Public Speaking Merit Badge Pamphlet Public Speaking Merit Badge

Public Speaking


Requirements were REVISED effective January 1, 2003.

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  1. Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself to an audience such as your troop, class at school, or some other group.
  2. Prepare a three- to five-minute talk on a topic of your choice that incorporates body language and visual aids.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 a conversational way.
  5. 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.

BSA Advancement ID#: 90
Requirements last updated in: 2003
Pamphlet Publication Number: 35936
Pamphlet Stock (SKU) Number: 616755
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2013

Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Format
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Page updated on: October 26, 2013



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