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MERIT BADGE
PROGRAM OUTLINES
Table of Contents

Introduction, 1
How to Develop a Merit Badge Teaching/Learning Plan, 2
Archery, 3
Backpacking, 5
Basketry, 7
Camping, 9
Canoeing, 11
Climbing, 13
Cooking, 15
Environmental Science, 17
Fish and Wildlife Management, 19
Fishing, 21
Forestry, 23
Horsemanship, 25
Indian Lore, 27
Insect Study, 29
Leatherwork, 31
Lifesaving, 33
Metalwork, 35
Motorboating, 37
Nature, 39
Orienteering, 41
Pioneering, 43
Reptile and Amphibian Study, 45
Rifle Shooting, 47
Rowing, 49
Shotgun Shooting, 51
Small-Boat Sailing, 53
Soil and Water Conservation, 55
Swimming, 57
Water Sports, 59
Wilderness Survival, 61
Wood Carving, 63
INTRODUCTION


   The summer camp merit badge
program must be a quality experi-
ence for the Scouts who attend your
camp. All too often, Scouts are not
given the best possible program
because of the lack of planning on
the part of the merit badge counselor.
   Merit badge counseling in a sum-
mer camp setting is an opportunity
for young men to really have a
‘‘hands-on’’ experience. Nine months
out of the year these Scouts spend
time in a classroom with a one-way
conversation and learning experi-
ence. Merit badge activities should
provide fun with a purpose and
practical experience.
   The program outlines included in
this pamphlet are designed to assist
merit badge counselors at summer
camp with a daily outline of activi-
ties to support the respective merit
badge. It is important that merit
badge counselors become familiar
with the merit badges they will be
working with at summer camp as
soon as they are recruited. Staff
training week is too late to prepare
for merit badge counseling.
   Troop leaders must be notified
of any merit badges that cannot be
completed during the time at camp.
In many cases, a Scout can prepare
for these merit badges before arriving
at camp. Any Scout who does not
complete all the requirements should
receive credit for the requirements
he did complete. This information
should be given to the Scoutmaster.
   All merit badge applications must
be signed by the Scoutmaster before
a Scout starts a merit badge. Those
cards should be collected on the
first day of your merit badge session.
While younger camp staff members
may be instructors, merit badge
counselors must be at least 18 years
old to sign the merit badge applica-
tion. All summer camp merit badge
counselors should be approved by the
council advancement committee.


                                         1
How to Develop a
Merit Badge
Teaching/Learning Plan


   The merit badge requirements in
this booklet may have changed due
to recent revisions. Check the Boy
Scout Requirements book (current
year), No. 33215, to be sure you are
using the most current requirements.
Amend the lesson plan accordingly.
   Divide the requirements into daily
segments. Start with those require-
ments in which direct instruction
is needed. Introduce requirements
that take more time to complete,
and encourage Scouts to begin
working on these. Coach them to
develop a plan.
   Next, move to those requirements
best accomplished as a group. Scouts
might be involved in a discussion
related to the merit badge require-
ments. Include time for Scouts to
work on shorter projects, and allow
time to continue work on more
lengthy, ongoing projects. Be sure
to notify the Scoutmaster as early as
possible if it appears unlikely that a
Scout will master the merit badge.
   Finally, wrap up with those require-
ments a Scout needs to do on his
own. The Scout should demonstrate
his knowledge and skill in achieving
these requirements.
   Generally the requirements should
follow a pattern of teaching/learning,
demonstrating, and letting Scouts to
do the projects to complete the merit
badge. Be sure that the Scout satisfies
the requirements as stated without
requiring more or allowing less.




                                          2
ARCHERY


Introduction        Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                    attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about archery. It is important that
                    they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                    high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting
                    the material based on your camp resources and facilities. Sign off Scouts as they complete
                    their requirements.

Resources           Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many archery clubs and
                    organizations that can help you demonstrate proper archery techniques. Utilize the
                    resources listed in the Archery merit badge pamphlet. For safety purposes, it is important
                    that at least two people are involved with the instruction of this merit badge.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	          	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts       A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                        Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Review             B.    Go to the archery range and review the safety rules with the Scouts,
                                        making sure they understand them (requirement 1).

               Discuss            C.    Explain to the Scouts the importance of obeying the range officer
                                        and other instructors.

               Hands-on           D.    Distribute one arrow to each Scout then describe each part.
                                        Do the same with a bow.

               Safety Equipment E.      Distribute an arm guard, shooting glove or finger tab, and quiver.
                                        Allow each Scout to handle these items. Explain how each item is
                                        cared for and stored (requirement 3a).

               Demonstration      F.    Demonstrate the nine basic steps of a good shooting method.

               Review             G.    Encourage Scouts to review the safety rules and equipment.
                                        Remind them that requirements 2b, 2c, 2e, and 4a–f will be
                                        reviewed during the week and that each Scout will be asked to
                                        demonstrate his knowledge.

               Shooting           H.    If time permits, begin work on one of the rounds from requirement 4.


      2        Preparation        A.    Prepare materials before the session so that Scouts can work on require-
                                        ments 2d and 3c; making a complete arrow and making a bowstring.

               Instruction        B.    Instruct Scouts in construction of the bow and arrows. After the Scouts
                                        have begun their construction, begin reviewing them on requirements
                                        2b, 2c, 2e, and 4a–f.




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              Review           C.   Discuss the state and local laws on ownership, use, and registration of
                                    archery tackle.

              Discuss          D.   Discuss proper care and storage of tabs, arm guards, shooting gloves,
                                    and quivers for requirement 3a.

              Discuss          E.   Discuss these terms: cast, draw weight, string height (fistmele), aiming,
                                    spine, mechanical release, freestyle, and barebow for requirement 3d.

              Review           F.   Review safety rules. Also inform the Scouts that they may take their
                                    bow and arrows back to their campsite for completion. They must
                                    bring them back for approval.

              Shoot            G.   If time remains, work on requirement 5.


      3       Review           A.   Review the requirements for using a bow (requirement 5).

              Shoot            B.   Continue work on requirement 5.

              Work             C.   Inform Scouts that days 4 and 5 will be used to give individual instruc-
                                    tion in an effort to help them complete the requirements and to qualify
                                    on necessary rounds. Also remind them to complete their bowstring
                                    and arrow.


      4       Review           A.   Review safety rules.

              Shoot            B.   Work on all requirements and rounds, giving special instruction
                                    where needed.

              Reminder         C.   Remind the Scouts that tomorrow is the last day to bring constructed
                                    bowstring and arrow for approval and that it is the last day to complete
                                    needed requirements.

              Note             D.   Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete
                                    the badge.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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BACKPACKING


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts
                      who attend your session have the best opportunity to learn all about backpacking.
                      It is important that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to
                      help you plan a logical, high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different
                      approach in presenting the material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. State and federal agencies or other
                      organizations can provide you with a variety of materials and even personnel to help you
                      deliver the Backpacking merit badge program. Several requirements for this merit badge
                      cannot be completed at camp. These are based on taking several overnight campouts and
                      a five-day trek.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                          Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Discuss              B.    Review requirement 1 and have Scouts demonstrate first-aid
                                          techniques. Sign off on requirements as they complete them.

               Discuss/             C.    Discuss and demonstrate requirement 5.
               Demonstrate


      2        Discuss/             A.    Discuss requirements 2a and 2b. Have Scouts discuss this requirement
               Demonstrate                and demonstrate how to pack a backpack.

               Demonstrate          B.    Refresh Scouts on map-reading techniques. Then have Scouts play
                                          some of the compass games in Troop Program Resources.

