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Citizenship in the World merit badge
Image:Citizenship in the World.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1972
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 004
Requirements revision: 2016
Latest pamphlet revision: 2015


Scouts who earn the Citizenship in the World merit badge will discover that they are already citizens of the world. How good a world citizen each person is depends on his willingness to understand and appreciate the values, traditions, and concerns of people in other countries.

Citizenship in the World merit badge requirements

  1. Explain what citizenship in the world means to you and what you think it takes to be a good world citizen.
  2. Explain how one becomes a citizen in the United States, and explain the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizenship. Discuss the similarities and differences between the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizens and the citizens of two other countries.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country's national interest and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.
    b. Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries.
  4. Do TWO of the following:
    a. Explain international law and how it differs from national law. Explain the role of international law and how international law can be used as a tool for conflict resolution.
    b. Using resources such as major daily newspapers, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and news magazines, observe a current issue that involves international trade, foreign exchange, balance of payments, tariffs, and free trade. Explain what you have learned. Include in your discussion an explanation of why countries must cooperate in order for world trade and global competition to thrive.
    c. Select TWO of the following organizations and describe their role in the world.
    1. The United Nations and UNICEF
    2. The World Court
    3. Interpol
    4. World Organization of the Scout Movement
    5. The World Health Organization
    6. Amnesty International
    7. The International Committee of the Red Cross
    8. CARE (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere)
    9. European Union
  5. Do the following:
    a. Discuss the differences between constitutional and nonconstitutional governments.
    b. Name at least five different types of governments currently in power in the world.
    c. Show on a world map countries that use each of these five different forms of government.
  6. Do the following:
    a. Explain how a government is represented abroad and how the United States government is accredited to international organizations.
    b. Describe the roles of the following in the conduct of foreign relations.
    1. Ambassador
    2. Consul
    3. Bureau of International Information Programs
    4. Agency for International Development
    5. United States and Foreign Commercial Service
    c. Explain the purpose of a passport and visa for international travel.
  7. Do TWO of the following and share with your counselor what you have learned:
    a. Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian's permission) of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting that is discussed on this Web site.
    b. Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian's permission) of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country.
    c. Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
    d. Attend a world Scout jamboree.
    e. Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Scouts BSA Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #648914)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Citizenship in the World is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Citizenship in the World requirements. has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

Citizenship in the World merit badge is required for the Eagle Scout rank.
  1. The BSA Citizenship Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Citizenship in the World as one of your monthly themes.
  2. Citizenship in the World is a popular merit badge.
  3. Citizenship in the World is one of the required merit badges for the World Conservation Award for Scouts BSA.
  4. Citizenship in the World is required for the International Spirit Award.

Requirement resources

2. How to become a U.S. citizen - Citizenship - Rights - Duties - Jury Duty - Obligations (Responsibilities)
3a. Current World Events - National Security - Economy - Values - Health - British Broadcast Co. - Cable News Network - C-SPAN - The New York Times - The Wall Street Journal - The Washington Post
3b. List of Countries with geography, natural resources, climate, and global partnership information.
4a. International Law - National Law
4b. Current International Issues - State Department's World Issues - International (Foreign) Trade - Foreign Exchange - Balance of Payments - Tariffs - Free Trade
4c1. United Nations Official page
4c2. International Court of Justice (World Court)
4c3. World Organization of the Scout Movement
4c4. World Health Organization
4c5. Amnesty International
4c6. The International Committee of the Red Cross Official page
4c7. C.A.R.E.
5a. Constitutional Government in the United States An explanation from President Woodrow Wilson.
5b. CIA Factbook: Forms of Government Definitions of each type of government, and a listing of each type by system
5c. See the workbook (PDF Adobe Acrobat PDF or Word Microsoft Word DOC document) for the blank world map you will need (see above link for country listings).
6a. Government are accredited to through ambassadors and to international organizations - Embassy Listing - The Electronic Embassy
6b1. Ambassador - List of US Ambassadors
6b2. Consul
6b3. Bureau of International Information Programs
6b4. Agency for International Development
6b5. United States and Foreign Commercial Service
6c. Passport - Visa
7a. US Department of State Official page - Future State - US Department of State for Youth
7d. World Scouting Jamboree

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