Theater merit badge requirement 1:
- See or read three full-length plays.* Write a review of each. Discuss with your
counselor the plot or story. If you chose to watch the plays, comment on the
acting and the staging.
*Watching plays on television, video, or as a movie is not permitted.
From the BSA’s COVID-19 FAQ:
Q: Can merit badge requirements be adapted since some elements can’t be completed as stated right now?
The published guidelines for the methodology of the merit badge program and the role of the merit badge counselor is found in the Guide to Advancement, Section 188.8.131.52. It is important to remember that leaders and merit badge counselors must not make additions or deletions to requirements. The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as stated; however, in some cases, virtual “visits” may fulfill the intent of a requirement. When the requirement’s intent cannot be reached virtually, the requirements cannot be completed, and the Scout must wait to complete that badge/requirement. Merit badge counselors signing off on requirements must determine to the best of their ability if the Scout has demonstrated the intended outcome.
All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines must be followed.
But Theater merit badge requirement 1 can be completed right now, because Scouts have the option to see OR read three full-length plays.
As long as they read three full-length plays, they could also watch versions of the plays they read on television or video (at the Scout’s option). Or they can wait until they are able to see plays in person again.