Boy Scout Geology Badge Information
3 Hour Program for 15 Scouts
This program meets all badge requirements for the
Boy Scout Geology Badge: Earth History Option
by completing the following activities:
Define geology. Discuss how geologists learn about rock formation. In geology, explain why the study of the present is important to understanding the past. Pick three resources that can be extracted or mined from Earth for commercial use. Discuss with your counselor how each product is discovered and processed. Review a geologic map of your area with your counselor and discuss the different rock types and estimated ages of rocks represented. Determine whether the rocks are horizontal, folded, or faulted, and explain how you arrived at your conclusion.
Option D: Earth History:
Create a chart showing suggested geological times and periods. Determine which period the rocks in your region might have been formed. Explain to your counselor the processes of burial and fossilization, and discuss the concept of extinction. Identify three plants or animals on the threatened or endangered list of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Explain to your counselor how fossils provide information about ancient life, environment, climate, and geography. Discuss the following terms and explain how animals from each habitat obtain food: benthonic, pelagic, littoral, lacustrine, open marine, brackish, fluvial, eolian, protected reef. Collect* 10 different fossil plants or animals. Record in a notebook where you obtained (found, bought, traded) each one. Classify each specimen to the best of your ability, and explain how each one might have survived and obtained food. Tell what else you can learn from these fossils. Boy Scouts make a collection of marine fossils from Aurora, NC. Visit a science museum or the geology department of a local university that has fossils on display. With your parent's and counselor's approval, before you go, make an appointment with a curator or guide who can show you how the fossils are preserved and prepared for display.
Activities will take place in the museum and also outside on the fossil site. Scouts will collect* rocks and fossils on the site, sort what they find, and learn about the connections between geology and paleontology. Our program focuses on hands-on activities and experiences that you can't get anywhere else!
Because our program offers so many hands-on activities (including digging on the fossil site), space is limited to 15 scouts and a limited number of chaperones. We do not allow sibling or friend registration so that we will have enough room for scouts in this program!
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sarah Mullersman: email@example.com or 423-439-3655. We hope to see you soon!
*Please be aware that anything collected on the site remains on the site. This includes plants, rocks, and fossils!