Surveying 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 Surveying 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 Surveying 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 Surveying MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Surveying Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Surveying Merit Badge Workbook
 
Surveying Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Surveying MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Surveying 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. Surveying 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. Show that you know first aid for the types of injuries that could occur while surveying, including cuts, scratches, snakebite, insect stings, tick bites, heat and cold reactions, and dehydration. Explain to your counselor why a surveyor should be able to identify the poisonous plants and poisonous animals that are found in your area.

Scouts should review this requirement and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and name as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge. Scouts will also need to be able to provide explanation as to why a surveyor must be knowledgeable with local plant and animal life.

 

2. Find and mark the corners of a five-sided lot that has been laid out by your counselor to fit the land available. Set an instrument over each of the corners and record the angle turned between each line and the distance measured between each corner. With the assistance of the counselor, compute the error of closure from the recorded notes. The error of closure must not be more than 5 feet. From the corners, take compass readings or turn angles to trees, shrubs, and rocks and measure to them. All measurements should be made using instruments, methods, and accuracies consistent with current technology.

This requirement will be completed during the class.

 

3. From the field notes gathered for requirement 2, draw to scale a map of your survey. Submit a neatly drawn copy.

This requirement will be worked on during the class after completing requirement 2.

 

4. Write a metes and bounds description for the five-sided lot in requirement 2.

The counselor will help facilitate completion of this requirement during the class after completing requirements 2 and 3.

 

5. Use one of the corner markers from requirement 2 as a benchmark with an assumed elevation of 100 feet. Using a level and rod, determine the elevation of the other four corner markers.

This requirement will be completed during the class with the guidance of the merit badge counselor.

 

6. Get a copy of the deed to your property, or a piece of property assigned by your counselor, from the local courthouse or title agency.

This requirement cannot be completed in the class unless Scouts do some preparation work ahead of the class.  Scouts will likely need the assistance of their parents to secure a copy of their abstract, torrens, or other certificate for their home property.  The process of obtaining this is just as important as obtaining the document. Only Scouts who come prepared to share their work and have a copy of their property document with them will have an opportunity of completing this requirement during the class.  The counselor will facilitate discussion on this requirement, but the discussion alone is not enough to be signed off on this requirement if the Scout does not have the supporting documentation and pre-class work done.

 

7. Tell what GPS is; discuss with your counselor the importance of GPS and how it is changing the field of surveying.

While this requirement will be covered in the class, Scouts should come to the class having reviewed the Surveying Merit Badge pamphlet and be prepared to share their understanding what GPS is and its importance. It is strongly recommended that Scouts consider using a notebook or workbook to make notes they can reference during the class discussion to have the highest potential for successfully completing this requirement.

 

8. Discuss the importance of surveying with a licensed surveyor. Also discuss the various types of surveying and mapping, and applications of surveying technology to other fields. Discuss career opportunities in surveying and related fields. Discuss the qualifications and preparation for such a career.

This requirement will be covered in the class however Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet to ensure completion of this requirement during the class.  Unprepared Scouts may find it difficult to complete this requirement in the class without reviewing the merit badge pamphlet ahead of time.  Scouts may find it useful to utilize a Merit Badge Workbook to make notes for use during the class.

 
this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019
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