Last night we split our troop into small groups and worked on Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. Using materials gathered from web-based sources, we held discussions about the requirements and how to fulfill them.
By the end of the evening, the scouts had completed all but three of the eight requirements. Scouts who complete requirements 3, 6, and 8 on their own time can meet with a counselor to review their worksheets as they describe, list, explain or show how they’ve fulfilled the requirements.
Citizenship in the Nation is one of twelve merit badges required to advance towards “Eagle” — four badges from the “required” list are needed to advance from First Class to Star; three additional “required” to advance from Star to Life and five more “required” for Eagle. In total, an Eagle scout must have at least 21 merit badges when counting both “required” and “elective” badges.
Following the merit badge “workshop time”, we concluded the evening with a devotional and announcements about upcoming events and activities.
We also want to send out congratulations to several scouts who’ve advanced in rank (Thomas C. — Star & Communications MB; Eric S. — Tenderfoot; Alex T. — Tenderfoot & Second Class!) and/or completed other awards (Steve F. and Josh F. — The National Outdoor Award for Camping) – the patches will be distributed at the next meeting.