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BOY SCOUT PROGRAMS
GOAL: To improve participants knowledge and hands-on experience in science through well planned outdoor science adventures in your school backyard, your local park, greater Portland metro and Mt. Hood area! 
 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

FORESTRY MERIT BADGE

Scouts will explore forest ecosystems and identify many species of trees and plants and the roles they play in a forest's life cycle. They will also discover some of the resources forests provide to humans and come to understand that people have a very large part to play in sustaining the health of forests. (1 hour and/or up to a full day of activities)

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Create a Field notebook, while learning and preserving tree, shrub, and vine specimens.

2) Collect and identify wood samples and uses

3) Hands-on tree coring and examples to take with

4) Explore what animals use the forest while discovering the damage they play in forest health.

5) Discovering forest products, recreation value, Soil, forest affects on clean water & Air, wildlife habitats, and threatened & endangered species.

6) Forest Management issues: Multi-use, sustainability, Silvicultural systems, wildfire management

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT MERIT BADGE

Will discover the science of managing wildlife and habitat needed for success in ecosystem management.  Maintaining proper balance of good stewardship and land use.  Hands-on discovery! (1 hour and/or up to a full day of activities)

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Discover first-hand what it means to be in fish and wildlife conservation/management.  Indebt discovery of the pacific northwest wildlife issues.

2) Construct, erect and check bird nest, bird feeders and/or bird blind.  Identify many of the wildlife that will be using project.

3) Use field notebook to observe, record at least 25 species of wildlife, while discovering  locally classified endangered, threatened, exotic, game species, and/or migratory game birds.

4) Discover what insects live in the forest and/or a wetland, by catching and identifying!  Gaining an understanding of the overall health of the habitat.

5) Will learn about three different kinds of careers in fish and wildlife management.

 

 

 
   

 

 

BIRD STUDY MERIT BADGE

Will discover fascinating facts and learn identification methods to venture out and practice wildlife management techniques and gaining an understanding of what birds use various habitats observed.  Learn to call birds and use ID charts developed by GEE-Photo that will allow your group success in bird identification!

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Learning the need for bird studies, why birds are useful indicators of habitat health.  Learn bird biology and label different parts of a bird.  Demonstrating proper care and use of binoculars is important tool in a bird study.

2) Will gain an understanding of bird field books, winter/breeding/year-round ranges. Observe and will be able to ID at least 20 species of birds, while noting location, habitat, weather, feeding habits.  Compare your bird count with other local bird counts.  Build a bird feeder and/or bird house.

 
   

 

 

 INSECT STUDY MERIT BADGE

Discover one the most diverse group of animals on the planet and include more than a million species and represent more than half of all known living organisms.  One of the most important animals humans rely on!  We will search different habitats, discovering characteristics determine species population, community niche, and overall survival.  A true hands-on experience.

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Discover what characteristics determine an insect and distinguish principal families and orders of insects.  Comparing life histories of insects and viewing metamorphosis first hand.  Observing and journaling an ant colony.

2) Dive into habitats, observing, collecting and identifying species.  Will record data in field booklets.

3) Learning insect impacts on humans and some general methods of insect control.

4) Will learn about three different kinds of careers of an Entomologist.

 

 

 
   

 NATURE / MAMMAL / REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN MERIT BADGES

Discover the relationship between soil, plants, and animal life.   Looking at the effects of the

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Discover ways in which plants and animals need each other.  Looking at threatened, endangered and invasive species.  Learning first-hand how interconnected individual populations are with plant communities in the midst of changing climates.  Having fun building food chains, discovering affects of natural and unnatural stresses have on population dynamics.

2)  Learning species identification and complete one hands-on activity (5 of 8): birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, insects and/or fish.

3) Visiting different plant communities discovering evidence of animals and contrast.

4) Discover the natural history of an native animal of choice.

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MERIT BADGE

Combining physical and biological sciences to look at human relationship with our natural resources, earth processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution, climate change and conservation of natural resource.  Goal is to make observations, carry out experiments to investigate the natural world.

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Make a environmental science timeline.  Defining and providing hands-on examples of: population, community, ecosystem, biosphere, symbiosis, niche, habitat, conservation, endangered species, pollution, ozone, watershed, hybrid vehicles, fuel cells.

2) Conduct an experiment from one of the following categories: Ecology, Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Land Pollution, Endangered Species, and/or Resource Recovery/Conservation.

3) Complete a plot study, observing and recording results.

4) Complete an environmental impact statement.

