Boy Scout Merit Badge
CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY
- Describe your community to your counselor giving
- A short history
- Cultures and ethnic groups
- Major places of employment
What is the future of your community?
- Mark or point out on a map of your community the following:
- Chief government buildings such as your city hall, county courthouse,
and public works / services facility
- Fire station, police station, and hospital nearest your home
- Schools, churches, and synagogues near your home
- Main highways to neighboring cities and towns
- Nearest railroads and bus stations and airport, if any
- Chief industries or other major places of employment
- Historical and other interesting points
- Do the following:
- Chart the organization of your local or state government. Show the top
offices and tell which are elected or appointed.
- Name the political parties in your community government and list four
persons active in the politics of your community and what positions they
- Attend ONE of the following:
- County or parish board meeting
- City council meeting
- School board meeting
- Municipal, county, or state court session
- After visiting the governmental meeting, obtain a copy of that body's
published budget. Review the major sources of income and expenses for its
operation with your counselor.
- List the services your community provides to the citizens in return for
the taxes paid by you and your parents.
- Select a city, county, or school problem or issue under consideration from
the local newspaper or news broadcast and write a letter expressing your views
to the mayor, administrator, or school board president. Show this letter and
any response to your counselor.
- List and describe the work of five volunteer organizations through which
people in your community work together for the good of your community.
- Tell how to report an accident or an emergency in your community.
- List five ways you can demonstrate good citizenship in your community,
religious institution, school, or Scouting unit.
BSA Advancement ID#: 2
Source: Boy Scout
Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002