As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Forestry Challenge Badge should be used before new designs are used. The ScoutShop may not have new Canadian Path based badges until the 2011 program change versions are used. Being wise in the use of your Group's inventory is also recommended
From the Scouter Manual:
Objective: I will explore environment, nature, research and/or leisure pursuits as they relate to the earth.
When planning your adventure, consider including:
- an environmental aspect and/or a leisure pursuit.
- an outdoor activity or research
Here are some ideas to get you going on creating your own adventures:
Adventure Idea 1: Hiking on Different Terrains 1. Plan several day hikes for your Patrol, with each planned for a different terrain. How does hiking on a variety of terrains influence your planning? For example, what challenges can you expect when hiking on steep, rocky slopes? What equipment will you need for this hike? 2. Hike through the forest, off of a marked trail. How can you travel in the forest off of a trail and not get lost? 3. Hike a trail at a wetland. Consider how the trail has been engineered for the terrain. 4. Plan an urban hike. Consider how people have changed the landscape, and how these changes influence your experience. 5. Create a photo journal of your hikes to share with your family and/or Patrol. Adventure Idea 2: Tent Peg Challenge 1. Visit your local Scout Shop or another camping store to find out about different kinds of tent peg. 2. Plan a camping trip with your Patrol. Bring along a variety of pegs for your tent. Try them out and find out which works best for different kinds of terrain. 3. Experiment with ways to Leave No Trace when setting up camp. Do some pegs have less impact than others? 4. Having done the research, invent your own tent peg, then try it out on various terrains. 5. Share what you’ve learned with your Troop when it is time to plan your next camp. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Take on the Scoutree challenge. Lead your Scout Troop in taking on this annual activity. Find out more about Scoutrees: when it started and what its purpose is. What do you need to do in order to spread the word about Scoutrees? Think about a planting day and come up with a plan to make it a special day for your Group.
- Learn from someone knowledgeable how to feed yourself with edible plants in your area and create a cooking challenge using these plants. Be aware of dangerous plants.
- Discover what natural disasters related to the theme of this badge (like landslides and earthquakes) might happen in your area. Present your Patrol with a disaster scenario to hone its response skills.
- Sod huts kept people on the prairies warm and dry through the cold winters. Learn about building sod huts and create a small version.
- Live off the land! Plant crops of your own choosing and work on your garden from planting through to harvest. Then create a meal for your family or your Patrol with the produce from your garden. What did you need to do to be a successful gardener?
- Near a beach? Set up a sandcastle building challenge. What will be the rules? What equipment can each group use? How much time will they have to build their castle? Who will be the judges? What will be the categories for judging? Will you have prizes?
- In Scouting, we use compasses to help find our bearings or sense of direction. Compasses work because of the composition of our planet. Explore how compasses work, and attempt to produce your own compass using metal.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Mackenzie Trail River (Environment & Outdoors) and Cabot Trail (Creative Expression) to inspire an adventure you’d like to try on your own.