Reading Merit Badge

During quarantine for Covid 19, you may have to use more of the online or computerized options and suggestions listed for the merit badge requirements and requirement 1d may have to wait until our quarantines are over unless we can come up with a safe and possible way to meet the requirement.  (If you have ideas, please let us know!) We do have several Reading merit badge counselors in troop 2319 including Rudi Shumpert, Maggie Welch and Col. Tom Welch.

You can email your completed requirements to your counselor as you complete them or take notes as you go and get everything approved at the end by setting up a conference or video conference call with your merit badge counselor.  Please note that (your parent or guardian must be in the room to meet 2-deep leadership regulations for any conference call and must be copied on any emails, but remember that this is your merit badge and it is your responsibility to complete all work and communicate with your counselor). 

Merit Badge Requirements

1.Do EACH of the following: 

(a) Take a tour of a library. Discuss with your counselor how the library is organized and what resources and/or services are offered in the library. (During quarantine there are online tours that are available, email to your counselor for pre-approval to make sure it will meet the requirements, take notes for your discussion with your counselor later)

(b) Learn how to search a library’s card catalog or computerized catalog by author, title, and subject.

(c) In a library, search the card catalog or computerized catalog for six books of four different types, such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and biographies. 

(d) With the assistance of your merit badge counselor or the librarian, see if you can locate on the shelves the six books you selected.

2. Do EACH of the following:

(a) Identify a book you have enjoyed. Find out what other books the author has written. 

(b) Look at one or more “best books” lists. These can be based on year, subject, or even all time. Identify at least one book you would like to read.

3.Read four different types of books, such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or biographies. Do any ONE of the following for each book you have read:

(a) Write a review of the book. Include what you liked/didn’t like about the book. Include if you would recommend this book, and if so, who might enjoy reading it.

(b) Watch a movie based on the book. What was the same between the book and movie? What was different? Which did you enjoy more? Discuss this with your merit badge counselor.

(c) Give a “book talk” to your class, troop, or patrol.

4. Read a nonfiction book or magazine that teaches you how to do something like cooking, wood-building projects, video game design, science experiments, knot-tying, etc. With your counselor’s and parent’s or guardian’s permission, complete a project from the book. Share your experience with your merit badge counselor. Reading a merit badge pamphlet will not count toward completing this requirement.

5. Read about the world around you from any two sources: books, magazines, newspapers, the internet (with your parent’s or guardian’s permission), field manuals, etc. Topics may include Scouting, sports, environmental problems, politics, social issues, current events, nature, religion, etc. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

6. With your counselor’s and parent’s or guardian’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. (This can be done over several sessions with video-conferencing during the quarantine periods necessary for Covid 19).

(b) Perform volunteer work at your school library or a public library.

(c) Read stories to younger children, in a group or individually. (If we have a few scouts who would like to do this Mr. Shumpert is happy to help set up a few Zoom Meetings where we invite local packs to hear scout appropriate stories read by our scouts.)

(d) Organize a book swap in your troop, school, or place of worship.

(e) Organize a book drive to collect books. Donate them to an organization in need.