Re: Mammals, Birds, Amphibians
Blaine S Nay (b.nay.scouts-l@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 3 Sep 1998 10:37:03 -0700
On Tue, 1 Sep 1998 15:22:11 -0700 Kevin Woods <kswoods@CHRISTA.UNH.EDU>
>How do troops handle the Second Class requirement that states:
>"Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of wild animals (birds,
>mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community."
>Do you need to take each scout out on a hike to do this? I realize it
>could be done on a hike, but do we have to wait for one to do it?
>Kevin Woods, SM Troop 111, Raymond NH
I found that idle time on campouts is ideal. When you see a couple of
Scouts with nothing to do, take them on a short walk around the campsite
(remember to never be alone with a single Scout out of sight of the
others). Take time to identify various plants and animals (or signs of
animals such as droppings and tracks). Work in a bit of a Scoutmaster's
conference by talking about goals, problems, etc. Such walks are one of
the best things about being a Scoutmaster.
If you have a Scout who's good at identifying plants and animals, he
needs to be teaching the younger Scouts, too.
Another option is to have some identification books available. Send your
patrols out on a nature hunt to identify plants and animals as a group.
They can bring back items (if no harm to nature is done) for a "Kim's
Game" or a "Show-and-Tell".
I've also used a "Whatsit?" box. Put leaves, animal bones, feathers,
seeds, etc. in a box. Place it next to the Scoutmaster's tent. When
Scouts pass by, they can try to identify items and check their accuracy
with the Scoutmaster.
Blaine S Nay, Silverdale, Washington, USA
I used to be a Buffalo, SE-350-83
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