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Citizenship in Society Merit Badge

 

Irving, TX – November 1, 2021— Today, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, announced the launch of the Citizenship in Society merit badge, its newest merit badge for youth in the Scouts BSA program (ages 11-17). The new merit badge encourages Scouts to explore important topics around diversity, equity, inclusion and ethical leadership and learn why these qualities are important in society and in Scouting. Beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge will be required for any youth seeking to achieve the prestigious Eagle Scout rank. 

The Boy Scouts of America introduces the Citizenship in Society Merit Badge, the newest merit badge for youth in the Scouts BSA program.

“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law,” said Roger Mosby, president and chief executive officer of The Boy Scouts of America. “This merit badge aligns with both the Scout Oath and Scout Law, which encourage Scouts to respect the beliefs of others, to be kind and courteous, and to help other people at all times.” 

The Citizenship in Society merit badge is the latest initiative as part of BSA’s ongoing commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Developed by BSA’s Office of Diversity and Youth Development Office, with input from a dedicated group of Scouting volunteers, BSA youth and professional staff, the merit badge pairs Scouts with merit badge counselors who will help guide Scouts on their journey of self-discovery and facilitate discussions as Scouts seek to further understand the diverse world we live in.  

“The Citizenship in Society merit badge is an important initiative to help Scouts learn about the diverse identities we each possess, understand different perspectives and experiences, and promote good citizenship in society,” said Elizabeth Ramirez-Washka, chief diversity officer and vice president of diversity & inclusion, Boy Scouts of America. 

The new merit badge complements existing merit badges, such as the American Cultures, Citizenship in the Community, Disability Awareness and American Heritage merit badges, which require Scouts to learn and grow their understanding of diverse perspectives and spur positive action. 

“As part of earning the Citizenship in Society merit badge, I learned that it’s important to understand different opinions and perspectives to become a good leader so that you’re prepared to handle any situation that comes up,” said Maya, a 15-year-old Scout who participated in the pilot program. “I also enjoyed getting to discuss diversity and inclusion topics with my friends in Scouting, as it felt like a safe environment to be open and honest about these topics.” 

For more information on the Citizenship in Society merit badge, please visit www.scouting.org/dei. 

About the Boy Scouts of America 

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth programs of character development and values-based leadership training, which help young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org. 

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Membership Message

 

Check out your Unit Calendar & find the next fun activity. Invite a friend who is not in Scouting to come along with you to check out the fun & adventure of Scouting! 

 

Use the Scouting Force through Wednesday November 24, 2021:
Invite a friend to join Scouts! When the friend joins, adults (parents and/or leaders) fill out this from to enter both Scouts (the Recruiter and the New Scout) into a drawing to be held on December 1, 2021: https://forms.gle/ufmecSborg96bVQ46

 

Delivering the Promise

 

 

Scouting is bringing families together, changing lives, and saving lives!

 

 

 

 

Your support is vital to our Scouting movement. 

 

Please help us continue to Deliver the Promise of Scouting by making a gift on-line today.  www.ciecfos.org 

 

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Silver Beaver Nominations

 

 

Silver Beaver Application

It is once again time to nominate those selfless volunteers in our great Council that have made a significant impact in our service to youth! The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a Council level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America.  Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have given service to youth at the Council level, not in a unit or the district. Please make sure to fill out the form completely, do research on your nominee and fill in all the blanks. Remember to forward to your District Chair for review and signature.  Applications that are not approved by District Chairs will not be accepted.

This nomination form must be sent to the CIEC office by November 30th, 2021. Late forms will not be accepted for evaluation. Do not attach any additional statements or letters of recommendation to this form. Forms can be submitted electronically to beverly.gruendner@scouting.org

 

Rechartering

 

 

Internet Recharter is officially open!

Charters will now be submitted through Internet Advancement 2.0 (https://advancements.scouting.org) using the same login credentials that you use for my.scouting and Scoutbook. We strongly advise units to pay their charter directly to Council as this will allow us to make changes to a charter once it is submitted.

Visit http://www.ciecbsa.org/internet-recharter/ for more information on the rechartering process.

Charters are due Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact your District Executive or the Council Registrar.

 

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