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The requirements to this merit badge are copyrighted by the Boy Scouts of America. They are reproduced in part here under fair use as a resource for Scouts. Explain what citizenship in the nation means and what it takes to be a good citizen of this. Citizenship in the Nation. Merit Badge Workbook. This workbook can help you but you still need to read the merit badge pamphlet. This Workbook can help you .

Tell your counselor how you feel life in the United States might be different without each one. Discuss with your counselor how these functions affect your family and local community. With your counselor's approval, choose a speech of national historical importance.

Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.

Name the three branches of our federal government and explain to your counselor their functions. Explain how citizens are involved in each branch. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances.

Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her.

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Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor. In brief, these amendments are: 1.

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Provides freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly, plus the right to petition the government on laws that are unfair. Guarantees the right to keep and bear firearms and to form a militia.

Provides freedom from forced housing of soldiers in homes. Provides freedom from warrantless search and seizure and promotes the general welfare. Provides freedom from double jeopardy, self-incrimination, and uncompensated property seizures, and guarantee of a fair trial by jury.

The right to a lawyer and a speedy trial.

Guarantees the right to a jury trial in civil cases and prevents courts from overturning a previous jury's findings of fact. Provides freedom from excessive court bail, fines and "cruel and unusual punishments.

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Provides that other rights may exist in addition to those defined in the Constitution. Provides that those powers not defined in the Constitution may be defined by the states or the people. The other amendments are: Secures the right to sue a state. Defines the election of President and Vice President and the fallback system if one should die in office. Abolishes slavery. Makes any person born within the U. Specifically dictates that all races have full voting rights.

Allows congress to tax an individual's income.

Makes Senators an elected position. Bans alcohol, beginning the era of Prohibition, beginning in Gives women the right to vote, beginning in Makes the 18th amendment inactive in , thereby un-banning alcohol, and ending Prohibition.

States that no one can be elected President more than 2 terms, or 10 years total.

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Gives Washington DC the same number of electoral College votes as any state with the same population. Bans fees to vote. Reinforces the replacement system for the President and Vice President.

Sets the voting age to Deals with the payment of members of the House of Representatives and Senate. Any pay increases cannot begin until after the new Congressional class, by the national vote, takes office. Requirement 5[ edit ] List the six functions of government as noted in the preamble to the United States Constitution. Discuss with your counselor how these functions affect your family and local community.

Form a more perfect Union It will be virtually impossible for Scouts who do not have preparation work done to successfully partake in the group discussions or provide acceptable explanation if they do not have prior knowledge of the requirements and answers prior to the class. Explain what citizenship in the nation means and what it takes to be a good citizen of this country.

Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of a responsible and active American citizen. This should be prepared prior to the class. Scouts should have this written out to show the counselor that some thought and research has gone into this requirement and Scouts should be prepared to discuss their findings. Scouts will have an opportunity to discuss with their counselor their visit or tour, however just saying you went there is not enough to be signed off on this requirement.

It is recommended that Scouts come with prepared notes or proof to aid the counselor in confirming that this requirement has been met. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.

Tour your state capitol building or the U. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history. Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.

Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the Internet with your parent's permission , and other resources, find out more about the monument.

Tell your counselor what you learned and explain why the monument is important to this country's citizens. This class session will have a section for requirement 2D discussion.

Scouts should come prepared to share their findings on a national monument.These rights are often referred to simply by their order in the Bill of Rights, such as "First Amendment rights "or" pleading the Fifth" in legal cases. Many, such as the Como Park Conservatory and the St. List the six functions of government as noted in the preamble to the Constitution.

As such knowing the national issues and problems by following news broadcast and press is of extreme importance, but remaining aware that control of the media is the control of the discourse, even your own, so, one should seek as many divergent and independent viewpoints as possible. Noting that since states tend to last longer than its governance, someone that is labeled a bad citizen today may receive accolades for that criticized behavior in future circles of governance, and vice versa.

There are 8 pending changes awaiting review. This Nebraska farm was the first spot settled under the Homestead Act. Requirement 4b: Research the Battle of Westport and be prepared to discuss both the Union and the Confederate sides of the battle. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances. Being a good citizen should mean being of value and compliant in the eyes of the state.

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