Scouts find out about life in the sea by doing the requirements for the Oceanography merit badge. Topics include the properties of seawater, waves, underwater topography, and the importance of the oceans. Scouts will also do a hands-on activity and will learn how marine scientists study the oceans.
Get the Oceanography Merit Badge pamphlet
Printable helps for requirements:
Printable requirements for Oceanography Merit Badge
Printable checkoff sheet for Oceanography Merit Badge
Printable note sheet for Oceanography Merit Badge
Printable checkoff sheet for all Scouts BSA merit badges
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