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

 

 

WEATHER 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. Weather 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. Define meteorology. Explain what weather is and what climate is. Discuss how the weather affects farmers, sailors, aviators, and the outdoor construction industry. Tell why weather forecasts are important to each of these groups

Scouts should review the Merit Badge Pamphlet and be prepared to share their findings during the class.

 

2. Name five dangerous weather-related conditions. Give the safety rules for each when outdoors and explain the difference between a severe weather watch and a warning. Discuss the safety rules with your family

Scouts will find most, if not all the information needed to complete this requirement by reviewing the merit badge pamphlet. Only Scouts that are prepared AND actively participate in the counselor-led discussion will be considered for sign off on this requirement at the class.

 

3. Explain the difference between high and low pressure systems in the atmosphere. Tell which is related to good and to poor weather. Draw cross sections of a cold front and a warm front, showing the location and movements of the cold and warm air, the frontal slope, the location and types of clouds associated with each type of front, and the location of precipitation

Scouts will find preparing for this requirement will be most easily completed by reviewing the merit badge pamphlet.  Scouts should mark their merit badge pamphlet or utilize a merit badge workbook to record their findings for easy reference when required to give explanation on this component during the class.

 

4. Tell what causes wind, why it rains, and how lightning and hail are formed

Scouts will have an opportunity during the class to share their findings for this requirement.  Scouts should attend class prepared with an understanding of what causes these elements and how they are formed..

 

5. Identify and describe clouds in the low, middle, and upper levels of the atmosphere. Relate these to specific types of weather

Scouts will find all the information they need to successfully complete this requirement by reviewing the merit badge pamphlet.  Be prepared for class..

 

6. Draw a diagram of the water cycle and label its major processes. Explain the water cycle to your counselor

Scouts should make sure they have their water cycle diagram done prior to the class.  While there may be some time during the class to work on this requirement, the majority of the allotted time for this requirement will be spent sharing the work done and discussing with the counselor.

 

7. Identify some human activities that can alter the environment and describe how they affect the climate and people

Through research and experience, Scouts should formulate their thoughts and ideas for fulfilling this requirement.  Some may find it helpful to make notes for use during the class in order to successfully complete this requirement.  Only Scouts who satisfactorily are able to identify and describe as the requirement states will be signed off on this requirement.

 

8. Describe how the tilt of Earth's axis helps determine the climate of a region near the equator, near the poles, and across the area in between

Scouts should prepare notes prior to attending, for use during the class, as they will be required to partake in a classroom discussion with other participants and the counselor to fulfill this requirement.

 

9. Do ONE of the following:

a. Make one of the following instruments: wind vane, anemometer, rain gauge, hygrometer. Keep a daily weather log for one week using information from this instrument as well as from other sources such as local radio and television stations, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, and Internet sources (with your parent's permission). Record the following information at the same time every day: wind direction and speed, temperature, precipitation, and types of clouds. Be sure to make a note of any morning dew or frost. In the log, also list the weather forecasts from radio or television at the same time each day and show how the weather really turned out

b. Visit a National Weather Service office or talk with a local radio or television weathercaster, private meteorologist, local agricultural extension service officer, or university meteorology instructor. Find out what type of weather is most dangerous or damaging to your community. Determine how severe weather and flood warnings reach the homes in your community

This requirement will NOT be covered in the class.  Scouts having prepared and done this requirement ahead of time will have an opportunity to review their work with the counselor and share with the rest of the class for consideration of completion.  Make sure you bring supporting items to show your efforts working on this requirement.

 

10. Do ONE of the following:

a. Give a talk of at least five minutes to a group (such as your unit or a Cub Scout pack) explaining the outdoor safety rules in the event of lightning, flash floods, and tornadoes. Before your talk, share your outline with your counselor for approval

b. Read several articles about acid rain and give a prepared talk of at least five minutes to a group (such as your unit or a Cub Scout pack) about the articles. Before your talk, share your outline with your counselor for approval

This requirement requires a bit of work and preparation.  Scouts will have an opportunity to be signed off on this requirement but they must satisfy the detailed requirements  It is recommended that Scouts bring their formulated presentation for sharing at the class.  While some time will be available for this requirement during the class it can not with certainty be said that Scouts not having done some preparation work ahead of time will be able to complete this requirement in the confines of the class. Be Prepared.

 

11. Find out about a weather-related career opportunity that interests you. Discuss with and explain to your counselor what training and education are required for such a position, and the responsibilities required of such a position

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.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015