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    Environmental Science Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop
    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.

    Sample Activity Plan


    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)
      Environmental Science Merit Badge

      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


    Environmental Science 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.

    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

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


    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.

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

      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.)


      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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