Conservation Scoutcraft Badge
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This badge is designed to introduce a Scout to the concept of environmental conservation, demonstrate the impact a human has on the earth, and what we can do to save our natural resources.
- Measure your environmental footprint and make recommendations as to how you can reduce your environmental footprint. See attached annexure - Environmental Footprint. The 'environmental footprint' can apply to both at Scouts and at home.
- Make a sketch illustrating the complete water cycle using and describing the following terms: precipitation; run-off; groundwater; water table; evaporation; transpiration. Indicate methods on how you would conserve water.
- Show you are familiar with the main causes of the following types of pollution and how they can be controlled:
- Know the dangers of soil erosion by wind and water. Demonstrate how soil erosion can be combated.
- Know the threats posed by alien vegetation and the measures being taken to eradicate these. Identify four invader plants in your area and how they can be controlled.
- Do TWO of the following: (Biological Conservation)
- Establish a bird / butterfly cafeteria by planting an area with trees and shrubs which bear flowers or fruit attractive to the birds in your area. These should be indigenous fruit-bearing trees.
- Make a pond/ bird path for birds, monitor it daily and record and identify the birds using it over a period of a week.
- Build a brush pile for wildlife.
- Make a mini-greenhouse to grow plant seedlings for replanting.
- Build up a collection of five plaster casts or drawings (which you have made) of animal and/or bird tracks or leaf prints.
- Upload ten photographs/observations of wild animals or naturally occurring plants to www.inaturalist.org.
- Start a worm farm/compost heap to be used for your garden at home.
- Have an understanding of the biocontrol agents that have the ability to control seed production in alien plant pests.
- Participate in a conservation project (on your own or with your Patrol) covering ONE of the following:
- A water conservation project such as water harvesting, leak tracing or a water-usage exercise.
- Carry out a project to reduce soil erosion.
- Plant two or more indigineous trees at your Scout meeting place, school or at home.
- Clean up a badly littered area - e.g. roadside, picnic ground, vacant plot, river / stream, or beach.
- Remove alien vegetation from within your Scout meeting place / camping grounds or other suitable area in or around your community.
- Carry out a recycling programme at home.
- Give a solar energy demonstration e.g. Water heating, solar cooker or haybox.
Requirements in PDF