Family Life Merit Badge
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    Family Life Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop

    Family Life Merit Badge is one of the most popular merit badges in scouting, yet almost all of the requirements are to done in the home by the scout and his family.

    Sample Activity Plan


    Family Life Merit Badge 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

      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.

      6. Announce & Start Activity

      • Get final approval from your scoutmaster.
      • Update event flyer (#2) above.
      • Use the Introduction Meeting to discuss with the patrol the various Home Projects required for this 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.


    Family Life Merit Badge

    C) Scout Homework
    Start working your Merit Badge here:

      Req #1: Prepare Family Outline


        Prepare an outline on what a family is and discuss this with your merit badge counselor. Tell why families are important to individuals and to society. Discuss how the actions of one member can affect other members.

      Req #3: 90 Day Chore Checklist

        Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them. Discuss with your counselor the effect your chores had on your family.

      Req #4: Home Improvement Project

        With the approval of your parents or guardians and your merit badge counselor, decide on and carry out a project that you would do around the home that would benefit your family. Submit a report to your merit badge counselor outlining how the project benefited your family.
      Family Life Merit Badge

      Req #5: Family Activity Project

        Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family. After completing the project, discuss the following with your merit badge counselor:
        a. The objective or goal of the project
        b. How individual members of your family participated
        c. The results of the project

      Req #6b: Family Night Discussion

        After this discussion (Req 6a above), plan and carry out a family meeting* to include the following subjects. Discussion of each of these subjects will very likely carry over to more than one family meeting. *This conversation may take place with only one or both of your parents or guardians.
        1. Avoiding substance abuse, including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, all of which negatively affect your health and well-being
        2. Understanding the growing-up process and how the body changes, and making responsible decisions dealing with sex
        3. How your chores in requirement 3 contributed to your role in the family
        4. Personal and family finances
        5. A crisis situation within your family
        6. The effect of technology on your family
        7. Good etiquette and manners


    Family Life 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 for the Requirements.

      Req #1 : Family Outline

        Prepare an outline on what a family is and discuss this with your merit badge counselor. Tell why families are important to individuals and to society. Discuss how the actions of one member can affect other members.

      Req #2 : Family Member Worth

        List several reasons why you are important to your family and discuss this with your parents or guardians and with your merit badge counselor.

      Req #7 : Family & Parents

        Discuss the following with your counselor:
        a. Your understanding of what makes an effective father and why, and your thoughts on the father's role in the family
        b. Your understanding of the responsibilities of a parent.


    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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