Visit the municipal offices of the city engineer or surveyor. Look at a map
of your town and try to find your house. Look at some of the surveying equipment
and learn some of the simple math calculations.
Tour the city water works, sanitary facility or recycling center. Ask about
the current workload, and the kinds of daily activities that go on. How do they
Visit an operating draw-bridge, grain elevator, ship or train loading
operation, or other large industrial operation involving large cranes or other
Visit a jeweler and look at various gems under the microscope. How does the
pattern affect the way a jewel is cut?
Invite someone from the Orienteering Club to bring some topographical maps to
your meeting. Learn how to read a map, picking out landmarks.
Ask your local Boy Scout troop to give a demonstration of some of the skills
needed for the Pioneering Merit Badge. One particular item of interest would be
to see a rope monkey bridge being lashed together.
Ask Webelos to look through books and magazines at home and bring in pictures
of bridges. Note the differences in construction
Ideas for Den Meetings
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Invite a civil, electrical, mechanical or chemical engineer to the meeting to
discuss his/her occupation.
Visit an office of civil engineers.
blue print of a building and ask an engineer to discuss the plans. Then tour the
Visit a chemical production plant.
Visit a college engineering
This is an interesting experiment. Prepare a box of Jello as directed on the
box. Pour it into an oblong pan and let it set. Use this as a base for this
experiment. Build another base out of clay. Build several small bridges out of
toothpicks and marshmallows. Place half of the bridges on the Jello base and the
other bridges on the clay base. Shake them both. This will show how different
bases perform in an earthquake. Also try a base of wet sand.
Define what an engineer is and the types of things he might do as part of
After helping the Scout define what an engineer is, have boys w rite as the
other list occupations engineers might hold and what they do on a large sheet to
mount on the wall of the meeting room. You will find ideas on page 268.
Measure The Property Line Where You Meet
Do this in small groups. Have someone write it down. Compare the results when
all of the groups have finished. Discuss why the results were the same of
different. Ask the Scouts why people have and measure property lines. Ask the
Scouts if there is a way that they could measure the property line and be sure
of the results and what might happen if the line were measured wrong.
Measure Your Meeting Room
Measure the dimensions of the room you meet in using a ruler, yardstick, and
a tape measure in small groups. Compare results and discuss measuring
experiences and problems. Equate their experiences with what an engineer might
do as a part of his work.
Build a Doll House from a Kit
Obtain a simple doll house kit from a craft store. Have one Scout read the
instructions and supervise the building (The Scouts' jobs might change as they
find they are better at some skills than others), one assemble the tools and
keep the materials straight, two build, etc. After the house is built, paint
will need to be obtained (ask for donations), shingles attached, and of course
the inside will need to be decorated.
The Scouts will work together and discuss each stage of the building. Try to
stand by with assistance if needed and to record decisions made by the group.
They might wish to extend the activity by making furniture for the inside.
Imagination is the only limit to the way the Scouts can make the furniture.
When the house is completed, what will you do with your house? Set it to a
vote of the members of the den. (Citizenship Activity Badge). Possibilities are
putting all of the boys' names in a hat for a drawing, or donating it to a sick
child or a school (giving the den its year's service