Citizenship in Society Merit Badge is Here!

Irving, TX – November 1, 2021— Today, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, announced the launch of the Citizenship in Society merit badge, its newest merit badge for youth in the Scouts BSA program (ages 11-17). The new merit badge encourages Scouts to explore important topics around diversity, equity, inclusion and ethical leadership and learn why these qualities are important in society and in Scouting. Beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge will be required for any youth seeking to achieve the prestigious Eagle Scout rank.

The merit badge has 11 requirements primarily centered around small-group discussions. The badge does not have a typical merit badge pamphlet and counselors have less of an instructor role than other badges. Counselors for Citizenship in Society merit badge should possess active listening skills and be able to guide discussions without inserting their views or opinions into the conversation. For more information regarding badge requirements, counselor resources, and a Roundtable discussion on the badge, please visit the links below.