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Eagle Scout Competition Announced

Who: Life Scouts and Eagle Scouts between the ages of 14-19
What: Answer two short essay questions on the ideas of the Constitution
Deadline: February 10, 2014

The Bill of Rights Institute is excited to announce their second Eagle Scout competition, with the chance for Scouts to win up to $1,000 plus $500 for their BSA unit. The competition is structured around two short essays (500 word maximum) related to the Constitution and the founding principles:

1. James Madison, often referred to as the father of the Constitution, said in Federalist 51 that: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.” Read the US Constitution and find two examples of “controls on government.” Explain why these specific controls are important and their relevance today.

2. Consider the following quote: “The First Amendment is dramatically inconvenient. It requires us to tolerate the very bad in order to protect the unpopular but good.” Do you agree or disagree? Defend your argument using examples.

The Bill of Rights Institute is an educational non-profit with the mission to educate young people on the ideas of the Constitution and the rights it protects. The Institute develops curricula and provides professional development opportunities for educators. It also provides high school students with opportunities to develop their understanding of the founding documents through essay contests, Constitution clubs, online games and resources, and summer programs.

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