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Family Life Merit BadgeFamily Life Badge Req. 1

Prepare an outline and discuss with your merit badge counselor what a family is and how the actions of one member can affect other members.

01. The outline requested in requirement 1, above, can best be defined as a: [ Make Your Best Choice ]
a. fishing line set out overnight, a trotline.
b. preliminary account of a project or plan.
c. style of drawing in which contours are marked without shading.
d. summary of a written work to indicate the principal features of different parts.
e. line marking the outer limits or edges of a body, object, figure or mass, a boundry.

02. The Topic of my outline is: [ Make Your Best Choice ]
a. Family.
b. What a Family Is.
c. Discussion of What a Family Is.
d. My Merit Badge Counselor's Family Is.

03. Following the Topic of my outline are the _____________. [ Make Your Best Choice ]
a. highlights I want the Counselor to Remember
b. main points and/or ideas like Members, Activities, Types, etc.
c. names and gender of each member and their relationship to me
d. Supporting Evidence and/or Additional Information like Trips, Stepfather, Names, Foster Home, etc.

04. Directly below my Main Points in the Body of my outline ________ are listed. [ Make Your Best Choice ]
a. family members
b. less significant ideas
c. family council agenda items
d. Supporting Evidence and/or Additional Information like Trips, Stepfather, Names, Foster Home, etc.

05. Outlines list the more specific information above the items that are more descriptive. True False

06. In the outline format shown below, my Main Topic location follows the: [ Make Your Best Choice ]
a. I.
b. A.
c. 1.
d. 2.
e. B.
f. 1.
g. 2.
h. II.

07. The following actions of one family member can affect the other members: [ Mark all that Apply ]
a. being loving.
b. being patient.
c. respecting others.
d. doing a good deed daily.
e. being uncaring or selfish.
f. setting the good example.
g. practicing sincere smiling.
h. earning the trust of others.
i. sending clear "I" messages.
j. expressing a willingness to help.
k. accepting others unconditionally.
l. maintaining an agreeable attitude.
m. listening with ears, mind, and heart.
n. maintaining high levels of self-esteem.
o. speaking kind words with a kind voice.
p. keeping the lines of communication open.
q. looking for the good things in other members.
r. taking a fair share of the tasks, and personal feelings/behaviors responsibility.

08. I have prepared my outline and discussed it with my counselor. True False

Family Life Merit Badge Family Life Badge Req. 2

List ten reasons why you are important to your family. Review these points with your parents or guardians and with your merit badge counselor.

09. Indicate with a check mark your ten reasons why you are important to your family. [ Mark Only Ten ]
a. Living the Scout Law.
b. Helping around the house.
c. Offering help without being asked.
d. Setting a good example by the way I live.
e. Communicating to others that I care about them.
f. Showing appreciation to those who do things for me.
g. Helping support and maintain positive family traditions.
h. Using my unique talents, gifts, or strengths in a positive way.
i. Reading or teaching worthwhile things to younger family members
j. Being dependable and counted upon to perform as I have promised or said.
k. Being prepared and helping family, friends, and neighbors during emergencies.
l. Making others enjoy being with me by maintaining a cheerful, optimistic attitude.

10. My parents or guardians and I have reviewed my reasons marked in question 09. True False

11. My merit badge counselor and I have reviewed the ten reasons in question 09. True False

Family Life Merit Badge Family Life Badge Req. 3

Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for ninety days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them.

12. Regular duties I choose to do and record when I do them for a ninety day period are: [ Mark all that Apply ]
a. Yard cleanup. b. Shining shoes.
c. Vacuuming rugs. d. Snow removal.
e. Bringing in the mail. f. Lawn Maintenance.
g. Cleaning my bedroom. h. Cleaning the bathroom.
i. Ironing my own clothes. j. Tutoring younger siblings.
k. Filling empty ice cube tray(s) l. Bringing in the newspaper.
m. Dusting and waxing furniture. n. Setting the table for family meals.
o. Caring for family garden or plants. p. Help prepare food for family meals.
q. Doing or assisting with the laundry. r. Cleaning & washing family vehicle(s).
s. Hanging up clothes after each day's use. t. Feed and care for family pets or animals.
u. Remove trash and garbage from the home. v. Washing, drying, and putting away dishes.
w. Other: x. Other:
y. Other: z. Other:

13. List your most valuable duties or chores a through e below:
a. Name: Description:
b. Name: Description:
c. Name: Description:
d. Name: Description:
e. Name: Description:

14. Use the chart below to record each time you complete a duty or chore by checking the box[s] a through e as
appropriate from your answers to question 13 for ninety days. Enter the date for each day's accomplishment.
Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 08 Day 09 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 22 Day 23 Day 24 Day 25 Day 26 Day 27 Day 28
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 29 Day 30 Day 31 Day 32 Day 33 Day 34 Day 35
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 36 Day 37 Day 38 Day 39 Day 40 Day 41 Day 42
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 43 Day 44 Day 45 Day 46 Day 47 Day 48 Day 49
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 50 Day 51 Day 52 Day 53 Day 54 Day 55 Day 56
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 57 Day 58 Day 59 Day 60 Day 61 Day 62 Day 63
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 64 Day 65 Day 66 Day 67 Day 68 Day 69 Day 70
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 71 Day 72 Day 73 Day 74 Day 75 Day 76 Day 77
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 78 Day 79 Day 80 Day 81 Day 82 Day 83 Day 84
Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e. e.

