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FAMILY LIFE

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICAMERIT BADGE SERIESFAMILY LIFE“Enhancing our youths’ competitive edge through merit badges”

Family LifeNote to the CounselorSome of the issues surrounding requirement 6 for the familymeeting could be considered of a personal nature. Use discretionwhen reviewing this requirement with the Scout.1. Prepare an outline on what a family is and discuss this with your merit badgecounselor. Tell why families are important to individuals and to society.Discuss how the actions of one member can affect other members.2. List several reasons why you are important to your family and discuss thiswith your parents or guardians and with your merit badge counselor.3. Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do themfor 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them. Discuss withyour counselor the effect your chores had on your family.4. 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 thatwould benefit your family. Submit a report to your merit badge counseloroutlining how the project benefited your family.5. Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family.After completing the project, discuss the following with your meritbadge counselor:(a) The objective or goal of the project(b) How individual members of your family participated(c) The results of the project6. Do the following:(a) Discuss with your merit badge counselor how to plan and carry out afamily meeting.(b) After this discussion, plan and carry out a family meeting to include thefollowing subjects:(1) Avoiding substance abuse, including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs,all of which negatively affect your health and well-being111

(2) Understanding the growing-up process and how the body changes,and making responsible decisions dealing with sex*(3) How your chores in requirement 3 contributed to your role in the family(4) Personal and family finances(5) A crisis situation within your family(6) The effect of technology on your family(7) Good etiquette and mannersDiscussion of each of these subjects will very likely carry over to more thanone family meeting.7. Discuss with your counselor your understanding of what makes an effectiveparent and why, and your thoughts on the parent's role and responsibilities inthe family.*This conversation may take place with only one or both of your parents or guardians.112

.Family Life ResourcesFamily Life ResourcesScouting LiteratureBoy Scout Journal; American Cultures,American Heritage, Citizenship inthe Community, Citizenship in theNation, Citizenship in the World,Communication, Cooking, CrimePrevention, Disabilities Awareness,Genealogy, and Personal Managementmerit badge pamphletsVisit the Boy Scouts of America’sofficial retail website at http://www.scoutstuff.org for a completelisting of all merit badge pamphletsand other helpful Scouting materialsand supplies.BooksBlock, Joel D., et al. Stepliving for Teens:Getting Along With Stepparents andSiblings. Price Stern Sloan, 2001.Brain, Marshall. The Teenager’s Guideto the Real World. BYG PublishingInc., 1997.Carlson, Richard. Don’t Sweat theSmall Stuff for Teens. HyperionPress, 2000.Coleman, Ronda. Around the FamilyTable: 365 Mealtime Conversationsfor Parents and Children. GryphonHouse Inc., 2001.Covey, Sean. The 7 Habits of HighlyEffective Teens. Touchstone, 2014.———. The 7 Habits of HighlyEffective Teens Workbook.Franklin Covey, 1999.Davis, Ken. How to Live With YourParents Without Losing Your Mind.Zondervan Publishing Co., 1988.Foster, Chad. Teenagers: Preparingfor the Real World. South-WesternEducational Publishing, 1998.Fox, Annie. Can You Relate? Real-WorldAdvice for Teens on Guys, Girls,Growing Up, and Getting Along.Free Spirit Publishing, 2005.Gurian, Michael. From Boys to Men:All About Adolescence and You.Price Stern Sloan, 1999.Hightower, Elaine, and Betsy Riley.Our Family Meeting Book: Funand Easy Ways to Manage Time,Build Communication, and ShareResponsibility Week by Week. FreeSpirit Publishing, 2002.Jukes, Mavis. The Guy Book: AnOwner’s Manual. Crown Books forYoung Readers, 2002.Maisel, Eric. 20 Communication Tipsfor Families: A 30-Minute Guideto a Better Family Relationship.New World Library, 2000.FAMILY LIFE61

Family Life Resources.McGraw, Jay. Closing the Gap: AStrategy for Bringing Parents andTeens Together. Fireside, 2001.———. Life Strategies for Teens.Fireside, 2000.Otfinoski, Steve. The Kid’s Guideto Money: Earning It, Saving It,Spending It, Growing It, Sharing It.Scholastic, 1996.Packer, Alex J. Bringing Up Parents:The Teenager’s Handbook.Free Spirit Publishing, 1992.———. The How Rude! Handbookof Family Manners for Teens.Free Spirit Publishing, 2004.———. How Rude! The Teenagers’Guide to Good Manners, ProperBehavior, and Not Grossing PeopleOut. Free Spirit Publishing, 2014.Organizations and WebsitesAmerican Association of Family andConsumer Sciences400 N. Columbus St., Suite 202Alexandria, VA 22314Toll-free telephone: 800-424-8080Website: http://www.aafcs.orgAmerican Red Cross2025 E St. NWWashington, DC 20006Telephone: 202-303-4498Website: http://www.redcross.org62FAMILY LIFEFamily, Career, and CommunityLeaders of America1910 Association DriveReston, VA 20191-1584Telephone: 703-476-4900Website: http://www.fcclainc.orgPrepare Tomorrow’s Parents454 NE Third St.Boca Raton, FL 33432Telephone: ents.orgAcknowledgmentsThe Boy Scouts of America thankswriter Marilyn Swierk for her involvement with this new edition of theFamily Life merit badge pamphlet.Ms. Swierk is certified in Family andConsumer Sciences and in Family LifeEducation and is a consultant andspeaker in the realm of family lifeand education.The Boy Scouts of America is grateful to the men and women serving onthe Merit Badge Maintenance Task Forcefor the improvements made in updatingthis pamphlet.

Family Life merit badge pamphlet. Ms. Swierk is certi!ed in Family and Consumer Sciences and in Family Life Education and is a consultant and speaker in the realm of family life and education. The Boy Scouts of America is grate-ful to the men and women serving on the Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force for the improvements made in updating

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