Environmental Science Merit Badge
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    Environmental Science Merit Badge Environmental Science Merit Badge is required for both Eagle Rank and also for the BSA World Conservation Award- So make the most of it!

    A core element of this program is to encourage respect for the Outdoors. It is recommended that you do as much as possible in an outdoor nature area. Best format is four outdoor sessions that combine and study session with and outdoor experiment and field study.


    A) Program Teaser
    Special audio visual presentation for the start of program or even one week in advance.

    While earning the Environmental Science merit badge, Scouts will get a taste of what it is like to be an environmental scientist, making observations and carrying out experiments to investigate the natural world.
    Environmental Science Merit Badge
    Environmental Science Merit Badge

    Show on Laptop or portable TV & crank up the sound!
    Watch for examples of protecting the planet vs destroying.


    Environmental Science Merit Badge B) Prerequisites - Leaders
    Work to be done prior to program start:

      Official Requirements - Easy Printable Version
      Official Merit Badge Pamphlet - You will refer to this a lot here, probably more than any other merit badge.

      Req #4: 2x Field Study Areas
      Indentify and mark off two diverse field locations for daily ecosystem study.

      10 Tips for Merit Badge Counselors
      Get the most from your Merit Badge Adventure.

      Study Resources

      Experiment Materials
      A number of materials will be needed for performing the several pollution experiments required.


        Req #3a: Ecology Pollution- Materials and instructions for performing greenhouse bottle experiment to demonstrate air pollutions (#3.a.2.)
        Req #3b: Air Pollution- Materials and instructions for performing greenhouse bottle experiment to demonstrate acid rain (#3.b.3.)
        Req #3c: Water Pollution- Materials and instructions for performing oil spill experiment to demonstrate water pollutions (#3.c.1.)
        Req #3d: Soil Pollution - Materials and instructions for performing soil erosion experiment to demonstrate land pollution impact (#3.d.1.)


    Severely Endangered Black Rhinoceros 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 3e: Endangered Species Report - Do research on one endangered species found in your state. Find out what its natural habitat is, why it is endangered, what is being done to preserve it, and how many individual organisms are left in the wild. Prepare a 100-word report about the organism, including a drawing. Present your report to your patrol or troop.
      Req 3f: Pollution Survey - Look around your home and determine 10 ways your family can help reduce pollution. Practice at least two of these methods for seven days and discuss with your counselor what you have learned.


    Outdoor Nature Merit Badge D1) 1st Outdoor Session
    Allow minimum three hours for class study, experiments, field study and homework.

      Req #1: Timeline of Environmental Science
      Download Timeline Slideshow to a laptop computer.

      Req #3e: Endangered Species Reports
      As a prerequisite - each scout was to write a endangered species report which they can present now.

      Req #4: Field Study Day #1
      Spend 20 minutes each at two designated field ecosystem areas for close study. Document what you observed.

      Session Homework #1: Definitions
      Review the study guide of important definitions and be ready for a tough quiz in the next group session. (Leader Prerequisites)

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    Outdoor Nature Merit Badge D2) 2nd Outdoor Session
    Allow minimum three hours for class study, experiments, field study and homework.

      Req #2: Definitions
      Quiz scouts on their knowledge of key term definitions (See leader resources.)

      Req #3a: Ecology Pollution
      Worksheet and instructions for performing greenhouse bottle experiment to demonstrate greenhouse effect(#3.a.2.)

      Req #3b: Air Pollution
      Worksheet and instructions for performing acid rain experiment to demonstrate air pollution(#3.b.3.)

      Req #4: Field Study Day #2
      Spend 20 minutes each at two designated field ecosystem areas for close study. Document what you observed.

      Req #5: Homework - Environmental Impact Study
      Complete this Study Worksheet. The merit badge counselor will recommend three study projects to choose from.

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    Outdoor Nature Merit Badge D3) 3rd Outdoor Session
    Allow minimum three hours for class study, experiments, field study and homework.

      Req #3e: Endangered Species
      As a prerequisit - each scout was to write an endangered species report which they can present now.

      Req #3c: Water Pollution
      Worksheet and instructions for performing oil spill experiment to demonstrate water pollutions (#3.c.1.)

      Req #3d: Soil Pollution
      Worksheet and instructions for performing soil erosion experiment to demonstrate land pollution impact (#3.d.1.)

      Req #4: Field Study Day #3
      Spend 20 minutes each at two designated field ecosystem areas for close study. Document what you observed.

      Req #4: Field Study Homework
      Prepare a summary report on your field study research from the previous three days.

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    Outdoor Nature Merit Badge D4) 4th Outdoor Session
    Allow minimum three hours for class study, experiments, field study and homework.

      Req #3f: Pollution Survey
      As a prerequisite - each scout was to write a pollution survey which they can present now.

      Req #4: Field Study Presentation
      Present a summary report on your field study research from the previous three days.

      Req #6: Environmental Science Career Paths

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    Environmental Science Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

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    H) Extra Credit

    Merit Badge BSA World Conservation Award

    Environmental Science is one of just three merit badges needed to earn this unique and prestigious scouting award.

    An important opportunity for individual Scouts to 'think globally' and 'act locally' to preserve and improve our environment.


    J) Environmental Science Famous Quotes:
      Environmental Science Humor
      Scoutmaster Hall - Does this mean that Saturday's activity is canceled?

      Scoutmaster Hall - True story of the Roadkill Patrol. One day we went to our local park and marched halfway down the nature trail and then stopped. I then challenged the scouts to spend ten minutes to carefully the place we were at. Promptly one of the scouts responded, "Scoutmaster, do you know that you're standing on a anthill?"

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