Citizenship In The Nation Merit Badge
Requirements for the Citizenship In The Nation merit badge:
- Explain what Citizenship in the Nation means and what it takes to be a good citizen of this country. Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of a responsible and active American citizen.
- Do TWO of the following:
- Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
- Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.
- Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.
- Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and other resources, find out more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain why the monument is important to this country's citizens.
- Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.
- Discuss each of the following documents with your counselor. Tell your counselor how you feel life in the United States might be different without each one.
- Declaration of Independence
- Preamble to the Constitution
- The Constitution
- Bill of Rights
- Amendments to the Constitution
- List the six functions of government as noted in the Preamble to the Constitution. Discuss with your counselor how these functions affect your family and local community.
- With your counselor's approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
- Name the three branches of our federal government and explain to your counselor their functions. Explain how citizens are involved in each branch. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances.
- Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor.
Citizenship In The Nation Worksheet
Oct 12, 2013 - Katherine G. Leonard
I am a merit badge counselor (and ASM). It is my opinion that the worksheets were more user-friendly when they printed out with lines, instead of open boxes. Unless the scouts are typing directly into the form, the lines are better. Thank you for considering my input.Aug 16, 2014 - Mary
Can #8 be in email form?May 26, 2015 - Terry Eckberg
Are the locations for requirement 2a and 2d the same and the main difference is 2a is a physical visit and 2d is more of a research effort?May 26, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Terry - The requirements refer to two different places. National Monuments and Historic Places are different things. There are about 114 national monuments, but more like 90,000 historic places. So, any scout should be able to visit some historic place not too far away, but the closest national monument might be quite far.Jun 29, 2015 - Robert
Can requirement #8 be in email form or do you actually have to write a letter?Jul 02, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Robert - The requirement states "letter", not "email". But, the merit badge counselor may interpret that to include email.Mar 08, 2016 - Keith B
I have purchased detailed documentary tours of the Denver Mint and a second of the US Capitol Building to fulfill requirement #2 when teaching at a Merit Badge class event. During these videos I use that time to review scouts' worksheets and call them aside separately to go over various requirements with them.Jun 06, 2016 - Jeff M
All National Park units with the designation of National Historic Site, National Historical Park, National Memorial, National Battlefield, National Cemetery and most National Monuments are already part of the National Historic Landmark or National Register of Historic Places. They must be on either of the two lists before they can become park units. National Monuments that are natural (not man made) are the exception.Aug 21, 2016 - Jeff M
As far as requirement #8... My son wrote a letter on the computer and he emailed a PDF copy to our representative. In the body of the email he explained that it was for the merit badge. As each rep gets hundreds of emails and letters, explaining that the correspondence is for the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge they expedited a formal response. Any representative's office is always more then willing to help the scouts in any way they can.
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