Ecology

Bird Study

All Ages

Scouts will learn about the different species of Birds and the different songs and sounds of local bird species. Scouts will develop a journal for effective bird study. Requirements 5 & 6 will most likely not be able to be completed while at camp.

Environmental Science

Recommended Age: 14

Scouts will learn about ecosystems and how animals and plants play an equal role in maintaining the delicate balance of nature. We will conduct experiments to demonstrate how the removal of vegetation affects water runoff as well as others. Scouts should make sure to bring paper and pencil.

Fish and Wildlife Management

All Ages

Scouts will learn about conservation techniques for natural resources such as responsible use of land and protection of wildlife. The course will also cover hunting and fishing laws, and ways that individuals can make a difference in the world through conservation.

Forestry

All Ages -

$5 paid at Cradle of Forestry for guided tour Scouts learn forest management techniques and visit the Cradle of Forestry – the first Forestry school in the world. They also learn to identify trees and other plants as well as learn the forests role in the overall ecosystem.

Geology

All Ages

Scouts will explore the study of the earth. Learn about volcanoes, fossils, rocks and minerals here on planet Earth. 

Insect Study

All ages

Scouts will learn about the different species of insects in our area, they will be able to identify and name the parts of an insect. Students will make a journal of observations. Requirement 7 must be completed prior to camp.

Mammal Study

All Ages

Scouts will practice techniques to study mammals in the wild. They will learn how to identify footprints left by mammals, how populations influence others, and how the animal kingdom is classified. They will also participate in a project to build a habitat formammals.

Pulp and Paper

Required Age 14

This class will cover the history of papermaking, how paper is made, and how paper products are used in our society. The highlight of the week is a trip to the Blue Ridge Paper mill in Canton, NC. Long pants and closedtoed shoes are required for this trip. Scouts under 14 cannot complete the merit badge. The age limit is based on Paper mill rules.

Reptile and Amphibian Study

All Ages

This session will cover the habits of and differences between reptiles and amphibians. In addition to learning the role these animals play in our ecosystem, Scouts will learn how to identify different types of reptiles and amphibians. Requirement 8 must be completed outside of camp.

Soil and Water Conservation

All Ages

Scouts will learn how to preserve natural resources and how to lessen their impact on the ecosystem by learning how to prevent erosion. They will participate in an erosion control project during the week to allow them to observe erosion control in action.

Oceanography

All Ages

Scouts will explore the science and career opportunities of ocean-based research. Learn about ocean currents and the ecosystems that make up over 70% of the earth’ssurface.

Sustainability

All Ages

This merit badge, in essence, takes conservation and environmental science to another level. The protection, preservation, and management of wildlife and natural resources involved in conservation provide a foundation for what we call environmental science. The latter integrates physical and biological sciences such as ecology, biology, soil science, atmospheric science, and others in order to generate solutions to environmental issues.