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Civics Day 2024: Scout Information

There is no cost associated with participation in this program.

All activities will be held rain or shine and are available on a first-come-first served basis.


If you have any questions regarding the badgework itself, please consult the link to the original requirements provided and then contact your troop leaders. Gate House and Town Staff can answer questions about day-of arrangements, but are not experts in badge requirements or affiliated in any way with Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. 

Boy Scouts:
Citizenship in the Community


Before You Arrive: Talk it Out

Discuss with your counselor what citizenship in the community means and what it takes to be a good citizen in your community.  

Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of citizenship, and explain how you can demonstrate good citizenship in your community, Scouting unit, place of worship, or school.  

List some of the services (such as the library, recreation center, public transportation, and public safety) your community provides that are funded by taxpayers. Tell your counselor why these services are important to your community. 

Before You Arrive: Watch it!

View a recent meeting of the Town Council--you can find them here:

Choose one of the issues discussed at the meeting where a difference of opinions was expressed, and explain to your counselor why you agree with one opinion more than you do another one.  

Choose an issue that is important to the citizens of your community; then do the following: a. Find out which branch of local government is responsible for this issue  

Need an easier reference?

You can download a copy of the requirements outlined and addressed THROUGH THIS LINK
We also recommend you reference the official wording of this badge found here:

At the Event:

Map it! Locate amenities and services on local maps!

Pick up resources on our town government structure 

Ask questions of our Mayor and council members

Discuss with town representatives how you can complete your presentation for this badge.

After the Event:

Watch a film about how one person's actions influence a community.

Learn about charitable institutions in our area and research them.

Create a presentation about the unique aspects of our community.

Girl Scouts:
Celebrating Community Badge

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About This Badge:

Scouts do not make available the full text of this badge online. Please contact your troop leader for further information or purchase a copy here:

At the Event:

Learn about the State motto, and flag.

Suggest to the Town Council a town motto!

Get involved with our upcoming "Let Freedom Ring" Parade

Take a History Tour

Tour the Sykesville Town House and learn how it represents our town's dedication to historic preservation.
Step outside and see the memorial garden, dedicated to Sykesville Citizens with ties to the US military. 

At the Event: Explore Community Symbols

Meet Sparky the SPARC (Sykesville Parks and Recreation Commission) squirrel and discuss how mascots are symbols. 

Pick up a Town of Sykesville mini flag and learn about the buildings reflected on it

Go on a Main Street flag scavenger hunt! How many can you find, and what kinds?


Learn about how to march in a band, military setting, or during a flag ceremony. Ask a band member, or watch a video here


Think about songs that represent America, our state, and our TOWN! Write an email to the Downtown Sykesville Connection suggesting three songs to be played at our "Let Freedom Ring" parade this summer.
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