Submit ideas, art and poems for Wednesday’s Facebook Live

It takes cooperation from all groups and individuals to work together so that we can all get along. Learning to accept people for who they are, no matter what their background, makes good sense for us all. By understanding how conflict and cooperation affect people and their behavior, we might be able to make our world a better place.

– Page 55, American Cultures merit badge pamphlet


Today, Boys’ Life issued a challenge for Scouts and young people. Inspired by the words of the American Cultures merit badge pamphlet, the team is calling for art, poems and writing from youth on how we can see real change for the better in our communities.

Boys’ Life will be live again Wednesday at 2 p.m. Central to share viewer submissions and talk with American Cultures merit badge contributor and sociologist Dr. David Briscoe. He’s an Eagle Scout and a Silver Buffalo recipient. He has also served as a member of the BSA’s National Executive Board and is a former president of the Quapaw Area Council. He currently serves as the chair of the Quapaw Council’s Diversity Council. Dr. Briscoe is a professor of sociology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Tune in by heading to on Wednesday, and come prepared with questions about American culture for Dr. Briscoe.

Scout Shop is also supplying American Cultures merit badge pamphlets for the first 20 viewers to submit their ideas. The badge grew in popularity by 23% last yearBoys’ Life is challenging Scouts to continue this growth and make it one of the most popular badges earned in 2020!

Looking ahead

The Boys’ Life team will wrap up Wednesday’s Facebook Live by taking a look at the Citizenship in the Community merit badge. After reading a few excerpts, the team will again challenge viewers to submit their thoughts and artwork.

Friday at 2 p.m. Central, Boys’ Life will be live again to share more viewer submissions and to highlight the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge and the Cub Scout adventure: Build My Own Hero. The team will call for ideas on how Scouts and young leaders can be heroes in their communities and in the nation.

Who should tune in

All viewers are welcome to join Wednesday’s and Friday’s Facebook Lives. Scout-aged viewers should make sure their parents are OK with them tuning in.

Parents are encouraged to help keep youth voices at the center of these conversations. All comments must abide by the Scout Law to foster a safe place for young people to share ideas and think critically.

Mark your calendar and encourage Scouts to share ideas

Remember, Boys’ Life will be live on Facebook again Wednesday and Friday this week at 2 p.m. Central. Add your art and writing submissions to be featured on air, and tune in for a chance to talk with an esteemed sociologist and expert on the American Cultures merit badge. Your submissions could also land you a free copy of this exceptional merit badge pamphlet so you can continue to work to improve your community.

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