What does citizenship in the nation mean?


Citizenship in the Nation refers to a Boy Scouts of America merit badge. While competing for this merit badge, Boy Scouts learn how to become active citizens, contributing to American society in a positive way. This merit badge is designed to inspire patriotism and foster interest in the heritage of the United States of America.

The Boy Scouts of America reward Scouts for their achievements with merit badges. Each badge has a unique set of requirements that must be fulfilled to qualify to wear it.

The Citizenship in the Nation merit badge is awarded for demonstrating an understanding of what it means to be a good citizen of the United States and the rights, duties and obligations of American citizens. Boy Scouts must complete two tasks from a list of four options. Some of the tasks available include touring a federal government building or visiting a National Historic Landmark.

Beyond completion of the two tasks, Boy Scouts working to earn the Citizenship in the Nation badge must watch or read the news for five days and study the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Amendments to the Constitution. They must also demonstrate an understanding of the six functions of the federal government, choose a speech of national historical importance and discuss why it is important, explain what the three branches of government are and their functions and be able to name the two Senators and Congressman that represent their Boy Scouts district.

After completing all these requirements, the Boy Scout competing for this merit badge must demonstrate proficiency of all tasks to their merit badge counselor.

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