Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Citizenship in the World Merit Badge


Citizenship in the World



This Merit Badge is Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank


  1. Explain what citizenship in the world means to you and what you think it takes to be a good world citizen.
  2. Explain how one becomes a citizen in the United States, and explain the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizenship. Discuss the similarities and differences between the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizens and the citizens of two other countries.
  3. Do the following:
        A. Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a
              country's national interest and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as" its
              security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.
        B. Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and
              climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries.
  4. Do TWO of the following:
        A. Explain international law and how it differs from national law. Explain the role of international law and
              how international law can be used as a tool for conflict resolution.
        B. Using resources such as major daily newspapers, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and
              news magazines, observe a current issue that involves international trade, foreign exchange,
              balance of payments, tariffs, and free trade. Explain what you have learned. Include in your
              discussion an explanation of why countries must cooperate in order for world trade and global
              competition to thrive.
        C. Select TWO of the following organizations and describe their role in the world.
            1. The United Nations
            2. The World Court
            3. World Organization of the Scout Movement
            4. The World Health Organization
            5. Amnesty International
            6. The International Committee of the Red Cross
            7. CARE
  5. Do the following:
        1. Discuss the differences between constitutional and non-constitutional governments.
        2. Name at least five different types of governments currently in power in the world.
        3. Show on a world map countries that use each of these five different forms of government.
  6. Do the following:
        A. Explain how a government is represented abroad and how the United States government is
              accredited to international organizations.
        B. Describe the roles of the following in the conduct of foreign relations.
            1. Ambassador
            2. Consul
            3. Bureau of International Information Programs
            4. Agency for International Development
            5. United States and Foreign Commercial Service
        C. Explain the purpose of a passport and visa for international travel.
  7. Do TWO of the following (with your parent's permission) and share with your counselor what you have learned:
        A. Visit the Web site of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting that
              is discussed on this Web site.
        B. Visit the Web site of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign
              newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a
              human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country.
        C. Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic
              foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
        D. Attend a world Scout jamboree.
        E. Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or

Citizenship in the World 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.