Re: Need ideas
Jack Weinmann (aa855@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Tue, 21 Mar 1995 00:03:06 -0500
>I've been asked to run a station on tree identification at our district's
A few ideas came to mind when I read your post.
One idea is that you can easily mount a small branch, a leaf, a piece of
bark and possibly a nut or seed from a particular tree on a piece of
cardboard or posterboard. If you put a piece of clear contact paper (like
the contact plastic sheets they sell for shelf coverings) over the top of
the sheet, you have a nice display of that particular tree or plant.
You can then explain how to tell what it is by the markings, leaves,
nuts or seeds, etc.... These can also be stored for quite some time, due
to the plastic covering, and be re-used for other events.
I have heard of a game that involves blindfolding the boy, spinning him
around a few times and leading him to a tree nearby. He is to feel, smell,
hug, touch, etc... the tree and get to know "HIS" tree.
He is then led to the starting point and the blindfold is removed. It is
now his task to FIND HIS TREE! Some of the boys can easily do this, others
have some problems. Many, though, can find their tree by its size (from
hugging it) and its bark, from feeling it. Some trees may have small
branches growing at a level that is easy to reach by the boy and he will
find these and feel for how many leaves, branches, etc.. the cluster has.
As far as the posterboard and plastic covering are concerned, I was told by
the friend that had done this that he even put poison ivy on one of the
cards, being careful, of course, that the outside of the plastic did not
contact any of the plant's oils, and that the plastic COMPLETELY covered
He said that in a "Kim's Game." setting, where the participants are given
just a few seconds to look at items that are covered by a cloth and
uncovered for only a short time, most of the Scoutmasters that tried it
failed to identify the poison ivy! Interesting! I believe that it was
that they did not expect anyone to actually put POISON IVY on one of those
To me poison ivy may be a case of "Don't try this at home" and might not be
a good idea, especially considering the ages of the boys that you are
working with on this event. I added it for future thought for you, and
others that may be brave enough to try it! - NOT ME! 8-)
Hope this helps,
Jack W. Weinmann email@example.com
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City