Webelos Scout Activity Badges
As revised in the 1998 edition of the
Webelos Scout Book (#33108).
To see the changes which were made in 1998,
To see the requirements as they appear in the 2003
of the Webelos Handbook (#33452),
GEOLOGIST , NATURALIST,
Do Five of These:
- Make a map of the United States. Show the types of forests growing
in different parts of the country. Name some kinds of trees that grow in
these forests. For each type of forest, give one or more examples of
uses for the wood of its trees.
- Draw a picture to show the plant and tree layers of a forest in your
area. Label the different layers. (If you don't live in an area that has
forests, choose an area that does and draw a picture of that forest.)
- Identify six forest trees common to the area where you live. Tell
how both wildlife and humans use them. (If you don't live in a region
that has forests, read about one type of forest and name six of
its trees and their uses.)
- Identify six forest plants (other than trees) that are useful to
wildlife. Tell which animals use them and for what purposes.
- Draw a picture showing
- how water and minerals in the soil help a tree grow
- how the tree uses sunlight to help it grow
- Make a poster showing how a tree's growth rings tell its life
- Collect pieces of three kinds of wood used for building houses.
- Plant 20 forest tree seedlings.Tell how you planted them and what
you did to take care of them after planting.
- Describe the harm wildfires can cause. Tell how you can prevent
- Draw your own urban forestry plan for adding trees to a street,
yard, or park near your home. Show what types of trees you would like to
Do Five of These
- Collect five geologic specimens that have important uses.
- Rocks and minerals are used in metals, glass, jewelry, road-building
products, and fertilizer. Give examples of minerals used in these
- Make a scale of mineral hardness for objects found at home. Show how
to use the scale by finding the relative hardness of three samples.
- List some of the geologic materials used in building your home.
- Make a drawing that shows the cause of a volcano, a geyser, or an
- Explain one way in which mountains are formed.
- Describe what a fossil is. How is it used to tell how old a
formation is? Find two examples of fossils in your area.
Do Four of These
- Keep an "insect zoo" that you have collected. You might have
crickets, ants, or grasshoppers. Study them for a while then release
- Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month.
- Visit a museum of natural history, nature center, or zoo with your
family, den, or pack. Tell what you saw.
- Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week.
Identify the birds you see and write down where and when you saw them.
- Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home. Find out which
birds use these flyways.
- Learn to identify poisonous plants and venomous reptiles found in
- Watch six wild animals (snakes, turtles, fish, birds, or mammals) in
the wild. Describe the kind of place (forest, field, marsh, yard, or
park) where you saw them. Tell what they were doing.
- Give examples of
- A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an
- One way humans have changed the balance of nature
- How you can help protect the balance of nature
Do Five of these:
- Show your ability to tie the following knots:
- Square knot,
- Clove hitch,
- Two half hitches,
- Taut-line hitch
- Pitch a tent using two half hitches and a tautline hitch.
- With your adult partner, take part in a Webelos overnighter or camp
overnight with a Boy Scout troop.
- Help with a two-night campout away from home with your family. Or go
on two one-night campouts with your family.
- With your family or Webelos den, plan and take part in an evening
outdoor activity that includes a campfire.
- Help cook your own lunch or supper outdoors with a parent or another
adult. Clean up afterward.
- Know and practice the rules of outdoor fire safety.
- Visit a nearby Boy Scout camp with your den.