               Discuss/             C.    Discuss and demonstrate requirement 8.
               Demonstrate

      3        Discuss/             A.    Discuss and demonstrate requirements 3, 4, and 7.
               Demonstrate

               Review               B.    Review compass techniques.

               Plan                 C.    Plan a patrol hike for tomorrow. Bring backpacks if Scouts have them,
                                          and complete requirement 9a and 9e.




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      4       Discuss          A.   Instruct Scouts on requirements 9b and 9c and have them complete
                                    them tomorrow.

              Hike             B.   Go on a hike, stopping periodically to allow a different Scout to
                                    establish where you are on the map. Do this until all Scouts have
                                    completed requirements 6 and 9e.

              Note             C.   Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete
                                    the badge.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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BASKETRY


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who attend
                      your session have the best opportunity to learn about basketry. It is important that they have
                      a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical, high-quality
                      program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the material based
                      on your camp resources and facilities. Sign off Scouts as they complete requirements.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are several organizations that
                      could assist you in demonstrating proper basket-making techniques. Utilize these resources.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge applications for Scoutmaster signature.
                                          Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Discuss              B.    Review requirement 1 with Scouts.

                                    C.    Permit Scouts to work on requirement 2.

               Discuss/             D.    Permit Scouts to work on requirement 3a, the square basket.
               Demonstrate


     2–5       Review               A.    Allow Scouts to work at their own pace to complete requirement 3.

               Note                 B.    Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete
                                          the badge.

               Wrap Up              C.    Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                          proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all requirements,
                                          make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that
                                          he has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete
                                          the badge requirements.

                                    D.    Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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CAMPING


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn all about camping. It is important
                      that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                      material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. State and federal agencies or other
                      organizations can provide you with a variety of materials and even personnel to help you
                      in presenting the Camping merit badge program.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                          Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Discuss              B.    Review requirement 1 and have Scouts demonstrate first-aid
                                          techniques. Sign off on requirements as they complete them.

               Discuss/             C.    Discuss and demonstrate requirement 4.
               Demonstrate

                                    D.    Show a model campsite.

               Discuss              E.    Discuss requirements 3, 4, and 7a. Have Scouts prepare a presentation for
                                          tomorrow’s session. Let them be creative in how to present these items.


      2        Discuss/             A.    Have Scouts discuss and demonstrate requirements 3, 4, and 7a.
               Demonstrate

               Demonstrate          B.    Discuss requirements 6 a–e, then allow Scouts to complete that
                                          requirement in a group discussion making sure each Scout participates.

               Prepare              C.    Prepare a menu as stated in requirement 7b.

               Demonstrate          D.    Demonstrate requirement 8d. Ask Scouts to make preparations for a
                                          personal demonstration in class tomorrow.


      3        Discuss/             A.    Discuss and demonstrate requirements 2, 3, and 7.
               Demonstrate

               Plan                 B.    Make plans for the overnight on day 4.




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              Demonstrate      C.   Make sure that the campout is at least 4 miles round-trip from your
                                    starting point (requirement 9b(2)).

              Reminder         D.   Remind Scouts that they will be expected to complete requirement 9b
                                    as part of the overnight.


      4       Discuss          A.   Discuss final plans for the overnight.

              Hikes/stoves     B.   Begin the hike to the campout location and have Scouts complete
                                    requirements 8a–d and requirement 10.

              Note             C.   Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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CANOEING


Introduction        Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                    attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about canoeing. It is important that
                    they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                    high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                    material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources           Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. Many local organizations can provide
                    you with a variety of materials and support to help you deliver the Canoeing merit badge
                    program to Scouts.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	          	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts       A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                        Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Discuss            B.    Review requirement 3 and have Scouts do a swim check. Sign off
                                        on requirements as they complete them. Discuss requirement 4.

               Discuss/           C.    Discuss and demonstrate canoe and paddle parts and review
               Demonstrate              canoe terminology.

               Demonstrate        D.    Demonstrate requirements 7a–g and explain to Scouts that they will
                                        be doing this during the week.


      2        Discuss/           A.    Have Scouts discuss and demonstrate requirements 5a, 5b, 5c,
               Demonstrate              6a, and 6b.

               Review             B.    Review parts of the canoe and paddle and terminology by asking
                                        Scouts to respond for requirements 5a and 5d.

               Demonstrate        C.    Demonstrate requirement 9 and let Scouts do this requirement.

               Demonstrate        D.    Demonstrate requirements 7a–g, then let Scouts do the requirements.

               Demonstrate        E.    Demonstrate requirements 8 and 6c, and let Scouts do
                                        the requirements.


      3        Discuss/           A.    Discuss and demonstrate requirements 2a–b.
               Demonstrate

               Review             B.    Demonstrate requirement 10.

               Demonstrate        C.    Demonstrate strokes in requirement 7, and let Scouts complete
                                        this requirement.

               Reminder           D.    Remind Scouts that they will be expected to complete requirement 8.

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      4                        A.   Give Scouts an opportunity to complete requirements not yet
                                    completed, including 1, 5f–k, and 10.


              Note             B.   Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that
                                    he has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete
                                    the badge requirements.


                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




Summer Camp Merit Badge Program Outline                                                           Canoeing
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CLIMBING


Introduction        Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                    attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about canoeing. It is important that
                    they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                    high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                    material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources           Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. Many local organizations can provide
                    you with a variety of materials and support to help you deliver the Climbing merit badge
                    program to Scouts. A natural site or facility such as a climbing tower or wall may be used
                    for this merit badge.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	          	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts       A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                        Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Review/            B.    Review the points of Climb On Safely. Demonstrate different climbing
               Demonstrate              classifications, pointing out the classifications for the site being used
                                        (requirement 4a). Review requirements 1 and 2.

               Discuss            C.    Have Scouts evaluate the safety of the climbing area considering
                                        weather, visibility, condition of the climbing surface, and environ-
                                        mental hazards (requirement 4c), and how they would summon help
                                        in case of an emergency (requirement 4d). Review requirement 4b.

               Demonstrate        D.    Show Scouts the type of rope acceptable for climbing and
                                        rappelling, and have them inspect the ropes for wear or
                                        damage (requirements 6a and 6b).

               Discuss/           E.    Have Scouts tell how to prevent a rope from being damaged
               Practice                 (requirement 6c) and explain when and how a rope should be
                                        retired (requirement 6d). Review and practice requirement 5.

               Demonstrate        F.    Show Scouts how to properly coil a rope (requirement 6e).


      2        Demonstrate        A.    Show Scouts how to tie climbing knots (requirements 7a–e). Let them
                                        practice tying each knot.

               Demonstrate        B.    Show Scouts several different types of climbing harnesses and let them
                                        put one on (requirement 8).

               Discuss            C.    Discuss appropriate clothing, footwear, and headgear for climbing and
                                        rappelling (requirement 3). Tell Scouts to attend tomorrow’s session
                                        dressed appropriately.




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      3       Demonstrate      A.   Demonstrate proper belaying techniques and let Scouts practice belay-
                                    ing someone on level ground. Instruct the person being belayed to ran-
                                    domly put a hard jerk on the rope to test the belayer. Also demonstrate
                                    proper climbing techniques on a climbing face (requirement 9).

              Climbing         B.   Have Scouts climb a rock face or climbing wall one at a time while
                                    another counselor demonstrates proper belaying techniques and using
                                    verbal signals. Coach Scouts on how to improve their techniques. Let
                                    each Scout climb three times using different routes (requirement 10b).

