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.

    Sample Activity Plan


    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
      • 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


    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.

    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.
    Citizenship in the World Merit Badge
    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


    C) Homework - Scouts
    Work to be done prior to program start. Ccouts should come prepared to give the following four reports. Information for all of these is readily available in Wikipedia.

      Scout Homework Preparation
      Print Merit Badge Workbook - One for each scout. Citizenship in the WorldMerit Badge

      Req #5: World Map Exercise
      Do the following:


        a. Discuss the differences between constitutional and nonconstitutional governments.
        b. Name at least five different types of governments currently in power in the world.
        c. Show on a world map countries that use each of these five different forms of government.

        Constitutional Government - The people control the government.
        Non-Constitutional Government - The government controls the people.
        Map of the World - Big interactive map with all world government types listed.

      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 Country 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

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

      Study Hall Preparation:


        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.
        Passport Display - Picture of Passport book with VISA stamps. Which country stamps do you see on there?

      Req #1: Citizenship:


        Explain what citizenship in the world means to you and what you think it takes to be a good world citizen.

        2015 Jamboree Promotional Clip - YouTube Boy Scout Music Video.

      Req #2: Duties of Citizenship:


        a. Explain how one becomes a citizen in the United States,
        b. Explain the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizenship.
        c. Discuss the similarities and differences between the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizens and the citizens of two other countries.

        Citizenship Quiz - Multiple Choice test about Duties, Rights and Obligations.

      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.

        International Law Overview - Wikipedia

      Citizenship in the WorldMerit Badge Req #6A: Diplomatic Relations


        Explain how a government is represented abroad and how the United States government is accredited to international organizations.

      Req #6B: Ambassadors & Embassies


        Describe the roles of the following in the conduct of foreign relations.
          1. Ambassador
          2. Consul
          3. Bureau of International Information Programs
          4. Agency for International Development
          5. United States and Foreign Commercial Service

      Citizenship in the WorldMerit Badge Req #6C: Passports and Visas


        c. Explain the purpose of a passport and visa for international travel.

        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.


    F) Field Trip

    Req #7: World Tour
    Do TWO of the following and share with your counselor what you have learned: (Option 7A and/or 7B may be done as part of the study hall.)


      Req #7a: U.S. State Department Website - I always like to search for the latest travel warnings.
      Req #7b: CNN News Website - World News Division Citizenship in the WorldMerit Badge
      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. Attend an 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) 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.

      Citizenship in the WorldMerit Badge World Citizenship Reports
      From their homework prerequisites, scouts should come prepared to give the following five reports:


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

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    H) 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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