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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

USScouts.org is a group of volunteers who put together resources for youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America program. They provide a great deal of information based on their experience participating in the program. 

    

Among the resources is information on the more than 100 merit badges that scouts can earn. Among the many badges is one for genealogy. USScouts lists the 9 requirements of earning the merit badge. I was pleased to see that one of the requirements was to interview a relative or family acquaintance about the family. They are also required to keep a journal for six weeks, writing in it at least once a week. 

    

Scouts are required to name three types of genealogical resources and how then help. They must obtain at least one document and explain how they would evaluate the information included in it. They must also explain how photography (including microfilming) has influenced genealogy. 

    

USScouts provides sample pedigree charts and family group sheets in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF format. I found it fascinating to read all of the requirements. It does make me wonder how qualified the scout leaders are who are judging the merit badge requirements. You can see the full requirements (and guess how you would do) at USScouts.org.


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