Scouting/BSA/Public Speaking Merit Badge

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The requirements to this merit badge are copyrighted by the Boy Scouts of America. They are reproduced in part here under fair use as a resource for Scouts and Scouters to use in the earning and teaching of merit badges. The requirements published by the Boy Scouts of America should always be used over the list here. If in doubt about the accuracy of a requirement, consult your Merit Badge Counselor.
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Requirement 1[edit]

Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself to an audience such as your troop, class at school, or some other group.

Requirement 2[edit]

Prepare a three- to five-minute talk on a topic of your choice that incorporates body language and visual aids.

Requirement 3[edit]

Give an impromptu talk of at least two minutes, either as part of a group discussion or before your counselor. Use a subject selected by your counselor that is interesting to you but that is not known to you in advance and for which you do not have time to prepare.

Requirement 4[edit]

Select a topic of interest to your audience. Collect and organize information about this topic and prepare an outline. Write an eight- to 10-minute speech, practice it, then deliver it in the conversational way.

Requirement 5[edit]

Show you know parliamentary procedure by leading a discussion or meeting according to accepted rules of order; or by answering questions on the rules of order.

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