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The History Center offers great ways for members of Scouts BSA to earn badges in Citizenship, Textile, American Indian Lore, Art, and Sculpture.

Boy Scouts Citizenship Series

Each quarter, the History Center offers a three-part series to facilitate Scouts in earning their required Citizenship merit badge. Scouts can register for individual sessions or all three.  Please see below for dates and links to registration for 2021.

  • The Citizenship badge program is $30 per Scout per workshop; the cost includes admission for one adult per Scout.
  • Scouts under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Workshop times are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Citizenship in the Community

A nation is a patchwork of communities that differ from one another and may be governed differently. But regardless of how local communities differ, they all have one point in common: good citizenship. In the United States, local government means self-government. Good citizens help to make decisions about their community through their elected local officials.

Citizenship in the Community Prerequisites*

Requirement 3Attend a local government board meeting. Our workshop includes a video of a meeting of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. Some Scout leaders require attendance at a meeting in person, however. If needed, we’ll provide the information necessary about how to do so.

Requirement 4: Choose an issue that is important to the citizens of your community. Find out which branch of local government is responsible for the issue, interview one person from the branch of government and ask what is being done about this issue and how young people can help. Share what you have learned with your counselor. *Note: email may be an effective way to communicate with the government official and we will accept a print out of that exchange as proof. You may also communicate via phone or in person, and should take notes to share with the merit badge counselor on the day of your workshop.

Requirement 7: Volunteer at a nonprofit organization.

Requirement 8: Develop a public presentation (such as a video, slide show, speech, digital presentation, or photo exhibit) about important and distinctive aspects of your community. Include information about the history, cultures, and ethnic groups of your community; its best features and popular places where people gather; and the challenges it faces. Stage your presentation in front of your merit badge counselor or group, such as your patrol or a class at school.

*Counselors can sign off on prerequisites with valid proof of completion. Approval to sign off on prerequisites is at the discretion of the facilitating counselor. For more information or questions on how to satisfy the prerequisites prior to the workshop, please call the Education Department at 407-836-8580.

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Citizenship in the Nation

As Scouts fulfill the requirements for this merit badge, they will learn how to become active citizens and be thankful for their liberties and rights. They will learn how to participate in their government, how to protect their freedom, and how to stand up for individual rights on behalf of all its citizens.

Citizen in the Nation Prerequisites*

Requirement 2: Visit a place that’s been deemed a National Historic Landmark or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The History Center is not on these national lists at this time, but the City of Orlando has six historic districts and 13 historic sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Several of these historic sites are in downtown Orlando within walking distance of the History Center.

Click here for a list of Orlando historic places that can satisfy this prerequisite.

Requirement 3: Watch the national evening news five days in a row or read the front page of a major newspaper five days in a row.

Requirement 8

  • Name your two U.S. senators and the member of the House of Representatives from your congressional district.
  • Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your views with him or her.
  • Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor.

*Counselors can sign off on prerequisites with valid proof of completion. Approval to sign off on prerequisites is at the discretion of the facilitating counselor. For more information or questions on how to satisfy the prerequisites prior to the workshop, please call the Education Department at 407-836-8580.

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Citizenship in the World

Scouts who earn this merit badge will discover they are already citizens of the world and learn that being a good world citizen depends on their willingness to understand and appreciate the values, traditions, and concerns of people in other countries.

The May 8 Citizenship in the World workshop is sold out, please click here to register for the waitlist for the opportunity to be added to an afternoon workshop.

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Citizenship Merit Badge Series Virtual Workshops

Can’t make it in to the History Center? Complete your Citizenship merit badges through our online workshops!

We have created module-based virtual courses for each of the three Citizenship merit badges (Community, Nation, and World) conducted through the Edmodo online distance learning platform. All requirements for the badges have an instruction module in the course to provide content instruction, resources, and to walk Scouts through the completion of each requirement. Additionally, each requirement has an assignment or assessment for the Scouts to share their work and demonstrate their understanding to satisfy every requirement.

After Scouts have completed all required modules they will have a live video conference with one of our merit badge counselors to discuss completion of the badge. Scouts will receive their signed blue card by mail immediately following satisfactory completion.

Please note, the virtual workshops are not live. These are self-paced, module-based courses that can be conducted by the Scouts independently. Following the completion of the online course, Scouts (or caregivers) will contact us to schedule their live video conference blue card meeting.

Following registration, you will receive an email confirmation with the access link and code to the virtual merit badge workshop and further instruction.

Deadline for completion of the current session of virtual workshops is April 30, 2021.

Citizenship in the Community


Citizenship in the Nation


Citizenship in the World


Elective Merit Badges

Book an elective workshop that fits your troop’s schedule! Choose one of our merit badge workshops, and we will help you complete the requirements with fun, hands-on activities.

  • Elective badge programs are $13 per Scout per workshop; the cost includes admission for one adult per Boy Scout.
  • Minimum of 10 Scouts required; maximum of 25 Scouts. Book your workshop a month in advance.
  • To schedule a class, email (Mary) Katie Kelley at or call 407-836-8556.
  • Scouts under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Indian Lore

Far different from the stereotypes or common images that are portrayed on film, on television, and in many books and stories, American Indians have different cultures, languages, religions, styles of dress, and ways of life. Learn about the tribes that once lived in our state and take an exciting journey of discovery to meet some of Florida’s most fascinating peoples.


What do an American Indian shelter, an artificial heart, and a computer circuit board have in common? Textiles! Join us to find out what materials Florida’s earliest people used to forge homes and clothing. Put your hand to spinning, weaving, and dyeing! Learn to identify natural fibers used by our ancestors, and find out what types of fabrics were used throughout history and how they changed and contributed to history’s timeline.


Channel your inner Picasso! Scouts will learn about the elements of art and principles of design and have the opportunity to experiment with different mediums. We’ll explore our museum to experience Florida’s unique art history and get an exciting glimpse of how art has both reflected and shaped our history here in Central Florida. Get ready to find your inspiration and create a masterpiece!


Time to get your hands dirty! We will explore Florida’s artistic past here at the museum and examine the different ways sculpture has been used for creative expression throughout history. Best of all, Scouts will try out different methods to create sculptures of their own!

Refunds & Cancellation Policy

Refunds are issued if the cancellation is requested at least three business days prior to the workshop date. An administrative fee of $2 for merit-badge workshops and $5 for citizenship workshops will be deducted. Workshops may be rescheduled for a future time at no cost if space is available; if workshops are at maximum capacity, the refund policy applies.


For more information about the History Center’s Scout BSA programs or to register, contact (Mary) Katie Kelley at or call 407-836-8556.