Surveying Merit Badge Pamphlet Surveying Merit Badge


Requirements were REVISED effective January 1, 2024.

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  1. Show that you know first aid for the types of injuries that could occur while surveying, including cuts, scratches, snakebite, insect stings, tick bites, heat and cold reactions, and dehydration. Explain to your counselor why a surveyor should be able to identify the poisonous plants and poisonous animals that are found in your area.
  2. Find and mark the corners of a five-sided lot that has been laid out by your counselor to fit the land available. Set an instrument over each of the corners and record the angle turned between each line and the distance measured between each corner. With the assistance of the counselor, compute the error of closure from the recorded notes. The error of closure must not be more than 5 feet. From the corners, take compass readings or turn angles to trees, shrubs, and rocks, and measure to them. All measurements should be made using instruments, methods, and accuracies consistent with current technology.
    Do the following:
    1. Set an instrument over one of the corners of a five-sided lot laid out by your counselor and sighting one of the other corners for reference and, using radial measurement methods, record the angle turned and the distance measured to each of the remaining corners, as directed by your counselor. Record the angle and distance to five topographic features (trees, shrubs, rocks, etc.) near your work area.
    2. Measure to three of the same points with GPS measurement and compare the distances between the points measured.
  3. From the field notes gathered for requirement 2, and using a protractor and scale, plot the points you measured and draw to scale a map of your survey which includes a north arrow, scale bar, title, date and a diagram of the lot you measured. Submit a neatly drawn copy.
  4. Write a metes and bounds description for the five-sided lot in requirement 2.
    Use one of the corner markers from requirement 2 as a benchmark with an assumed elevation of 100 feet. Using a level and rod, collect and record measurements, and determine the elevation of the other four corner markers.
  5. 6. Get a copy of the deed to your property, or a piece of property assigned approved by your counselor, from the local courthouse or title agency. Discuss with your counselor the different parts of the deed and their importance.
  6. Discuss emerging surveying technology such as drones and laser scanning and the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  7. Tell what GPS is; discuss with your counselor the importance of GPS and how it is changing the field of surveying.
  8. Discuss the importance of surveying with a licensed surveyor. Also discuss the various types of surveying and mapping, and applications of surveying technology to other fields. Discuss career opportunities in surveying and related fields. Discuss qualifications and preparation for such a career.

BSA Advancement ID#: 109
Scoutbook ID#: 115
Requirements last updated in: 2024
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Source: SCOUTS BSA REQUIREMENTS 2024  (Pub # 33216 - SKU# 660535)

Page updated on: February 08, 2024

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