              Belaying         C.   After Scouts have observed a counselor belaying, let them belay one at a
                                    time with the counselor providing a backup belay. Let each Scout belay
                                    three different climbers (requirement 9b).


      4       Rappelling       A.   After Scouts have observed rappelling, let them try it one at a time.
                                    Coach them on how to improve their technique and practice verbal
                                    signals. Let other Scouts belay the rappellers. At least one counselor
                                    should observe the belayer and another should observe the rappeller.
                                    A third adult may be needed to supervise the other Scouts. Let each
                                    Scout rappel three routes (requirement 11).

              Belaying         B.   Let each Scout belay three different rappellers (requirement 9c).


      5       Demonstrate      A.   Demonstrate ways to store rope, hardware, and other climbing gear
                                    (requirement 12).

              Note             B.   Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete
                                    the badge.


      6       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Let Scouts finish any climbing,
                                    belaying,or rappelling requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for
                                    the proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the require-
                                    ments, make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements
                                    that he has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not com-
                                    plete the badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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COOKING


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about cooking. It is important
                      that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a
                      logical, high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in
                      presenting the material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Several requirements of this merit badge can not be completed at camp. These are based
                      on taking several overnighters of varying lengths. In order to complete these overnighters,
                      the remaining requirements should be done. Therefore, the requirements for this merit
                      badge that are completed at camp will provide only a partial completion of the Cooking
                      merit badge. Troops need to be notified about this before attending summer camp.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                          Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Discuss              B.    Review requirements 2 and 3 and have Scouts begin planning menus.

               Discuss/             C.    Discuss and demonstrate requirement 4. Have Scouts build fires.
               Demonstrate

               Discuss              D.    Discuss cooking plans for the rest of the week.


      2        Discuss/             A.    Have Scouts discuss and demonstrate requirements 3a, b, c, and d.
               Demonstrate

               Prepare              B.    Have Scouts do requirements 7a–c.


      3        Demonstrate          A.    Prepare one of the meals planned in requirements 3a or 3b and
                                          4a for cleanup.

               Plan                 B.    Do requirement 5a, planning.


      4        Prepare              A.    Prepare another meal planned in requirement 3.

                                    B.    While preparing the meal, work on items in 4.

               Note                 C.    Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.




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      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE


Introduction        Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                    attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about environmental science.
                    It is important that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to
                    help you plan a logical, high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different
                    approach in presenting the material based on your camp resources and facilities. Sign
                    off on requirements as the Scouts complete them.

Resources           Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. State and federal agencies or other
                    organizations can provide you with a variety of materials and displays and can make
                    presentations at your camp. Make sure you don’t wait until the last minute to ask for
                    help. These agencies need time to arrange for personnel and materials.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	           	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts        A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                         Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Review              B.    Review requirement 1 with Scouts. Refer to the merit badge pamphlet.

               Selection           C.    Have each Scout select an area of camp that he will observe
                                         (requirement 4).

               Define              D.    Have the Scouts record the following items (requirement 2):
                                         •   Population                         •   Extinction
                                         •   Community                          •   Pollution prevention
                                         •   Ecosystem                          •   Brownfield
                                         •   Biosphere                          •   Ozone
                                         •   Symbiosis                          •   Watershed
                                         •   Niche                              •   Airshed
                                         •   Habitat                            •   Nonpoint source
                                         •   Conservation                       •   Hybrid vehicle
                                         •   Threatened species                 •   Fuel cell
                                         •   Endangered species



      2        Remind              A.    Remind Scouts to visit their observation area and observe their ecosystem.

               Review/Plan         B.    Review requirement 3 with Scouts and discuss the projects that would
                                         be most applicable to do at camp. Refer the Scouts to resources available
                                         at camp.

               Hike/Discuss        C.    Take a hike and stop several times to discuss requirement 6.




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      3       Remind           A.   Remind Scouts to visit the observation area and observe their ecosystem.

              Hike             B.   Take a hike, stopping frequently to discuss requirement 7.

              Work             C.   Have Scouts continue work on their projects for requirement 3.


      4       Work             A.   Have Scouts continue work on their projects for requirement 3.

              Remind           B.   Remind Scouts to visit the observation area and report their findings
                                    tomorrow, as well as report on their projects.

              Note             C.   This is the time to make sure that all the Scouts are proceeding on
                                    schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing the
                                    merit badge, the Scoutmaster should be notified.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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FISH AND WILDLIFE
MANAGEMENT


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who attend
                      your session have the best opportunity to learn about fish and wildlife management. It is
                      important that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you
                      plan a logical, high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in
                      presenting the material based on your camp resources and facilities. Sign off Scouts as they
                      complete their requirements.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many state and federal agencies
                      that can provide you with materials and displays and can make presentations at your camp.
                      Make sure you don’t wait until the last minute to ask for help. These agencies need time to
                      arrange for personnel and materials. Review the resource information located in the Fish
                      and Wildlife Management merit badge pamphlet.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	             	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                           Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Review                B.    Review the information the Scouts need to know for requirement 1.
                                           Share with the Scouts any legislation or information that has affected
                                           the fish and wildlife management of your Scout camp.

               Discuss               C.    Discuss with the Scouts the agencies that are responsible for fish and
                                           wildlife management in your state. Explain the difference between
                                           their authority and responsibilities. Discuss the problems they face and
                                           their management practices. Review the hunting, fishing, and trapping
                                           laws in your state. These are items in requirements 2 and 4.

               Hike                  D.    Take a short nature hike around your area or on a nature trail. Identify
                                           at least three plants useful as wildlife food. Show three other plants
                                           useful as cover for wildlife. Remind the Scouts that they will have to
                                           identify them once again later in the week. This will assist the Scouts
                                           with completing requirement 6.

               On Hike               E.    While on the nature hike, point out several conservation projects that
                                           need to be done in camp. The Scouts are to plan and execute the project,
                                           but you can make some suggestions based on the abilities of the Scouts.
                                           Also encourage each Scout to pick two different locations in your camp.
                                           Each Scout needs to spend six hours in each of the sites he selects. At
                                           the end of the week, they will share with you the differences in the two
                                           locations, describing the vegetation and wildlife.




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      2       Review           A.   Review briefly some of the items you did in day 1. Review with the
                                    Scouts how humans must work to manage wildlife. Involve the Scouts
                                    in the discussion of how man interacts with wildlife. This could be
                                    done as you take a nature hike and have planned stops where the
                                    Scouts could see how this interaction takes place. This will assist the
                                    Scouts in the completion of requirement 3.

              Hike             B.   At each of these stops you can also share with the Scouts five manage-
                                    ment methods that are used in your state or area. Let the Scouts brain-
                                    storm with you on additional methods that might be used. They might
                                    have some very useful ideas the state could use. This will also help them
                                    complete requirement 4.

              Hike             C.   Guide the group in making plans for their conservation project. Make
                                    sure the planned project can be accomplished while the Scouts are in
                                    camp. Work with them to make sure all Scouts are actively involved.
                                    Also make sure you have the necessary equipment to do the project.

              Review           D.   Alert the Scouts that requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4 will be reviewed and
                                    a verbal evaluation will take place. Remind them to continue observing
                                    in their two locations.


      3       Review           A.   Ask if the Scouts have any questions about requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4.

              Hike             B.   Start a hike along the nature trail and ask questions that relate to require-
                                    ments 1–4. Make sure that everyone participates in the quiz. The way
                                    this quiz is handled is determined by you. It is important that each Scout
                                    be aware of the information needed to pass the requirements.

