Archeaology Merit Badge
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    Archeaology Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop
    Many scouts enjoy exploring very ancient sites. Archeaology Merit Badge helps to make the most of it!

    Sample Activity Plan

    Opportunity for Great Family Fun and to Participate in an Extraordinary Service Project:

    A) Make Your Plan
    The Trail to Adventure Fun!

      1. Merit Badge Activity Preview

      2. Sample Plan Outline
      Note: This Plan is a Draft - Some dates, events and activities may change after reviewing it with your leaders.

      • Make draft of Event Flyer (See Example Here).
      • Each Participant to be notified that he needs:
      • Event Dates / Places / Dress Code / Supplies / Etc.
      • Pre-requisites (ie worksheet, blue card, research materials)
      • Homework Requirements
      • Service Project Opportunities? (See Extra Credit)
      • Outdoor & Camping Opportunities? (See Extra Credit)
      • Other Related Scouting Activities? (See Extra Credit)

      3. Meet the Merit Badge Counselor
      Review your plan with the merit badge counselor. Some activities require his advance approval. The Scoutmaster should be able to recommend a counselor to you.

      4. Patrol Leader Council
      Present Activity Proposal to your fellow patrol leaders and scoutmaster. Make assignments as needed.

      5. Field Trip Plan

      • Contact the destination venue. Confirm that they can assist with the Field Trip Requirements. Reserve your Event Dates.
      • Troop Historian should be ready to take pictures on this activity to report back on the next troop blog, newsletter or court of honor.

      6. Announce & Start Activity

      • Get final approval from your scoutmaster.
      • Update event flyer (#2) above.
      • Distribute event flyer / Begin Introduction

    Archeaology Merit Badge B) Introduction
    Present the plan to your patrol or troop (Either at your first activity meeting or sometime earlier.)

    Here are some ideas to show why this activity will be both fun and important.

    Why Do Archeaology Merit Badge
    What makes this a really cool subject?

    Archaeologists are detectives who study how people lived in the past. They figure out what happened, when, how, and why. Using the clues that people left behind, they try to understand how and why human culture has changed through time.

    The Adventure of Archeaology
    Show on Laptop or portable TV & crank up the sound!

    C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Work to be done prior to program start:

      Print Merit Badge Workbook
      One copy for each scout. And don't forget to have ready your Merit Badge Blue Card - (home printer version.)

      Req #4 & #5: Research Sites
      Do two of the following: For EACH site you research for options a, b, or c, point it out on a map and explain how it was discovered. Describe some of the information about the past that has been found at each site. Explain how the information gained from the study of these sites answers questions that archaeologists are asking and how the information may be important to modern people. Compare the relative ages of the sites you research.
      List of Archaeological Sites by Country - Wikipedia
      World Map Worksheet

        a. Learn about three archaeological sites located outside the United States.
        b. Learn about three archaeological sites located within the United States.
        c. Visit an archaeological site and learn about it.

      Req #10: Early Occupuants
      Research one of the following - Indians, Settlers or Soldiers from over 100 years ago that lived in your area:

        a. Research American Indians who live or once lived in your area. Find out about traditional lifeways, dwellings, clothing styles, arts and crafts, and methods of food gathering, preparation, and storage. Describe what you would expect to find at an archaeological site for these people.
        b. Research settlers or soldiers who were in your area at least one hundred years ago. Find out about the houses or forts, ways of life, clothing styles, arts and crafts, and dietary habits of the early settlers, farmers, ranchers, soldiers, or townspeople who once lived in the area where your community now stands. Describe what you would expect to find at an archaeological site for these people.

    Genealogy Merit Badge D) Study Hall

    Learn important key concepts
    Any Safety Requirements?
    Start family research reports
    Prepare for your Field Tour

    While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles intruduced here would be relevant.


    E) Patrol Activity

    Req #5 - Scout Presentation
    Choose ONE of the archeaological sites you picked for Requirement 4 and give a short presentation about your findings to a Cub Scout pack, your Scout troop, your school class, or another group.

    Req #7 - Time Capsule
    Do ONE of the following:

      a. Make a list of items you would include in a time capsule. Discuss with your merit badge counselor what archaeologists a thousand years from now might learn about you and the culture in which you live based on the contents of your capsule.
      b. Make a list of the trash your family throws out during one week. Discuss with your counselor what archaeologists might learn about you and your family if they found your trash a thousand years from now.

    Req #10 - Scout Presentation
    Present what you learned about early natives, settlers or soldiers that lived in your area over 100 years ago.

    Archeaology Merit Badge F) Field Trip

      Archeaology Worksite Field Trip
      You probably should plan a field trip to help cover the requirements for #8, #9 and #11. Your merit badge counselor may have some appropriate suggestions for your area. Possible places to consider:

      • Historic Landmark or Trail - discover & preservation of artifacts
      • Historical Museum - discover & preservation of artifacts
      • University Research Center - discover & preservation of artifacts
      • National or State Park - discover & preservation of artifacts

      To Take or Leave

      On an Archeaological Field Trip it is quite probable that you will encounter some rare artifacts out in the open domain. This find could be quite exciting as these findings could be rare and valueable. Do you Take it or Leave It?

      Consider that professional archeaologists rely on finding artifacts in their natural setting to get a deeper insight on the culture, lifestyle and history of the original inhabitants. We Recommend that you take a picture instead.

    Archeaology Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

    After completion of the above activities you may need a work session to finish completion of the merit badge worksheet to document the results of your visits, activities and the people you interviewed about potential career opportunities in this field.

    H) Extra Credit

    Never add to or take away from the stated merit badge requirements. The material presented below is intended only to add fun for the patrol by way of either activity or community service.

    J) Archeaology Famous Quotes:

      Howard Carter, Tomb of Tutankhamen - my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment - an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by - I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, 'Can you see anything?' it was all I could do to get out the words, 'Yes, wonderful things.'

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