Crime Prevention Merit Badge
Bill Wheeler (wwheeler@BUFFNET.NET)
Sat, 17 Aug 1996 06:40:27 -0700
Crime Prevention Program
Boy Scouts of America
Take a Bite out of CRIME
The Boy Scouts of America will launch its national Crime Prevention Program in M
for its four million youth members and two million adult volunteers. Kick-offs
scheduled for October during National Crime Prevention Month.
The BSA's national Crime Prevention Program has four components: youth, family,
community, and unit - each with its own role in the program and suggested activi
YOUTH. Youth in each of the programs of the Boy Scouts of America will be given
opportunities to participate. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers, and Learning f
participants can learn how to settle arguments with words, not weapons; how to r
crime; and how to get involved in making neighborhoods safe.
* Crime prevention activities are supported by existing BSA literature and resou
* Boy Scouts can earn the new Crime Prevention merit badge.
* Cub Scouts can earn recognitions for activities and achievements.
FAMILY. Working with their parents, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers, and Lear
Life participants can discuss topics in crime prevention and can demonstrate bas
safety and crime prevention techniques.
COMMUNITY. The program will stress collaboration with national, state, and loca
enforcement organizations. Units and individuals can help set up neighborhood c
watches, for example, and organize McGruff programs for children in elementary s
UNIT. Units conduct a parents' night, contact local law enforcement agencies or
organizations involved in crime prevention projects, and order and distribute
* The program will be directed at and used by several million youth. The progra
provides for an outreach to youth not involved in Scouting, thereby extending it
to an additional million-plus participants.
* The program is to be administered through BSA local councils to their packs, t
posts, and Learning for Life groups.
The selection of Crime Prevention Award recognitions consists of a patch, a cert
a wallet-size card, and a pin.
The Boy Scouts of America encourages BSA councils to work with local organizatio
maximize the importance and impact of the national Crime Prevention Program.
Developing crime prevention coalitions and initiatives with local United Ways, l
enforcement, and other agencies is a key component of the BSA's program.
The BSA national Crime Prevention Program is supported by the National Crime Pre
Council in Washington, D.C.; the International Association of Chiefs of Police;
National Sheriffs' Association; and the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Pol
REQUIREMENTS (from publication No. 18-423)
1. Define "crime" and "crime prevention".
2. Prepare a notebook of newspaper and other clippings that addresses crime and
prevention efforts in your community.
3. Do the following:
A. Talk to a store owner or manager about the impact of crime on the way the sto
run and how crime affects prices.
B. Talk with a school teacher, principal, or school officer about the impact of
C. Explain what a neighborhood watch is and how it can benefit your neighborhood
D. Define white-collar crime and explain how it affects all citizens of the Unit
4. Discuss the following with your counselor:
A. The role of a sheriff's department or police department in crime prevention.
B. The role of citizens, including youth, in crime prevention.
C. Gangs and their impact on the community.
D. When and how to report a crime.
E. The role and value of laws in society.
5. Do the following:
A. Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime. Learn ho
w to do
a crime prevention survey.
B. Using the checklist in this pamphlet, conduct a security survey of your home
discuss the results with your family.
6. Teach your family or patrol members how to protect themselves from crime at h
school, in your community, and while traveling.
7. Visit a jail or detention facility. Discuss your experience with your counse
8. Discuss with your counselor the purpose and operation of agencies in your com
that help law enforcement personnel prevent crime, and how the agencies help n e
9. Discuss the following with your counselor:
A. How drug abuse awareness programs, such as "Drugs: A Deadly Game," help preve
B. Why alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are sometimes called "gateway drugs" and
"gateway drugs" can lead to the use of other drugs.
C. Three resources in your city where a person with a drug problem or drug-relat
problem can go for help.
D. How the illegal sale and use of drugs lead to other crimes.
E. How to recognize child abuse.
F. The "the Rs" of Youth Protection.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City