(Discover the World)

By Megan Lundquist (Eagle, Troop 159)



Higher level requirements may be used as optional requirements with a  parent's permission.


Penguin (Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred)

_____ 1.*  Know what a war is.

_____ 2. *  Show on a map where the Vietnam War was fought and learn why.


Otter (Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred)

_____ 1.*  Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2. *  Know when the Vietnam War was fought and what other countries were involved.  Find them on a map.


Dolphin (Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred)

_____ 1.*  Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2. * Create a map of Vietnam.  Make sure to label the capitals of both North and South Vietnam, the DMZ, major US military bases and areas of major conflicts.


Butterfly (Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred)

_____ 1.*    Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2. *  Which presidents were in office during the US involvement in Vietnam?  What were their policies concerning the war?


Eagle (Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred)

_____ 1.*  Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2. *  Who was Ho Chi Minh?  Who were the Viet Cong?


Owl (Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred)

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:


_____ 3.  With your parent's permission, watch a documentary on the Vietnam War.


_____ 4.  With your parent's permission, listen to a selection of popular music of the period.


_____ 5.  Read an age appropriate book about the Vietnam War.


_____ 6.  Find out what Vietnamese people eat and make a Vietnamese meal.


_____ 7.  Draw flags of the countries involved.


_____ 8.  Learn about the Tet Offensive.  What is the Tet holiday?


_____ 9.  What are other names for the Vietnam War?


_____ 10.  Find out what was happening here in the United States during the time of the Vietnam War.  How did this affect the way returning soldiers were treated?


_____ 11.  What is meant by the Cold War?  What did this have to do with our sending soldiers to fight in Vietnam?


_____ 12.  What was the Gulf of Tonkin incident?  How did this change our involvement?


_____ 13.  What is the Congressional Medal of Honor?  When was it instituted?  How many men earned the medal during the Vietnam War?  Read a short biography of one of them.


_____ 14.  Many times in learning about a war, we ourselves choose sides and decide who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys”.  If you are feeling this way, put yourself in someone else's shoes.  Research the “other” side and write a short essay about their reasons for the war.  Learn about what life was like during and after the war from their point of view.


_____ 15.  Visit a Vietnam War Memorial.


_____ 16.  Learn about the Fall of Saigon and the Vietnamese refugees.


_____ 17.  Create a timeline of the major events of the Vietnam War.  (Dolphins – 10 items, Butterflies – 20, Eagles and Owls – 25)


_____ 18.  Learn about the draft and when in US history it has been used.  Is it in effect today?  What is Selective Service?  Who needs to sign up?


_____ 19.  Interview relatives, friends, or neighbors who are old enough to remember the War.  Gather the memories of at least 3 different people.  They can be veterans, women, men, people who remained on the home front, or even those who were just children.   Create a booklet out of what you collected.


_____ 20.  Participate in a community service project that benefits veterans of the Vietnam War.   You might serve dinner at a local VFW post, entertain at a veteran's hospital, or participate in a Veterans Day Parade.