              Work             C.   If time permits, have the Scouts begin work on their conservation project.


      4       Work             A.   Gather the necessary tools and continue work on the conservation
                                    project. While the Scouts are working, have them share with you the
                                    items they have observed in the two locations at camp.

              Note             B.   This is the time to make sure that all the Scouts are proceeding on
                                    schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing the
                                    merit badge, the Scoutmaster should be notified.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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FISHING


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about fishing. It is important that
                      they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting
                      the material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. State and federal agencies or other
                      organizations can provide you with a variety of materials and support to help you
                      present the Fishing merit badge program.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	             	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                           Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Discuss/              B.    Review requirement 2, covering the parts of several rods and reels.
               Demonstrate

               Discuss               C.    Discuss regulations affecting game fishing where you live (requirement 7).

               Review                D.    Review five safety practices while fishing (requirement 1).


      2        Discuss/              A.    Demonstrate the use of two types of fishing equipment (requirement 3).
               Demonstrate

               Demonstrate           B.    Demonstrate how to use the knots in requirement 4.

               Practice              C.    Practice casting.

               Fish                  D.    With the time remaining, go fishing.


      3        Discuss/              A.    Demonstrate five basic artificial lures and five natural baits and how to
               Demonstrate                 fish with them (requirement 5).

               Fish                  B.    Go fishing, using several lures and baits.

               Discuss               C.    While fishing, discuss items in requirements 6 and 8.


      4        Fish                  A.    Go fishing and work on requirement 9.

               Note                  B.    Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.




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      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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FORESTRY


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about forestry. It is important that
                      they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. Sign off on the requirements as the Scouts complete them.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. State and federal agencies or other
                      organizations can provide you with a variety of materials and displays and can make
                      presentations at your camp. Make sure you don’t wait until the last minute to ask for
                      help. These agencies need time to arrange for personnel and materials.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	             	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                           Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Review                B.    Review requirement 1 with Scouts. Rather than removing leaves and
                                           limbs from trees and shrubs, have Scouts identify them in the wild.
                                           They can describe to you the information requested in parts a–c.

               Information           C.    Where the requirements suggest a visit to a forested area or logging
                                           operation, try to secure people to visit your camp and describe the
                                           items related to requirement 5a–b.

               Plan                  D.    For requirement 5c, discuss what type of project can be done in your
                                           camp. Permit the Scouts to select one of the projects to perform.


      2        Hike                  A.    Take a hike and identify the trees and shrubs.

               Observe               B.    Locate several stumps and logs for requirement 2b.

               Hike/Discuss          C.    During the hike, ask the Scouts to discuss the contributions forests
                                           make to our lifestyle (requirement 3a).


      3        Project               A.    Begin work on a project for requirement 5c.

               Discuss               B.    While working on the project, discuss items in requirement 6.


      4        Work                  A.    Continue work on the project.

               Note                  B.    This is the time to make sure that all the Scouts are proceeding on
                                           schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing the
                                           merit badge, the Scoutmaster should be notified.




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      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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HORSEMANSHIP


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about horsemanship. It is important
                      that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. Sign off on the requirements as the Scouts complete them.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many riding clubs who have
                      people to assist you with your instruction.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                          Make a roster of the Scouts.
               Review               B.    Review requirements 1a, 2, and 3 with Scouts.
               Demonstrate          C.    Review requirements 1b and 1c. Demonstrate how to approach,
                                          lead, and securely tie the horse. Then complete requirement 1c.


      2        Demonstrate          A.    Demonstrate how to care for the saddle and bridle and name the parts
                                          of both (requirement 4).
               Demonstrate          B.    Demonstrate requirement 5.
               Ride                 C.    Begin work on requirements 11a–c.


      3        Demonstrate          A.    Demonstrate requirement 10.
               Discuss/             B.    Discuss and demonstrate requirement 9. If resources permit,
               Demonstrate                discuss and demonstrate requirement 8.
               Ride                 C.    Continue work on requirements 11c–h.


      4        Work                 A.    Discuss requirements 6 and 7.
               Ride                 B.    Continue work on requirement 11f–h.
               Note                 C.    This is the time to make sure that all the Scouts are proceeding on
                                          schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing the
                                          merit badge, the Scoutmaster should be notified.




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      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Have Scouts complete requirement 8.
                               B.   Prepare the merit badge cards for the proper signatures. If any Scout
                                    does not complete all the requirements, make sure that his records
                                    properly indicate the requirements that he has completed and that
                                    the Scout knows why he did not complete the badge requirements.
                               C.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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INDIAN LORE


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who attend
                      your session have the best opportunity to learn about Indian lore. This may be the first merit
                      badge on which the Scouts will be working. It is important that they have a positive experience.
                      This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical, high-quality program. You may have
                      to use a slightly different approach in presenting the material based on your camp resources
                      and facilities. Sign off on the requirements as the Scouts complete them.

Resources             Several requirements in this merit badge involve writing; school is out for the summer,
                      so be creative on how Scouts can share the necessary information in those requirements.
                      Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	             	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                           Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Review                B.    Discuss requirement 1. Begin work on three Indian articles. Ask the
                                           Scouts to decide which parts of requirement 2 they will do.

               Demonstrate           C.    Demonstrate five signs used in Indian sign language, or select another
                                           part of requirement 4 for the Scouts to do.


      2        Demonstrate           A.    Teach Scouts three Indian games and have Scouts teach one of the
                                           games to their patrol members back at their campsite (requirement 3a).

               Review/Plan           B.    Demonstrate five more signs used in Indian sign language or continue
                                           work on the other part of requirement 4 started yesterday.


      3        Demonstrate           A.    Demonstrate five more signs used in Indian sign language or continue
                                           work on the other part of requirement 4 started yesterday.

               Demonstrate           B.    Play three Indian games the Scouts have learned (requirement 3a)
                                           OR have Scouts demonstrate Indian-style cooking (3b) OR have
                                           Scouts demonstrate how an Indian group acquired meat or fish
                                           (requirement 3c).


      4        Demonstrate           A.    Demonstrate 10 more signs used in Indian sign language or continue
                                           work on the other part of requirement 4 started yesterday.

               Note                 B.     This is the time to make sure that all the Scouts are proceeding on
                                           schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing the
                                           merit badge, the Scoutmaster should be notified.




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      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Have Scouts present their articles made
                                    for requirement 2.

                               B.   Prepare the merit badge cards for the proper signatures. If any Scout
                                    does not complete all the requirements, make sure that his records
                                    properly indicate the requirements that he has completed and that
                                    the Scout knows why he did not complete the badge requirements.

                               C.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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INSECT STUDY


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about insect study. It is important
                      that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                      material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many state and federal agencies
                      that can assist you in presenting this merit badge program.

Note                  Requirement 3 will require a substantial amount of time to complete. A Scout will need to
                      start working on this requirement before attending camp if he hopes to complete the merit
                      badge during his stay at summer camp. Also, requirement 7 will take time to complete.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	             	     DESCRIPTION

       1       Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                           Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Review                B.    Discuss the difference between spiders, insects, and centipedes
                                           (requirement 1).

               Reminder              C.    Remind Scouts that they need to observe an ant colony or beehive
                                           during the week (requirement 9). They should observe the colony
                                           or hive at several different times of day to note the activity.



       2       Discuss/              A.    Discuss requirement 2 and point out the parts of an insect.
               Demonstrate
               Review                B.    Discuss the principal families and order of insects.

               Hike                  C.    Go on a nature hike and observe the various insects found in your
                                           camp. Scouts working on their collection should have an opportunity
                                           to capture insects for requirement 3.

