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NATURE MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Nature Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Nature Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

NATURE MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Nature Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Weather appropriate clothing for the time of year and location of the class for outdoor participation

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT SOME REQUIREMENTS MAY TAKE PLACE OUTDOORS AND SCOUTS SHOULD ATTEND WITH OUTDOOR GEAR APPROPRIATE FOR THE TIME OF YEAR AND FORECASTED WEATHER CONDITIONS. PLEASE ALSO NOTE ANY SPECIAL ITEMS NEEDED FOR USE SPECIFIC TO THIS MERIT BADGE THAT SCOUTS SHOULD HAVE FOR THE CLASS.

 

1. Name three ways in which plants are important to animals. Name a plant that is protected in your state or region, and explain why it is at risk.

Scouts should research and be prepared to share their understanding of this requirement in class discussion. All information necessary for completion of this requirement can be found in the merit badge pamphlet.  Some Scouts may find it easier to write down their findings in their Merit Badge Workbook for quicker and easier reference for use during the class.

 

2. Name three ways in which animals are important to plants. Name an animal that is protected in your state or region, and explain why it is at risk.

Scouts will find most, if not all the information needed to complete this requirement in the merit badge pamphlet. Scouts are encouraged to use a Merit Badge Workbook to track their findings and to share these with your merit badge counselor during the appropriate time during the class to insure the counselor that Scouts have prepared and completed this requirement to their satisfaction.

 

3. Explain the term "food chain." Give an example of a four-step land food chain and a four-step water food chain.

It is strongly recommended that Scouts come to the class with notes ready to assist in completing this requirement.  Scouts will want to be able to share their explanation clearly and concisely and notes will not only aid in this but help show the Counselor that some thought and effort has gone into preparing for this requirement.

 

4. Do all the requirements in FIVE of the following fields:

a.  BIRDS

1. In the field, identify eight species of birds

2. Make and set out a birdhouse OR a feeding station OR a birdbath. List what birds used it during a period of one month

b.  MAMMALS

1. In the field, identify three species of wild animals

2. Make plaster casts of the tracks of a wild mammal

c.  REPTILES and AMPHIBIANS

1. Show that you can recognize the venomous snakes in your area

2. In the field, identify three species of reptiles or amphibians

3. Recognize one species of toad or frog by voice; OR identify one reptile or amphibian by eggs, den, burrow, or other signs

d.  INSECTS and SPIDERS

1. Collect, mount, and label 10 species of insects or spiders

2. Hatch an insect from the pupa or cocoon; OR hatch adults from nymphs; OR keep larvae until they form pupae or cocoons; OR keep a colony of ants or bees through one season

e.  FISH

1. Catch and identify two species of fish

2. Collect four kinds of animal food eaten by fish in the wild

f.  MOLLUSKS and CRUSTACEANS

1. Identify five species of mollusks and crustaceans

2. Collect, mount, and label six shells

g.  PLANTS

1. In the field, identify 15 species of wild plants

2. Collect and label the seeds of six plants OR the leaves of 12 plants

h.  SOILS and ROCKS

1. Collect and identify soils found in different layers of a soil profile

2. Collect and identify five different types of rocks from your area

Scouts will spend a majority of the class time working on this requirement.  Any preparation work Scouts may choose to do will be welcomed by the counselor and class for sharing.

 

In most cases all specimens should be returned to the wild at the location of original capture after the requirements have been met. Check with your merit badge counselor for those instances where the return of these specimens would not be appropriate.

Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, some plants and animals are or may be protected by federal law. The same ones and/or others may be protected by state law. Be sure that you do not collect protected species.

Your state may require that you purchase and carry a license to collect certain species. Check with the wildlife and fish and game official in your state regarding species regulations before you begin to collect.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015