Citizenship in Society Merit Badge
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.
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 enables them to learn about DEI, and ethical leadership.
Chief Seattle Council’s DEI committee will provide suggested resources for counselors and Scouts under the ‘resources’ section below. Do you have a recommended resource you’d like to share? Email Kat Randolph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review the resources listed on this page, or click here to view more information on the BSA’s national site.
Merit Badge Counselor Training:
Wednesday, March 16
Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Training
For counselors, leaders, parents, and SPL’s.
Attendees will learn about the BSA’s commitment to DEI and the work being done on a local level.
Hear from local counselors who were part of the badge’s development, and learn about their experiences working with Scouts during the badge’s testing phase.
Review badge requirements, and learn about resources available to assist counselors and Scouts.
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.
Duwamish River Clean-up:
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.