               Reminder              D.    Remind Scouts that they need to observe the ant colony or beehive
                                           they have located.


       3       Discuss/              A.    Discuss and show the Scouts four species of insects in your camp
               Demonstrate                 that are helpful to humans and six species of insects that are harmful
                                           (requirements 10a and 10b). Describe some general methods of
                                           insect control.

               Hike                  B.    Take another hike and observe more insects and permit Scouts to
                                           collect more insects for requirement 3.



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              Discuss          C.   While you are on your hike, discuss the difference between social and
                                    solitary insects (requirement 8).

              Reminder         D.   Remind Scouts that they need to observe the ant colony or beehive
                                    they have located.


      4       Demonstrate      A.   Demonstrate and discuss how insects fit into the food chains for other
                                    insects, fish, birds, and mammals (requirement 11).

              Discuss          B.   Discuss the life histories of a butterfly and a grasshopper. Tell how they
                                    are different (requirement 6).

              Review           C.   Have any Scouts who are ready review their observation of a beehive or
                                    ant colony.

              Note             D.   This is the time to make sure that all the Scouts are proceeding on
                                    schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing the
                                    merit badge, the Scoutmaster should be notified.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Have Scouts present their collections for
                                    requirement 3 and discuss requirements 4 and 5.

                               B.   Prepare the merit badge cards for the proper signatures. If any Scout
                                    does not complete all the requirements, make sure that his records
                                    properly indicate the requirements that he has completed and that the
                                    Scout knows why he did not complete the badge requirements.

                               C.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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LEATHERWORK


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who attend
                      your session have the best opportunity to learn about leatherwork. It is important that they
                      have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical, high-
                      quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the material
                      based on your camp resources and facilities. Sign off Scouts as they complete requirements.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are several organizations that can
                      assist you in demonstrating proper leatherwork techniques. Utilize these resources.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	             	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge applications for Scoutmaster signature.
                                           Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Discuss               B.    Explain where leather comes from and what are five different types of
                                           leather. Explain what kinds of hides are used to make leather. Tell about
                                           the chief characteristics and best uses of each (requirement 2).

               Discuss/              C.    Explain the techniques for tanning, curing, and dehairing leather.
               Demonstrate                 Demonstrate how to recondition an item made of leather.

               Discuss/              D.    Discuss and demonstrate the safe use of leatherworking tools. Show
               Demonstrate                 how to correctly handle leathercraft materials and substances. Explain
                                           first-aid procedures related to leatherwork (requirement 1).

               Note                  E.    Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.


     2-5       Discuss/              A.    Discuss and demonstrate the techniques listed in requirement 3.
               Demonstrate

               Review                B.    Allow Scouts to work at their own pace to complete requirements.

               Wrap Up               C.    Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge applications for
                                           the proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all requirements,
                                           make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                           has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                           badge requirements.

                                     D.    Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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LIFESAVING


Introduction        Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who attend
                    your session have the best opportunity to learn about lifesaving. It is important that they
                    have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical, high-
                    quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the material
                    based on your camp resources and facilities. Sign off Scouts as they complete requirements.

Note                Scouts must earn the Swimming merit badge before working on Lifesaving.

Resources           Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are several organizations that
                    could assist you in demonstrations of proper lifesaving techniques. Utilize these resources.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	          	     DESCRIPTION

       1       Greet Scouts       A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                        Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Demonstrate        B.    All Scouts must complete requirement 1 first.

               Review             C.    Review requirement 13. Let Scouts know when the training will be
                                        given, and remind them that this requirement is mandatory.

               Discuss/Do         D.    Discuss and demonstrate requirement 3, then allow Scouts to complete
                                        the requirement.

               Discuss/Do         E.    Discuss and demonstrate requirement 4, then allow Scouts to complete
                                        the requirement.

               Discuss/Do         F.    Discuss and demonstrate requirement 7, then allow Scouts to practice
                                        and complete the requirement.

               Demonstrate        G.    Practice the leaping entry for rescue.

               Review             H.    Review with the Scouts the Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.


       2       Review             A.    Make sure the Scouts understand and know first aid for the injuries
                                        and illnesses cited in requirement 15.

               Discuss            B.    Discuss requirements 2 and 8.

               Discuss/Do         C.    Discuss and demonstrate requirement 9, then permit Scouts to practice
                                        the requirement.

               Demonstrate        D.    Demonstrate requirement 10, then allow Scouts to practice and
                                        complete the requirement.




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      3       Demonstrate      A.   Demonstrate requirement 11, then permit Scouts to practice and
                                    complete this requirement.

              Demonstrate      B.   Demonstrate requirement 12, then have Scouts practice and complete
                                    this requirement.

              Discuss/         C.   Discuss and demonstrate requirement 13, then have Scouts practice
              Demonstrate           and complete this requirement.

                               D.   Have Scouts demonstrate requirement 14, management of a
                                    spinal injury.


      4       Demonstrate      A.   Allow Scouts to practice and complete requirement 9.

              Review           B.   Review and complete requirement 6.


      5       Demonstrate      A.   Demonstrate and have Scouts complete requirement 5.

              Note             B.   Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.

              Wrap Up          C.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               D.   Sign all merit badge applications for Scouts who completed requirements.

                               E.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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METALWORK


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who attend
                      your session have the best opportunity to learn about metalworking. It is important that
                      they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical, high-
                      quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the material
                      based on your camp resources and facilities. Sign off Scouts as they complete requirements.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are several organizations that can
                      help you demonstrate proper metalworking techniques. Utilize these resources.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	             	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge applications for Scoutmaster signature.
                                           Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Review/Discuss        B.    Review the safety rules pertaining to metalwork. Discuss the
                                           additional safety rules that apply to the different metalwork
                                           disciplines (requirement 1).

               Demonstrate           C.    Demonstrate the techniques described in requirement 3, then allow
                                           Scouts to practice.

               Discuss/Do            D.    Discuss the terms cited in requirement 2, then have Scouts complete
                                           the requirement.


     2–5       Review                A.    Allow Scouts to work at their own pace to complete requirements
                                           3 through 5.

               Note                  B.    Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.

               Wrap Up               C.    Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge applications for
                                           the proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all requirements,
                                           make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                           has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                           badge requirements.

                                     D.    Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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MOTORBOATING


Introduction           Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                       attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about motorboating. It is important
                       that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                       high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                       material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources              Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many state and federal agencies
                       or clubs and organizations that can assist you in presenting this merit badge program.

Note                   All Scouts must complete requirement 3 before being permitted to participate in this merit
                       badge program. Troops should be notified of this before attending camp.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	              	     DESCRIPTION

        1      Greet Scouts           A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                            Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Demonstrate            B.    All Scouts wanting to participate in this merit badge program must
                                            first pass requirement 3.

               Discuss                C.    Discuss with the Scouts requirements 1, 2, and 4.


        2      Discuss                A.    Discuss requirements 4e, f, and g.

               Discuss/               B.    Discuss and demonstrate requirements 5 and 6.
               Demonstrate

               Drive                  C.    Have Scouts take out the boat and work on requirements 5 and 6.


       3–4     Drive                  A.    Have Scouts take out the boat and continue to work on requirements
                                            5 and 6.

               Note                   B.    This is the time to make sure that all the Scouts are proceeding on
                                            schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing the
                                            merit badge the Scoutmaster should be notified.


        5      Wrap Up                A.    Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                            proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                            make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                            has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                            badge requirements.

