Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Reading Merit Badge






  1. Do EACH of the following:
        A. Learn how to search your library's card catalog or computerized catalog by author, title, and subject.
        B. With the assistance of your merit badge counselor or a librarian, select six books of four different
              types such as poetry, drama/plays, fiction, nonfiction, biographies, etc.). Ask your librarian or
              counselor about award-winning books that are recommended for readers your age and include at
              least one of those titles.
        C. Find the books in the library catalog. With your counselor's or a librarian's assistance, locate the
              books on the shelves.
        D. Read each book. Keep a log of your reading that includes the title of the book, the pages or chapters
              read, the date you completed them, and your thoughts about what you have read so far. Discuss
              your reading with your counselor. Using your log as a reference, explain why you chose each book
              and tell whether you enjoyed it and what it meant to you.
  2. Read about the world around you from any two sources—books, magazines, newspapers, the Internet (with your parent's permission), field manuals, etc. Topics may include sports, environmental problems, politics, social issues, current events, nature, religion, etc. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
  3. Do ONE of the following:
        A. From a catalog of your choice, fill out an order form for merchandise as if you intended to place an
              order. Share the completed form with your counselor and discuss it.
        B. With your parent's permission, locate at least five Web sites that are helpful for your scouting or
              other activities. Write the Internet addresses of these sites in your log. Talk with your counselor or
              a librarian about safety rules for using the Internet.
  4. ith your counselor's and parent's permission, choose ONE of the following activities and devote at least four hours of service to that activity. Discuss your participation with your counselor.
        A. Read to a sick, blind, or homebound person in a hospital or in an extended-care facility.
        B. Perform volunteer work at your school library or a public library.
        C. Read stories to younger children, in a group or individually.

Reading 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.