5) Will learn about three different kinds of careers in Environmental Sciences.

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

GEOLOGY MERIT BADGE

Discovering the processes that form our landscape, from weather and climate, to materials, and geological history to discover our ever changing Earth.  All to better foresee how events and processes of the past might influence the future.

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Activities will help define Geology and how geologists learn about rock formations.  Looking at natural resource extraction and discussing how each product was discovered and processed.

2) Review a geologic map, discussing and looking for examples of horizontal, folded or faulted formations.

3) Will gain an understanding of career opportunities and tools of the trade.

4) Hands-on exploration into the 3 classes of rocks: origins, chemical composition and ID properties.  ID many different  rocks and minerals.  Learn what natural resources are used in building materials.

5) Discovering how fossils form in a hands-on activity!

6) Demonstration Table: Will investigate surface and sedimentary processes, water suspension, plot a stream gradients, and demonstrating knowledge from lake deltas to how waterfalls are formed. 

 

 

 
   

 

SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION MERIT BADGE

Discovering beneficial reduction in water loss, use or waste as well as the preservation of water quality.  Improved water management practices

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Hands-on soil experience learning characteristics, types, formation, cycles, and the importance of nutrients. 

2) Learn about soil erosion while using the Erosion Exhibit.

3) Investigate what is meant by conservation practices, by discovering different erosion-control practices.  Also,  discovering  sources and solutions of water pollution.

4) Discover the importance of knowing your watershed through activities.

 

 

   

 

 

 

HIKING MERIT BADGE

Hiking refers to walking outdoors on a trail for recreational purposes.  Also called rambling, bushwhacking, trekking, and tramping in other parts of the world.  Will cover many aspects of hiking including, equipment, environmental impact, etiquette, and hazards while hitting the trail!

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Demonstrating effective first aid for common injuries and how to avoid them all together.

2) Demonstrating good hiking practices including Leave No Trace.  Discussing, demonstrating hiking as a good source of aerobic activity.

3) Developing and completing a successful written plan to hike.

4) Written account of routes, challenges, weather, wildlife evidence, and anything interesting.

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 BACKPACKING MERIT BADGE

Will discover how to protect the environment while trekking and camping without leaving a trace!  Learning how and what equipment to carry according to what outdoor adventure is planned.  Overall goal is to gain basic backpacking skills. 

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Discussing the prevention of and treatment for health concerns while backpacking: hypothermia, frostbite, dehydration, bites/stings, and blisters.  Making an equipment list and ways to limit weight. 

2) Discussing trek crew impact and ways to minimize risk.  Leave No Trace principles are discussed and practiced.  Including methods of handling waste and cleanliness.  Discovering factors important in choosing a campsite.

3) Practicing the skills of reading a topographic map and using a compass.  Also, discussing how to stay found and what to do if you get lost.

4) Operating cooking stoves, learning to build a 1 match fire, and preparing meals are all important skills learned during this trip.

5) While keeping a daily journal of all activities!

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY MERIT BADGE

Use photography to creatively tell an outdoor adventure!  Learn to use lighting, composition, depth, color, and content to make more than just a snapshot. 

ALL REQUIREMENTS MEET through a field notebook provided during program:

1) Will be able to explain the following elements and terms affect the quality of a photograph: light-natural light/ambient, flash, exposure-aperture (f-stops), shutter speed, depth of field, composition- rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, angle of view, and stop action.

2) Learn how a camera works and the basic parts.  Discovering the differences between film and digital. 

3) Will create a photojournalistic story of our hike and/or create a themed number of photographs to display in an exhibit.

4) Will learn about three different kinds of careers in Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

Program Fee

Includes: Developing a specific plan for your group at your choice location,

Scouting out the program location days ahead for safety

and completion of program development, our goals,

site set-up/breakdown, and my transportation.

Developing each participant a nature field booklet (emailed) used for

pre-visit activities, journaling, data collecting and post-visit activities!

Charge Per Participants

     # Part.                                  2 hours               4 hours               All Day          

     10                                         $10.00                $20.00                $25.00

     20                                         $5.00                  $10.00                $12.50

     30                                         $3.33                  $6.66                  $8.33

     40                                         $2.51                  $5.00                  $6.25

     60                                         $1.66                  $3.33                  $4.16

     100                                       $1.00                  $2.00                  $2.50

     120                                       $.83                    $1.66                  $2.08

      # Part. = Number of Participants 

 

 

First, contact us to develop your specific hands-on program and schedule