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Communications Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
lesson video links, and cross-references to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Communications is a popular Merit Badge and required for Eagle Scout.
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This is the Boy Scout Communications Merit Badge.
Webelos Scouts can earn the Webelos Communicator Activity Badge.
Cub Scouts & Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Communicating Belt Loop & Pin.
Communications requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #5c.

Communications merit badge
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1965
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 005
Requirements revision: 2004
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008


Communications requirements

  1. Do ONE of the following:
    a. For one day, keep a log in which you describe your communication activities. Keep track of the time and different ways you spend communicating, such as talking person-to-person, listening to teachers or the radio, watching television, reading books and other print media, and using any electronic communication device. Discuss with your counselor what your log reveals about the importance of communication in your life. Think of ways to improve your communications skills.
    b. For three days, keep a journal of your listening experiences. Identify one example of each of the following, and discuss with your counselor when you have listened to:
    1. Obtain information
    2. A persuasive argument
    3. Appreciate or enjoy something
    4. Understand someone's feelings
    c. In a small-group setting, meet with other scouts or with friends. Have them share personal stories about significant events in their lives that affected them in some way. Take note of how each scout participates in the group discussion and how effectively he communicates his story. Report what you have learned to your counselor about the differences you observed in effective communication.
    d. List as many ways as you can think of to communicate with others (face-to-face, by telephone, letter, e-mail, text messages, and so on). For each type of communication discuss with your counselor an instance when that method might not be appropriate or effective.
  2. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Think of a creative way to describe yourself, using, for example, a collage, short story or autobiography, drawing or series of photographs, or a song or skit. Using the aid you created, make a presentation to your counselor about yourself.
    b. Choose a concept, product, or service in which you have great confidence. Build a sales plan based on its good points. Try to persuade the counselor to agree with, use, or buy your concept, product or service. After your sales talk, discuss with your counselor how persuasive you were.
  3. Write a five-minute speech. Give it at a meeting of a group.
  4. Interview someone you know fairly well, like, or respect because of his or her position, talent, career or life experiences. Listen actively to learn as much as you can about the person. Then prepare and deliver to your counselor an introduction of the person as though this person were to be a guest speaker, and include reasons why the audience would want to hear this person speak. Show how you would call to invite this person to speak.
  5. Attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) approved by your counselor where several points of view are given on a single issue. Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Present an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed, and share this with your counselor.
  6. With your counselor's approval, develop a plan to teach a skill or inform someone about something. Prepare teaching aids for your plan. Carry out your plan. With your counselor, determine whether the person has learned what you intended.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Write to the editor of a magazine or your local newspaper to express your opinion or share information on any subject you choose. Send your message by fax, email or regular mail.
    b. Create a web page or blog of special interest to you (for instance, your troop or crew, a hobby, or a sport).. Include at least three articles or entries and one photograph or illustration, and one link to some other Web page or blog that would be helpful to someone who visits the Web page or blog you have created. It is not necessary to post your Web page or blog to the Internet, but if you decide to do so, you must first share it with your parents and counselor and get their permission.
    c. Use desktop publishing to produce a newsletter, brochure, flier or other printed material for your scout troop, class at school, or other group. Include at least one article and one photograph or illustration.
  8. Plan a troop court of honor, campfire program, or an interfaith worship service. Have the patrol leaders' council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies.
  9. Find out about three career opportunities in the field of communication. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #637685)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Communications is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Communications requirements. has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. The Communications merit badge is on the Eagle Scout required list (requirement 3.e.).

Requirement resources

2a. Scout Songs - Scout Skits
3. The Citizenship in the Community #8 public presentation...of your community
could be given as a Communications #3 five-minute speech
using the techniques from Photography #4b to produce a picture story
and Art #1 to tell a story
which could be developed into the Computers #6e short presentation.
8. See Court of Honor for a sample script.

Related awards

1a. A communications log is in the Communications Workbook.
1b. A listening journal is in the Communications Workbook.
1c. See below: #4 for interviewing resources, #5 for active listening and taking notes.
1d. Interpersonal Communications - Telecommunications
2a. Scout Songs - Scout Skits - Also see Art Merit Badge

2b. How to sell Popcorn - with sample scripts, sales plans, and even a video. Also see Salesmanship #3.
3. The Citizenship in the Community #8 public presentation...of your community
could be given as a Communications #3 five-minute speech
using the techniques from Photography #4b to produce a picture story
and Art #1 to tell a story
which could be developed into the Computers #6e short presentation.

Also see Public Speaking #1. "Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself".

4. Lesson Video: How a reporter interviews someone - How to Conduct an Interview (Job).
5. [[Communications #5 "Attend a public meeting…" is similar to Journalism #4 " Attend a public event…"

6. Some ideas for skills or topics you could teach:

Camping - possible topics include packing a backpack, cold or warm weather clothing, Leave No Trace, etc.
Lesson Videos: ExpertVillage: Giving a Speech - Public Speaking Tips

7a. : Microsoft Outlook great email tutorials. - Lesson Videos: Outlook Email

7b. Communications #7b "Create a Web page…" is very similar to Computers #7d "Design a webpage…"
7c. Microsoft Word - Great Microsoft Word tutorials teach desktop publishing and more.

8. See Court of Honor for ideas and a sample script and program in the Word {{{DOC}}} format that you can customize.
9. Communications Careers resources from: Berkley, Rutgers, and Temple University

Personal Development Awards

Personal development-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information

External links

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