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Boy Scout Troop 70
(St. Albans, Vermont)
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Citizenship in the Community

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Class Dates and Requirements

Meeting 1: 1, 2a, 6, assign at home requirements 3, 5, 7, 8

Meeting 2: 2b, 4a,b,c with guest speaker and/or MB counselor

Meeting 3:

  • Discuss with counselor the movie you watched for req. #5.  Begin presentations for #8.
  • 7a. Present any research you've done on three charitable organizations and pick one that you would like to offer community service to (7b).  Aim for completion within 30-60 days.

Meeting 4:

  • Clean up, finish any presentations. 
  • Complete 3a and 3b and present findings to counselor at any time.  

Completions are being tracked in Scoutbook.  You may log into your account at any time to check progress.   

Requirements to be completed outside of class and present findings/results to your counselor:


 Requirements to be completed outside of class and present findings/results to your counselor:

3a. Attend a meeting of your city, town, or county council or school board; OR attend a municipal, county, or state court session.

3b. Choose one of the issues discussed at the meeting where a difference of opinions was expressed, and explain to your counselor why you agree with one opinion more than you do another one. 

5. With the approval of your counselor and a parent, watch a movie that shows how the actions of one individual or group of individuals can have a positive effect on a community. Discuss with your counselor what you learned from the movie about what it means to be a valuable and concerned member of the community. 

7a. Identify three charitable organizations outside of Scouting that interest you and bring people in your community together to work for the good of your community.

7b. Pick ONE of the organizations you chose for requirement 7a. Using a variety of resources (including newspapers, fliers and other literature, the Internet, volunteers, and employees of the organization), find out more about this organization.

7c. With your counselor's and your parent's approval, contact the organization you chose for requirement 7b, and find out what young people can do to help. While working on this merit badge, volunteer eight hours of your time for the organization [volunteer service done prior to starting this merit badge does not count]. After your volunteer experience is over, discuss what you have learned with your counselor. Submit a 
signed letter to your counselor to verify you've completed the service hours.

8. Develop a public presentation (such as a video, slide show, speech, digital presentation, or photo exhibit) about important and unique aspects of your community. Include information about the history, cultures, and ethnic groups of your community; its best features and popular places where people gather; and the challenges it faces. Stage your presentation in front of your merit badge counselor or a group, such as your patrol or a class at school.

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