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Resources include the Communication merit badge worksheet in PDF format Adobe Acrobat PDF and Word format Microsoft Word DOC document, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.
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Communication merit badge
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1965
Renamed from: Communications
BSA Advancement ID: 005
Requirements revision: 2019
Latest pamphlet revision: 2013


This clear and concise definition comes from the U.S. Department of Education: "Communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field of communication promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication.

Communication merit badge requirements

  1. Do ONE of the following:
    a. For one day, keep a log in which you describe your communication activities. Keep track of the time and different ways you spend communicating, such as talking person-to-person, listening to teachers, the radio, or podcasts, watching television, reading books and other print media, and using any electronic communication device. Discuss with your counselor what your log reveals about the importance of communication in your life. Think of ways to improve your communication skills.
    b. For three days, keep a journal of your listening experiences. Identify one example of each of the following, and discuss with your counselor when you have listened to:
    1. Obtain information
    2. A persuasive argument
    3. Appreciate or enjoy something
    4. Understand someone's feelings
    c. In a small-group setting, meet with other scouts or with friends. Have them share personal stories about significant events in their lives that affected them in some way. Take note of how each scout participates in the group discussion and how effectively each Scout communicates their story. Report what you have learned to your counselor about the differences you observed in effective communication.
    d. List as many ways as you can think of to communicate with others (face-to-face, by telephone, letter, e-mail, text messages, social media, and so on). For each type of communication discuss with your counselor an instance when that method might not be appropriate or effective.
  2. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Think of a creative way to describe yourself, using, for example, a collage, short story or autobiography, drawing or series of photographs, or a song or skit. Using the aid you created, make a presentation to your counselor about yourself.
    b. Choose a concept, product, or service in which you have great confidence. Build a sales plan based on its good points. Try to persuade the counselor to agree with, use, or buy your concept, product or service. After your sales talk, discuss with your counselor how persuasive you were.
  3. Write a five-minute speech. Give it at a meeting of a group.
  4. Interview someone you know fairly well, like, or respect because of his or her position, talent, career or life experiences. Listen actively to learn as much as you can about the person. Then prepare and deliver to your counselor an introduction of the person as though this person were to be a guest speaker, and include reasons why the audience would want to hear this person speak. Show how you would call to invite this person to speak.
  5. Attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) approved by your counselor where several points of view are given on a single issue. Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Prepare an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed, and share this with your counselor.
  6. With your counselor's approval, develop a plan to teach a skill or inform someone about something. Prepare teaching aids for your plan. Carry out your plan. With your counselor, determine whether the person has learned what you intended.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Write to the editor of a magazine or your local newspaper to express your opinion or share information on any subject you choose. Send your message by fax, email or regular mail.
    b. Create a web page or blog of special interest to you (for instance, your troop or crew, a hobby, or a sport).. Include at least three articles or entries and one photograph or illustration, and one link to some other Web page or blog that would be helpful to someone who visits the Web page or blog you have created. It is not necessary to post your Web page or blog to the Internet, but if you decide to do so, you must first share it with your parents and counselor and get their permission.
    c. Use desktop publishing to produce a newsletter, brochure, flier or other printed material for your scout troop, class at school, or other group. Include at least one article and one photograph or illustration.
  8. Plan a troop or crew court of honor, campfire program, or an interfaith worship service. Have the patrol leaders' council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies.
  9. Find out about three career opportunities in the field of communication. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Scouts BSA Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #648914)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Communication is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Communication requirements. has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

Communication merit badge is required for the Eagle Scout rank.
Communication merit badge requires prior counselor and/or parent approval for requirement(s) #5, 6.
  1. The BSA Communications Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Communication as one of your monthly themes.
  2. Communication is a popular merit badge.

Requirement resources

1. How we communicate: Communications - Telecommunications
1a. A communications log is in the Communication Workbook.
1b. A listening journal is in the Communication Workbook.
1c. See below: #4 for interviewing resources, #5 for active listening and taking notes.
2a. Scout Songs - Scout Skits - Also see Art Merit Badge
2b. How to sell Popcorn - with sample scripts, sales plans, and even a video. Also see Salesmanship #3.
3. Presentation resources:
The Citizenship in the Community #8 public presentation...of your community
could be given as a Communication #3 five-minute speech
using the techniques from Photography #4b to produce a picture story
and Art #1 to tell a story
which could be developed into the Digital Technology #6d short presentation.
Also see Public Speaking #1. "Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself".
4. Lesson Video: How a reporter interviews someone - How to Conduct an Interview (Job).
5. Communication #5 "Attend a public meeting…" is similar to Citizenship in the Community #3a " Attend a meeting…". The same meeting can be used for both requirements, but the remainder of the requirements must be completed independently. Guide to Advancement
6. Some ideas for skills or topics you could teach:
7a. : Microsoft Outlook great email tutorials. - Lesson Videos: Outlook Email
7b. Communication #7b "Create a Web page…" is very similar to Digital Technology #6h "Create a web page…"
7c. Microsoft Word - Great Microsoft Word tutorials teach desktop publishing and more.
8. See Court of Honor for ideas and a sample script and program in the Word Microsoft Word DOC document format that you can customize.
9. Communications Careers resources from:, Berkley, Rutgers, and Temple University

Related awards

2b. This is very similar to Salesmanship #3.
3. The Citizenship in the Community #8 public presentation...of your community
could be given as a Communication #3 five-minute speech
using the techniques from Photography #4b to produce a picture story
and Art #1 to tell a story
which could be developed into the Digital Technology #6d short presentation.
  • Also see Public Speaking #1. "Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself".
5. Communication #5 "Attend a public meeting…" is similar to Journalism #4 " Attend a public event…"
7b. Communication #7b "Create a Web page…" is very similar to Digital Technology #7d "Create a web page…".
Personal development-related awards

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

External links

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