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Scouting Badges and Pins

Now you can work on scouting achievements such as merit badges, pins or belt loops during your visit to the International Wolf Center, through our interactive WolfLink program and by taking advantage of a wide array of content on this website. If your troop/crew are planning a visit to the Center, please let us know in advance if you plan to work on any of these achievements.

Center staff at our facility in Ely, Minnesota are certified Merit Badge Counselors to help make your visit even more valuable. You must have a blue merit badge card signed by your scoutmaster.

The International Wolf Center can also provide programming and/or resources to help scouts with the following advancements:

Note: This list does not highlight activities that could be completed within the troop or at home.

Cub Scouts

  • Tiger: Tigers in the Wild
  • Tiger: Sky is the Limit
  • Wolf: Paws on the Path
  • Bear: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
  • Webelos/Arrow of Light: Webelos Walkabout
  • Webelos/Arrow of Light: Into the Woods

Boy Scouts

  • American Cultures
  • Art
  • Communications*
  • Environmental Science*+
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Orienteering
  • Photography
  • Public Speaking

Venturing

  • Ranger Award – Plants & Wildlife
*Badges required for achieving Eagle Rank.
+Badge that contributes to the World Conservation Award

 

Cub Scouts – The Advancement Trail


Below is a list of adventure loops for the Cub Scout advancement trail that the International Wolf Center can provide resources for, including specific knowledge requirements, addressing activities that need to be completed and providing a location to complete requirements. 

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Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild

Requirement:
2. Go for a short hike with your den or family, and carry your own gear. Show you know how to get ready for this hike.

3. Do the following:

  • Listen while your leader reads the Outdoor Code. Talk about how you can be clean in your outdoor manners.                                                                                                                  
  • Listen while your leader reads the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. Discuss why you should “Trash Your Trash.”
  • Apply the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids on your Tiger den and pack outings. After one outing, share what you did to demonstrate the principles you discussed.

4. While on the hike, find three different kinds of plants, animals, or signs that animals have been on the trail. List what you saw in your Tiger Handbook.

5. Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.

6. Find two different trees and two different types of plants that grow in your area. Write their names in your Tiger Handbook.

7. Visit a nearby nature center, zoo, or another outside place with your family or den. Learn more about two animals, and write down two interesting things about them in your Tiger Handbook.

How to fulfill it:
Register your troop for a Group Visit with a hike included. In your registration, request that this adventure loop be worked on! Request time for an outdoor meeting, bring your own equipment and practice your backpacking and hiking skills! (Fulfilling Requirements 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

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Moon

Tiger Elective Adventures: Sky Is the Limit

Requirement:
1. With your den or adult partner, go outside to observe the night sky. Talk about objects you see or might see.

2. Look at a distant object through a telescope or binoculars. Show how to focus the device you chose.

3. Observe in the sky or select from a book or chart two constellations that are easy to see in the night sky. With your adult partner, find out the names of the stars that make up the constellation and how the constellation got its name. Share what you found with your den.

4. Create and name your own constellation. Share your constellation with your den.

5. Create a homemade constellation.

8. With your den or family, visit a planetarium, observatory, science museum, astronomy club, or college or high school astronomy teacher.

How to fulfill it:
Register your troop for an overnight Group Visit with a night hike included. In your registration, request that this adventure be worked on. (Fulfilling Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8)

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Wolf Adventure: Paws on the Path

Requirement:
1. Show you are prepared to hike safely by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on your hike.

2. Tell what the buddy system is and why we always use it in Cub Scouts.

3. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking.

4. Choose the appropriate clothing to wear on your hike based on the expected weather.

5. Before hiking, recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. After hiking, discuss how you showed respect for wildlife.

6. Go on a 1-mile hike with your den or family. Watch and record two interesting things that you’ve never seen before.

7. Name two birds, two insects, and two other animals that live in your area. Explain how you identified them.

8. Draw a map of an area near where you live using common map symbols. Show which direction is north on your map.

How to fulfill it:
Register your troop for a Group Visit with a hike included. In your registration, request that this adventure loop be worked on! (Fulfilling Requirements 1-8)

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Bear Adventure: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

Requirement:
1. While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living nearby the place where you choose to hike.

2. Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years and one animal that is currently endangered. Explain what caused their declines.

3. Visit one of the following: zoo, wildlife refuge, nature center, aviary, game preserve, local conservation area, wildlife rescue group, or fish hatchery. Describe what you learned during your visit.

4. Observe wildlife from a distance. Describe what you saw.

5. Use a magnifying glass to examine plants more closely. Describe what you saw through the magnifying glass that you could not see without it.

6. Learn about composting and how vegetable waste can be turned into fertilizer for plants.

How to fulfill it:
Register your troop for a Group Visit with a hike, the Ambassadors to the Wild (Wolf 101) program, and the Northwoods Ecology program included. In your registration, request that this adventure loop be worked on! (Fulfilling Requirements 1-6)

Webelos Rank

 

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Webelos/Arrow of Light: Webelos Walkabout

Requirement:

1. Create a hike plan.

2. Assemble a hiking first-aid kit.

3. Describe and identify from photos any poisonous plants and dangerous animals you might encounter on your hike.

5. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them on your Webelos adventures.

