Almost every Webelos Scout, not to mention fathers
and leaders, can find an interesting area of engineering. It is one
of the most exacting of the professions, and the Engineer activity
badge gives insight into several types of engineering.
careful planning, a den meeting can change a boy's whole concept of
man made objects from apathy to excitement.
Electrician, ironworker, heavy equipment operator,
bricklayer, plumber, telephone lineman, sanitation worker, railroad
engineer, surveyor, city engineer, traffic planner, grain elevator
operator manager, draftsman, TV producer, architect, college
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
Visit a jeweler and look at various gems under the
microscope. How does the pattern affect the way a jewel is
Invite someone from the Orienteering Club to bring some
topographical maps to your meeting. Learn how to read a map, picking
Ask your local Boy Scout troop 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.
Den Floor Plan
Invite the high school drafting teacher to your
meeting. Learn to use T-squares, triangles, straight edges, and
other equipment needed to accurately draw a floor plan.
the dimensions of your den meeting place. Make a simple floor plan
sketch, including location of doors and windows.
The U.S. Department of the Interior publishes
geological surveys of the whole country. Quadrangle maps can be
purchased. Check out your book stores, or local map stores.
at a map which includes your town and try to find your house. What
is the exact longitude and latitude of your home.
meeting place, nearby lakes, and other points of