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American Heritage Merit Badge

posted Oct 23, 2012, 10:37 AM by Keith Biegert
This Wednesday we have a unique opportunity of learning and earning the American Heritage merit badge as instructed by Chuck Gay, Scoutmaster of Troop 216.

As in a previous email, if you want to earn the Merit Badge Wednesday, you have to do some homework.

What you have to do is:

1.                   Read the Declaration of Independence. Pay close attention to the section that begins with "We hold these truths to be self-evident" and ends with "to provide new Guards for future security." Rewrite that section in your own words, making it as easy to understand as possible. Then share your writing with your merit badge counselor and discuss the importance of the Declaration of Independence. (Bring this with you to the meeting on Wednesday).

2.                   Research your family's history. Find out how various events and situations in American history affected your family. Share what you find with your counselor. Tell why your family came to America. (Take notes, and be ready to share).

It would also be reasonable to check out the entire requirements here as well:

The only website that has approved requirements is If you find requirements at, or on a worksheet, you should know that these are not the "official" requirements. While they can be a good resource, they might not get you through the badge completely.

See you Wednesday!

Mr. Bowman