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December 31, 2013

Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges through Creeklife

The Boy Scout Merit badges are not just about collecting achievements or advancing in ranks. All them instill an important sense of community service and commitment to our society. This commitment includes learning and protecting our environment for everyone’s health and enjoyment. Here are just three of the many environment-related badges that Boy Scouts can earn by connecting to Creeklife’s community and using its resources and information.

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Sustainability Badge

The sustainability merit badge is all about teaching scouts about saving the environment by reducing waste and educating others. A part of the requirements for the badge is to implement a plan to reduce energy consumption and waste in one’s home, discuss plastic waste, learn about sustainable energy, and more. Scouts earn the badge by sharing their research with the family and friends, while also considering different career paths for the protection of the environment through sustainability practices. Creeklife has many examples of ways to practice sustainability at home, as well as how pollution (like plastic waste) has affected local and global environments.

Environmental Science Badge

The environmental science merit badge is a way for boy scouts to learn more about the natural world and conduct experiments and research on the environment. Scouts are required to conduct experience and research in six different categories: Water Pollution, Air Pollution, Ecology, Land Pollution, Endangered Species, and Pollution Prevention, Resource Recovery, and Conservation. As part of their studies, scouts must be able to identify ways their family can conserve energy at home, in order to have a better understanding about how living routines affect the natural world.

Soil and Water Conservation Badge

With this badge, scouts can learn about the effects of water and soil pollution, and how to identify and protect local watersheds. As part of earning the badge,scouts must be able to define soil erosion, explain what erosion-control practices do, and the importance of watersheds and water management plays into soil treatment. To solve threats to soil erosion and watershed pollution, scouts are encouraged to plant trees, seed conservation lands, identify local areas at risk from erosion and pollution, and teach others of these problems in order to earn the badge. Creeklife is a great resource for scouts to learn about and enact public services for the improvement of water sources and soil.

Using Creeklife to Take Action

With every badge, scouts are encouraged to become more involved in their local community and government. Creeklife is an excellent platform for boy scouts and Scoutmasters to get involved with environmental concerns by adding or adopting Creeklife actions and clean up watersheds, creeks, parks, and more. As scouts also conduct research on their communities, they can identify and tag issues they come across that threaten the environment. The efforts they can take to spread awareness and spearhead clean ups with Creeklife’s tools will help them fulfill their commitments to society and ultimately help them earn their badges. For more examples of everyone’s engagement with protecting the environment, visit us on our websiteTwitter and Facebook.

Posted by Mark Contorno

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