Family Life Merit Badge
Requirements for the Family Life merit badge:
- 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.
- List several reasons why you are important to your family and discuss this with your parents or guardians and with your merit badge counselor.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- The objective or goal of the project
- How individual members of your family participated
- The results of the project
- Do the following:
- Discuss with your merit badge counselor how to plan and carry out a family meeting.
- Prepare a meeting agenda that includes the following topics, review it with your parents or guardians, and then carry out one or more family meetings:
- How living the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law contributes to your family life
- The greatest dangers and addictions facing youth in today's society (examples include use of tobacco products, alcohol, or drugs and other items such as debts, social media, etc.)
- Understanding the growing-up process and how the body changes, and making responsible decisions dealing with sex
- Personal and family finances
- A crisis situation within your family
- The effect of technology on your family
- Good etiquette and manners
- Discuss with your counselor your understanding of what makes an effective parent and why, and your thoughts on the parent's role and responsibilities in the family.
Family Life Worksheet
Apr 29, 2014 - Christine
Apr 29, 2014 - Scouter Paul
May 02, 2014 - Christine
Aug 08, 2014 - Crystal
Aug 08, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Dec 11, 2014 - Lynne
Aug 18, 2015 - Tim
Aug 18, 2015 - Scouter Paul
I wouldn't expect every chore to be done every day even though the requirement says do them for 90 days, since it also says to record how many times they are done. For example, taking out the garbage may just be every few days.
So, being away from home for two weeks could be counted as part of the 90 days but the chore record is just all '0's for those days.
By the way, it doesn't matter what the scout's scoutmaster says - it's the merit badge counselor that decides what counts. With a bit of forethought, the scout could have discussed his planned 90 days that included the vacation with his counselor earlier so they'd both know if it would be acceptable or not.
Mar 08, 2016 - AS
Mar 10, 2016 - Scouter Paul
The merit badge counselor gives guidance in #6a to the scout about a family meeting. The topics are ones that parents should be discussing with their son, and I expect the parent would be leading most of the discussion on 'heavy' topics.
Apr 22, 2016 - Concerned mom
May 30, 2016 - Dean Arrowhead
That said, why did he have to do it 3x? If he has a blue card already signed off, that should be acceptable - no matter what troop it came from. Merit Badge Counselors are registered through your district/council and can counsel any boy from any troop. Anyone who tells you differently needs to go to a training session. Again though, if it was a partial, the new MBC has the right not to accept it. However, if this MBC is being such a stick in the mud about "process" over "content," it is time to find a different counselor and recommend that this one goes to a training session on how to be a better counselor.
Aug 28, 2016 - Julie
Aug 29, 2016 - Scouter Paul
The counselor does need to approve what the project is going to be and shouldn't be expected to accept any chore done after the fact. The scout should get approval for the project from his parents AND his counselor before doing the project. Going ahead with a project that the counselor rejected and then expecting to get credit for it wouldn't work for any counselors that I know.
Jun 14, 2017 - Vickie Slaughter
Jun 20, 2017 - Scouted Paul
Another option is that the months of holding a position do not need to be contiguous - your son could complete a 6 month requirement in two 3-month chunks. That would be worked out with the SPL and scoutmaster.
Your son could also get his driver license as soon as possible so he can join a troop and transport himself while living away from you.
Jun 25, 2020 - Brian
Jun 28, 2020 - Scouter Paul
Aug 23, 2020 - Scouter Lori
reading to a little brother 2x wk is. I point out how important for an airplane mechanic to keep records, same with a Dr or at the bank and how when they get a job some day so they get paid properly. It's ok to mark they were sick and couldn't do any chores, or they were out of town, or had too much homework - but to just mark it on the chart. Ideally the scout should mark the chart at end of the day and put post chart some place he/she will remember to mark it - but doesn't usually happen that way. Every couple of days is more likely. I ask to see their chart a couple of times during the meetings - to keep them honest/on track. IF they seem to be fudging, I may ask them about how they were recording, brainstorm with them to come up with solutions to do better and might ask them to do a couple more weeks of proper recording. Have done hundreds of scouts and some fudging common, reexplain importance of record keeping - when they get their own car/taking medicine/ordering supplies etc. warranties, etc.
The scouts are pretty good - just need to listen to them and explain purpose and work with them.
Apr 15, 2022 - Gabbie Carter
Apr 17, 2022 - Scouter Paul
@Gabbie - The Lone Scout program may work out for your scout. The leadership requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle can be completed by a lone scout - "Lone Scout: Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in your community." See Lone Scout program.
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