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Webelos
Forester Activity Badge

FORESTER REQUIREMENTS

Forester deals with the care and growing of trees.  A Webelos working on the Forester activity badge will learn how to recognize different species of trees by their shape, foliage, bark and types of wood.  He will learn how they live and grow.  

America is a land of trees.  Thousands of products come from trees, from rayon clothing to books.  One very important value of trees is aesthetic.  Think what beauty would be missing without trees.  

OBJECTIVES

To make boys more observant and appreciative of trees. To instill the idea of conservation in Webelos. To teach boys the value and uses of trees. To make Webelos aware of devastation due to wildfire.

RELATED SCOUT MERIT BADGES
Skills required for advancement to First Class

Nature, Soil and Water Conservation, Pulp and Paper, Woodwork, Botany, Environmental, Science, Forestry

RESOURCES

  • Official Boy Scout Handbook
  • Boy Scout Field Book
  • Boy's Life Magazine
  • Webelos Den Activities
  • Zim, and Martin, Golden Nature Guide on Trees
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Watt, MT and Watt T., Pacific Coast Tree Finder
  • Arborist Association.

CAREERS / SPEAKERS

Forest ranger, greenhouse operator, forester, tree surgeon, forest fire fighter, lumberjack, Fish and Game warden, park ranger, Department of Natural Resources employee, Bonsai club member, Environmental Protection Agency employee.


Tongue Twisters
Six thick saplings of quaking aspen swayed in the thick of the forest.

Five frightfully frightened frogs frantically fled the forest fire.

Ten timid titmice toiled in the tall, tall tree.


ACTIVITIES

SERVICE PROJECT

 Ask your local park if your den can plant trees if they provide them.  They park will designate where to plant them.
Adopt a Tree
For a long-term project, adopt a tree in the back yard where you meet.  Measure its girth, estimate its height if it cannot be measured, record its buds, what color it turns, when it loses its leaves, bird's nest, etc.  Keep the information in a diary.  Measure it every month.

DIRECTIONS

Can you walk a straight line?  Nine out of ten people will veer sharply to the right if not focusing on a landmark.  Now imagine what that means to a person who becomes lost in the woods.

  • Mark a line about 50 feet long with a flag at both ends.  
  • One at a time, blindfold the boys and have them start at the first flag, pointed in the direction of the second.  
  • After walking a given distance, tell them to stop and remove their blindfold.
  • Boys stand in place, moving slightly if a blindfolded boy is coming near.  How many veered to the right?  Who was closest to the line?

MEET A TREE

  • Work in pairs.  
  • Blindfold your partner and lead him through the forest to any tree.  
  • Ask the blindfolded Scout to feel the tree so that he can identify it later without his blindfold.
  • After five minutes, walk him back to the starting place and remove the blindfold.  
  • Now the Scout must find the tree he explored.

BSA OUTDOOR CODE
Close your meeting each week by reading the Outdoor Code.  

Give a short talk on the meaning of each sentence. 

As an American 
     I will do my best to be clean in my outdoor manners.
As an American 
     I will do my best to be considerate in the outdoors.
As an American 
     I will do my best to be conservation minded.