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Webelos Scout Activity Badges
Outdoor Group

As revised in the 1998 edition of the Webelos Scout Book.

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Do Five of These:

  1. Make a map of the United States. Show the types of forests growing in different parts of the country. Name some kinds of trees that grow in these forests. For each type of forest, give one or more examples of uses for the wood of its trees.
    1. Identify six forest trees. Tell what useful things come from them.
  2. Draw a picture to show the plant and tree layers of a forest in your area. Label the different layers. (If you don't live in an area that has  forests, choose an area that does and draw a picture of that forest.)
  3. Identify six forest trees common to the area where you live. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them. (If you don't live in a region that has  forests, read about one type of forest and name six of its trees and their uses.)
  4. 2. Identify six forest plants (other than trees) that are useful to wildlife. Tell which animals use them and for what purposes.
  5. Draw a picture showing
    • how water and minerals in the soil help a tree grow
    • how the tree uses sunlight to help it grow
  6. 3. Make a poster showing how a tree's growth rings tell its the life history of a forest tree.
    4.. Make a chart showing how water and minerals in the soil help a tree grow.
  7. 5. Collect pieces of three kinds of wood used for building houses.
  8. 6. Plant 20 forest tree seedlings.Tell how you planted them and what you did to take care of them after planting. Care for them for a month.
  9. 7. Describe the harm caused by wildfires can cause. Tell how you can may help prevent wildfire.
  10. Draw your own urban forestry plan for adding trees to a street, yard, or park near your home. Show what types of trees you would like to see planted.
    8. Make a map of the United States. Show the kinds of forests growing in different parts of the U.S.A. Tell what important things made of wood come from each part.


Do Five of These

  1. 2. Collect five geologic specimens that have important uses.
  2. 1. Rocks and minerals are used in metals, glass, jewelry, road-building products, and fertilizer. Give examples of minerals used in these products.
  3. Make a scale of mineral hardness for objects using things found at home. Show how to use the scale by finding the relative hardness of three samples.
  4. List some of the geologic materials used in building your home.
  5. Make a drawing that shows the cause of a volcano, a geyser, or an earthquake.
  6. Explain one way in which mountains are formed.
  7. Describe what a fossil is. How is it used to tell how old a formation is? Find two examples of fossils in your area.


Do Four of These

  1. Keep an "insect zoo" that you have collected. You might have crickets, ants, or grasshoppers. Study them for a while then release them.
  2. Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Put plants and animals that you have collected in it. Keep it for at least a month.
  3. Visit a museum of natural history, nature center, or zoo with your family, den, or pack. Tell what you saw.
  4. Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week. Identify the birds you see and write down where and when you saw them.
  5. Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home. Find out which what birds use these flyways.
  6. Learn to identify poisonous plants and venomous reptiles found in your area.
  7. Watch six wild animals (snakes, turtles, fish, birds, or mammals) in the wild. Describe the kind of place (forest, field, marsh, yard, or park) where you saw them. Tell what they were doing.
  8. Give examples of
    • A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem
    • One way humans have changed the balance of nature
    • How you can help protect the balance of nature


Do Five of these:

  1. Show your ability to tie the following knots:
    • Square knot,
    • Bowline,
    • Clove hitch,
    • Two half hitches,
    • Taut-line hitch
  2. Pitch a tent using Use two half hitches and a tautline hitch to pitch a tent. Sleep in your tent for at least 1 night on a ground bed you have put together.
  3. With your adult partner, take part in a Webelos overnighter or camp overnight with a Boy Scout troop.
  4. Help with a two-night campout of 2 nights away from home with your family. Or go on two one-night campouts of 1 night each with your family.
  5. With your family or Webelos den, plan and take part in an evening outdoor activity that includes a campfire.
  6. Help cook your own lunch or supper outdoors with a parent your parents or another adult grownup. Clean up afterward.
  7. Know and practice the rules of outdoor fire safety.
  8. Visit a nearby your Boy Scout camp with your den.

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