Citizen in the Nation Merit Badge
Below is a proposed list of meeting dates, times and locations of when this group will meet. Included is a list of what requirements should be completed by what date. If there is a problem with meeting during any of the designated times or in meeting the assignment requirements, please let me know in advance so that I can help you complete your merit badge in a timely fashion.
Thursday, January 21 7:00-7:30 Wapping Church
Introduce the merit badge requirements.
An information packet will be handed out and discussed.
We will be discussing Requirement 1, "What a Citizen in the Nation means and what it takes to be a good citizen in this country". We will do this part by going over the rights, duties, and obligations of a responsible citizen.
Discuss the historic landmark the group will be attending (and when).
Thursday, February 4 6:15 -7:00 Wapping Church (before PLC)
Discuss Requirement 2D. (i.e. What we found interesting about your assigned National Monument and why it is important to the American people).
Discuss Requirement 3. (ie. Discuss the issues that you heard on the news or read about in a newspaper as a group. Discuss how each issue affects you and your family).
Assign Requirement 4 and Requirement 5.
Thursday, February 11 6:45-7:30 Wapping Church
Discuss Requirement 4. (i.e. Discuss The Declaration of Independence, Preamble to the Constitution, The Constitution Bill of Rights and Amendments to the Constitution and be able to state how life in the US would be different without them).
Each scout was assigned an Amendment. Tell the group something about your assigned Amendment.
Discuss Requirement 5 (i.e. Discuss the 6 functions of government listed in the Preamble to the Constitution and how they could affect your family).
Thursday, February 25 7:00-7:30 Wapping Church
Discuss Requirement 6. (i.e. Discuss speeches of historical importance. The Gettysburg Address, I have a dream, and the JFK Inaugural Address speeches will be discussed and scouts will be asked the Requirement 6 questions of each.
Discuss Requirement 7. (i.e. We will go over the three branches of our federal government and discuss their functions. Also we will be discussing the importance of the system of checks and balance in our government).
Collect Permission Slips for the Trip to the Mark Twain House (Requirement 2A).
Sunday, March 7 at 12:45 Trip to the Mark Twain House in Hartford
We will be meeting at the church on Sunday March 7th at 12:45 and leaving for the Mark Twain House at 1:00 pm, returning approximately 3 hours later.
This trip will assist us in achieving our final requirement for the Citizen in the Nation Merit Badge. The Mark Twain House and Museum was the home of Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens) from 1874 to 1891 in Hartford, Connecticut. The architectural style of the 19-room house itself is Victorian Gothic. This house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963. The restoration was largely completed for the house's centennial in 1974. This early preservation of a Victorian home set the stage for and encouraged similar projects throughout the nation.
Last modified: January 19, 2010