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:1. Explain what citizenship in the nation means and what it takes to be a good citizen of this country. Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of a responsible and active American citizen. Alex Almy
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::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.
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:3. Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.
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:4. Discuss each of the following documents with your counselor. Tell your counselor how you feel life in the United States might be different without each one.
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:6. With your counselor's approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
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:7. Name the three branches of our federal government and explain to your counselor their functions. Explain how citizens are involved in each branch. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances.
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:8. Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor.
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''Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)''
 
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*1: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizenship Citizenship] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_nationality_law#Rights_of_citizens Rights] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duty Duties] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_duty Jury Duty] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_nationality_law#Responsibilities_of_citizens Obligations (Responsibilities)]
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*2a: [http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/default.cfm National Historic Landmarks] - [http://www.nr.nps.gov/ National Register of Historic Places]
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*2c: [http://www.usps.com/locator/welcome.htm?from=home&page=0060locatepo Post Office Finder] - Your local post office is a federal facility.
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*2d: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Monuments_of_the_United_States National Monuments]
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*3: [http://www.newspaperlinks.com/voyager.cfm Major daily newspaper websites]
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*4a: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence Declaration of Independence]
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: [http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/declara/declara1.html Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents]
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*4b: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preamble_to_the_United_States_Constitution Preamble to the Constitution]
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: [http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_pre.html Constitutional Topic: The Preamble online]
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*4c: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Constitution The Constitution]
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: [http://www.usconstitution.net The Constitution Online] or [http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/constitution.html The Constitution]
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*4d: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Bill_of_Rights Bill of Rights]
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*4e: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_amendments_to_the_United_States_Constitution Amendments to the Constitution]
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*5: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Constitution Six functions of government from the first six articles]
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*6: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famous_speeches Famous speeches]
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: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_Address Gettysburg Address] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_have_a_dream I have a dream]
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: [http://comm.tamu.edu/pres/speech.html Presidential Speeches]
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: [http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/previous.htm The History Place: Great Speeches Collection]
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*7: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branches_of_government#United_States:_three_branches Branches of Government]
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: [http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_cnb.html Checks and Balances] From US Constitution Online
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: [http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/Lesson_13_Notes.htm Checks and Balances]
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*8: Citizenship in the Nation MB Pamphlet, page 41: "You can write a letter online or send a letter by mail."
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: [http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml Write a letter online to your Senator or Congressman]
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: [http://www.house.gov U.S. House of Representatives] [http://www.senate.gov U.S. Senate]
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: [http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/ Another site for Contacting the Congress]
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*[http://www.iveleague.org/s021-ab.html The American Government - "A Grand Experiment"]
*[http://www.iveleague.org/s021-ab.html The American Government - "A Grand Experiment"]
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*[http://www.nccs.net/ National Center for Constitutional Studies] Includes an online Constitution quiz and game
*[http://bensguide.gpo.gov/ Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government]
*[http://bensguide.gpo.gov/ Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government]
*[http://www.ushistory.org/ US History] A comprehensive site created by the Independence Hall Association
*[http://www.ushistory.org/ US History] A comprehensive site created by the Independence Hall Association
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*1: [http://ap.grolier.com/article?assetid=0095130-00&templatename=/article/article.html Grolier Online's American Presidency]
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*2a: [http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/ National Register of Historic Places]
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This is the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
Webelos Scouts can earn the Citizen activity badge.
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Citizenship belt loop and pin.
Citizenship in the Nation merit badge is required for the Eagle Scout rank.
Citizenship in the Nation requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #6.


Citizenship in the Nation merit badge
Image:Citizenship in the Nation.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1951
Replaced: Citizenship
BSA Advancement ID: 003
Requirements revision: 2005
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

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As Scouts fulfill the requirements for this merit badge, they will learn how to become active citizens are aware of and grateful for their liberties and rights, to participate in their governments and protect their freedom, helping to defend their country and standing up for individual rights on behalf of all its citizens.



Citizenship in the Nation merit badge requirements

  1. Explain what citizenship in the nation means and what it takes to be a good citizen of this country. Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of a responsible and active American citizen.
  2. 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. Capitol. 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.
  3. Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.
  4. Discuss each of the following documents with your counselor. Tell your counselor how you feel life in the United States might be different without each one.
    a. Declaration of Independence
    b. Preamble to the Constitution
    c. The Constitution
    d. Bill of Rights
    e. Amendments to the Constitution
  5. List the six functions of government as noted in the preamble to the Constitution. Discuss with your counselor how these functions affect your family and local community.
  6. With your counselor's approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
  7. Name the three branches of our federal government and explain to your counselor their functions. Explain how citizens are involved in each branch. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances.
  8. Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor.
The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Citizenship in the Nation is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Citizenship in the Nation requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. 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.
  2. "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
  3. The BSA Citizenship Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Citizenship in the Nation as one of your monthly themes.
  4. Citizenship in the Nation is a popular merit badge.



Requirement resources

Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents
Constitutional Topic: The Preamble online
The Constitution Online or The Constitution
Gettysburg Address I have a dream
Presidential Speeches
The History Place: Great Speeches Collection
Checks and Balances From US Constitution Online
Checks and Balances
  • 8: Citizenship in the Nation MB Pamphlet, page 41: "You can write a letter online or send a letter by mail."
Write a letter online to your Senator or Congressman
U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate
Another site for Contacting the Congress


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Personal development-related awards


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