by Daniel Hanson on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The Boy Scouts of America has announced Citizenship in Society as its newest Merit Badge. It will become an Eagle required Merit Badge on July 1, 2022. More information about the new Citizenship in Society Merit Badge can be found here. Citizenship in Society Fact Sheet

We ask all prospective Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Counselors to review the following letter from our Advancement Committee.

Dear prospective Citizenship in Society Counselor,

Thank you for your interest and willingness to be a counselor for this new merit badge. It goes without saying that our world and society are always changing, and the introduction of this merit badge goes to show that the Boy Scouts of America is doing its part to help prepare our young people for the future and provide them the tools to adapt and evolve with society.

Since the official launch of the Citizenship in Society merit badge in November, additional guidelines and feedback have been presented to us from the National office. In order to ensure our counselors are delivering the message that this merit badge strives to instill in our Scouts, the Advancement Committee has developed the following checklist that we are requiring all of our prospective Citizenship in Society merit badge counselors to complete. We also are asking for a little bit more in your explanations on background and qualifications to serve as a Citizenship in Society merit badge counselor.

Please complete the checklist and submit it with the other requested documentation at your convenience. Once received, your information will be reviewed by the committee and you will be notified if your application has been approved or if additional information is needed.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work with the roll out of this merit badge. This is a very important and possibly difficult topic for our Scouts to navigate, and we want to help prepare the counselors to guide the scouts on this journey.

If there are any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or Daniel Hanson.


Yours in Scouting,

Ed Van Arsdale

Council Advancement Committee Chair

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