A forester deals with the care and growing of trees.
A Webelos working on the Forester activity badge will learn how to
recognize different species of trees by their shape, foliage, bark
and types of wood. He will learn how they live and grow.
Forest ranger, greenhouse operator, forester, tree surgeon, forest fire fighter, lumberjack, Fish and Game warden, park ranger, Department of Natural Resources employee, Bonsai club member, Environmental Protection Agency employee.
Ask your local park if your den can plant trees if they provide them. They park will designate where to plant them.
Adopt a Tree
For a long-term project, adopt a tree in the back yard where you meet. Measure its girth, estimate its height if it cannot be measured, record its buds, what color it turns, when it loses its leaves, bird's nest, etc. Keep the information in a diary. Measure it every month.
BSA OUTDOOR CODE
Close your meeting each week by reading the Outdoor Code. Give a short talk on the meaning of each sentence.
As an American I will do my best to be clean in my
Can you walk a straight line? Nine out of ten people
will veer sharply to the right if not focusing on a landmark. Now
imagine what that means to a person who becomes lost in the
Arrange a trip to a lumber yard. Talk to the
salesman about the different woods available for use. How is wood
treated for gardens, etc. What are the standard sizes of boards and
plywood? How does a contractor know how much wood it takes to build
Arbor Day Treasures
(Answers: maple, pine, elm, willow, fir)
Meet a Tree
Work in pairs. Blindfold your partner and lead him
through the forest to any tree. Ask the blindfolded Scout to feel
the tree so that he can identify it later without his
After five minutes, walk him back to the starting place and remove the blindfold. Now the Scout must find the tree he explored.
Six thick saplings of quaking aspen swayed in the
thick of the forest.
Five frightfully frightened frogs
frantically fled the forest fire.
Ten timid titmice toiled in the tall, tall tree.
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