TakeMeFishing.org has an interactive map which will help you to locate the places to fish closest to you. Just enter your zip code. You might be amazed to find local parks that allow fishing!
Scouts BSA working on their Tenderfoot rank need to learn about poisonous plants. Being able to identify hazardous plants will help all Scouts who are in the outdoors, so this knowledge is not just for rank advancement.
If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities.
Making a terrarium is a great springtime activity. Plus – it reuses a plastic soda bottle, which is great for starting a discussion about Earth Day approaching.
Here is a tip for Scouts working on the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge for a homemade fly trap to help save money feeding your critters.
When I did the forestry requirements with DS’s den, I made a requirement aid to help them with learning about the growth rings of a tree.
A snack made with crackers and pretzels. This recipe does not require any cooking, so it can be made at a meeting even if you don’t have access to a kitchen.
Use dried gourds to make a birdhouse. If you didn’t grow any yourself, you can probably find some in your area at a farmer’s market or even a craft shop.
This activity for forestry requirements is perfect if the Scouts in your den like to draw.
Bear Cub Scouts observe wildlife and plants when they work on the Fur, Feathers, and Ferns adventure. They find out about endangered species and gardening.
Scouts plant flowers and vegetables while working on the Gardening merit badge. They also learn how to garden safely. Seed germination experiments and the study of pollination help Scouts understand the science of gardening. They also learn about different methods such as composting, vermiposting, and hydroponics.
There are many preplanned programs available to PLCs who are planning meetings and activities for their troops. One of these is the Fishing Troop Program Feature .
Webelos learn about forestry while doing the Into the Woods adventure. They will study different types of trees and how they grow. They will also consider why trees are important and learn about ecosystems.
For the My Tiger Jungle Adventure, Cub Scouts get outside. They take a short walk and observe insects, birds, and other wildlife. They also plant a tree or make a birdhouse.
Scouts learn about, identify, and observe a wide variety of birds while doing the requirements for the Bird Study merit badge. They also listen for birds’ songs and learn how to provide a healthy habitat for birds.
While working on the Grow Something adventure, Wolf Cub Scouts will learn about plants and growing zones. They will also put their gardening knowledge into action by growing plants indoors or outside.
Lion Cub Scouts learn about gardening and where food comes from while working on the Ready Set Grow adventure. They also plant their own container garden.
For the Paws on the Path adventure, Wolf Cub Scouts learn about safe hiking, being good stewards of the environment, and maps. They also go hiking and observe signs of wildlife.
belos learn all about geology and the earth while doing the Earth Rocks! adventure. They will find out more about rocks and minerals. And they will learn how to identify geological features on a map
Scouts learn to propagate and grow plants while working on the Plant Science merit badge. They investigate the importance and uses of crops, trees, and flowers. Scouts have many options to choose from for the types of plants they will study in depth while doing this badge.
Webelos working on the Into the Wild adventure learn all about nature. They can choose to observe insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mammals, or birds. They also find out about ecosystems and the balance of nature.
Earth Day celebrates our care of our environment. This fits in well with so many Scouting activities. Here are some ideas for your Scouting unit to celebrate Earth Day.
Scouts working on the requirements for the Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge learn about the populations of fish, birds, mammals, and other wildlife. They study the habitats of wildlife and learn about careers in this area.
Bear Cub Scouts will learn all about fishing while doing the A Bear Goes Fishing adventure. They will learn about fish, regulations, and fishing equipment. Then they will spend some time trying to catch a fish.
Scouts learn about pet ownership and training while working on the Dog Care merit badge. They explore the history of dogs and learn about their physiology and health. They also explore careers related to dogs.
The requirements for the Nature merit badge help scouts learn about plants and wildlife and the connection of all living things. They identify different types of wildlife and consider their importance in ecosystems.
This book will help Scouts learn about the identifying characteristics of various reptiles and amphibians. Scouts working on the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge will find this information helpful.
While working on the Reptile and Amphibian Study merit badge, Scouts learn about the identifying characteristics of alligators, crocodiles, toads, frogs, salamanders, lizards, snakes and more. They also maintain their own reptiles or amphibians or observe them at a zoo. Scouts investigate which species are dangerous and which make good pets.
With warmer weather approaching most of us are looking forward to spring flowers. So get started by planting a seed. Check your area’s zone to find out if you should start your seed indoors or outdoors. There are several Scouting achievements related to gardening. And watching something grow is fun too!
The first aid requirements for Tenderfoot cover a variety of situations a Scout might encounter on a campout, especially first aid for nature related injuries. The Scout also learns how to avoid these injuries.