 

Day 85 Day 86 Day 87 Day 88 Day 89 Day 90

 

 

Finished!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies] Duty[ies]
Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed: Completed:
a. a. a. a. a. a.
b. b. b. b. b. b.
c. c. c. c. c. c.
d. d. d. d. d. d.
e. e. e. e. e. e.

Family Life Merit Badge Family Life Badge Req. 4

With the approval of your parents/guardians and your merit badge counselor, decide on and carry out a project that you would do around the house that would benefit the family. Submit a report to your merit badge counselor outlining how the project benefited the family.

15. My chosen beneficial family, around the house project involves:
a. Cleaning out the attic or basement. b. Touch-up painting.
c. Defrosting the refrigerator or freezer. d. Cleaning the oven.
e. Inspecting the house for fire hazards. f. Shampooing a rug.
g. Installing & removing holiday decorations. h. Cleaning the porch.
i. Planting flowers or herbs in a window box. j. Mulching the garden.
k. Installing at least two grab bars in the bath. l. If it's squeaking, oil it!
m. Wrapping and delivering holiday packages. n. Cleaning and inspecting gutters.
o. Cleaning or replacing lint & furnace screens. p. Making an emergency survival kit.
q. Sorting, reorganizing drawers, closets or cabinets. r. Checking space heaters for safety.
s. Clearing all exits & hallways & make easy to navigate. t. Securing doormats to floor surfaces.
u. Installing lever-type faucets, door latches, & appliances. v. Changing screens to storm windows.
w. Weatherizing house by weather-stripping doors & windows. x. Cleaning the curtains, blinds or drapes.
y. Other:

16. My parents/guardians and my merit badge counselor have approved my project. True False

17. The best topic for my report outline is:
a. Family Project
b. What a Project Is
c. Benefits of My Family Project
d. My Merit Badge Counselor Report

18. I have created a report in outline form and submitted it to my counselor. True False

Family Life Merit Badge Family Life Badge Req. 5

Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family. After carrying out the project, discuss the following with your merit badge counselor:

a. The objective or goal of the project.
b. How individual members of your family participated.
c. The results of the project.

19. The family participation project I have chosen involves:
a. Recycling. b. Reading a Novel.
c. A New Tradition. d. Helping the Needy.
e. A Company Picnic. f. Climbing a Mountain.
g. Learning a Skill or Craft. h. Garage or Yard Sale.
i. Preparing a Time Capsule. j. Playing a Board Game.
k. Creating a Family Web Site. l. Building a Sand Castle.
m. A Competitive Athletic Event. n. Cooking a Special Meal.
o. Searching for Buried Treasure. p. Planting for Beautification.
q. Planning and Conducting a Trip. r. Street-side Litter Removal.
s. Experiencing Different Modes of Transportation. t. Family History Documentation.
u. Cutting and Splitting Lumber for Seasonal Needs. v. Planning and Conducting a Hike.
w. Canning, Preserving, or Freezing Fruits and/or Vegetables. x. Writing and Filming a Home Video.
y. Other:

20. I discussed the objective or goal of my family project with my merit badge counselor. True False

21. There were members, including myself, participating in the family project.

22. The results of the family project were discussed with my merit badge counselor. True False

Family Life Merit Badge Family Life Badge Req. 6

Do the following:

(a) Discuss with your merit badge counselor how to plan and carry out a family council.

(b) After this discussion, plan and carry out a family council to include the following subjects:

(1) How to avoid the use of drugs and drug abuse.

(2) Understanding the growing-up process, how the body changes, and making responsible decisions dealing with sex.

(3) Personal and family finances.


23. The elements necessary to plan a family council are: [ Mark all that Apply ]
a. A Written Record.
b. Pre-arranged Time.
c. Pre-arranged Place.
d. Discussion Leader.
e. Leadership Rotation.
f. Every Family Member Included.
g. All Attendees Encouraged to Talk but not Forced.
h. An Agenda (List of Situation Topics for Discussion)

24. The elements necessary during a family council are: [ Mark all that Apply ]
a. A Written Record.
b. All Attendees Listening.
c. Leader Opens with Good Comment.
d. All Attendees Encouraged to Talk but not Forced.
e. Select Best Solutions Favorable to the Most Members.
f. See the Situation from the Other Members Point of View.
g. Ask "What If" Questions to Find as Many Solutions as Possible.

25. I discussed with my merit badge counselor how to plan & carry out a family council. True False

26. I have planned and carried out a family council including the following subjects: [ Mark all that Apply ]
a. The Scout Law.
b. Family Finances.
c. Personal Finances.
d. Avoiding Drug Abuse.
e. Man's Inhumanity to Man.
f. Avoiding the Use of Drugs.
g. Understanding how the Body Changes.
h. Understanding the Growing-Up Process.
i. Dragon Flies and their Medicinal Qualities.
j. Understanding the Making of Responsible Decisions Dealing with Sex.


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