6. With your Webelos den or with a family member, hike 3 miles (in the country, if possible).

7. Complete a service project on or near the hike location.

8. Perform one of the following leadership roles during your hike: trail leader, first-aid leader, lunch leader, or service project leader.

How to fulfill it:
Register your troop for a Group Visit with a hike to Bass Lake Trail, the Northwoods Ecology program, and the Ambassadors to the Wild (Wolf 101) program included. In your registration, request that this adventure loop be worked on! (Fulfilling Requirements 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Webelos Rank

 

Into the Woods

Webelos/Arrow of Light: Into the Woods

Requirement:

1. Identify two different groups of trees and the parts of a tree.

2. Identify six trees common to the area where you live. Tell whether they are native to your area. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them.

3. Identify six plants common to the area where you live. Tell which animals use them and for what purpose.

4. Visit a nature center, nursery, tree farm, or park, and speak with someone knowledgeable about trees and plants that are native to your area. Explain how plants and trees are important to our ecosystem and how they improve our environment.

7. Explain how the growth rings of a tree trunk tell its life story. Describe different types of tree bark and explain what the bark does for the tree.

How to fulfill it:
Register your troop for a Group Visit with a Northwoods Ecology program and hike included. In your registration, request that this adventure loop be worked on! (Fulfilling Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 7)

 

Boy Scouts


Below is a list of merit badges that the International Wolf Center can provide resources by addressing specific knowledge requirements, addressing activities that need to be completed and providing a location to complete requirements. Download merit badge list.

*Badges required for achieving Eagle Rank.
+Badge that contributes to the World Conservation Award

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American Cultures

Requirement:
1(e). Go to a library or museum to see a program or exhibit featuring one group’s traditions. Report on what you see and learn.

How to fulfill it:
Visit our Center with friends or family, or register your troop for a Group Visit with and explore our Wolves & Humans Museum which features Native American culture as it relates to wolves through art, regalia and artifacts.

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Art

Requirement:
4. With your parent’s permission and your counselor’s approval, visit a museum, art exhibit, art gallery, artists’ co-op, or artist’s workshop. Find out about the art displayed or created there. Discuss what you learn with your counselor.

How to fulfill it:
Visit our Center with friends or family, or register your troop for a Group Visit with and explore our Wolves & Humans Museum or our rotating art displays which feature original and print art in a variety of media in two and three-dimensions.

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Communications*

Requirement:
4. Interview someone you know fairly well, like, or respect because of his or her position, talent, career, or life experiences. Listen actively to learn as much as you can about the person. Then prepare and deliver to your counselor an introduction of the person as though this person were to be a guest speaker, and include reasons why the audience would want to hear this person speak. Show how you would call to invite this person to speak.

7(a). Write to the editor of a magazine or your local newspaper to express your opinion or share information on any subject you choose. Send your message by fax, email, or regular mail.

How to fulfill it:
Visit our Center to meet and interview our wolf expert presenters or, register your troop for a Group Visit or videoconferencing program presentation and afterwards, interview your wolf expert presenter.

Write to the information services director, editor of the Wolf Chronicles e-newsletter or the communications director, editor of the International Wolf magazine.

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Environmental Science*+

Requirement:
3(e)(2). Do research on one species that was endangered or threatened but which has now recovered. Find out how the organism recovered, and what its new status is. Write a 100-word report on the species and discuss it with your counselor.

4(a). Mark off a plot of 4 square yards in each study area, and count the number of species found there. Estimate how much space is occupied by each plant species and the type and number of non-plant species you find. Write a report that adequately discusses the biodiversity and population density of these study areas. Discuss your report with your counselor.

6. Find out about three career opportunities in environmental science. 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.

How to fulfill it:
Register your troop for a Group Visit with a Wolf Management & Recovery program.

Register your troop for a Group Visit with a Wolf Ecology program with outdoor “habitat hoops” and a Bog Walk.

Register your troop for a Group Visit and request an interview with one or more of our environmental educators/biologists on their career path and qualifications.

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Fish and Wildlife Management

Requirement:
2. List and discuss at least three major problems that continue to threaten your state’s fish and wildlife resources.

3. Describe some practical ways in which everyone can help with the fish and wildlife conservation effort.

8. Using resources found at the library and in periodicals, books, and the Internet (with your parent’s permission), learn about three different kinds of work done by fish and wildlife managers. Find out the education and training requirements for each position.

How to fulfill it:
Visit the Center and attend the free Wolf 101 program (Requirements 2 & 3).

Register your troop for a Group Visit with a Wolf Management & Recovery program and visit our private library (Requirements 2, 3 & 8).

