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SUSTAINABILITY 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 Sustainability Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Sustainability 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.

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY 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. Sustainability Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

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

5. 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

 

1. Before starting on any other requirements for this merit badge, write in your own words the meaning of sustainability. Explain how you think conservation and stewardship of our natural resources relate to sustainability. Have a family meeting, and ask family members to write down what they think sustainability means.  Be sure to take notes. You will need this information again for requirement 5

Scouts will need to come to the class with their writing ready to go. Any Scouts showing up to the class not having this done will be required to complete this prior to further participation in the class, which may result in forfeiting the ability to work on other requirements before rejoining the rest of the class.  The requirement is clear that this writing must be done prior to doing any other requirements. Scouts having read the requirements ahead of time should have been able to conclude this and it will be evident to the counselor the level of preparedness and understanding a Scout has that shows up not having this done.

Remember, this is an Eagle-required merit badges, and with all merit badges it is about a Scout doing the work and being prepared. You have no to blame for being unprepared, after all it's the Scout Motto; Be Prepared..

 

2. Do the following:

WATER    Do A and either B or C

a. Develop and implement a plan that attempts to reduce your family's water usage. As a family, discuss water usage.  To aid in your discussion, if past water bills are available, you may choose to examine a few.  As a family, choose three ways to help reduce water consumption.  Implement those ideas for one month.  Share what you learn with your counselor, and tell how you think your plan affected your family's water usage

Scouts will need to have worked on this part of Requirement 2 prior to the class.  There is no way to complete 2-Water-a during the class if a Scouts shows up not having done the family work.  All Scouts will have an opportunity to share their work and thoughts during the class for consideration for sign off..

b. Using a diagram you have created, explain to your counselor how your household gets its clean water from a natural source and what happens with the water after you use it. Include water that goes down the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry drains, and any runoff from watering the yard or washing the car. Tell two ways to preserve your family's access to clean water in the future

c. Discuss with your counselor two areas in the world that have been affected by drought over the last three years. For each area, identify a water conservation practice (successful or unsuccessful) that has been used. Tell whether the practice was effective and why. Discuss what water conservation practice you would have tried and why

Scouts should choose one of the two components (2-Water-b or 2-Water-c) of this requirement and be prepared to discuss and explain their work. As with all requirements, especially for an Eagle-required merit badge, preparation is a must.

FOOD    Do A and either B or C

a. Develop and implement a plan that attempts to reduce your household food waste. Establish a baseline and then track and record your results for two weeks. Report your results to your family and counselor

Scouts will need to have developed and implemented a food waste reduction plan prior to the class and have tracked and recorded the results for two weeks. It is recommended that a note from a parent or guardian clearly stating that this requirement has been executed and completed will help serve as information the Counselor may use when reviewing a Scout's report.  Time will be allocated during the class for all prepared Scouts to share their report.

b. Discuss with your counselor the ways individuals, families, and communities can create their own food sources (potted plants, family garden, rooftop garden, neighborhood or community garden). Tell how this plan might contribute to a more sustainable way of life if practiced globally

c. Discuss with your counselor factors that limit the availability of food and food production in different regions of the world. Tell three ways these factors influence the sustainability of worldwide food supplies

The counselor will help facilitate a discussion on one of the two option for this requirement.  Scouts should think ahead of time about the concepts being asked for in these components and be prepared to participate in class discussion for consideration of completion on this part of the requirement.

COMMUNITY    Do A and either B or C

a. Draw a rough sketch depicting how you would design a sustainable community. Share your sketch with your counselor, and explain how the housing, work locations, shops, schools, and transportation systems affect energy, pollution, natural resources, and the economy of the community

While it would be ideal for a Scout to come to the class with their sketches already to go, some time will be allotted during the class to work on this requirement.  Scouts having already started may find the amount of time to be sufficient to make modifications or additions to their sketches based on discussion in the class. While some time will be available in the class for this part of the requirement, it is unlikely Scout who has not started this requirement ahead of time will have enough time to complete it satisfactorily. Plan ahead and be prepared..

b. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval, interview a local architect, engineer, contractor, or building materials supplier. Find out the factors that are considered when using sustainable materials in renovating or building a home. Share what you learn with your counselor

c. Review a current housing needs assessment for your town, city, county, or state. Discuss with your counselor how birth and death rates affect sufficient housing, and how a lack of housing—or too much housing—can influence the sustainability of a local or global area

Every effort will be made to facilitate this requirement during the class, however to ensure an opportunity for consideration of completion on this requirement, Scouts are encouraged to work on one of the components (2-Community-b or 2-Community-c) prior to the class and to bring their work to the class.  Any Scouts bringing work for this part of the requirement will have an opportunity to review their work with the counselor.

