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CUB SCOUT ACADEMICS: WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WILDLIFE ACADEMICS BELT LOOP

Complete these three requirements:
  1. Explain what natural resources are and why it's important to protect and conserve them.
  2. Make a poster that shows and explains the food chain. Describe to your den what happens if the food chain becomes broken or damaged.
  3. Learn about an endangered species. Make a report to your den that includes a picture, how the species came to be endangered, and what is being done to save it.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WILDLIFE ACADEMICS PIN

Earn the Wildlife Conservation belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
  1. Visit a wildlife sanctuary, nature center, or fish hatchery.
  2. Collect and read five newspaper or magazine articles that discuss conservation of wildlife and report to your family or den what you learn.
  3. Learn about five animals that use camouflage to protect themselves.
  4. Make a birdbath and keep a record for one week of the different birds that visit it.
  5. Make a collage of animals that are in the same class: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, or mammals.
  6. Make a plaster cast of an animal track. Show it to your den.
  7. Visit with a person who works in wildlife conservation, such as a park ranger, biologist, range manager, geologist, horticulturist, zookeeper, fishery technician, or conservation officer.
  8. Visit a state park or national park.
  9. Participate in an environmental service project that helps maintain habitat for wildlife, such as cleaning up an area or planting trees.



GENERAL ACADEMICS REQUIREMENTS

Following are the requirements for earning the Academics belts loops and pins.

Remember:

  • Belt loops and pins are earned only by Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts (not adults).
  • Requirements may be adjusted to accommodate the special needs of boys with disabilities.
  • Webelos Scouts may earn a belt loop or pin a second time to qualify for Webelos activity badges.
  • Boys may earn belt loops more than once; however, leaders should encourage boys to try different requirements and earn the pin. Packs should have a clear policy in place about whether the pack or the boy's family is responsible for the cost of awards earned more than once.


CUB-SAFE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION RESOURCES FOR KIDS

  1. Endangered Animals from Yahooligans
  2. Belize Audubon Society - organization dedicated to preservation of the natural resources and animals in Belize.
  3. Carnivore Preservation Trust - animal conservation organization dedicated to saving species whose disappearance would automatically lead to the loss of the world's tropical rain forest.
  4. Conservation Breeding Specialist Group - This groups helps protect threatened plants and animals. Explore the global zoo directory.
  5. Friends of the Prairie Learning Center - this center on the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge has information on the plants and animals of the prairie, as well as info on restoration and preservation of prairies.
  6. National Wildlife Federation - read the magazine from the National Wildlife Federation or take a tour to find games and riddles.
  7. National Wildlife Federation - Kid's Page - play games, go on cool tours of environmental habitats, even test your environmental savvy.
  8. Ranger Rick - this cool magazine for kids has monthly activities and suggestions for how you can help the Earth. Some articles in Spanish (Espanol).
  9. Quebec Biodiversity Website - learn about the animals of Quebec and conservation and biodiversity issues in the region.
  10. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) - international wildlife conservation organization whose mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, and their habitat. Includes lots of elk facts.
  11. Tusk Trust - read about this organization started by a team of young people determined that their generation will not be the last to experience the true wonder of African wildlife.
  12. Wildlife Conservation Society - this group runs the New York Aquarium and other zoos and works to save wildlife and wild lands throughout the world.
  13. Wildlife Preservation Trust International - concentrating on saving and helping endangered species.
  14. Audubon Magazine - read brief online versions of articles about birds, other wildlife, and the environment.
  15. Audubon Society's WatchList for Kids - learn which North American bird species are facing population decline and why. Get tips on bird watching and how to make your backyard bird friendly.
  16. National Audubon Society - learn about this national oganization and the ecosystems, birds, and other wildlife it helps to conserve and restore.
  17. New Jersey Audubon Society - fostering environmental awareness and a conservation ethic.
  18. Western Pennsylvania Audubon Society - information on birding, education, and hiking.
  19. Conservation Action Network - from the World Wildlife Fund. Join to help save endangered species and protect the environment.
  20. Fight for Survival: Four Decades of Conserving Africa1s Rhinos - fact-filled report from the WWF that follows the history of Rhino conservation from the 1960s to present day.
  21. Pennies for the Planet 1999 - annual kids campaign from the WWF where kids collect, earn, save, and send in pennies to support global conservation efforts. Begins on Earth Day, April 22, and runs through the summer.
  22. Species at Risk - World Wildlife Fund site dedicated to identifying and providing information on the endangered animals around the planet.
  23. World Wildlife Fund - largest privately supported international conservation organization in the world, dedicated to protecting the world's wildlife and wildlands.
  24. WWF Global Network - help save the Earth, and learn something along the way.
  25. WWF's Climate Change Campaign - focusing on issues related to global warming.
  26. WWF: Global Campaign to Reduce the Use of Toxic Chemicals - effort by the World Wildlife Fund to increase scientific understanding of toxic chemicals and to restrict or ban harmful chemicals to save ecosystems.
  27. WWF: Saving the Amazon - find out how WWF is protecting the world's richest rain forest, hear Amazon sounds, send an e-postcard, and learn about the species who reside in this natural treasure.
 

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