Citizenship in the Community
| This is the Boy Scout Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge.|
Webelos Scouts can earn the Webelos Citizen Activity Badge.
Cub Scouts & Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Citizenship Belt Loop & Pin.
|Citizenship in the Community requires prior counselor approval for requirements #4b, 5, 7c.|
|Citizenship in the Community merit badge|
|BSA Advancement ID:||002|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2008|
Citizenship in the Community requirements
| A FREE workbook for Citizenship in the Community is available here! |
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
|meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of|
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
- Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
- "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
- Citizenship in the Community merit badge is on the Eagle Scout required list (requirement 3.b.).
- 1: Citizenship
- 2a: Google Maps - Make and save a map of your community
- 5: Movies With A Meaning
- 7a: IRS definition of a Charitable Organization - Qualified organizations include nonprofit groups that are religious, charitable, educational, scientific, or literary in purpose, or that work to prevent cruelty to children or animals.
- Charitable Organizations (outside of Scouting) in general may include: Churches, religious organizations, federal, state, and local governments, Salvation Army, Red Cross, CARE, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, war veteran’s groups, fraternal lodges, and nonprofit schools, hospitals, museums, etc.
- IRS online search for charities by name or city
- Major daily newspaper websites
- GuideStar Direcotry of Non-profit Organizations - find charitable organizations in your area.
- BBB Wise Giving Alliance - list of charities
- 8: Photography #4 overlaps this requirement and gives tips.
General Merit Badge information
- An Introduction to Merit Badges – how to get started, who chooses the counselor, etc.
- Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements – with the revision dates, diagrams, charts, checklists, logs, and links you need.
- Merit Badge Application – offers online resources to let you print "Blue Cards," etc.
- Merit Badge FAQ – answers dozens of questions like: Who can be a counselor? Can requirements be added or removed?
- Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval – Certain requirements need prior approval. Most do not. Here is the list.
- Also see: List of how many boys have earned each Merit Badge – Merit Badge policies – Merit badges required for the Eagle Scout rank – Merit Badge Days
- Additionally: List of Merit Badges by Field of Study – Merit Badge Pamphlets & Libraries
- Merit Badge Counselors must complete Youth Protection Training, file an Adult Application (and Merit Badge Counselor Information Form); and be approved by the local council. (See the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors for additional details.)
- Living in an American Community
- US Community Page Index - more about your city and lots of links, too
Movies With a Meaning
(Note: Please do not add links for anything above PG-13.)
- 12 Angry Men One man, Henry Fonda, sways a jury and saves an innocent man. NR but would be G today.
- Amazing Grace Chronicles the struggle of William Wilberforce to stop the British slave trade in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. PG for disturbing images of slavery.
- A Man For All Seasons The story of Sir Thomas More, who challenged King Henry VIII, who in order to divorce and remarry, discarded the Roman Catholic Church . Rated G.
- America's Godly Heritage Chronicles the faith of the nation's forefathers. Not rated.
- Fly Away Home An adventure to save orphaned geese. PG.
- Follow Me Boys The story of how one guy starts a Boy Scout troop to help the town. NR.
- Forrest Gump One slow-witted but good-hearted man is at the center of key events of the 20th century. "Stupid is as stupid does." PG-13.
- Gettysburg Great historical account. Focuses on Colonel Joshua Chmberlain who held Little Round Top though greatly outnumbered. Out of ammunition, Chamberlain orders a charge instead of retreating. PG.
- Gods and Generals Stonewall Jackson and the Battle of Manassas. PG-13 for violence.
- The Great Escape WWII POW escape. NR, but some violence.
- Guns of Navarone WWII Allied soldiers attempt to destroy the German big guns. NR. Some violence.
- High Noon A marshall must face a vengeful man just released from prison where he was put by the marshall. He finds that his own town refuses to help when the odds are high that he will not live. NR. No violence except gunfight at the end.
- Hoot Saving a population of endangered owls. PG for mild obscenities.
- Invincible The true story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. PG.
- It's A Wonderful Life Try to get the colorized version for younger Scouts. The message in this film is one of courage and sacrifice for the greater good as George Bailey, a man with big ideas about seeing the world, continually forsakes his own desires to do what is right for the town. The second message is that each life important. No matter how insignificant we feel we are, we are all inextricably linked to each other and play an important part in the fabric of one another's lives.
- Luther All about Luther, the father of the Reformation. Rated PG-13 for violence.
- The Man Who Planted Trees A lone shepherd changes the character of an entire valley.
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington One of Jimmy Stewart's signature roles as an idealistic senator caught in the corruption of the political machine. NR.
- October Sky The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry. PG.
- One Night with the King The story of Esther. Rated PG for mild violence, suggestion of sensuality.
- The Prince of Egypt Animated story of Moses. Rated PG for violence.
- Remember the Titans The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. PG.
- Rock and a Heart Place Volunteering never sounded so good.
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- Spartacus The slave, Spartacus, leads a revolt against a corrupt Rome. NR.
- The Ten Commandments The story of Moses. NR.
- The Three Musketeers Comedic interpretation of the classic novel.
- We Are Marshall When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his few surviving players try to keep the football program alive. PG.
- Zulu 1964 epic masterpiece portraying the Battle of Roarke's Drift, 140 British soldiers against 4,000 Zulu. NR, but there is the violence you'd expect in a war movie.