                                      B.    Submit necessary records to the camp program director.



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NATURE


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about nature. It is important that
                      they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                      material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many state and federal
                      agencies that can provide you with a variety of materials and support to help you present
                      the Nature merit badge program.

Note                  In order to complete requirement 4a (birds) the Scout must have a birdhouse or feeder set
                      out at least one month before coming to camp and bring with him a list of birds. The list
                      should be initialed by the Scoutmaster. In requirement 4h (soils and rocks) the Scout may
                      need to bring five different types of rocks from his area to camp.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

        1      Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                          Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Hike/Observe         B.    Take a nature hike, explaining to the group the information for
                                          requirements 1–3. Remind them to watch for species of mammals
                                          and mammal tracks for requirement 4b (mammals).

               Hike/Observe         C.    While on the hike, allow participants to make plaster casts for require-
                                          ment 4b (mammals). Every Scout must make a cast.


       2–5     Hike/Observe         A.    Take a nature hike, allowing the Scouts to collect leaves of 12 plants
                                          or the seeds of six plants, and help them identify 15 species of plants.
                                          Point out plants for participants to identify (requirement 4g).

               Hike/Observe         B.    While on the hike, allow Scouts to collect necessary soil samples and/or
                                          rocks for requirement 4h (soils and rocks).

               Hike/Observe         C.    Help Scouts identify eight species of birds, then point out birds, allow-
                                          ing participants to identify them to complete requirement 4a (birds).

               Hike/Observe         D.    Allow participants to identify three species of reptiles or amphibians, or
                                          one reptile or amphibian by its den, burrow, or eggs, etc., to complete
                                          requirement 4c (reptiles or amphibians). Show that you can recognize
                                          what venomous snakes can be found in your area.

               Note                 E.    Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.




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      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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ORIENTEERING


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about orienteering. It is important
                      that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                      material, based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many state and federal
                      agencies that can assist you in presenting this merit badge program.

Note                  Requirement 7 will require a substantial amount of time to complete. A Scout will need to
                      start working on this requirement before attending camp if he hopes to complete the merit
                      badge during his stay at summer camp. Troops should be notified about this requirement
                      before coming to camp. While orienteering is primarily an individual sport, BSA Youth
                      Protection procedures call for using the buddy system. Requirement 7a can be completed
                      by pairs or groups of Scouts.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

       1       Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                           Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Discuss              B.    Discuss requirement 1.

               Discuss              C.    Discuss requirement 2.

               Demonstrate          D.    Have Scouts demonstrate requirement 3.

               Reminder             E.    Remind Scouts they need to teach their patrol or troop orienteering
                                          techniques for requirement 10.


       2       Discuss/             A.    Discuss and have Scouts demonstrate requirement 4.
               Demonstrate

               Review               B.    Demonstrate requirement 5. Have Scouts practice and then complete
                                          the requirement.

               Orient               C.    Have Scouts orient a 1000m-long course with three control markers in
                                          30 minutes, then have Scout do requirements 7b, parts 1–4.

               Plan                 D.    Have Scouts begin plans for a cross-country course 2,000 meters long
                                          with at least five control markers. Have them prepare a master map and
                                          control description sheet (requirement 8a).




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      3       Discuss/         A.   Discuss and demonstrate requirement 6. Have Scouts practice
              Demonstrate           and then complete the requirement.

              Orient           B.   Have Scouts orient a 1,500-meter-long course with five control
                                    markers in 30 minutes, then have Scouts do requirement 7b.


      4       Demonstrate      A.   Have Scouts orient at least two different courses. If there are enough
                                    Scouts, have one group officiate while the other sets up the course.
                                    Then switch roles to complete requirements 8a and 9.

              Reminder         B.   Remind Scouts that they need to complete requirement 10
                                    by tomorrow.

              Note             C.   This is the time to make sure that all the Scouts are proceeding on
                                    schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing the
                                    merit badge, the Scoutmaster should be notified.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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PIONEERING


Introduction           Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                       attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about pioneering. It is important
                       that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                       high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                       material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources              Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you.

Note                   The pioneering projects described in this merit badge are done with large poles. These poles
                       should not be cut from live trees for each project. The camp should have a supply cut and
                       available to reuse each week at camp.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	              	     DESCRIPTION

       1       Greet Scouts           A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                            Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Demonstrate            B.    Demonstrate how to coil and throw a 40-foot length of quarter-inch
                                            rope and have Scouts do the same (requirement 3).

               Demonstrate            C.    Demonstrate requirements 2b–c, then have Scouts practice.

               Discuss                D.    Describe the differences between synthetic ropes and natural-fiber
                                            ropes. Discuss which types of rope are suitable for pioneering work
                                            and why (requirement 4).


       2       Demonstrate            A.    Have Scouts tie seven basic knots and hitches plus five additional ones,
                                            and explain how to use each one in pioneering (requirement 2).

               Demonstrate            B.    Have Scouts demonstrate a short, back, and eye splice (requirement 5).

               Demonstrate            C.    Have Scouts build a rope-making machine and complete requirement 6.


       3       Build                  A.    Have Scouts work on requirements 7, 9, and 10.


       4       Demonstrate            A.    Have Scouts demonstrate the use of a rope tackle to lift a weight
                                            for requirement 8.

               Note                   B.    Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.




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      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements.

                               B.   Prepare the merit badge cards for the proper signatures. If any Scout
                                    does not complete all the requirements, make sure that his records
                                    properly indicate the requirements that he has completed and that
                                    the Scout knows why he did not complete the badge requirements.

                               C.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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REPTILE AND
AMPHIBIAN STUDY


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about reptiles and amphibians.
                      It is important that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help
                      you plan a logical, high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach
                      in presenting the material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many state and federal
                      agencies that can provide you with a variety of materials and support to help you deliver
                      the Reptile and Amphibian Study merit badge program. Sign off on requirements as
                      Scouts complete them.

Note                  In order to have requirement 8 approved, bring records kept and confirmation from the
                      Scoutmaster that the requirement was satisfactorily achieved. This should be shared with
                      troops before attending summer camp.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

       1       Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                          Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Hike/Observe         B.    Take a nature hike, explaining to the group the information for
                                          requirements 1–10. Remind them to watch for species of reptiles
                                          and amphibians.


       2       Observe/Discuss      A.    Show 10 reptiles or amphibians and discuss information in
                                          requirements 3 and 6.

               Observe/Sketch       B.    Allow Scouts to complete requirement 1. Remember that all Scouts
                                          are not Rembrandts. It is what the drawings contain that is important.
                                          Have the Scouts share with you what is in their drawing.


       3       Discuss/             A.    Discuss information in requirements 2, 4, and 5.
               Demonstrate

                                    B.    Have each Scout describe to his group the information in require-
                                          ments 3, 5, 6, 7, and 10, or allow each group to hold a discussion
                                          on this information.

               Note                 C.    Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.




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      4       Demonstrate      A.   Demonstrate treatment for snakebite and then have Scouts do the same
                                    (requirement 7).

              Discuss/         B.   Divide Scouts into groups of four and have them pick a partner.
              Demonstrate           Instruct one partner to treat snakebite on the other, then reverse the
                                    partners allowing each other to treat the first.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp director.




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RIFLE SHOOTING


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about rifle shooting. It is important
                      that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                      material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. State and federal agencies or other orga-
                      nizations, such as National Rifle Association or shooting clubs, can provide you with a vari-
                      ety of materials and support to help you deliver the Rifle Shooting merit badge program.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	             	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature. Make
                                           a roster of the Scouts. Each Scout should also inform you of which
                                           option they will select, (A) rifle, (B) air rifle, or (C) muzzleloading rifle.

