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Reading merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1925
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID:
Requirements revision: 2004
Latest pamphlet revision: 2003

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Merit badge requirements

1. Do EACH of the following:
a. Learn how to search your library's card catalog or computerized catalog by author, title, and subject.
b. With the assistance of your merit badge counselor or a librarian, select six books of four different types (such as poetry, drama/plays, fiction, nonfiction, biographies, etc.). Ask your librarian or counselor about award-winning books that are recommended for readers your age and include at least one of those titles.
c. Find the books in the library catalog. With your counselor's or a librarian's assistance, locate the books on the shelves.
d. Read each book. Keep a log of your reading that includes the title of the book, the pages or chapters read, the date you completed them, and your thoughts about what you have read so far. Discuss your reading with your counselor. Using your log as a reference, explain why you chose each book and tell whether you enjoyed it and what it meant to you.
2. Read about the world around you from any two sources—books, magazines, newspapers, the Internet (with your parent's permission), field manuals, etc. Topics may include sports, environmental problems, politics, social issues, current events, nature, religion, etc. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
3. Do ONE of the following:
a. From a catalog of your choice, fill out an order form for merchandise as if you intended to place an order. Share the completed form with your counselor and discuss it.
b. With your parent's permission, locate at least five Web sites that are helpful for your scouting or other activities. Write the Internet addresses of these sites in your log. Talk with your counselor or a librarian about safety rules for using the Internet.
4. With your counselor's and parent's permission, choose ONE of the following activities and devote at least four hours of service to that activity. Discuss your participation with your counselor.
a. Read to a sick, blind, or homebound person in a hospital or in an extended-care facility.
b. Perform volunteer work at your school library or a public library.
c. Read stories to younger children, in a group or individually.

Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)

Notes

Help with these requirements

External links

Library of Congress -- The USA's Library of Congress's home page.

LoC Online Catalog -- The USA's Library of Congress's Online catalog.

DMOZ directory of Boy Scouts of America sites -- A good resource for requirement 3b. Lists over 2,600 web sites beneficial to Scouting.

ALSC's Newberry Page -- List of Newberry Medal and Honors books.

Teen Reads Home Page -- A website entirely devoted to books for teenagers. Great source if you're looking for a certain book, author, or just browsing.

ALSC's Home Page -- The Association for Library Service to Children's home page.

ALA's Home Page -- The American Library Association's home page.

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