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
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.
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
SCOUT MERIT BADGES
Skills required for advancement to First Class
Nature, Soil and Water Conservation, Pulp and Paper, Woodwork, Botany,
Environmental, Science, Forestry
Official Boy Scout Handbook
Boy Scout Field Book
Boy's Life Magazine
Webelos Den Activities
Zim, and Martin, Golden Nature Guide
U.S. Forest Service
Environmental Protection Agency
Watt, MT and Watt T., Pacific Coast
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.
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,
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.
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?
- Work in pairs.
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.
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.