Family Life Merit Badge Requirements and Worksheet

Family Life Merit Badge

Family Life Merit Badge

January, 2015

Requirements for the Family Life merit badge:

  1. Prepare an outline on what a family is and discuss this with your merit badge counselor. Tell why families are important to individuals and to society. Discuss how the actions of one member can affect other members.
  2. List several reasons why you are important to your family and discuss this with your parents or guardians and with your merit badge counselor.
  3. Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them. Discuss with your counselor the effect your chores had on your family.
  4. With the approval of your parents or guardians and your merit badge counselor, decide on and carry out a project that you would do around the home that would benefit your family. Submit a report to your merit badge counselor outlining how the project benefited your family.
  5. Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family. After completing the project, discuss the following with your merit badge. counselor:
    1. The objective or goal of the project
    2. How individual members of your family participated
    3. The results of the project
  6. Do the following:
    1. Discuss with your merit badge counselor how to plan and carry out a family meeting.
    2. After this discussion, plan and carry out a family meeting* to include the following subjects:
      1. Avoiding substance abuse, including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, all of which negatively affect your health and well-being
      2. Understanding the growing-up process and how the body changes, and making responsible decisions dealing with sex
      3. How your chores in requirement 3 contributed to your role in the family
      4. Personal and family finances
      5. A crisis situation within your family
      6. The effect of technology on your family
      7. Good etiquette and manners
      Discussion of each of these subjects will very likely carry over to more than one family meeting.
  7. Discuss the following with your counselor:
    1. Your understanding of what makes an effective father and why, and your thoughts on the father's role in the family
    2. Your understanding of the responsibilities of a parent.
*This conversation may take place with only one or both of your parents or guardians.

Family Life Worksheet

 Apr 29, 2014 - Christine
When my older boy went through Scouts, we owned our home so his project for Family Life #4 was relatively easy to come up with. Now my youngest is going through the Troop and we rent our home (since July) and we're having some difficulty finding a project to fulfill the requirement. We are unable to paint, plant gardens or change the yard, or anything that might be considered a permanent change. Everything we've come up with has been shot down by the landlord. Any suggestions on possible projects would be very helpful and greatly appreciated.
Apr 29, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Christine - It doesn't need to be a project of a permanent nature.

Our library loans out "Energy Audit" kits which can be used to check how much electricity is being wasted by plugged in devices.  Making a plan to minimize your family's electric, water, A/C, heating waste could be a useful project.

Clean out your garage or storage area.

Sort and pack old toys and clothes to make more room and donate to an organization.

Improve security or safety with window alarms, CO monitors, water leak sensors by the hot water heater, brighter LED outdoor lights, non-slip surface on outdoor steps, ... and such.

May 02, 2014 - Christine
Thank you very much! We actually did the spring cleaning of house, garage, and storage unit as the family project for requirement #5 during spring break. The energy audit and security/safety improvements are definite possibilities to suggest to him.
Aug 08, 2014 - Crystal
Requirement 7a mentions an effective father, what if there has never been a male in the family. As a single parent I believe I have done a pretty good job in guiding and supporting my son in all aspects. Does he overlook this and/or is penalized for not having a male role model?
Aug 08, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Crystal - That requirement asks the scout to come up with his own thoughts on what makes a man an effective father.  Expressing his view should help him prepare for that role in the future.  His view comes from what he's seen and experienced, both good and bad, in real life and media.  Even if he has no male role model in his immediate family, he has them in other parts of his life such as church, school, sports, scouting.
Dec 11, 2014 - Lynne
Requirement #5 Since it is winter making it impossible for outdoor work I was thinking of having my scout organize a family meal with all the family members participating.

Also, for #4 I thought organizing and putting away all of the Christmas decorations would be a great winter project. It is quite a chore for us.

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