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Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Clinic

posted Oct 17, 2012, 5:38 AM by Troop Leaders   [ updated Oct 17, 2012, 5:40 AM ]

Troop 363 is offering the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge (Eagle required).

Mr. Amero will be the merit badge counselor.

There will be a sign up sheet provided at the next Boy Scout Meeting which is Thursday,  October 25th at 6:30pm at the Legion Hall.

The merit badge session will be a total of 3 nights:

  • Tuesday, November 13
  • Tuesday, November 20
  • Tuesday, November 27

These sessions will be from 6:30pm -8:30pm.


  • November 13th at Rolling Hills Elementary
  • November 20th and 27th at the Waukesha State Bank (1160 N Rochester St, Mukwonago)

Scout requirements:

  • All scouts are required to be in uniform, sash not required, shirt minimum
  • There is much information to cover so please be on time
  •  If a scout cannot make all three sessions but would like to attend please discuss with Mr. Amero before signing up
  • If a scout is going to be coming late or leaving early please discuss that with Mr. Amero before the session
  •  No cost associated with this merit badge
  • Please come with a signed blue card

Please have the following completed before the first meeting;

Citizenship in the Nation merit badge requirements

1.    Explain what citizenship in the nation means and what it takes to be a good citizen of this country. Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of a responsible and active American citizen.

2.    Do TWO of the following: Bring Picture or note from parents or teacher validating visit.

a. Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.

b. Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.

c. Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.

d. Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and other resources, find out more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain why the monument is important to this country's citizens.

3.    Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.

4.    Discuss each of the following documents with your counselor. Tell your counselor how you feel life in the United States might be different without each one.

a. Declaration of Independence

b. Preamble to the Constitution

c. The Constitution

d. Bill of Rights

e. Amendments to the Constitution

5.    List the six functions of government as noted in the preamble to the Constitution. Discuss with your counselor how these functions affect your family and local community.

6.    With your counselor's approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.

7.    Name the three branches of our federal government and explain to your counselor their functions. Explain how citizens are involved in each branch. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances.

8.    Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor.


Item #8 I understand is not always easy as many politicians will not take the time to respond.  However, I am requesting that a letter be drafted, discussed with your parents, brought to the first meeting, and WE will discuss and then send that evening.  Gabe sent a letter to Ron Johnson and has yet to receive a response after months of effort.