Citizenship In The World Merit Badge
Overview Requirements Hints Resources
Citizenship In The World Merit Badge Info
Since the BSA vision statement is "to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law", understanding a scout's role as a citizen of community, nation, and world is critical to supporting that vision. This merit badge explores various forms of government, ways nations interact, and the USA's role in the global community. Hopefully, a scout's awareness of global issues and willingness to expand concern outside of the local or national issues will grow from completing this merit badge.
As with the other citizenship merit badges, Citizenship In The World is mostly learning and then explaining, discussing, and describing concepts. There are no doing requirements with this merit badge, and a scout can complete it entirely alone.
This is a great badge for a scout to do at home with very little interaction with a counselor. Since it is an eagle-required merit badge, Citizenship In The World is close to the top of all merit badges with about 53,000 scouts earning it each year.
Requirements for the Citizenship In The World merit badge:
- Explain what citizenship in the world means to you and what you think it takes to be a good world citizen.
- Explain how one becomes a citizen in the United States, and explain the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizenship. Discuss the similarities and differences between the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizens and the citizens of two other countries.
- Do the following:
- Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country's national interest and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.
- Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries.
- Do TWO of the following:
- Explain international law and how it differs from national law. Explain the role of international law and how international law can be used as a tool for conflict resolution.
- Using resources such as major daily newspapers, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and news magazines, observe a current issue that involves international trade, foreign exchange, balance of payments, tariffs, and free trade. Explain what you have learned. Include in your discussion an explanation of why countries must cooperate in order for world trade and global competition to thrive.
- Select TWO of the following organizations and describe their role in the world.
- The United Nations and UNICEF
- The World Court
- World Organization of the Scout Movement
- The World Health Organization
- Amnesty International
- The International Committee of the Red Cross
- CARE (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere)
- European Union
- Do the following:
- Discuss the differences between constitutional and non-constitutional governments.
- Name at least five different types of governments currently in power in the world.
- Show on a world map countries that use each of these five different forms of government.
- Do the following:
- Explain how a government is represented abroad and how the United States government is accredited to international organizations.
- Describe the roles of the following in the conduct of foreign relations.
- Bureau of International Information Programs
- Agency for International Development
- United States and Foreign Commercial Service
- Explain the purpose of a passport and visa for international travel.
- Do TWO of the following (with your parent's permission) and share with your counselor what you have learned:
- Visit the Web site of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting that is discussed on this Web site.
- Visit the Web site of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country.
- Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
- Attend a world Scout jamboree.
- Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.
Hints for Citizenship In The World Merit Badge
- Requirement #2 has a big overlap with requirement #1 of Citizenship in the Nation, so re-use your work.
- A person can become a U.S. citizen through birth or naturalization.
- To find a current world event, these online news sources are generally considered to be neutral and reliable: Associated Press, Reuters, ABCNews, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting System, CBS
Resources for Citizenship In The World Merit Badge
Discover ways to Become a U.S. citizen
Read the Rights and Responsibilities of American citizens.
Compare U.S. citizen rights to Rights in Other Countries.
Watch a short video about location and economy
See an intro to International Law.
Learn about world organizations: UNICEF, World Court, Interpol, World Organization of the Scout Movement, World Health Organization, Amnesty International, International Committee of the Red Cross, Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere, European Union
Explore differences betweenConstitutional and Nonconstitutional Governments.
See 10 common Forms of Government - on a Map.
Understand Passports and Visas.
Learn the roles of ambassadors, consuls, Bureau of International Information Programs, Agency for International Development, United States and Foreign Commercial Service
Visit the U.S. State Department.
Find a Human Rights news story.
Consider attending a World Scout Jamboree.
Some other merit badges in the Citizenship theme include: Citizenship in Society, Citizenship in the Community, and Citizenship in the Nation. Check them out after doing the Citizenship In The World merit badge.
Jun 10, 2013 - Sandra Kotten
Jun 10, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Jun 24, 2014 - First Class Scouter - LV300
Jul 27, 2015 - Dawn
Jul 27, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Dawn - Requirement 7c is just one of 5 options and your son needs
to do only 2 of them.
There is a Pen Pals system here on Boy Scout Trail where he could connect with some other scout troop. Or, he could connect with scouts through ScoutLink.net
Oct 17, 2015 - Brian Langenberg
I would be happy to have your son speak with my 15 year old son (1st class, about to make Star) by skype or phone.
Yours In Scouting,
Troop 18 St. Giles
Oak Park, IL
Jan 04, 2022 - Lucas
Jan 04, 2022 - Scouter Paul
@Lucas - Any concert that the merit badge counselor agrees falls in the category of "ethnic concert". If I had the chance, I'd go see The HU Band.
Mar 17, 2022 - Bob McG
Jul 14, 2022 - Frank S Razem
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