Saturday, January 30, 2010

Citizenship in the World Merit Badge Workbook

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K.S. Bhaskar / bhaskar at bhaskars dot com
Merit Badge Counselor registered with BSA Chester County Council, Pennsylvania

Scout's Name
Counselor's Name

Requirement 1

Explain what citizenship in the world means to you and what you think it takes to be a good world citizen.

Requirement 2

Explain how one becomes a citizen of the United States,

explain the rights,


and obligations of US citizenship.

Discuss the
similarities and differences between the rights, duties, and
obligations of US citizens and the citizens of two other countries.

Country #1Country #2
Country Name

Rights - Similarities with US

Rights - Differences from US

Duties - Similarities with US

Duties - Differences from US

Obligations - Similarities with US

Obligations - Differences from US

Requirement 3

Do both of the following.

Requirement 3a

Pick a current world event.

In relation to this current event, discuss
with your counselor how a country's national interest and its
relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its

its economy,

its values,

and the health of its citizens.

Requirement 3b

Select a foreign country

and discuss with your counselor how its

natural resources,

and climate

influence its economy

and its
global partnerships with other countries.

Requirement 4

Do two of the following.

Requirement 4a

Explain international law

and how it differs from national law.

the role of international law

and how international law can be used as
a tool for conflict resolution.

Requirement 4b

Using resources such as major daily newspapers, the Internet (with your
parent's permission), and news magazines, observe a current issue that
involves international trade, foreign exchange, balance of payments,
tariffs, and free trade.

Explain what you have learned. Include in your
discussion an explanation of why countries must cooperate in order for
world trade and global competition to thrive.

Requirement 4c

Select TWO of the following organizations and describe their role in the world.

  1. The United Nations
  2. The World Court
  3. World Organization of the Scout Movement
  4. The World Health Organization
  5. Amnesty International
  6. The International Committee of the Red Cross
  7. CARE

Organization 1
Organization 2

Requirement 5

Do all of the following:

Requirement 5a

Discuss the differences between constitutional and nonconstitutional governments.


Requirement 5b

Name at least five different types of governments currently in power in the world.

Type of Government





Requirement 5c

Show on a world map countries that use each of these five different forms of government.

[You can download a blank world map at!A_large_blank_world_map_with_oceans_marked_in_blue.gif and print it.  If a country you want is not outlined, then draw it on the map, or choose another map.]

Requirement 6

Do all of the following:

Requirement 6a

Explain how a government is represented abroad

and how the
United States government is accredited to international organizations.

Requirement 6b

Describe the roles of the following in the conduct of foreign relations.

Bureau of International Information Programs
Agency for International Development
United States and Foreign Commercial Service

Requirement 6c

Explain the purpose of a passport and visa for international travel.

Requirement 7

Do TWO of the following and share with your counselor what you have learned:

Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian's permission)
of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find
interesting that is discussed on this Web site.

Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian's
permission) of an international news organization or foreign
government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local
library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right
realized in the United States that is not recognized in another

Visit with a student or Scout from another country and
discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions
practiced or enjoyed there.

Attend a world Scout jamboree.
Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.

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