Insect Study Merit Badge
CLASS PREPARATION PAGE
 
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
 
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
 
 
 
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Insect Study Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Insect Study Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
 
 
Other Insect Study MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Insect Study Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Insect Study Merit Badge Workbook
 
Insect Study Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Insect Study MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Insect Study Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Insect Study Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Weather appropriate clothing for the time of year and location of the class for outdoor participation

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED STUDY PREPARATION NOTES
 

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT SOME REQUIREMENTS MAY TAKE PLACE OUTDOORS AND SCOUTS SHOULD ATTEND WITH OUTDOOR GEAR APPROPRIATE FOR THE TIME OF YEAR AND FORECASTED WEATHER CONDITIONS. PLEASE ALSO NOTE ANY SPECIAL ITEMS NEEDED FOR USE SPECIFIC TO THIS MERIT BADGE THAT SCOUTS SHOULD HAVE FOR THE CLASS.

 

1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards associated with exposure to ants and bees and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

b. Discuss the prevention of and treatment for health concerns that could occur while working with ants and bees, including insect bites and anaphylactic shock.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.

 

2. Tell how insects are different from all other animals. Show how insects are different from centipedes and spiders.

Scouts will find that the utilization of the Insect Study Merit Badge pamphlet to be helpful in preparing for the explanation they will provide to the counselor and class for this requirement. It is highly recommended that Scouts utilize a notebook or Merit Badge Workbook to make notes and prepare for their explanation during the class discussion on this requirement.

 

3. Point out and name the main parts of an insect.

Scouts should use the Insect Study Merit Badge pamphlet, along with other sources, to prepare notes for explanation of the different parts of an insect. Only Scouts who are prepared and actively participate in the discussion will be signed off on this requirement.

 

4. Describe the characteristics that distinguish the principal families and orders of insects.

Scouts will find that the utilization of the Insect Study Merit Badge pamphlet to be helpful in preparing for the explanation they will provide to the counselor and class for this requirement. It is highly recommended that Scouts utilize a notebook or Merit Badge Workbook to make notes and prepare for their explanation of families and orders of insects.

 

5. Do the following:

a. Observe 20 different live species of insects in their habitat. In your observations, include at least four orders of insects.

b. Make a scrapbook of the 20 insects you observe in 5a. Include photographs, sketches, illustrations, and articles. Label each insect with its common and scientific names, where possible. Share your scrapbook with your merit badge counselor.

This requirement and its components will NOT be completed as a part of the class, HOWEVER, Scouts having prepared and done this requirement and its components will have an opportunity to review with the counselor during the class for consideration of completion. Bring your work, even if it is not complete, as a portion of the class time WILL be devoted to reviewing this requirement and talking about different insects you may have found or may find in the local area. Scouts should be prepared to share their work with the class.

 

6. Do the following:

a. From your scrapbook collection, identify three species of insects helpful to humans and five species of insects harmful to humans.

This requirement component will NOT be completed as a part of the class, HOWEVER, Scouts that have prepared for and completed Requirement 5 and its components prior to the class will have an opportunity to review their work on this requirement component with the counselor within class discussion at the class. Only Scouts who have successfully completed Requirement 5 will have the opportunity of being signed off on this requirement component.

b. Discuss the use of integrated pest management vs. chemical methods of insect control. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Scouts should review this requirement component and be prepared to discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of this item.

 

7. Explain the symbiotic relationship between bees and humankind. Explain what colony collapse disorder (CCD) is and some of the possible causes. Discuss how CCD affects our food supply.

Scouts will be engaged in discussion on their research, findings, and understanding of this requirement. Scouts will find the use of the Insect Study Merit Badge pamphlet will yield much insight into what is needed for completion of this requirement within the class discussion. Only Scouts who have prepared for explanation ahead of time will have an opportunity to be signed off on this requirement.

 

8. Compare the life histories of a butterfly and a grasshopper. Tell how they are different.

Scouts will find the use of the Insect Study Merit Badge pamphlet to be the best resource to use when preparing for the class on this requirement. The counselor will facilitate a class discussion on this requirement but only Scouts who have done preparation work AND actively participate in the class discussion will be considered for sign off on this requirement.

 

9. Raise an insect through complete metamorphosis from its larval stage to its adult stage (e.g. raise a butterfly or moth from a caterpillar). Some insects are endangered species and are protected by federal or state law. Every species is found only in its own special type of habitat. Be sure to check natural resources authorities in advance to be sure that you will not be collecting any species that is known to be protected or endangered, or in any habitat where collecting is prohibited. In most cases, all specimens should be returned at the location of capture after the requirement has been met. Check with your merit badge counselor for those instances where the return of these specimens would not be appropriate.

Requirement 9 will NOT be completed in the class, HOWEVER, Scouts who can bring proof of completing this requirement will have an opportunity to share with the counselor their work and findings  If the work meets the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor, (saying you did it is not enough, you need to bring proof), most counselors will sign off on the requirement.

 

10. Do ONE of the following:

a. Observe an ant colony in a formicarium (ant farm). Find the queen and worker ants. Explain to your counselor the different chambers found within an ant colony.

b. Study a hive of bees. Remove the combs and find the queen. Estimate the amount of brood and count the number of queen cells. Explain how to determine the amount of honey in the hive.

This requirement will be covered within the class. Scouts still should prepare by being familiar with the general expectations of how and what needs to be identified in order to complete this requirement.  Be Prepared.

 

11. Tell things that make social insects different from solitary insects.

Scouts should utilize the Insect Study Merit Badge pamphlet to read and prepare for discussion on this requirement during the class. Only those who actively and positively participate in the class discussion will be considered for sign off on this requirement.

 

12. Tell how insects fit in the food chains of other insects, fish, birds, and mammals.

While the Counselor will cover important points for this requirement in the class, it is the Scout's responsibility to review the Merit Badge pamphlet ahead of time to have a basis in which they can share their understanding of this requirement. Only Scouts that actively participate in the discussion AND show they have reviewed the materials prior to the class will likely be able to complete this requirement.

 

13. Find out about three career opportunities in insect study. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Scouts should review this requirement and its elements and be prepared to discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.

 
this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019
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