Family Life

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{{Otheruses|This is the '''Boy Scout {{PAGENAME}} Merit Badge'''.<br>
There is also a [[Family Member |Webelos Family Member Activity Badge]]<br>
and [[Cub Scout Citizenship]] Belt Loop & Pin.}}
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Revision as of 14:47, April 23, 2008

Family Life merit badge
Image:Family Life.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1991
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 129
Requirements revision: 2005
Latest pamphlet revision: 2005


This is the Boy Scout Family Life Merit Badge.

There is also a Webelos Family Member Activity Badge
and Cub Scout Citizenship Belt Loop & Pin.

Family Life requirements

  1. Prepare an outline on what a family is and discuss this with your merit badge counselor. Tell why families are important to individuals and to society. Discuss how the actions of one member can affect other members.
  2. List several reasons why you are important to your family and discuss this with your parents or guardians and with your merit badge counselor.
  3. Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them. Discuss with your counselor the effect your chores had on your family.
  4. With the approval of your parents or guardians and your merit badge counselor, decide on and carry out a project that you would do around the home that would benefit your family. Submit a report to your merit badge counselor outlining how the project benefited your family.
  5. Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family. After completing the project, discuss the following with your merit badge counselor:
    a. The objective or goal of the project
    b. How individual members of your family participated
    c. The results of the project
  6. Do the following:
    a. Discuss with your merit badge counselor how to plan and carry out a family meeting.
    b. After this discussion, plan and carry out a family meeting to include the following subjects:
    1. Avoiding substance abuse, including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, all of which negatively affect your health and well-being
    2. Understanding the growing-up process and how the body changes, and making responsible decisions dealing with sex*
    3. How your chores in requirement 3 contributed to your role in the family
    4. Personal and family finances
    5. A crisis situation within your family
    6. The effect of technology on your family
    7. Good etiquette and manners
    Discussion of each of these subjects will very likely carry over to more than one family meeting.
  7. Discuss the following with your counselor:
    a. Your understanding of what makes an effective father and why, and your thoughts on the father's role in the family
    b. Your understanding of the responsibilities of a parent.


*This conversation may take place with only one or both of your parents or guardians.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Cub Scout workbooks, and Nova Award workbooks.
  1. Family Life merit badge is on the Eagle Scout required list (requirement 3.l.).

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