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To be able to complete a merit badge during Pathways to Eagle the preparation work MUST be completed BEFORE and turned in at the START of the merit badge session.


Due to the shortness of the sessions, teaching is not possible. The Scout needs to have read the merit badge pamphlet BEFORE the session and be prepared for each of the requirements.


The availability of a Merit Badge session will be based on the actual availability of Merit Badge counselors on the day of the event.

Crime Prevention   Crime Prevention     Crime Prevention

This Merit Badge requires 2 sessions to complete.

The Pathways to Eagle preparation work items for the Crime Prevention merit badge are: 1,  2,  4a,  4b,  5,  6,  7a

  • Items in RED - MUST be completed before the session starts to make it possible to complete the merit badge at Pathways to Eagle. Bring proof of completion (item, written work, note, photo, etc.)
  • Items in GREEN - Can be completed before the session starts or done during merit badge session.
  • Items in BLACK - MUST be ready to demonstrate your knowledge of these requirements during the merit badge session.
Scouts are strongly encouraged to use a Merit Badge worksheet to show that they have done the preparation work for the merit badge. Download the workbook for the Crime Prevention Merit Badge in Adobe PDF format from the U.S. Scouting Service Project website.
Scouts MUST be able to discuss any items completed as preparation works or as written work. Note: Some requirements contain items that fall into more that one category and are listed as the higher category.
Discuss the role and value of laws in society with regard to crime and crime prevention. Include in your discussion the definitions of "crime" and "crime prevention".
Prepare a journal from various sources that address crime and crime prevention efforts in your community.
Discuss the following with your counselor:
a.  The role of citizens, including youth, in crime prevention.
b.  Gangs and their impact on the community.
c.  When and how to report a crime.
After doing EACH of the following, discuss with your counselor what you have learned:
a.  Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime. Learn how to do a crime prevention survey.
b.  Using the checklist in this pamphlet, conduct a security survey of your home and discuss the results with your family.
Teach your family or patrol members how to protect themselves from crime at home, at school, in your community, and while traveling.
Help raise awareness about one school safety issue facing students by doing ONE of the following:
a.  Create a poster for display on a school bulletin board.
b.  With permission from school officials, create a page long public service announcement that could be read over the public address system at school or posted on the school's Web site.
c.  Make a presentation to a group such as a Cub Scout den that addresses the issue.
Do one of the following:
a.  Assist in the planning and organization of a crime prevention program in your community such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Watch, or Crime Stoppers. Explain how this program can benefit your neighborhood.
b.  With your parent's and counselor's approval, visit a jail or detention facility or a criminal court hearing. Discuss your experience with your counselor.
Discuss the following with your counselor:
a.  How drug abuse awareness programs help prevent crime.
b.  Why alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are sometimes called "gateway drugs" and how gateway drugs can lead to the use of other drugs.
c.  The potential consequences from the misuse of prescription drugs.
d.  How the illegal sale and use of drugs lead to other crimes.
e.  Three resources in your city where a person with a drug problem or drug-related problem can go for help.
f.  How to recognize child abuse.
g.  The three R’s of Youth Protection.
Discuss the following with your counselor:
a.  The role of a sheriff's or police department in crime prevention.
b.  The purpose and operation of agencies in your community that help law enforcement personnel prevent crime, and how those agencies function during emergency situations.
c.  Explain the role private security plays in crime prevention.
d.  Choose a career in the crime prevention or security industry that interests you. Describe the level of education required and responsibilities of a person in that position. Tell why this position interests you.
The requirements listed on this web site are believed to be correct.
The official requirements can be found in the current edition of
"Boy Scout Requirements Book 2024"

Download the workbook for the Crime Prevention Merit Badge
in Adobe PDF format from, The U.S. Scouting Service Project website.

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