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Historic Merit Badge: Tracking

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Historic Merit Badge: Tracking

Posted on 05 April 2010 by Dan

As we stated in Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!), we are going to be taking an in-depth look at each of the four Historic Merit Badges in the next few days.  First up was Carpentry Merit Badge, then Signaling Merit Badge, and now Tracking!

Tracking Merit Badge was first offered in 1911 under the name Stalking, and was discontinued in 1952.  Stalking had one additional requirement that was not included as part of the Historic Merit Badge Program, and that was to follow the trail of  a person.  According to the Tracking Merit Badge support material, it was decided to omitt this requirement and switch the name to Tracking based on what the term stalking means in today’s language.

Original Stalking Merit Badge Book:

New Information for Tracking Merit Badge:

Tracking Merit Badge Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate by means of a [tracking] game or otherwise, ability to [track] skillfully in shelter and wind, etc., showing how to proceed noiselessly and “freeze” when occasion demands.
  2. Know and recognize the tracks of ten different kinds of animals or birds in his vicinity, three of which may be domestic.
  3. Submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed two different kinds of wild animals or birds on ordinary ground far enough to determine the direction in which they were going, and their gait or speed. Give the names of animals or birds trailed, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed; or submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed six different kinds of wild animal or birds in snow, sand, dust, or mud, far enough to determine the direction they were going and their gait or speed. Give names of animals or birds, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed.
  4. Submit evidence that he has scored at least 30 points from the following groups:
    Group (f) and 4 of the 5 groups (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) must be represented in the score of 30 and at least 7 points must be scored from (a), (b), or (c). Make clear recognizable photographs of
  5. (a) Live bird away from nest – 4 points each
  6. (b) Live woodchuck or smaller wild animal – 3 points each
  7. (c) Live wild animal larger than woodchuck – 4 points each 
  8. (d)  Live bird on nest – 3 points each
  9. (e)  Tracks of live wild animal or bird – 2 points each
  10. (f) Make satisfactory plaster cast of wild animal or bird tracks with identification imprint on back of cast – 2 points each

Related Current Merit Badges:

  • Orienteering
  • Citizenship in the Community

This historical merit badge will only be available during the 100th Anniversary year of Scouting. The Tracking merit badge counts toward rank advancement.  Requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2010.

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Museum U. at the National Scouting Museum – March & April 2009

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Museum U. at the National Scouting Museum – March & April 2009

Posted on 10 February 2009 by Dan

Museum UCan’t get to the National Scouting Museum for the 2009 Pinewood Derby? Then check out Museum U. at the National Scouting Museum.

Here are the announced Merit Badges for March and April:

March 1, 2009 3:00pm – 4:30pm
April 26, 2009 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Citizenship in the Nation
April 11, 2009 2:30pm – 4:00pm
April 25, 2009 2:30pm – 4:00pm

April 4, 2009 10:30am – 12:00pm
April 25, 2009 10:30am – 12:00pm

Fire Safety
April 18, 2009 10:30am – 3:00pm (Bring Lunch)

March 7, 2009 12:00pm – 2:00pm
March 28, 2009 12:00pm – 2:00pm

April 4, 2009 1:00pm – 3:00pm
April 25, 2009 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Stamp Collecting
March 21, 2009 11:00am – 2:00pm (Bring Lunch)
March 28, 2009 11:00am – 2:00pm (Bring Lunch)

Workshops with multiple dates is part A and part B of one workshop. Scouts must be able to attend both sessions.

Reservations are required. You can call 972-580-2466 to make a reservation. See the original Museum U Flyer (JPG), or visit the National Scouting Museum website for further information.

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