Public speaking Merit Badge

Public Speaking Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

The Alpha Phi Omega chapter at a local university is offering a “Merit Badge University” next weekend. Public Speaking merit badges is one of the options being offered. I think that learning to speak in front of a group is important for anyone – young or old.

DS (my second oldest) was on NYLT staff last summer. One of the Scouters there was a Public Speaking merit badge counselor and he signed off on their merit badge cards for several of the requirements. NYLT staff members do a lot of presentations throughout the week. So DS is going to the Merit Badge University to finish this one up.

Public Speaking Merit Badge Requirements

  1. Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself to an audience such as your troop, class at school, or some other group.
  2. Prepare a three- to five-minute talk on a topic of your choice that incorporates body language and visual aids.
  3. Give an impromptu talk of at least two minutes either as part of a group discussion or before your counselor. Use a subject selected by your counselor that is interesting to you but that is not known to you in advance and for which you do not have time to prepare.
  4. Select a topic of interest to your audience. Collect and organize information about the topic and prepare an outline. Write an eight- to 10-minute speech, practice it, then deliver it in a conversational way.
  5. Show you know parliamentary procedure by leading a discussion or meeting according to accepted rules of order, or by answering questions on the rules of order.
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