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

Upcoming Workshops

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop

Date: Saturday, February 11 2023
Location: Epiphany Church, 1805 38th Ave, Seattle

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.

CIS pre-meeting video

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Training

Date: Stay tuned for more 2023 dates!

This training is 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.

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Training Flyer

Learn More

Review the resources listed below, or click here to view more information on the BSA’s national site.

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop Flyer

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Counselor Training

Citizenship in Society Requirements

Citizenship in Society Fact Sheet

How to become a merit badge counselor