It is a month for outdoor
activity awards. There are many good ideas here BUT the best idea is to get
your Webelos to Webelos Resident Camp (or day camp) and have them earn them
JUNIOR FOREST RANGER QUIZ
Circle the correct answer
Campfire permits are required for: (a) indoor fireplaces, (b)
outdoor areas, depending on local laws, or (c) lighting Halloween pumpkins.
The safest way to start a campfire is with: (a) a pile of leaves,
(b) gasoline, or (c) small pieces of kindling wood.
The best place to ask where forest campfires can be built is: (a)
sheriff’s office, (b) sporting goods store, or (c) ranger fire warden
When staying overnight in the forest, before going to bed you
should: (a) place heavy logs on the fire, (b) put out your campfire, or (c)
arrange to get up every 2 hours to check the fire.
When you see a bear in the forest, park, or zoo you should: (a)
pull his fur, (b) chase him with a stick, or (c) stay away from him.
To cook properly over a campfire, you should: (a) cook over the
flames of a large fire, (b) build a small compact fire and cook over the hot
embers, or (c) burn a lot of paper to make the fire hot.
The best way to put out a campfire is: (a) spread out the embers
and cool with dirt or water. Mix thoroughly and check for hot spots, (b)
cover it with rocks or (c) let it alone and it will burn itself out.
The best spot for a campfire is: (a) inside a rotten log or
stump, (b) under a tree, or (c) in a cleared open space away from trees.
For camping or burning trash, the following is the most important
and practical tool to carry in a car: (a) shovel, (b) bucket of water, or
(c) wet blanket.
If a fire gets out of hand, you should: (a) get your parents and
run to your car and drive away, (b) report it immediately to a forest
ranger, or (c) get other Junior Forest Rangers to fight the fire.
If your clothes happen to catch on fire you should: (a) keep
calm, do not run, roll a blanket around you to smother flames, (b) run for
help, or (c) jump up and down real fast.
Camp matches should be: (a) kept in a metal container, (b) stored
near outboard motor fuel, or (c) placed in the hot sun.
A person who is careless and starts a forest fire: (a) is made
honorary fire chief, (b) receives a fire prevention award, or (c) can be
fined and sent to jail
Well managed forests gives us: (a) Smokey Bear, (b) wood, water,
wildfire, grass, and outdoor fun, or (c) just lumber, paper, walnuts.
A match or cigarette thrown from a car window: (a) is permissible
of no one is look in, (b) is permissible if it looks like it has gone out,
or (c) is never safe.
A windy day is a good time: (a) to burn trash, (b) to start a
campfire, or (c) not to start a fire.
A trash-burning incinerator should be: (a) equipped with a good
spark arrester, (b) placed under a tree for shade, or (c) used only on windy
Before lighting an open fire: (a) people should leave the
neighborhood, (b) local fire laws should be checked and obeyed, or (c) drink
three glasses of water.
Junior Forest Rangers: (a) put out forest fires, (b) start forest
fires, or (c) help prevent forest fires.
1.B, 2.C, 3.C, 4.B, 5.C, 6.B, 7.A, 8.C, 9.A, 10.B,
11.A, 12.A, 13.C, 14.B, 15.C, 16.C, 17.A, 18.B, 19.C
READ A TREE
Find a smooth cut stump or log end and look closely at
the pattern of growth rings. There is a layer of wood for each year of
growth. Some tree kinds will show light spring wood and dark summer wood in
each year’s growth. Count annual rings low on the trunk to find the tree’s
Drought years cause occasional narrow growth rings
A leaning tree has rings narrower on one side than the other. A tree on a
clearing edge may have similar uneven rings.
These next three activities could really be tailored to either badge.
Circle Ten had them under Forester. I like Naturalist. Adapt them as
needed so your Webelos can accomplish what they need for either Activity
A nature trail is an
excellent learning device much better than books- because scouts can see,
smell, and touch an object while they learn. Assuming that you will use it
just for one weekend, the markers might be simply 3 x 5 cards taped to the
object. Ask a leader who is an amateur naturalist or a nature merit badge
counselor to choose the objects to be marked along the trail.
It is not necessary to identify every tree, plant and rock in the area. Your
primary purpose should be to identify the most common objects of the natural
community and to point to other things in the natural world.
For example, you might
have a marker where deer have grazed vegetation, where a beaver has been at
work, or where lichens have found a toehold in rock. Another might be a
fallen rotting tree, which is a feeding and nesting ground for insects and
Here are suggestions for
writing trail signs. Write them on the spot because desk-written signs are
apt to be formal. Here is an example of a good label:
After going over your trail, the Scout should have some knowledge of common
trees and plants. Be sure to remove the trail signs at the end of the
activity unless it is to become a permanent nature trail.
Arrange could be made with
the Council office to have a day event at one of the Boy Scout Camp
available in your area.
TOUCH AND FEEL HIKE
Find a leaf. Is it Hairy or smooth?___________________
Do you know what kind of leaf you found? Name it
Find a rock. Is it rough or smooth?__________________
Find something dry. Can you explain why it is dry?
Where did you find your dry item?__________________
Find something bumpy. What is it?_________________
Why do you think it is bumpy?____________________
Find something that is cool to the touch. What did you
Find something that is warm to the touch. What did you
Feel the air around you. Is it warm or
What do you like best that you found on your hike?
NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT
Circle Ten Council
Check off each as you find or complete it.
________Can you find an
Ant hill? (Don’t touch it)
________Can you find any
________Find the following
________Find the following
________Locate an animal track.
What kind of animal do you think it is?
Find the following trees
you tell this list came from Texas?? Be sure to list trees that grow in your
My personal favorite
tree. It was the emblem of Schiff Scout Reservation, a National Training
Center in New Jersey where I took NJLITC in 1963. CD
_______Find the following
colors on a bird
_______Find a butterfly