Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge
CLASS PREPARATION PAGE
 
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 will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - 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 when 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 direction 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 Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Soil and Water Conservation 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 
 
 
Other Soil and Water Conservation MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge Workbook
 
Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Soil and Water Conservation MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Soil and Water Conservation Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

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

2. Soil and Water Conservation 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

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED STUDY PREPARATION NOTES
 

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT SOME REQUIREMENTS WILL 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. Do the following:

a. Tell what soil is. Tell how it is formed.

b. Describe three kinds of soil. Tell how they are different.

c. Name the three main plant nutrients in fertile soil. Tell how they can be put back when used up.

Scouts should be prepared and make notes to assist them with the tell, name and describe actions that will be facilitated through discussion by the merit badge counselor during the class. Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must tell, describe, and name several items for consideration of completion. Be Prepared.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Define soil erosion.

b. Tell why it is important. Tell how it affects you.

c. Name three kinds of soil erosion. Describe each.

d. Take pictures or draw two kinds of soil erosion.

Scouts will find the use of the Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge pamphlet to be extremely helpful in preparing for review of this requirement and its components during the class.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts consider making notes to bring for reference during the class.  Only Scout who clearly show they have done preparation work AND actively and accurately communicate this information to the merit badge counselor's satisfaction will be considered for sign off during the class.

 

3. Do the following:

a. Tell what is meant by "conservation practices".

b. Describe the effect of three kinds of erosion-control practices.

Scouts will need to have a knowledge, easily obtained from reading the Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge pamphlet, prior to the class so that they are prepared for class discussion on requirement components 3a and 3b. Understanding these requirement components is vital to having the proper knowledge in order to prepare for and do requirement component 3c.

c. Take pictures or draw three kinds of erosion-control practices.

Scouts will need to work on this requirement component prior to the class. While there may be an opportunity at the class to complete this requirement component, it cannot be guaranteed that three erosion practice sites will be accessible nearby the class location for reference.  Scouts should be prepared with at least one or two, if not all three, required for this requirement component.  Remember to bring your pictures or drawings to class to chare with the merit badge counselor for consideration of sign off.

 

4. Do the following:

a. Explain what a watershed is.

Scouts may use the Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge pamphlet, or other sources to be prepared with their explanation on this requirement component during the class.  Come prepared and ready to share your understanding of what a watershed is.

b. Outline the smallest watershed that you can find on a contour map.

c. Then outline on your map, as far as possible, the next larger watershed which also has the smallest in it.

This requirement will be presented during the class however Scouts should consider practicing this ahead of time prior to the class.  Preparation will help insure that Scouts understand and visualize what a watershed is.

d. Explain what a river basin is. Tell why all people living in a river basin should be concerned about land and water use in it.

e. Explain what an aquifer is and why it can be important to communities.

Like many of the previous requirement components, Scouts will find the use of a notebook or workbook coupled with the Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge pamphlet to be the best tools to utilize prior to the class to be prepared for their explanation and discussion during the class on these two requirement components.

 

5. Do the following:

a. Make a drawing to show the hydrologic cycle.

While time will be provided during the class to work on this requirement, it is highly recommended that Scouts consider preparing their drawing ahead of time.

b. Show by demonstration at least two of the following actions of water in relation to soil: percolation, capillary action, precipitation, evaporation, transpiration.

This requirement will be covered in the class however Scouts will need to review the merit badge pamphlet to understand the concepts required for completion of this requirement component at the class. Scouts may find utilizing a notebook or workbook to make notes of their research and findings to be helpful during the class for completing this requirement component.  Only Scouts who come prepared with a working knowledge of these concepts AND actively participate in the class discussion and activity during the class will be considered for sign off on this requirement component during the class.

c. Explain how removal of vegetation will affect the way water runs off a watershed.

d. Tell how uses of forest, range, and farmland affect usable water supply.

e. Explain how industrial use affects water supply.

For requirement components 5c, 5d, and 5e, Scouts will need to review the merit badge pamphlet and be prepared for explanation during the class on each requirement component.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts prepare notes to reference during the class so that they have the highest level of potential for completion of these requirement components during the counselor-led discussion.

 

6. Do the following:

a. Tell what is meant by water pollution.

b. Describe common sources of water pollution and explain the effects of each.

c. Tell what is meant by "primary water treatment," "secondary waste treatment," and "biochemical oxygen demand."

Scouts will find the use of the Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge pamphlet to be extremely helpful in preparing for review of these requirement components during the class.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts consider making notes to bring for reference during the class.  Only Scout who clearly show they have done preparation work AND actively and accurately communicate this information to the merit badge counselor's satisfaction will be considered for sign off during the class.

d. Make a drawing showing the principles of complete waste treatment.

While time will be provided during the class to work on this requirement, it is highly recommended that Scouts consider preparing their drawing ahead of time.

 

7. Do TWO of the following:

a. Make a trip to two of the following places. Write a report of more than 500 words about the soil and water and energy conservation practices you saw.

1. An agricultural experiment.

2. A managed forest or a woodlot, range, or pasture.

3. A wildlife refuge or a fish or game management area.

4. A conservation-managed farm or ranch.

5. A managed watershed.

6. A waste-treatment plant.

7. A public drinking water treatment plant.

8. An industry water-use installation.

9. A desalinization plant.

b. Plant 100 trees, bushes and/or vines for a good purpose.

c. Seed an area of at least 1/5 acre for some worthwhile conservation purpose, using suitable grasses or legumes alone or in a mixture.

d. Study a soil survey report. Describe the things in it. On tracing paper over any of the soil maps, outline and area with three or more different kinds of soil. List each kind of soil by full name and map symbol.

e. Make a list of places in your neighborhood, camps, school ground, or park that have erosion, sedimentation, or pollution problems. Describe how these could be corrected through individual or group action.

f. Carry out any other soil and water conservation project approved by your merit badge counselor.

While none of the requirement components are planned to be taught during the class, there will be time allotted during the class to offer the opportunity for Scouts to present their pre-class preparation work.  Only A Scouts who come to the class with their work already completed will have an opportunity for consideration of sign off on this requirement and its components. Scouts not having completed any or all of the two requirement components upon attending the class will get direction and guidance from the merit badge counselor on ideas to pursue and complete after the class for completing this requirement.

 
this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019
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