The Citizenship feature teaches Scouts understand their rights as US citizens. It also demonstrates how these rights are balanced by duties like paying taxes and voting.
Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge
A nation is a patchwork of communities that differ from each other and may be governed differently. But regardless of how local communities differ, they all have one point in common: In the United States, local government means self-government. Good citizens help to make decisions about their community through their elected local officials.
The Citizenship in the Community merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout
Printable helps for requirements:
A reader asks “For Scouts BSA, can the same meeting fulfill both requirements for the communication merit badge and the citizenship in the community? Or do they have to be separate meetings? ” The answer can be found in the Guide to Advancement.
What should be on a service hours form for Scouts or units wanting to record their participation in service projects?
Sometimes when I am doing an initial interview with a Scout for the Citizenship in the Community merit badge, they don’t have any idea of which movie to watch for requirement 5.
Scouts learn how to be active members of their local community while working on the Citizenship in the Community merit badge. They learn about local government and do service work in their region. They also research the history, culture, and demographics in their area.
The Hiking feature teaches Scouts how to prepare for a successful and safe exploration of locations near and far. Scouts learn to appreciate everything they see and experience around them as they hike trails in parks, the back-country, and urban areas.