Re: Citizenship in the World
Ed Henderson (biged@SCOUTER.COM)
Wed, 10 Dec 1997 22:55:07 -0600
Kim Moye said her Troop was up to doing Citizenship in the World. I
thought this information might be useful. I put it together a year ago
when I taught the badge at a Council Merit Badge Saturday.
Many of the requirements of the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge are
just a keystroke away for any Scout who turns to the vast resources of the
Internet. Late breaking world news events are covered on hundreds of news
sites. Embassies and consulates of over 150 nations, the latest foreign
policy statements and decisions of many governments, exchange rates for
U.S. currency, and much more are all free and instantly available for the
Scout and his Merit Badge Counselor.
The first requirement deals with Citizenship. The State Department has an
excellent site with nation by nation details of what is required for
immigration or visas at http://web0.tiac.net/users/passport/cafore.html.
One of the biggest early supporters of Scouting in the United States was
President Teddy Roosevelt, here is a web site giving his perspective on
what good citizenship and responsibility were all about
Understanding what National Interest is and how a nation's leaders define
that interest is key to understanding now nations and government act on the
world arena. One recent web site gives the U.S. perspective on American
National Interest as it relates to the global environment, visit the
remarks of the U.S. Undersecretary of State at
Requirement # 4 perhaps offers one of the best chances for exploring the
Internet. In it, a Scout must select two nations and explain their
geography, natural resources, climate as well as a map and how that nation
gets along with at least two of its neighbors. The state department has
issued background notes on every nation in the world. Visit
http://www.state.gov/www/background_notes/index.html and start shopping for
your two nations!
Requirement # 5c ask Scouts to learn about other world organizations. One
of the many excellent world Scouting sites is at http://www.scout.org.
Up to the minute currency exchange rates can now be found for requirement
6c by visiting Yahoo's up to the minute exchange service at
In doing requirement 9e a scout can now instantly e-mail the embassies of
many nations. While not all embassies have e-mail or web pages, every
address for all Washington embassies can be found at
While we have attempted to look at just some of the requirements and
examined just a few sites, there are literally thousands of places on the
Internet that a scout can turn to for doing this badge.
I hope this helps!
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