Reading Merit Badge
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    Reading Merit Badge Reading Merit Badge is one of the easiest programs available in scouting - So make the most of it!

    Most young love to read, and many have probably had to do lots of reading already for school requirements. Highly recommend for young scouts and it is quite easy for scouts to complete without much assistance.

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

    Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. - Sir Richard Steele, English Playwright
    Reading is Fun!
    Show on Laptop or portable TV & crank up the sound!

    Reading Merit Badge B) Prerequisites - Leaders
    Work to be delegated and completed prior to program start:

    C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Start working your Merit Badge here:

    Art Merit 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.

      Primary purposes of Reading:

    • Pleasure
    • Self Development
    • Acquire Information
    • To Analyze and Evaluate

      Req #4: Patrol Planning Meeting:
      Patrol leaders meet to plan details for Patrol Activity and Field Trip suggested below.

      Req #1a : Library Catalog - School
      Many boys attend a special orientation on the first day of school.

      Req #1a : Library Catalog - Online
      Many public library systems now have their complete catalog online in searchable format. Here is One Example.

      Req #1a : Dewey Decimal Chart
      Link to a colorful chart on how this common library catalog system is organized.

      Req #3a : Online Order Form
      Here is a link to order a free Hawaii Travel Guide to plan your next high adventure trip.

      Req #3b : Find Five Scouting Websites
      As easy as "Googling" Scouting on a Scoutmaster's iphone.

    E) Patrol Activity
    See Field Trip Plan.

    F) Field Trip
    Req #4 - Service Project: Devote four hours of service to any one of the following:

      Hospital / Extended Care : Reading stories at a hospital or old folks home.
      Library : Service Project
      Children Group : - Reading bible stories at a Junior Sunday School group for your local church

    Reading 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 of your activities.

    I) Reading Famous Quotes:

      We read to know we are not alone.” - C.S. Lewis
      “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” - Confucius
      “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"
      “Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” - Edmund Burke

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