The Forester activity badge also makes a fun summertime den meeting. Do it in the morning so the hike doesn’t get too hot.
Check with the nature centers and parks in your area. They might have a naturalist available to accompany your group on a brief hike. They will be able to point out a lot of interesting things to your group.
If you are leading the hike yourself, don’t worry if you are not 100% sure about your tree and plant identification skills. Get a good guide book to help you. When you come across a tree or plant you don’t recognize, use the guide book with the Scouts. It is OK to admit to the Scouts that you are learning along with them. They will enjoy looking at the book and the plant and trying to figure out what it is.
Printable copy of Den Meeting Plan Webelos Forester Activity Badge
Den Meeting Plan – Forester Activity Badge
This den meeting should take place at a nature center or park where forest trails are available. If you visit a nature center, see if there is a naturalist available to go on a hike with you.
See if you can reserve a room or space at the location you are visiting to do the activities before the hike.
Your will need to gather these materials beforehand:
- Materials for growth rings activity
- Materials for tree layers activity
- If you are not familiar with the trees and plants in your area, get a guide book to help you. You and the Scouts can use the book together to identify the trees and plants.
Activities – about 30 minutes
Tree Ring Worksheet (Forester requirement 6)
Draw the Layers of a Forest (Worksheet) (Forester requirement 2)
Discuss how wildfires can benefit and harm forests – see information in your Webelos handbook (Forester requirement 9)
Hike – about 30 minutes
Go on a short hike in a forest. While hiking identify six trees and six plants. Tell how animals use them. (Forester requirement 3 and Forester requirement 4)
* If you can’t visit a forest, you can work on requirements 1 and 7 instead.