(Discover the World)
Written by Charlotte Duke, Eagle, Troop 109
(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement if appropriate)
Penguins: Do three requirements including the one starred *.
____ 1*. Learn what a community is. Be able to find your community on a map (if your community is very small, be able to locate the county in which it is on a map).
Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *.
____ 1*. Do Penguin requirement 1*.
____ 2*. When was your community founded? Learn the surnames of the people/families who originally settled your community.
Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *.
____ 1*. Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.
____ 2*. Make a timeline of important dates in your community’s history. You must have at least 10 items on your timeline.
Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred *.
____ 1*. Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2. You must have at least 15 items on your timeline.
____ 2*. Learn the history of your community. Why was it founded? What aspects of industry/location/other attraction caused people to settle in that location? When did your family first move there?
Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred *.
____ 1*. Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2. Have at least 20 items on your timeline.
____ 2*. Learn who the mayor, aldermen, police chief, fire chief, city council members, and Chamber of Commerce president of your community are.
Owls: Do nine requirements including the two starred *.
_____ 1*. Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2*. Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
_____ 3. Cemeteries and graveyards can be rich sources of information about the community. Visit the cemetery or graveyard in your community and look at the gravestones. Pay attention to when the person was born and when they died, and work out how old they were when they died. Do certain years seem to have more deaths in them than others? Which families have the most members buried there?
_____ 4. Look at street names in your community. Are any of them named after people? Choose three people who have streets in your community named after them, and find out about them.
_____ 5. Talk to someone who has lived in your community for at least 25 years. What sort of happenings have they seen? What do they think was the most important event? Which affected them most?
_____ 6. Drive through your community and make a list of all the businesses you see. Go back fifty years, or as far back as you can, and find out which businesses were in your town then. Are any of them still in business? Which business in your community has been there the longest?
_____ 7. Look at a picture of your community when it was much younger. How big is it compared to its present size? Can you recognize any of the places shown in the picture?
_____ 8. Participate in a service project to help your community in some way. For instance, you could organize a food drive to help your local food bank, or clean up a city park.
_____ 9. The “downtown” part of town is usually the oldest part. Visit the downtown part of your town. How different is it from the newer part of town?
_____ 10. Many older parts of towns have brick streets. Read a book, watch a video, or go online (with your parent’s permission) to find out how brick streets are made.
_____ 11. Visit a museum that showcases items from your town or community’s history. Which is your favorite part?
_____ 12. Visit a different community from the one you live in. What similarities are there? How is it different?
_____ 13. Learn about a career of leadership in your community (mayor, city council member, etc.). What is required of such a person? What salary can they expect? What is involved in obtaining such a position?
_____ 14. Visit at least two local restaurants and taste at least one dish from each. What makes the local restaurants in your community special?