Register your troop for a custom videoconferencing program to virtually learn about wolves (Requirements 2 & 3).

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Mammal Study

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

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

3(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.

4(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.

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

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

How to fulfill it:
Visit the Center with friends or family and observe a Wolf 101 program – contact the Center in advance to coordinate the “Mammal Study Merit Badge Wolf 101” with education staff. (Requirements 1, 2, 4, 4(e) & 4(g)).

Register your troop for a Group Visit with a Wolf 101 program, free time to explore the Wolves & Humans Museum and schedule a meeting with our information services director to discuss care of the museum (Requirements 1, 2, 4, 4(e) & 4(g)).

Register your troop for a Two-Day Overnight Wolf Sampler Group Visit with a Wolf Ecology program, which includes two field trips to different micro-ecosystems such as an upland forest and a bog (Requirements 1, 2, 3(a), 4, 4(e) & 4(g)).

Register your troop for a Wolf Ecology videoconferencing program to virtually learn about wolves (Requirements 1, 2 & 4).

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Nature

Requirement:
1. Name three ways in which plants are important to animals. Name a plant that is protected in your state or region, and explain why it is at risk.
2. Name three ways in which animals are important to plants. Name an animal that is protected in your state or region, and explain why it is at risk.
3. Explain the term “food chain.” Give an example of a four-step land food chain and a four-step water food chain.
4(b). Mammals
1. In the field, identify three species of wild animals.
2. Make plaster casts of the tracks of a wild mammal

How to fulfill it:
Register your troop for a Group Visit with a Northwoods Ecology program and request a plaster track activity (Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4(b)2).

Add a hike to your visit to attempt requirement 4(b)1.

Register your troop for a Wolf Ecology videoconferencing program to virtually learn about wolves (Requirements 1, 2 & 3).

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Orienteering

Requirement:
2. Explain what orienteering is.

3(a). Explain how a compass works. Describe the features of an orienteering compass.

3(b). In the field, show how to take a compass bearing and follow it.

4(a). Explain how a topographic map shows terrain features. Point out and name five terrain features on a map and in the field.

4(b). Point out and name 10 symbols on a topographic map.

4(c). Explain the meaning of declination. Tell why you must consider declination when using map and compass together.

4(d). Show a topographic map with magnetic north-south lines.

4(e). Show how to measure distances on a map using an orienteering compass.

4(f). Show how to orient a map using a compass.

5. Set up a 100-meter pace course. Determine your walking and running pace for 100 meters. Tell why it is important to pace-count.

7(a). Take part in three orienteering events. One of these must be a cross-country course.

How to fulfill it:
Register your troop for a Group Visit with and request an orienteering program on our on-site beginner orienteering course (all listed requirements).

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Photography

Requirement:
4(a). Produce a picture story using the photo-journalistic technique of documenting an event. Share your plan with your counselor and get your counselor’s input and approval before you proceed. Then, using either a film camera or a digital camera, produce your approved picture story. Process your images and select eight to 12 images that best tell your story. Arrange your images in order, then, mount the prints on a poster board. If you are using digital images, you may create a slide show on your computer or produce printouts for your poster board. Share your picture story with your counselor.

4(b). Choose a topic that interests you to photograph for an exhibit or display. Get your counselor’s approval then, photograph (digital or film) your topic. Process your images. Choose 20 of your favorite images and mount them on poster board. Share your display with your counselor. If you are using digital images, you may create a slide show on your computer or produce printouts for your poster board.

How to fulfill it:
Visit our Center with friends or family, or register your troop for a Group Visit to the Center for a unique and educational photographic experience (all listed requirements).

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Public Speaking

Requirement:
4. Select a topic of interest to your audience. Collect and organize information about the topic and prepare an outline. Write an eight- to 10-minute speech, practice it then, deliver it in a conversational way.

How to fulfill it:
Visit our Center with friends or family, or register your troop for a Group Visit.

Visit with a Wolf 101 program and free time to explore the Wolves & Humans Museum to gather information.

Schedule a meeting with one of our educators to discuss public speaking skills and challenges. You may even request to use our auditorium to present your 10-minute speech to your troop, friends or family during your visit.

 

Venturing


 

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Ranger Award 

Requirement:
Plants and Wildlife
21(a). Write a paper or make a presentation on a plant or wildlife species. Include its value as seen from various perspectives, some of the problems various species face, and how we might be able to help.

How to fulfill it:
Visit the Center with friends or family at different times of the year and attend a Wolf 101 program and observe the ambassador wolves. Spend time in the Wolves & Humans exhibit to study the natural and cultural history of the wolf (Requirements 21(a).).

Register your crew for a Group Visit with a Wolf 101 program and observe the ambassador wolves. Spend time in the Wolves & Humans exhibit to study the natural and cultural history of the wolf (Requirements 21(a).).

Register your troop for a Wolf 101 videoconferencing program to virtually learn about wolves and observe the ambassador wolves in real time (Requirements 21(a).)

 

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