Soapstone Ridge District

Serving Southern DeKalb County Scouts of the Atlanta Area Council

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders

Did you know that in order to earn the rank of Eagle, a Scout must first earn the “Citizenship in the Nation” merit badge?

As Scouts fulfill the requirements for this merit badge, they learn how to become active citizens and are aware of and grateful for their liberties and rights. They’re equipped to participate in their governments and to protect their freedom by helping to defend their country and standing up for individual rights on behalf of all its citizens.

In order to earn this badge, a Scout has to be able to do the following. How many can you do?

  • Explain what citizenship means and what it takes to be a good citizen of this county. Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of responsible and active American┬ácitizens.
  • Watch the national evening news for five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper for five days in a row.
  • Read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution & Its Preamble, the Bill of Rights, and the Amendments and discuss how life would be different without each one.
  • List the six functions of government and discuss how these affect your family and community.
  • Name your two senators and the member of Congress from you congressional district.

But this isn’t all Scouts learn. They learn practical skills and how to work in teams. They build outstanding character and leadership abilities.

We need boys like these to become our leaders of tomorrow. According to a recent poll, the United States Congress has a staggeringly low 17% approval rating. Do you think this would be the case if our elected officials lived more closely by the Scout Oath and Law?

As we approach this 4th of July holiday, the Atlanta Area Council wants to thank you for all that you do for Scouting. Your impact not only makes a difference in the lives of the Scouts you work with – but ultimately your work benefits our entire country.

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