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
- Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself to an audience such as your troop, class at school, or some other group.
- Prepare a three- to five-minute talk on a topic of your choice that incorporates body language and visual aids.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.