BSA Supply No. 35893
The family is the basic unit of society and is important to both individuals and communities. The world is rapidly changing, making today's society much more complex than ever before. As Scouts earn this merit badge, they will realize why it is important to know more about family life and how to strengthen their families.
- Prepare an outline on what a family is and discuss this with your merit badge counselor.
Tell why families are important to individuals and to society. Discuss how the actions
of one member can affect other members.
- List several reasons why you are important to your family and discuss this with
your parents or guardians and with your merit badge counselor.
- Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them
for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them.
- With the approval of your parents or guardians and your merit badge counselor, decide
on and carry out a project that you would do around the home that would benefit
your family. Submit a report to your merit badge counselor outlining how the project
benefited your family.
- Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family. After
completing the project, discuss the following with your merit badge counselor:
- The objective or goal of the project
- How individual members of your family participated
- The results of the project
- Do the following:
- Discuss with your merit badge counselor how to plan and carry out a family meeting.
- After this discussion, plan and carry out a family meeting to include the following
Discussion of each of these subjects will very likely carry over to more than one
- Avoiding substance abuse
- Understanding the growing-up process and how the body changes, and making responsible
decisions dealing with sex
- Personal and family finances
- A crisis situation within your family
- The effect of technology on your family
- Discuss the following with your counselor:
- Your understanding of what makes an effective father and why, and your thoughts
on the father's role in the family
- Your understanding of the responsibilities of a parent
American Cultures, American Heritage, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Cooking, Crime Prevention, Disabilities Awareness, Genealogy, and Personal Management merit badge pamphlets.
- Block, Joel D., et al. Stepliving for Teens: Getting Along With Stepparents and Siblings. Price Stern Sloan, 2001.
- Brain, Marshall. The Teenager's Guide to the Real World. BYG Publishing Inc., 1997.
- Carlson, Richard. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens. Hyperion Press, 2000.
- Coleman, Ronda. Around the Family Table: 365 Mealtime Conversations for Parents and Children. Gryphon House Inc., 2001.
- ------. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook. Franklin Quest Company, 1999.
- Covey, Sean. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Simon & Schuster, 1998.
- Davis, Ken. How to Live With Your Parents Without Losing Your Mind. Zondervan Publishing Company, 1988.
- Foster, Chad. Teenagers: Preparing for the Real World. Rising Books, 1995.
- Fox, Annie, and Elizabeth Verdick. Can You Relate? Real-World Advice for Teens on Guys, Girls, Growing Up, and Getting Along. Free Spirit Publishing Inc., 1999.
- Gurian, Michael, et al. From Boys to Men: All About Adolescence and You. BT Bound, 1999.
- Hightower, Elaine, and Betsy Riley. Our Family Meeting Book: Fun and Easy Ways to Manage Time, Build Communication, and Share Responsibility Week by Week. Free Spirit Press, 2002.
- Jukes, Mavis. Guy Book: An Owner's Manual. Crown Books for Young Readers, 2001.
- Maisel, Eric. 20 Communication Tips for Families: A 30-Minute Guide to a Better Family Relationship. New World Library, 2000.
- McGraw, Jay. Closing the Gap: A Strategy for Bringing Parents and Teens Together. Fireside, 2001.
- ------. Life Strategies for Teens. Fireside, 2000.
- Otfinoski, Steve. The Kid's Guide to Money: Earning It, Saving It, Spending It, Growing It, Sharing It. Scholastic, 1996.
- Packer, Alex J. The How Rude!(TM) Handbook of Family Manners for Teens. Free Spirit Press, 2004.
- ------. Bringing Up Parents: The Teenager's Handbook. Sagebrush Bound, 1993.
Organizations and Web Sites
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
400 North Columbus Street, Suite 202
Alexandria, VA 22314
Toll-free telephone: 800-424-8080
Web site: http://www.aafcs.org
American Red Cross
2025 E St., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Toll-free telephone: 877-272-7337
Web site: http://www.redcross.org
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
1910 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1584
Web site: http://www.fcclainc.org
The Parenting Project
5776 Hamilton Way
Boca Raton, FL 33496
Toll-free telephone: 888-PARENTS
Web site: http://www.parentingproject.org
Web site: http://www.teenshealth.org