               Discuss               B.    Review requirement 1, parts a–e.

               Tour                  C.    Tour the shooting range(s) and discuss shooting procedures.

               Discuss               D.    If time permits, finish the discussion of requirement 1, parts f–i.


      2        Observe/Discuss       A.    If option A is selected, review parts a–k and sign off requirements that
                                           are completed.

               Demonstration/        B.    Adjust sights and practice shooting targets for part l if you are shooting
               Shoot                       for option A.

               Demonstration/        C.    If option B is selected, review parts a–j and sign off requirements that
               Shoot                       are completed.

               Demonstration/        D.    Adjust sights and practice shooting targets for part k if you are shooting
               Shoot                       for option B.

               Demonstration/        E.    If option C is selected, review parts a–m and sign off requirements that
               Shoot                       are completed.

               Demonstration/        F.    Adjust sights and practice shooting targets for parts n and o if you are
               Shoot                       shooting for option C.


      3        Shoot                 A.    Continue shooting for option A, part l.

                                     B.    Continue shooting for option B, part k.

                                     C.    Continue shooting for option C, parts n and o.


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      4       Shoot            A.   Continue shooting for option A, part l.

                               B.   Continue shooting for option B, part k.

                               C.   Continue shooting for option C, parts n and o.

              Reminder         D.   Remind the Scouts that tomorrow is the last day to shoot and to
                                    complete any requirements not related to shooting.

              Note             E.   Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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ROWING


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about rowing. It is important that
                      they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                      material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many state and federal agen-
                      cies or clubs and organizations that can assist you in presenting this merit badge program.

Note                  All Scouts must complete requirement 3 before being permitted to participate in this merit
                      badge program. Troops should be notified of this before attending camp.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

       1       Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                          Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Demonstrate          B.    All Scouts wanting to participate in this merit badge program must
                                          first pass requirement 3.

               Discuss/             C.    Discuss with the Scouts requirements 1, 2, 4, and 11b–g.
               Demonstrate

       2       Demonstrate          A.    Demonstrate requirement 5 and have Scouts practice.

               Discuss/             B.    Discuss and demonstrate requirements 6 and 10a–c.
               Demonstrate

       3       Row                  A.    Have Scouts take out the boat and work on requirements 6 and 11a.

                                    B.    If time permits, begin work on requirement 7.


       4       Row                  A.    Have Scouts take out the boat and continue to work on requirements
                                          7, 8, and 9.

               Note                 B.    This is the time to make sure that all the Scouts are proceeding on
                                          schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing the
                                          merit badge the Scoutmaster should be notified.




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      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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SHOTGUN SHOOTING


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about shotgun shooting. It is
                      important that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you
                      plan a logical, high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in
                      presenting the material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. State and federal agencies or other
                      organizations, such as National Rifle Association or shooting clubs, can provide you
                      with a variety of materials and support to help you present the Shotgun Shooting merit
                      badge program.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature. Make a
                                          roster of the Scouts. Each Scout also should inform you of which option
                                          they will select, (A) modern shotshell type or (B) muzzleloading.

               Discuss              B.    Review requirement 1, parts a–e.

               Tour                 C.    Tour the shotgun range(s) and discuss shooting procedures.

               Discuss              D.    If time permits, finish your discussion of requirements 1f–i.


      2        Observe/Discuss      A.    If option A is selected, review parts a–j and sign off requirements that
                                          are completed.

               Demonstrate/         B.    Begin shooting targets for requirement k, if you are shooting for
               Shoot                      option A.

               Demonstrate/         C.    If option B is selected, review parts a–m and sign off requirements that
               Shoot                      are completed.

               Demonstrate/         D.    Begin shooting targets for requirement n if you are shooting for option B.
               Shoot

      3        Shoot                A.    Continue shooting for option A, requirement k.

               Shoot                B.    Continue shooting for option B, requirement n.


      4        Shoot                A.    Continue shooting for option A, requirement k.

               Shoot                B.    Continue shooting for option B, requirement n.




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              Reminder         C.   Remind the Scouts that tomorrow is the last day to shoot and complete
                                    any requirements not related to shooting.

              Note             D.   Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to camp program director.




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SMALL-BOAT SAILING


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about small-boat sailing. It is
                      important that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you
                      plan a logical, high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in
                      presenting the material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many state and federal agen-
                      cies or clubs and organizations that can assist you in presenting this merit badge program.

Note                  All Scouts must complete requirement 2 before being permitted to participate in this merit
                      badge program. Troops should be notified of this before attending camp.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

       1       Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                          Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Demonstrate          B.    All Scouts wanting to participate in this merit badge program must first
                                          pass requirement 2.

               Discuss/             C.    Discuss with the Scouts requirements 4, 8, and 9.
               Demonstrate

       2       Discuss              A.    Discuss requirement 5.

               Discuss/             B.    Discuss and demonstrate requirements 6a–g.
               Demonstrate

       3       Discuss              A.    Discuss requirements 7 and 8.

               Sail                 B.    Have Scouts take out the boat and work on requirements 6i and 8.


       4       Sail                 A.    Have Scouts take out the boat and continue to work on requirement 6.

               Note                 B.    This is the time to make sure that all the Scouts are proceeding on
                                          schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing the
                                          merit badge, the Scoutmaster should be notified.


       5       Wrap Up              A.    Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                          proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                          make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                          has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                          badge requirements.

                                    B.    Submit necessary records to the camp program director.

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SOIL AND WATER
CONSERVATION


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about soil and water conservation.
                      This may be the first merit badge on which the Scouts will be working. It is important
                      that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                      material based on your camp resources and facilities. Several requirements in this merit
                      badge involve writing; school is out for the summer, so be creative on how Scouts can
                      share the necessary information in those requirements. Sign off on the requirements as
                      the Scouts complete them.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many state and federal
                      agencies that can provide you with a variety of materials and displays, and can make
                      presentations at your camp. Make sure you don’t wait until the last minute to ask for
                      help. These agencies need time to arrange for personnel and materials.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	            	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts         A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                          Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Review               B.    Review the information the Scouts need to know for requirements 1a–c.

               Discuss              C.    Discuss with the Scouts requirements 2a, 2b, 3a, 4a, 4d, and 6a–c.

               Hike                 D.    Complete requirements 4b and 4c, and bring to the merit badge
                                          area tomorrow.


      2        Review               A.    Review briefly some of the items you did in day 1. Review requirements
                                          4b and 4c and sign off on completion.

               Hike                 B.    Take a hike, stopping at various times to show kinds of soil erosion
                                          (requirement 2c) and three kinds of erosion-control practices
                                          (requirement 3b).

               Review               C.    Complete and bring to the merit badge class tomorrow the items
                                          needed for requirements 2d, 3c, and 7e.

               Plan                 D.    Select a conservation project you will work on this week.


      3        Review               A.    Discuss the water cycle in requirement 5. Ask if the Scouts have any
                                          questions about this requirement.

               Demonstrate          B.    Demonstrate requirement 5b and allow each Scout to try it.



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              Discuss          C.   Discuss requirements 5c–e

              Complete         D.   Have Scouts complete requirement 5a and bring their work to the
                                    merit badge area tomorrow. Remember not to judge for artistic talent
                                    but for what the drawing represents. Sign off on requirements.


      4       Review           A.   Review requirement 5a with Scouts.

              Remind           B.   Have Scouts work on requirement 6d and bring to the merit badge
                                    area tomorrow.

              Work             C.   Work on the soil and water conservation project.

