Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Pamphlet

Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge


Citizenship in the Nation

Requirements were REVISED effective January 1, 2022.

To see the changes which were made, Click here.

For the previous requirements, Click here.

This Merit Badge is Required
to earn the Eagle Scout Rank

  1. What is the Constitution of the United States? What does the Constitution do? What principles does it reflect? Why is it important to have a Constitution?
  2. List the six purposes for creating the United States Constitution set forth in the Preamble to the Constitution. How do these purposes affect your family and community?
  3. List the three branches of the United States government. Explain:
    1. The function of each branch of government
    2. Why it is important to divide powers among different branches
    3. How each branch "checks" and "balances" the others
    4. How citizens can be involved in each branch of government.
  4. Discuss the importance of:
    1. Declaration of Independence
    2. The Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution) and the 14th Amendment
    3. The traditional United States motto "E Pluribus Unum".
  5. Watch the national evening news for five days in a row or read the main stories in a national media organization (e.g., a newspaper or news website) for five days in a row. Discuss the national issues that you learned about with your counselor. Choose one issue and explain how it affects you, your family, and community.
  6. With your counselor's approval, choose a speech of national historical importance.
    1. Who the author was
    2. What the historical context was
    3. What difficulties the nation faced that the author wished to discuss
    4. What the author said
    5. Why the speech is important to the nation's history.
    Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
  7. Do TWO of the following:
    1. Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
    2. Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.
    3. Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.
    4. Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the internet (with your parent's permission), and other resources, find out more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain why the monument is important to this country's citizens.
  8. Name your representatives in the United States Congress. Write a letter to your representative in Congress explaining your views on a national issue. Show your letter, along with any response you might receive,to your counselor.

The text of the last sentence in  requirement 8, as it appears in the merit badge pamphlet, and on, reads, as follows:

Show your letter, along with any response you receive, to your counselor your letter and any response you might receive, to your counselor.

We assume that deleting the words shown in red results in the correct wording, which is what we have included in the requirements above.

BSA Advancement ID#: 3
Scoutbook ID#: 25
Requirements last updated in: 2022
Pamphlet Publication Number: 35871
Pamphlet Stock (SKU) Number: 655629
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2014

Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Format
Word Format PDF Format

Blanks in this worksheets table appear when we do not have a worksheet for the badge that includes these requirements.

Page updated on: April 11, 2023

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