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Soil and Water Conservation - In-Person Class Notes

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

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 (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure 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. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Soil and Water Conservation merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Soil and Water Conservation - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com 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 online 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 American Business 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. 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 for taking notes to help you prepare.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge
2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

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.

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.

3.

Do the following:

(a)

Tell what is meant by conservation practices.

(b)

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

(c)

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

4.

Do the following:

(a)

Explain 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.

(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.

5.

Do the following:

(a)

Make a drawing to show the hydrologic cycle.

(b)

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

(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.

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."

(d)

Make a drawing showing the principles of complete waste treatment.

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 one-fifth acre for some worthwhile conservation purposes, 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 an 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.