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<center><big>[[Communications]] [[Merit Badge]] requirement resources include the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|Merit Badge Worksheet]] {{PDF}}, <br> lesson video links, and cross-references to related [[Merit Badges]] and [[Boy Scout]] [[Awards]].<br>
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[[Communications]] is a [[Merit_Badges_Earned|popular]] [[Merit Badge]] and required for [[Eagle Scout]].</big> &nbsp;<span style="border: 1px outset Khaki; background:LemonChiffon;">&nbsp;[[Collections|<small>◄ </small>Prev]]&nbsp;</span> - <span style="border: 1px outset #FFB; background: #DFC;">&nbsp;[[Composite Materials|Next<small> ►</small>]]&nbsp;</span></center><br>
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{{Otheruses|''This is the '''Boy Scout Communications Merit Badge'''.<br>Webelos Scouts can earn the Webelos [[Communicator]] Activity Badge.<br>Cub Scouts & Webelos Scouts can earn the [[Cub Scout Communicating]] Belt Loop & Pin.''}}{{MeritBadgePriorApproval|5c}}<br>
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|caption= Communications
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|subject= Communications
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|status= '''Eagle-Required'''
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|requirements revision= 2004
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#The Communications merit badge is on the [[Eagle Scout]] required list (requirement 3.e.).
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== Requirement resources ==
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{{Merit Badge Requirement resources}}
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'''2a'''. [[Scout Songs]] - [[Scout Skits]]<br>
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'''3'''. The [[Citizenship in the Community]] #8 ''public presentation...of your community'' <br>
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could be given as a [[Communications]] #3 ''five-minute speech'' <br>
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using the techniques from [[Photography]] #4b to ''produce a picture story'' <br>
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and [[Art]] #1 to ''tell a story with...pictures'' <br>
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which could be developed into the [[Computers]] #6e ''short presentation''.<br>
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'''8'''. See [[Court of Honor]] for a sample script.
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'''1'''. How we communicate: [http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761564117/Communication.html Communications] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication Interpersonal Communications] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunication#Modern_operation Telecommunications] <br>
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'''1a'''. A communications log is in the [[Media:Communications.pdf|Communications Workbook]].<br>
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'''1b'''. A listening journal is in the [[Media:Communications.pdf|Communications Workbook]].<br>
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'''1c'''. See below: #4 for interviewing resources, #5 for active listening and taking notes.<br>
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'''2a'''. [[Scout Songs]] - [[Scout Skits]] - Also see [[Art]] Merit Badge<br>
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* [http://mistupid.com/tutorials/powerpoint/index.htm Microsoft PowerPoint] - Great Microsoft PowerPoint tutorials.
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'''2b'''. How to sell [[Popcorn]] - with sample scripts, sales plans, and even a video. Also see [[Salesmanship]] #3. <br>
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'''3'''. The [[Citizenship in the Community]] #8 ''public presentation...of your community'' <br>
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could be given as a [[Communications]] #3 ''five-minute speech'' <br>
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using the techniques from [[Photography]] #4b to ''produce a picture story'' <br>
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and [[Art]] #1 to ''tell a story with...pictures'' <br>
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which could be developed into the [[Computers]] #6e ''short presentation''.<br>
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: Also see [[Public Speaking]] #1. "Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself".<br>
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'''4'''. Lesson Video: [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/22557_write-news-new-style.htm How a reporter interviews someone] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/3193_conduct-interview.htm How to Conduct an Interview (Job)]. <br>
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'''5'''. [[Communications #5 "Attend a public meeting…" is similar to [[Journalism]] #4 " Attend a public event…"
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*Active Listening skills: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_listening Wikipedia] - [http://www.ehow.com/how_2057868_be-active-listener.html How to be an active listener]
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* How to remember what is said: [http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/guides/?article=HomeworkMemoryTricks Memory Tricks] - [http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/Features/Columns/?article=12MemoryTricks 12 Memory Tricks]
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* [http://www.wikihow.com/Take-Lecture-Notes How to Take Notes] - [http://www.wikihow.com/Take-Better-Notes Take Better Notes] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/145862_take-research-notes.htm Lesson Video: How to take notes]
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'''6'''. Some ideas for skills or topics you could teach:
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* [[Knots]] - pick a basic knot or knots to teach (animated instructions and handouts.
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* [[Scout Songs]] & [[Scout Skits]] for great campfire programs
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* How to present a [[Flag Ceremony]]
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* [[Essentials for the Outdoors]] - what you need for a hike, campout, or summer camp, etc.
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* What is [[Order of the Arrow]]? Great topic if you are in OA.
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* [[First Aid]] Merit Badge Requirement 7 is to teach a first aid skill - resources and videos are there.
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* [[Camping]] - possible topics include packing a backpack, cold or warm weather clothing, [[Leave No Trace]], etc.
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*'''Lesson Videos''' (If you want to use PowerPoint): [http://www.expertvillage.com/interviews/powerpoint-beginners.htm PowerPoint Presentation Basics] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/interviews/powerpoint-tips.htm PowerPoint Tips] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/interviews/powerpoint-presentation.htm More PowerPoint]
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* '''Lesson Videos''': [http://www.expertvillage.com/results.aspx?q=speech ExpertVillage: Giving a Speech] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/436_public-speaking.htm Public Speaking Tips]
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* Speeches & presentations: [http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-a-Topic-for-an-Informative-Speech How to Choose a topic] - [http://www.wikihow.com/Write-an-Informative-Speech How to Write a Speech] - [http://www.wikihow.com/Prepare-and-Give-a-Speech How to Give a Speech] - [http://www.ehow.com/how_4799985_give-speech-stress.html Ideas from eHow]
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'''7a'''. : [http://mistupid.com/technical/outlook/index.htm '''Microsoft Outlook] great email tutorials. - '''Lesson Videos''': [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/2196_microsoft-outlook-tips.htm Outlook Email]
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* [http://mistupid.com/tutorials/word/index.htm Microsoft Word] - Great Microsoft Word tutorials.
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'''7b'''. [[Communications]] #7b "Create a Web page…" is very similar to [[Computers]] #7d "Design a webpage…"<br>
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'''7c'''. [http://mistupid.com/tutorials/word/index.htm Microsoft Word] - Great Microsoft Word tutorials teach desktop publishing and more.<br>
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* See [[Photography]] for help with your photo.
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'''8'''. See [[Court of Honor]] for ideas and a sample script and program in the Word {{{DOC}}} format that you can customize.<br>
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'''9'''. Communications Careers resources from: [http://career.berkeley.edu/communications/Communications.stm Berkley], [http://njca.rutgers.edu/careers_comm.htm Rutgers], and [http://www.temple.edu/sct/comm-major/careers.html Temple University] <br>
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*[http://www.scouting.org/webmasters/units.html Advice for personal and unit Web sites] &mdash; ''Official'' BSA web site
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*[http://www.kumc.edu/SAH/OTEd/jradel/effective.html Effective Presentations]
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*[http://www.roxbury.net/images/pdfs/cps6chapb.pdf Confidence in Public Speaking - First Speech]
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*[http://www.colorado.edu/geography/gcraft/notes/cartocom/cartocom_f.html Cartographic Communication]
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