Hello Scouts,

I wanted to share information about an essay & video contest you might be interested in. This is not a scout requirement, but it does connect nicely with the Citizenship merit badges so it might be fun to check it out. Not to mention there is a chance to win a cash prize: 1st place is $2,000!

This Civics Contest is titled:
What Does Our American Community Ask Of Us?

The contest reminds us that "our Constitution both confers rights and establishes responsibilities...Over the course of our country’s history, global events have challenged us to find a balance between critical rights like these and our responsibilities to each other. The shelter-in-place orders implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, the rationing orders imposed during World War II and the Great Depression, and the mandatory smallpox vaccination programs instituted in the early 1900s are just some examples of times when we have been asked to curtail our normal freedoms for the benefit of our entire community. At the same time, each of us has a civic responsibility to participate in and contribute to our democracy. How should we as a society strike the appropriate balance within the framework of our Constitution between safeguarding our rights and fulfilling our responsibilities to each other?"

Students can express their thoughts and ideas on this theme in an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words. Individuals or teams of up to three students can produce a 3-5 minute video on the theme as well. (You can also submit an essay AND a video!)

Please read the attached flyer for more details if you are interested. Or you can view the details at this link:

If you decided to enter the contest - Good Luck!

Cheers from,
Leisle Bartley
Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge Counselor

Download Civics Contest Brochure (pdf)
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