Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Communications Merit Badge





This Merit Badge is Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank


  1. Do ONE of the following:
        A. For one day, keep a log in which you describe your communication activities. Keep track of the time
              and different ways you spend communicating, such as talking person-to-person, listening to
              teachers or the radio, watching television, reading books, and other print media, and using any
              electronic communicating device. Discuss with your counselor what your log reveals about the
              importance of communication in your life. Think of ways to improve your communications skills.
        B. For three days, keep a journal of your listening experiences. Identify one example of each of the
              following, and discuss with your counselor when you have listened to:
            1. Obtain information
            2. A persuasive argument
            3. Appreciate or enjoy something
            4. Understand someone's feelings
        C. In a small-group setting, meet with other scouts or with friends. Have them share personal stories
              about significant events in their lives that affected them in some way. Take note of how each scout
              participates in the group discussion and how effectively he communicates his story. Report what
              you have learned to your counselor about the differences you observed in effective communication.
        D. List as many ways as you can think of to communicate with others (face-to-face, by telephone,
              letter, e-mail, text messages, and so on). For each type of communication discuss with your
              counselor an instance when that method might not be appropriate or effective.
  2. Do ONE of the following
        A. Think of a creative way to describe yourself, using, for example, a collage, short story or
              autobiography, drawing or series of photographs, or a song or skit. Using the aid you created,
              make a presentation to your counselor about yourself.
        B. Choose a concept, product, or service in which you have great confidence. Build a sales plan based
              on its good points. Try to persuade the counselor to agree with, use, or buy your concept, product
              or service. After your sales talk, discuss with your counselor how persuasive you were.
  3. Write a five-minute speech. Give it at a meeting of a group.
  4. Interview someone you know fairly well, like, or respect because of his or her position, talent, career or life experiences. Listen actively to learn as much as you can about the person. Then prepare and deliver to your counselor an introduction of the person as though this person were to be a guest speaker, and include reasons why the audience would want to hear this person speak. Show how you would call to invite this person to speak.
  5. Attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) approved by your counselor where several points of view are given on a single issue. Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Present an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed, and share this with your counselor.
  6. With your counselor's approval, develop a plan to teach a skill or inform someone about something. Prepare teaching aids for your plan. Carry out your plan. With your counselor, determine whether the person has learned what you intended.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Write to the editor of a magazine or your local newspaper to express your opinion or share
              information on any subject you choose. Send your message by fax, email or regular mail.
        B. Create a web page or blog of special interest to you (for instance, your troop or crew, a hobby, or a
              sport). Include at least three articles or entries and one photograph or illustration, and one link to
              some other web page or blog that would be helpful to someone who visits the web page or blog you
              have created. It is not necessary to post your web page or blog to the internet, but if you decide to
              do so, you must first share it with your parents and counselor and get their permission.
        C. Use desktop publishing to produce a newsletter, brochure, flier or other printed material for your
              scout troop, class at school, or other group. Include at least one article and one photograph or
  8. Plan a troop court of honor, campfire program, or an interfaith worship service. Have the patrol leaders' council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies.
  9. Find out about three career opportunities in communication. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Communications 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.