These were the REQUIREMENTS before 2007.
To see the current requirements,
To see the changes which were made in 2007,
- Define meteorology. Explain how the weather affects farmers,
sailors, aviators, and the outdoors construction industry. Tell
why weather forecasts are important to each of these groups.
- Name five dangerous weather-related conditions. Give the
safety rules for each when outdoors and explain the difference
between a severe weather watch and a warning. Discuss the safety
rules with your family.
- Draw cross sections of a cold front and a warm front showing
the location and movements of the cold and warm air, the frontal
slope, the location and types of clouds associated with the
front, and the location of rain. Tell the differences between
a cold front and a warm front.
- Tell what causes wind, why it rains, and how lightning and
hail are formed. Explain the difference between high and low
pressure systems in the atmosphere and tell which is related
to good and poor weather.
- Identify and describe clouds in the low, middle, and upper
levels of the atmosphere. Relate these to specific types of
- Draw a diagram of the water cycle and label its major processes.
Explain the water cycle to your counselor.
- Define acid rain. Identify which human activities pollute
the atmosphere as well as the effects such pollution can have
- Do ONE of the following:
- Make one of the following instruments:
- wind vane,
- rain gauge,
Keep a daily weather log for 1 week using information
from this instrument as well as from other sources such
as local radio and television stations or NOAA Weather Radio.
The following information should be recorded at the same
time every day: wind direction and speed, temperature, precipitation,
and types of clouds. Be sure to make a note of any morning
dew or frost. In the log, also list the weather forecasts
from radio or television at the same time each day and show
how the weather really turned out.
- Visit a National Weather Service office or talk with
a local radio or television weathercaster, private meteorologist,
local agricultural Extension service office, or university
meteorology instructor. Find out what type of weather is
most dangerous or damaging to your community. Determine
how severe weather and flood warnings reach the homes in
- Do ONE of the following:
- Give a talk of more than 5 minutes to your unit explaining
the camping safety rules in the event of lightning, flash
floods, and tornadoes. Before your talk, show your outline
to your counselor for approval.
- Read several articles about acid rain and give a prepared
talk of more than 5 minutes about the articles to your unit.
Before your talk, show your outline to your counselor for
BSA Advancement ID#: 116
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1999
Requirements last revised in 1987