Pig Gig Campout
Featuring Citizenship in Society Merit Badge
Scouts will have the opportunity to ear the newest Eagle-required merit badge at our annual Pig Gig campout. This year’s event will feature Citizenship in Society Merit Badge. This merit badge help Scouts learn about the diverse identities we each possess, understand different perspectives and experiences, and promote good citizenship in society.
September 9-11, 2022
This event will be limited to 200 scouts and each scout must arrived with their workbook completed to enter the discussions required for this merit badge. In addition, each scout should bring their blue card with their personal information completed.
The cost for the weekend will be $25 per person attending which will include all merit badge activities, a Pig Roast dinner on Saturday night, and a Pig Gig patch. Units are welcome to come for the day or secure a campsite for the weekend, which is an additional cost. Please return the registration form below by August 30, 2022.
Point of Contact: Sean Harris
Cell Phone: 330-417-8017 Text or call is fine
Workbooks must be completed when turned into Mr. Harris at the Kimble dining hall on Friday evening by 9 p.m. Day only scouts must have their Scoutmaster review their workbooks for completeness and the Scoutmaster must contact us with the number of scouts and ages that will be attending on Saturday. This must be done 5 days prior to the event to insure everyone who attends is properly prepared.
What does “complete” mean?
- In order for the scout to complete the requirements they will need to take time to research the answers. During the time that the scout is learning about each of the topics/requirements, they may need to discuss ideas/thoughts with their parents/guardians and or a scout leader. I would encourage the adults to not tell what they think the answer should be but instead help the scout process their thoughts, so they come to their own conclusion. Once that is done then share your thoughts with the scout and discuss similarities and differences in points of view and stages of understanding.
- Once the scout has done the research, they will need to capture their thoughts and ideas in writing. The scout may hand write their answers or type them; both will be accepted. Again, the scout may need help in this process from a parent/guardian or a scout leader. I will need to see complete thoughts in the answers.
If the workbook is not completed, then the scout will not be able to take part in the merit badge.
Discussion Groups on Saturday Morning
- Groups will be kept to no more the 10 scouts
- The scouts in the group will be close in age. (16-17), (14-15), (12-13)
- Adults will be in each group to help manage the discussion. The adults are not there to teach or lead but to guide and govern. Adults will make sure the conversations stay positive and safe for all scouts. Adults will make sure that each scout takes part in the discussion; this is key to fulfilling the requirements. We do not believe in a free ride merit badge whether it is eagle required or not. Some scouts might be shy or timid. That is OK. Camp Tuscazoar is a safe place for youth to share their thoughts without judgement.
- Scouts will take turns teaching what they learned and their thought process that helped them reach their conclusions. Not everyone is going to have the same views, which is fine, but all scouts will need to be respectful of others’ views and encouraged to find some value or truth in differing views.
What if the scout does not have a completed workbook?
- The scout can talk to me at the event, and we can set up a time and or group outside of this event for them to complete the merit badge. For me to meet with a scout there must be a parent/guardian and or scout leader present, including if the meeting is a voice call and or video call. Otherwise, the meeting will have to be rescheduled. Also, if the scout emails me, they must include/ copy their parent/guardian and/or their scout leader.
Parents and Scout Leaders:
If you have any questions, please reach out. The sooner the better. My cell phone is 330-417-8017. I get off work around 4 p.m. and will answer calls until 9 p.m. You can also text me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizenship in Society merit badge is not an easy merit badge. It will require the scout to look at who they are, what they believe, and how they act towards others. They will need your help as parents and scout leaders to complete it.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” – Confucius
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