Map Out Your Community

One of the ways to be a good citizen is to know your surroundings in your neighborhood or city.  If you, or someone you know has an emergency and needs to rush to the hospital... do you know where it is?  With requirement 2 of the Citizenship in the Community merit badge, you have the opportunity to map out your community.  The tool I have found to work best for this project is Google Maps.  Using your google account, and going to "My Maps" within the Google Maps platform, you are able to create, manipulate, and share your map with others.  In my map I chose to focus on Provo, UT.  What are some historical / interesting points of interest around your neighborhood?

2. Do the following:
a. On a map of your community or using an electronic device, locate and point out 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
  • Parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, and trails
  • Historical or other interesting points of interest

Actions Of One Individual



Citizenship in the Community
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.


No Cussing Club



One boy’s crusade to encourage clean language has far-reaching effects.
Read the article here


Red White and Blue - Flag Ceremony

The arrangement for this Flag Ceremony is as follows:
Scout1: Caller
Scouts2-5: Color Guard
Leader: Props (scraps of Red, White, and Blue cloth)


Scout1: Color Guard Attention....
Scout1: Will the Audience please rise... Color Guard Forward March... Scout or Heart salute...
Scout1: (when the color guard reaches the flag posts)  Post the colors of the United States of America..... Post the colors of the great state of_________________, and of Troop/Pack____________________.
(Scout1 wait until leaders part is finished...)

Leader:  Scouts, what is our Flag? You could say it is just a few scraps of red, white, and blue cloth like these in my hand.  That would be true. But our flag is really much more than that.  We all recognize the flag as the banner of our country.  In other words, it stand for our country.  We should respect it and treat it as we would want to be treated... with care and love.  Let us show our respect by pledging our allegiance to the flag.

Scout1: Please repeat the Pledge of Allegiance with me.....
Scout1: (after the pledge is fully recited) Two!.... Color guard about face... color guard forward march... (wait until color guard is close to the back of the room) Color guard dismissed... The audience may be seated.


End of Meeting:

Scout1: Color Guard re-assemble.... Will the audience please rise... Color Guard, retriever the colors... Forward march.... Color guard dismissed, the audience may be seated.

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

CITIZENSHIP IN 
THE COMMUNITY
  1. Discuss with your counselor what citizenship in the community means and what it takes to be a good citizen in your community. Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of citizenship, and explain how you can demonstrate good citizenship in your community, Scouting unit, place of worship, or school.
  2. Do the following:
    1. On a map of your community, locate and point out the following:
      1. Chief government buildings such as your city hall, county courthouse, and public works/services facility
      2. Fire station, police station, and hospital nearest your home
      3. Historical or other interesting points
    2. Chart the organization of your local or state government. Show the top offices and tell whether they are elected or appointed.
  3. Do the following:
    1. Attend a city or town council or school board meeting, or a municipal, county, or state court session.
    2. 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.
  4. Choose an issue that is important to the citizens of your community; then do the following:
    1. Find out which branch of local government is responsible for this issue.
    2. With your counselor's and a parent's approval, interview one person from the branch of government you identified in requirement 4a. Ask what is being done about this issue and how young people can help.
    3. Share what you have learned with your counselor.
  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.
  6. List some of the services (such as the library, recreation center, public transportation, and public safety) your community provides that are funded by taxpayers. Tell your counselor why these services are important to your community.
  7. Do the following:
    1. Choose a charitable organization outside of Scouting that interests you and brings people in your community together to work for the good of your community.
    2. 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.
    3. With your counselor's and your parent's approval, contact the organization and find out what young people can do to help. While working on this merit badge, volunteer at least eight hours of your time for the organization. After your volunteer experience is over, discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
  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.