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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.

Citizenship in the Nation   Citizenship in the Nation     Eagle Required

This Merit Badge requires 2 sessions to complete.

The Pathways to Eagle preparation work items for the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge are: 5,  6,  7,  8

  • 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 Citizenship in the Nation 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.
 
1. 
 
What is the Constitution of the United States? What does the Constitution do? What principles does it reflect? Why is it important to have a Constitution?
 
2. 
 
List the six purposes for creating the United States Constitution set forth in the Preamble to the Constitution. How do these purposes affect your family and community?
 
3. 
 
List the three branches of the United States government. Explain:
a.  The function of each branch of government
b.  Why it is important to divide powers among different branches
c.  How each branch "checks" and "balances" the others
d.  How citizens can be involved in each branch of government.
 
4. 
 
Discuss the importance of:
a.  Declaration of Independence
b.  The Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution) and the 14th Amendment
c.  The traditional United States motto “E Pluribus Unum.”
 
5. 
 
Watch the national evening news for five days in a row or read the main stories in a national media organization (e.g., a newspaper or news website) for five days in a row. Discuss the national issues that you learned about with your counselor. Choose one issue and explain how it affects you, your family, and community.
 
6. 
 
With your counselor's approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Explain:
*.  Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
a.  Who the author was
b.  What the historical context was
c.  What difficulties the nation faced that the author wished to discuss
d.  What the author said
e.  Why the speech is important to the nation’s history.
 
7. 
 
Do TWO of the following:
a.  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.
b.  Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capital. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.
c.  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.
d.  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.
 
8. 
 
Name your representatives in the United States Congress. Write a letter to your representative in Congress explaining your views on a national issue. Show your letter, along with any response you might receive, to your counselor.
 
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 Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge
in Adobe PDF format from, The U.S. Scouting Service Project website.

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