This badge can be earned numerous times, once for each holiday.
Preschool: Do 3 requirements, including the 2 starred.
Level 1: Do 4 requirements, including the 2 starred.
Level 2: Do 5 requirements, including the 2 starred.
Level 3: Do 6 requirements, including the 2 starred.
Level 4: Do 7 requirements, including the 2 starred.
Level 5: Do 9 requirements, including the 2 starred.
______ 1.* Decide on a holiday you would like to study. Find out (online or in books) about the history of the holiday you’ve chosen. Where is it celebrated in the world, and when? If it is not celebrated in any other country, find out about a similar holiday in another country. For example, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, a holiday unique to America. However, various countries have their own Independence Day, unique to each country. Tell your Troop what you have learned.
______ 2.* Find out how your holiday is celebrated in America, and then two other countries besides America. You should find out about the customs, foods eaten, songs/dances, costumes, decorations, etc. of each of the countries. Compare these to those in America. Tell your Troop what you have learned.
______ 3. Do a craft (such as a decoration, ornament, greeting card, etc.) based on the holiday you pick. Display your craft at a Troop meeting and tell your Troop about it. Level 3 need to do two crafts, one from America and one from another country they chose in #2. Levels 4 and 5 need to do three crafts, one from America, and one from each of the countries they chose in #2.
______ 4. Make a dish eaten during the holiday you pick. Level 3 need to do two dishes. Levels 4 and 5 need to make an entire meal. The dishes can be typical American food eaten during the holiday, or customary holiday food eaten in another country (such as one of the countries chosen in #2).
______ 5. Find a game that commemorates the holiday you chose. Play this game with your family, friends, or Troop. The game can be one played in America, or in another country you chose in #2.
______ 6. Find out what is typically worn (a costume) in another country (one chosen in #2). Show your troop pictures of the holiday costume, or dress in that costume at a Troop meeting. Tell your Troop about the costume (why it is worn, what the parts of the costume signify, etc.).
______ 7. Find out what organizations do special things for the homeless, elderly, indigent, veterans, or military during the holiday you chose. Volunteer your time individually or as a Troop for one of these organizations. Preschool and Level 1 need to volunteer at least 1 hour, Level 2 at least 2 hours, Level 3 at least 3 hours, Level 4 at least 4 hours, and Level 5 at least 5 hours. Some ideas include buying and wrapping presents for needy children, caroling at a homeless shelter, sending care packages to the military, etc.
______ 8. Holidays are supposed to be joyous celebrations, but unfortunately they often leave many people feeling very sad. Find out why this is. Give your craft, baked goods, or meal (from #s 3 and 4) to an elderly person or another person who could use cheering up during this holiday.
______ 9. Help your family, friends, or Troop celebrate the holiday you chose. Help decorate the house or meeting place, prepare food for a meal, etc. Tell your family, friends, or Troop what you have learned about the holiday in requirements 1 and 2. Be sure to help clean up afterward!
______ 10. Research a song that celebrates the holiday you chose. Teach the song to your Troop.
______ 11. Attend or take part in a local parade that commemorates the holiday you chose, OR attend a celebration or service at a church or festival that commemorates the holiday you chose.
______ 12. Take pictures as you work on this merit badge and celebrate the holiday you chose. Put the pictures and other items (recipes, newspaper articles, souvenirs, postcards, ticket stubs, etc.) in a scrapbook and display the scrapbook at a Troop meeting.
_____ 13. Write a short report on your favorite memory of the holiday you chose (it should be at least a few paragraphs.). Why is this memory special to you?
_____ 14. Make a photo collage of pictures of you, your family or your troop on the holiday you chose. Show and explain it to your family or troop.
_____ 15. Create a recipe book of some family favorite recipes for your selected holiday. It should have a minimum of 5 recipes.