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Boy Scouts

Your library is a wonderful resource for research that you need to do to complete your badge requirements…from explaining the differences between alligators and crocodiles to giving a biographical summary of those who played a role in how Scouting developed in the U.S. to finding books in a card catalog.  Some information may need to be borrowed from other libraries.  Grab your library card and come in anytime we’re open.  We are happy to assist you.

The library has the 1995 Edition of Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Series.  We realize this set may be outdated as far as current requirements, but it may give you some inspiration on choosing the badge you would like to work toward.

Online Resources:

Boy Scouts of America

Introduction to Merit Badges

Let a librarian help you earn your Reading Merit Badge.

Requirements

  1. Do EACH of the following:
    1. Learn how to search your library’s card catalog or computerized catalog by author, title, and subject.
    2. 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.
    3. Find the books in the library catalog. With your counselor’s or librarian’s assistance, locate the books on the shelves.
    4. 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:
    1. 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.
    2. With your paren’s permission, locate at least five Websites 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. With your counselor’s and your 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.
    1. Read to a sick, blind, or homebound person in a hospital or in an extended-care facility.
    2. Perform volunteer work at your school library or a public library.
    3. Read stories to younger children, in a group or individually.

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