Limited to 8 Scouts per session in order to complete the tournament
Have played chess before and have at least seen how the pieces move.
BRING a good chess set. Please no exotic styles of chess pieces. If you don’t have a chess set you can bring, that’s okay as long as some scouts bring one.
BRING a chess clock if you happen to have one but not necessary.
Google search and read about the history and origins of chess.
Look up the US Chess federation at www.uschess.org. Explore the website and read a few things that interest you. Go to the bottom and click on “New to Chess”. Read 10 top tips for beginners and FAQs.
Be familiar with chess notation. A good 5 minute youtube video on chess notation can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_uEUwfKUhc or simply Google “how to record a chess game” and it should come up in your search
BRING a signed note from parent or scout leader that you have completed #4-6. This is MANDATORY in order to complete the merit badge at MBU. Otherwise you will earn a partial.
Review the MB and come prepared to discuss each item
Requirement 2 is offered in the tour class.
Requirements 1, 4, & 7 will be a lecture and discussion as time permits.
This is dependent on each class and one session may complete more work than the other session.
This is also dependent on the number of scouts present in each class and their school experience.
Bring a separate worksheet with Requirements 3, 6, and 8 completed. Write your name, address, unit number, and Scoutmaster on it. This will be handed off to the counselor and you may not get this worksheet back. Bring a different worksheet to take notes for the other requirements that you will keep.
3. Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.
Take notes on your worksheet for each day and bring them to MBU. Note that this is National not Local news.
6. With your counselor’s approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has
significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
Bring notes on your worksheet about the speech.
Bring notes on your worksheet to discuss the person, time, how it applies, and discuss the significant meaning to you.
8. Name your two senators and a member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter to your counselor, along with any response you might receive.
Bring worksheet with names filled in.
Bring a copy of the letter or a printout of the communication.
It is the intent at MBU that all requirements will be discussed in class if time permits. Each scout will be asked to complete their worksheets as the class progresses. The counselor may elect to have the scouts meet individually with counselors back at their troop. This should work well if the scouts complete their worksheets as instructed.
Citizenship in the Nation (CIN) Tour
AM & PM Sessions
Limited to 30 scouts per session
Bring warm clothes
Meets CIN 2b: Tour of State Capitol (both AM and PM Sessions) and,
Meets CIN 2a: Visit a place on the National Registry of Historic Places
Adult Chaperones are needed for the tour.
We need 2 adults to serve as chaperones for the AM session and the PM session.
“Find out about three career opportunities in radio. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you. “