Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge


Citizenship in the Community



This Merit Badge is Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank


  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:
        A. 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
            2. Fire station, police station, and hospital nearest your home
            3. Historical or other interesting points
        B. 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:
        A. Attend a city or town council or school board meeting, or a municipal; county, or state court
        B. 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:
        A. Find out which branch of local government is responsible for this issue.
        B. 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
        C. 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:
        A. 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.
        B. 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.
        C. 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
  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.

Citizenship in the Community Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.