ENERGY    Do A and either B or C

a. Learn about the sustainability of different energy sources, including fossil fuels, solar, wind, nuclear, hydropower, and geothermal. Find out how the production and consumption of each of these energy sources affects the environment and what the term "carbon footprint" means. Discuss what you learn with your counselor, and explain how you think your family can reduce its carbon footprint

While this requirement will be covered in class only Scouts who have prepared by reviewing the Sustainability Merit Badge pamphlet or other sources will be able to complete this part of the requirement.  Active participation in the group discussion is a must in order to be considered for sign off on this part of the requirement.

b. Develop and implement a plan that attempts to reduce consumption for one of your family's household utilities. Examine your family's bills for that utility reflecting usage for three months (past or current). As a family, choose three ways to help reduce consumption and be a better steward of this resource. Implement those ideas for one month. Share what you learn with your counselor, and tell how your plan affected your family's usage

c. Evaluate your family's fuel and transportation usage. Review your family's transportation-related bills (gasoline, diesel, electric, public transportation, etc.) reflecting usage for three months (past or current). As a family, choose three ways to help reduce consumption and be a better steward of this resource. Implement those ideas for one month. Share what you learn with your counselor, and tell how your plan affected your family's transportation habits

Scouts will need to choose one of the two components for this part of the requirement (2-Energy-b or 2-Energy-c) and come to the class prepared with their plan and/or evaluation to share.  This requirement can NOT be done by Scouts who have done the homework. Class time will be given to allow Scouts to share their findings and results.

STUFF    Do A and either B or C

a. Keep a log of the "stuff" your family purchases (excluding food items) for two weeks. In your log, categorize each purchase as an essential need (such as soap) or a desirable want (such as a DVD). Share what you learn with your counselor

This is another part of a requirement that must be done prior to the class.  Scouts should bring with them their log to share with the counselor as they will discuss what they have leanred while completing this requirement.  Again, Scouts attending the class that have not done the work prior to the class will not have a class oprtunity to be signed off on this part of the requirement.

b. Plan a project that involves the participation of your family to identify the "stuff" your family no longer needs. Complete your project by donating, repurposing, or recycling these items

c. Discuss with your counselor how having too much "stuff" affects you, your family, and your community. Include the following: the financial impact, time spent, maintenance, health, storage, and waste. Include in your discussion the practices that can be used to avoid accumulating too much "stuff."

The counselor will facilitate a discussion with class participants for requirement 2-Stuff-c. Scouts should think about this requirement and come to the class with ideas to share in this discussion.

 

3. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor how the planetary life-support systems (soil, climate, freshwater, atmospheric, nutrient, oceanic, ecosystems, and species) support life on Earth and interact with one another

b. Tell how the harvesting or production of raw materials (by extraction or recycling), along with distribution of the resulting products, consumption, and disposal/repurposing, influences current and future sustainability thinking and planning

This is no easy requirement, but alas, all the information you need is found right in the merit badge pamphlet.  Scouts should consider using a note book or Merit Badge Workbook to record their findings and notes to reference when explaining or telling of their findings with the counselor during the class.  Scouts need to make sure they are prepared for this requirement as only Scouts that can show they understand what is asked for in this requirement will have an opportunity to be signed off.  Scouts who have been unprepared in other requirement will likely be challenged to try and fake their way through this one, so its best to be prepared and have done some preparation for this requirement.

 

4. Explore TWO of the following categories. Have a discussion with your family about the two you select. In your discussion, include your observations, and best and worst practices. Share what you learn with your counselor

a. Plastic waste. Discuss the impact plastic waste has on the environment (land, water, air). Learn about the number system for plastic recyclables, and determine which plastics are more commonly recycled. Find out what the trash vortex is and how it was formed

b. Electronic waste. Choose three electronic devices in your household. Find out the average lifespan of each, what happens to these devices once they pass their useful life, and whether they can be recycled in whole or part. Discuss the impact of electronic waste on the environment

c. Food waste. Learn about the value of composting and how to start a compost pile. Start a compost pile appropriate for your living situation. Tell what can be done with the compost when it is ready for use

d. Species decline. Explain the term species (plant or animal) decline. Discuss the human activities that contribute to species decline, what can be done to help reverse the decline, and its impact on a sustainable environment

e. World population. Learn how the world's population affects the sustainability of Earth. Discuss three human activities that may contribute to putting Earth at risk, now and in the future

f. Climate change. Find a world map that shows the pattern of temperature change for a period of at least 100 years. Share this map with your counselor, and discuss three factors that scientists believe affect the global weather and temperature

Yet another requirement that can only be completed during the class if the Scout has done work at home ahead of time.  The requirement clearly states to have a discussion with your family on two of the components within this requirement.  TO help ensure the highest probability of completing this requirement during the class, Scouts should consider bring some sort of documented proof that they have done this with their family (i.e. a note signed by a parent or guardian with specific acknowledgment to when and what options were discussed)  Scouts not having done this work ahead of time will not have an opportunity to be considered for completion of this requirement.  The counselor will facilitate a group discussion during the class so that Scouts can share their similarities and differences in completing this requirement.

 

5. Do the following:

a. After completing requirements 1 through 4, have a family meeting. Discuss what your family has learned about what it means to be a sustainable citizen. Talk about the behavioral changes and life choices your family can make to live more sustainably. Share what you learn with your counselor

This one is self explanatory.  Bring proof.

b. Discuss with your counselor how living by the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your daily life helps promote sustainability and good stewardship

This part of the requirement will be completed during the class, hoever Scouts should think ahead of what they might want to include in their discussion..

 

6. Learn about career opportunities in the sustainability field. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor and explain why this career might interest you

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.

 

For more information about sustainability and its connection to people, prosperity, and the planet, got to www.scouting.org/sustainability.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - February 2016