Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop

The Citizenship in Society Merit Badge is the latest initiative as part of BSA’s ongoing commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Scouts will learn how concepts of DEI fit within the Scout Oath and Law. The badge also introduces Scouts to concepts of ethical leadership, which are explored through a series of ethical scenarios, designed to provoke discussion as they consider how to apply ethical leadership in their daily lives.

Saturday, June 4
Scouts are invited to attend a Citizenship in Society Merit Badge workshop.

This workshop will feature guest speakers from the community, invited for their expertise in the areas of ethical leadership and pro-DEI work.


Morning/Drop off until 2:00 pm
Camp Long (52oo 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA)

Afternoon: 2:30 pm until 5:00 pm
The Heron’s Nest (4818 15th Ave SW, Seattle, WA)
(located directly above the Duwamish Longhouse in the Duwamish Greenbelt).

Scouts will be driven at 2:00 pm from Camp Long to the Heron’s Nest (~1 mile as the crow flies and a 3-mile drive). Adult volunteers will drive in cars or vans following YPT rules.

Parking is available at both Camp Long and Heron’s Nest.

What do Scouts need to complete in advance?
The program is designed to enable Scouts to complete all the requirements of the badge in one day if they complete the pre-work and commit to staying the whole day. Some requirements will be done during the service project. Scouts who do so will receive a signed blue card and two hours of
service work. Details for pre-work are on the other side.

Requirement 1:
Before beginning work on other requirements for this merit badge, research the following terms and think about how they relate to the Scout Oath and Scout Law:

• Identities
• Inclusion
• Diversity
• Discrimination
• Equity
• Ethical Leadership
• Equality
• Upstander

Requirement 2:
Document and discuss with your counselor what leadership means to you and what you think it means to make ethical decisions
• Research an individual you feel has demonstrated positive leadership while having to make an ethical decision (someone in history, a family member, teacher, coach, counselor, clergy
member, Scoutmaster, a judge)
• Ask/learn about the decision and/or options that leaders had, why they chose their final course of action, and the outcome of that action.

Requirement 7 :
Identify and interview an individual in your community, school, and/or scouting who has had a significant positive impact on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you can’t
identify such an individual, research a historical figure.
• Discover what inspired the individual, learn about the challenges they faced and share what you feel attributed to their success.

Requirement 8:
With the help of your parent or guardian, study an event that had a positive outcome on how society viewed a group of people and made them feel more welcome.

Click here for research resources can be found on the following link

• Resources to help the Scouts do research for requirements 7 and 8 can be found on the Chief Seattle Council Citizenship in Society Merit Badge resource website. These resources are not exhaustive, and are intended only to give some “thought starters”.
• During the workshop, we will also have “learning stations” set up with materials about key leaders and moments in the civil rights movements for Women, Block Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities.


Click here to register

Afternoon Duwamish Forest Restoration: 

Chief Seattle Council acknowledges that its programs and properties sit within the ancestral lands of Coast Salish Nations, whose people still steward this land. The Council is committed to being good stewards of the land by completing service projects that benefit the natural environment. In this spirit, Scouts are invited to participate in a service project to restore the urban forest above the Duwamish Longhouse, an important step towards the Tribe’s vision to create a network of trails linking the Duwamish Longhouse to the Puget Ridge.

What makes this badge unique?
Unlike other merit badges where Scouts rely on the merit badge pamphlet as their primary source of information, the Citizenship in Society Merit Badge is designed to promote self-learning on behalf of the Scout. Scouts are empowered to explore the resources that best enable them to learn about DEI and ethical leadership.

Please contact Chaffin Hornor at or 206-902-2329.

Additional Workshop details:

What do I bring?
• Sack lunch, snack, and drink
• A small notebook and pen or pencil
• A backpack
• Work gloves for the service project

What do I wear?
• Class B uniform (i.e., Class A scout uniform shirt or Troop T-shirt.) Scouts who wear their Class A shirt should bring a T-shirt for the service project.
• Long pants
• Sneakers and socks (no sandals or flip flops)

Workshop Date, Time, & Agenda:

Saturday, June 4, 2022


• 8:15:  Arrivals and registration
• 9:00 – 11:45:  Program Starts. Morning sessions
• 11:45 – 12:15: Lunch and team games
• 12:15 -2:00: Afternoon sessions
• 2:00 – 2:30: Travel to the Heron’s Nest
• 2:30 – 4:45: Service Project and Completion of
• 5:00: Pick up and departure