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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 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 directions 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 Mammal Study Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Mammal 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.





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. Mammal Study Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

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

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work


1. Explain the meaning of "animal," "invertebrate," "vertebrate," and "mammal." Name three characteristics that distinguish mammals from all other animals.

Scouts should use the Mammal Study Merit Badge pamphlet or other sources to prepare their notes for explanation of the meanings of the specified terms.  Scouts should also have in mind how they will answer when asked to name three characteristics that distinguish mammals from all other animals.  The counselor will facilitate class discussion to complete this requirement.  Only Scouts who are prepared and actively participate in the discussion will be signed off on this requirement.


2. Explain how the animal kingdom is classified. Explain where mammals fit in the classification of animals. Classify three mammals from phylum through species.

Scouts should utilize the Mammal Study Merit Badge pamphlet to review and prepare for explanation during the class to the counselor the parts of this requirement as stated above.  It is highly recommended that Scouts utilize a notebook or Merit Badge Workbook to make notes and prepare for their explanation and classification of the three mammals.


3. Do ONE of the following:

a. Spend three hours in each of two different kinds of natural habitats or at different elevations. List the different mammal species and individual members that you identified by sight or sign. Tell why all mammals do not live in the same kind of habitat.

b. Spend three hours on each of five days on at least a 25-acre area (about the size of 3 1/2 football fields). List the mammal species you identified by sight or sign.

c. From study and reading, write a simple life history of one nongame mammal that lives in your area. Tell how this mammal lived before its habitat was affected in any way by humans. Tell how it reproduces, what it eats, and its natural habitat. Describe its dependency upon plants and other animals (including humans), and how they depend upon it. Tell how it is helpful or harmful to humankind.

This requirement will NOT be completed as a part of the class, however Scouts having prepared and done this requirement will have an opportunity to review this requirement with the counselor during the class for consideration of completion.  Bring your work, just saying you did it is not enough. Scouts should be prepared to share their work with the class.


4. Do ONE of the following:

a. Under the guidance of a nature center or natural history museum, make two study skins of rats or mice. Tell the uses of study skins and mounted specimens respectively.

b. Take good pictures of two kinds of mammals in the wild. Record the date(s), time of day, weather conditions, approximate distance from the animal, habitat conditions, and any other factors you feel may have influenced the animal's activity and behavior.

c. Write a life history of a native game mammal that lives in your area, covering the points outlined in requirement 3c. List sources for this information.

d. Make and bait a tracking pit. Report what mammals and other animals came to the bait.

e. Visit a natural history museum. Report on how specimens are prepared and cataloged. Explain the purposes of museums.

f. Write a report of 500 words on a book about a mammal species.

g. Trace two possible food chains of carnivorous mammals from soil through four stages to the mammal.

The counselor will work with Scouts during the class to complete one of the components.  Scouts are encouraged to be proactive and choose one of these components of the requirement ahead of time to work on. Scouts already having started or done one of these components should bring their work and supporting information to the class to share and for review and guidance by the couselor.  Time will be allotted during the class for Scouts to share any work they have done prior to the class for this requirement.


5. Working with your counselor, select and carry out one project that will influence the numbers of one or more mammals.

The counselor for this class will provide guidance during the class (and after if needed) for Scouts to complete this requirement.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015