This Merit Badge
is Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank

These were the REQUIREMENTS before the REVISIONS made on January 1, 2005.

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  1. After reading, discuss with your counselor the following documents:
    1. Declaration of Independence
    2. Preamble to the Constitution
    3. Constitution
    4. Bill of Rights
    5. Amendments to the Constitution
  2. Name the three branches of government and explain their functions. Explain the checks and balances on each branch of government.
  3. Outline the relationships between state and federal governments.
  4. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Visit the National Capitol.
    2. Visit your state capitol.
    3. Tour a federal installation.

    Explain your experiences to your counselor.

  5. Name your two senators and the congressman from your congressional district. Write a letter to one of these elected officials on a national issue sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response to your counselor.
  6. What are five important functions of your national government? Explain how these functions affect your family and local community.
  7. Discuss the main ways by which our federal government is financed.

BSA Advancement ID#: 3
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1993
Requirements last updated in 1984

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