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Family Life merit badge
Image:Family Life.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1991
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 129
Requirements revision: 2019
Latest pamphlet revision: 2016


The family is the basic unit of society and is important to both individuals and communities. The world is rapidly changing, making today's society much more complex than ever before. As Scouts earn this merit badge, they will realize why it is important to know more about family life and how to strengthen their families.

Family Life merit badge requirements

Note to the Counselor
Some of the issues surrounding requirement 6 for the family meeting could be considered of a personal nature. Use discretion when reviewing this requirement with the Scout.

  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 with your counselor your understanding of what makes an effective parent and why, and your thoughts on the parent's role and responsibilities in the family.


*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:
Scouts BSA Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #648914)

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

Family Life merit badge is required for the Eagle Scout rank.
Family Life merit badge requires prior counselor and/or parent approval for requirement(s) #4.
  1. Family Life is a popular merit badge.

Requirement resources

4. Family Life Project Ideas <<broken link>> - see a March 8, 2012 archive of the link

Related awards

Personal development-related awards

See also

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

External links

Personal tools