Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Crime Prevention Merit Badge


Crime Prevention




  1. Discuss the role and value of laws in society with regard to crime and crime prevention. Include in your discussion the definitions of "crime" and "crime prevention."
  2. Prepare a notebook of newspaper and other clippings that addresses crime and crime prevention efforts in your community.
  3. Discuss the following with your counselor:
        A. The role of citizens, including youth, in crime prevention
        B. Gangs and their impact on the community
        C. When and how to report a crime
  4. After doing EACH of the following, discuss with your counselor what you have learned.
        A. Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime. Learn how to do a crime
              prevention survey.
        B. Using the checklist in this (the merit badge) pamphlet, conduct a security survey of your home and
              discuss the results with your family.
  5. Teach your family or patrol members how to protect themselves from crime at home. at school, in your community, and while traveling.
  6. Help raise awareness about one school safety issue facing students by doing ONE of the following:
        A. Create a poster for display on a school bulletin board.
        B. With permission from school officials, create a page long public service announcement that could be
              read over the public address system at school or posted on the school's Web site.
        C. Make a presentation to a group such as a Cub Scout den that addresses the issue.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Assist in the planning and organization of a crime prevention program in your community such as
              Neighborhood Watch, Community Watch, or Crime Stoppers. Explain how this program can benefit
              your neighborhood.
        B. With your parent's and counselor's approval, visit a jail or detention facility or a criminal court
              hearing. Discuss your experience with your counselor.
  8. Discuss the following with your counselor:
        A. How drug abuse awareness programs, such as "Drugs: A Deadly Game," help prevent crime
        B. Why alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are sometimes called "gateway drugs" and how "gateway
              drugs" can lead to the use of other drugs
        C. Three resources in your city where a person with a drug problem or drug-related problem can go for
        D. How the illegal sale and use of drugs lead to other crimes
        E. How to recognize child abuse
        F. The three R's of Youth Protection
  9. Discuss the following with your counselor:
        A. The role of a sheriff's or police department in crime prevention.
        B. The purpose and operation of agencies in your community that help law enforcement personnel
              prevent crime, and how those agencies function during emergency situations.
        C. Explain the role private security plays in crime prevention.
        D. Choose a career in the crime prevention or security industry that interests you. Describe the level of
              education required and responsibilities of a person in that position. Tell why this position interests you.

Crime Prevention 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.