              Note             D.   Allow Scouts time to work on individual requirements. Remind them
                                    that tomorrow is the last day to have these requirements approved at
                                    camp. Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete
                                    the badge.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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SWIMMING


Introduction        Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who attend
                    your session have the best opportunity to learn about swimming. It is important that they
                    have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical, high-quality
                    program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the material based
                    on your camp resources and facilities. Sign off Scouts as they complete their requirements.

Resources           Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are several organizations that can
                    help you demonstrate proper swimming techniques. Utilize these resources.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	           	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts        A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                         Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Review              B.    Review Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat with the group, then do
                                         a Safe Swim Defense exercise.

               Review              C.    Review requirement 2. Let Scouts know when the training will be
                                         given, and remind them that this requirement is mandatory.

               Complete            D.    Have each Scout successfully complete requirement 3.

               Demonstrate         E.    Demonstrate requirement 5, then allow Scouts to practice and
                                         complete the requirement.


      2        Instruction         A.    Discuss and demonstrate requirement 8, then permit Scouts to practice
                                         and complete the requirement.

               Demonstrate         B.    Demonstrate requirement 7, then allow Scouts to practice and
                                         complete the requirement.

               Demonstrate         C.    Demonstrate requirement 9, then allow Scouts to practice and
                                         complete the requirement.


      3        Practice            A.    Continue work on requirements 7, 8, and 9.

               Demonstrate         B.    Demonstrate requirement 6 and have Scouts practice and complete
                                         the requirement.




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      4       Demonstrate      A.   Demonstrate requirement 4, then permit Scouts to practice and
                                    complete it.

              Discuss/         B.   Discuss and demonstrate requirement 2, then have Scouts practice and
              Demonstrate           complete this requirement.

              Discuss/Do       C.   Discuss requirements 1 and 10, then allow Scouts to complete
                                    these requirements.

              Practice         D.   Continue work on all requirements.

              Note             E.   Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the
                                    merit badge.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Sign all merit badge applications for Scouts who completed requirements.

                               C.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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WATER SPORTS


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about water sports. It is important
                      that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan a logical,
                      high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in presenting the
                      material based on your camp resources and facilities.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are many state and federal agencies
                      or clubs and organizations that could assist you in presenting this merit badge program.

Note                  All Scouts must complete requirement 3 before being permitted to participate in this merit
                      badge program. Troops should be notified of this before attending camp.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	             	     DESCRIPTION

       1       Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                           Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Demonstrate           B.    All Scouts wishing to participate in this merit badge program must
                                           first pass requirement 3.

               Discuss/              C.    Discuss with the Scouts requirements 4 and 5.
               Demonstrate

       2       Demonstrate           A.    Have Scouts demonstrate requirement 5.

               Discuss               B.    Discuss requirements 6 and 7.


       3       Demonstrate           A.    Demonstrate requirement 6.
               Ski                   B.    Have Scouts practice requirement 6.


       4       Ski                   A.    Have Scouts practice requirement 7.
               Note                  B.    This is the time to make sure that all Scouts are proceeding on
                                           schedule. If it looks like anyone is having a problem completing
                                           the merit badge, the Scoutmaster should be notified.


       5       Wrap Up               A.    Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                           proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                           make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                           has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                           badge requirements.
                                     B.    Submit necessary records to the camp program director.



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WILDERNESS SURVIVAL


Introduction        Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                    attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about wilderness survival. It is
                    important that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you
                    plan a logical, high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in
                    presenting the material based on your camp resources and facilities. Sign off Scouts as they
                    complete their requirements.

Resources           Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. State and federal agencies or other orga-
                    nizations, such as the military or forest service, can provide you with a variety of materials
                    and support to help you deliver the Wilderness Survival merit badge program.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	           	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts        A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                         Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Discuss             B.    Review requirements 1 and 2. Remind them that there will be an
                                         overnight experience on day 4.

               Demonstrate         C.    Demonstrate requirements 11 and 12 and have Scouts work on
                                         these requirements.

               Discuss             D.    If time permits, discuss requirements 5 and 13 and have Scouts begin
                                         working on their personal survival kit.

                                         Note: If you do not plan to provide the necessary materials for require-
                                         ment 5, then troops need to be notified before coming to camp so that
                                         the Scouts may bring the necessary materials.


      2        Discuss             A.    Discuss requirement 3 and sign off for requirements that are completed.

               Demonstrate         B.    Demonstrate items in requirements 7a–c and have Scouts practice them.

               Discuss/            C.    Based on your facilities, demonstrate as many parts of requirements
               Demonstrate               4a–4e as possible (ways to survive).

               Role-play           D.    Have a we-are-lost ‘‘problem’’ and ask Scouts to discuss how they
                                         would survive. Sign off on requirements 3, 7, and 4 if completed
                                         during this discussion.

               Review              E.    Review plans for the overnight on day 4.




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      3       Discuss/         A.   Discuss and demonstrate the information in requirement 1 and have
              Demonstrate           Scouts pair off, allowing each Scout to complete this requirement.

              Discuss          B.   Discuss the information for requirement 10.

              Review           C.   Review plans for the overnight for tomorrow night.


      4       Demonstrate      A.   Demonstrate how to build a shelter (requirement 8). Explain that
                                    Scouts will have to construct a shelter this evening and spend the
                                    night in the shelter they build (requirement 9).

              Demonstrate      B.   Demonstrate how to build fires as mentioned in requirement 6 and
                                    have Scouts complete this requirement.

              Overnight        C.   Go on the overnight.

              Reminder         D.   Remind the Scouts that tomorrow is the last day to complete
                                    any requirements.

              Note             E.   Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.


      5       Wrap Up          A.   Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                    proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                    make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                    has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                    badge requirements.

                               B.   Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




Summer Camp Merit Badge Program Outline                                                  Wilderness Survival
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WOOD CARVING


Introduction          Your challenge as a summer camp merit badge counselor is to see that the Scouts who
                      attend your session have the best opportunity to learn about wood carving. It is impor-
                      tant that they have a positive experience. This lesson plan is designed to help you plan
                      a logical, high-quality program. You may have to use a slightly different approach in
                      presenting the material based on your camp resources and facilities. Sign off Scouts as
                      they complete requirements.

Resources             Be sure to utilize all the resources available to you. There are several organizations that
                      could help you demonstrate proper wood-carving techniques. Utilize these resources.


	   DAY	       ACTIVITY	             	     DESCRIPTION

      1        Greet Scouts          A.    Examine all merit badge cards for the Scoutmaster’s signature.
                                           Make a roster of the Scouts.

               Discuss/Do            B.    Have Scouts earn the Totin’ Chip recognition (requirement 2a).

               Discuss/Do            C.    Discuss requirements 1 and 2b. Allow Scouts to complete
                                           these requirements.

               Demonstrate           D.    Demonstrate the techniques described in requirement 4. Allow Scouts
                                           to practice and complete the requirement.

               Discuss               E.    Discuss requirement 5.


     2–5       Discuss/Do            A.    Discuss requirement 3, then allow Scouts to complete
                                           the requirement.

               Review                B.    Allow Scouts to work at their own pace to complete requirements
                                           6 and 7.

               Note                  C.    Inform the Scoutmaster of any Scout who might not complete the badge.

               Wrap Up               D.    Wrap up all the requirements. Prepare the merit badge cards for the
                                           proper signatures. If any Scout does not complete all the requirements,
                                           make sure that his records properly indicate the requirements that he
                                           has completed and that the Scout knows why he did not complete the
                                           badge requirements.

                                     E.    Submit necessary records to the camp program director.




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