Re: Need ideas
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Mon, 20 Mar 1995 11:48:50 CST
Cub Scouts can start learning the names of a few trees and shrubs but I think
the focus should be on recognizing the difference between different trees
rather than learning their names.
Look for differences such as
pointed versus rounded leaves
leaves versus leaflets (look for the seed where the leaf joins the branch)
rough versus smooth
shiny versus dull
variations in color
deep lobes versus shallow lobes
different kinds of veins
When I was on Cub camp staff, we did a scavenger hunt to find different shapes,
sizes, colors, etc. rather than trying to find a particular species of tree.
As for names, a few common trees should be referred to by name but you
probably don't need to go into extreme detail.
You can also look for exceptions. i.e., the uncommon trees. You might not
identify them by name, but you can identify how they are different from the
look for things such as spreading varieties versus those that grow tall, round
versus cylindrical, pointed, etc.
We also provide a labeled board with leaves clearly identified. Some cubs
were interested in matching what they found with the names, but I never had to
remember the names, they could look for themselves.
hope you have a great time and that the cubs have FUN with nature!
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