Soil & Water Conservation MB


The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to –

Be clean in my outdoor manners.

Be careful with fire.

Be considerate in the outdoors.

Be conservation minded.

Knowing the basics of our soil and water conservation allows all scouters to be mindful of their surrounds, enjoy the outdoors, and make sure areas are being left for the next generation. All scouters are called to be considerate in the outdoors and tread tread lightly.


  What Are The Soil & Water Conservation MB Requirements? 

Expand each topic below to find out!

1. Soil (Slides 2-8)

Do the following:

A. Tell what soil is. Tell how it is formed.

B. Describe three kinds of soil. Tell how they are different.

C. Describe the three main plant nutrients in fertile soil. Tell how they can be put back when used up.

2. Erosion (Slide 9)

Do the following:

A. Define soil erosion.

B. Tell why soil conservation is important. Tell how it affects you.

C. Name three kinds of soil erosion. Describe each.

D. Take pictures of or draw two kinds of soil erosion.

3. Conservation (Slides 10-11)

Do the following:

A. Tell what is meant by conservation practices.

B. Describe the effect of three kinds of erosion-control practices.

C. Take pictures or draw three kinds of erosion-control practices.

4. Watersheds (Slides 12-14)

Do the following:

A. Explain what a watershed is.

B. Outline the smallest watershed that you can find on a contour map.

C. Outline, as far as the map will allow, the next larger watershed which also has the smaller one in it.

D. Explain what a river basin is. Tell why all people living in a river basin should be concerned about land and water use in the basin.

E. Explain what an aquifer is and why it can be important to communities.

Note: While working on Requirement #4, please use these charts of Georgia’s Large and Small Watersheds . Then grab a topographical map and trace out one large and one small watershed to see how the state’s topography affects the flow of water. 

5. Hydrologic Cycle (Slides 15-19)

Do the following:

A. Make a drawing to show the hydrologic cycle.

B. Demonstrate at least two of the following actions of water in relation to soil: percolation, capillary action, precipitation, evaporation, transpiration.

C. Explain how removal of vegetation will affect the way water runs off a watershed.

D. Tell how uses of forest, range, and farmland affect usable water supply.

E. Explain how industrial use affects water supply.

6. Water Pollution & Treatment (Slides 20-25)

Do the following:

A. Tell what is meant by water pollution.

B. Describe common sources of water pollution and explain the effects of each.

C. Tell what is meant by ‘primary water treatment’, ‘secondary waste treatment’, and ‘biochemical oxygen demand’.

D. Make a drawing showing the principles of complete waste treatment.

7. Individual Projects

Do TWO of the following:

A. Make a trip to two of the following places. Write a report of more than 500 words about the soil and water and energy conservation practices you saw.

          1. An agricultural experiment.
          2. A managed forest or woodlot, range, or pasture.
          3. A wildlife refuge or a fish or game management area.
          4. A conservation-managed farm or ranch.
          5. A managed watershed.
          6. A waste-treatment plant.
          7. A public drinking water treatment plant.
          8. Industry water use installation.
          9. Desalinization plant.

B. Plant 100 trees, bushes and/or vines for a good purpose.

C. Seed an area of at least one-fifth acre for some worthwhile conservation purpose, using suitable grasses or legumes alone or in a mixture.

D. Study a soil survey report. Describe the things in it. Using tracing paper and pen, trace over any of the soil maps; and outline an area with three or more different kinds of soil. List each kind of soil by full name and map symbol.

E. Make a list of places in your neighborhood, camps, school ground, or park having erosion, sedimentation, or pollution problems. Describe how these could be corrected through individual or group action.

F. Carry out any other soil and water conservation project approved by your merit badge counselor.



Working on “How Water Moves”?

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Working on “Water Treatment”

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