Volume 5 Issue 7
February 1999


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Almost every Webelos Scout, not to mention fathers and leaders, can find an interesting area of engineering. It is one of the most exacting of the professions, and the Engineer activity badge gives insight into several types of engineering.
With careful planning, a den meeting can change a boy's whole concept of man made objects from apathy to excitement.

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Electrician, ironworker, heavy equipment operator, bricklayer, plumber, telephone lineman, sanitation worker, railroad engineer, surveyor, city engineer, traffic planner, grain elevator operator manager, draftsman, TV producer, architect, college professor.

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Visit the municipal offices of the city engineer or surveyor. Look at a map of your town and try to find your house. Look at some of the surveying equipment and learn some of the simple math calculations.

Visit a jeweler and look at various gems under the microscope. How does the pattern affect the way a jewel is cut?
Invite someone from the Orienteering Club to bring some topographical maps to your meeting. Learn how to read a map, picking out landmarks.
Ask your local Boy Scout troop give a demonstration of some of the skills needed for the Pioneering Merit Badge. One particular item of interest would be to see a rope monkey bridge being lashed together.

Den Floor Plan
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Invite the high school drafting teacher to your meeting. Learn to use T-squares, triangles, straight edges, and other equipment needed to accurately draw a floor plan.
Measure the dimensions of your den meeting place. Make a simple floor plan sketch, including location of doors and windows.

Survey Plans
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The U.S. Department of the Interior publishes geological surveys of the whole country. Quadrangle maps can be purchased. Check out your book stores, or local map stores.
Look at a map which includes your town and try to find your house. What is the exact longitude and latitude of your home.
Find your meeting place, nearby lakes, and other points of interest.

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