Snow Badgesnow
(Discover the Outdoors)
By Doreen Olson and Kerry Cordy


Penguins: Do three requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* What is snow made of? Why does it snow more where it is colder instead of where it’s warmer?

_____2.* Find three pictures of places covered in snow. Look at close-up photographs of real snowflakes


Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2. Draw your own snowflake.

_____2.* Have someone explain to you what the states of matter are. In which state of matter is snow? How cold does it have to be in order for snow to fall?


Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2. Be able to explain to someone else what the three states of matter are. Give examples of ways that people use water in each state. At what temperatures do each of the states start and end? What are the various weather terms related to each state? What is the difference between snowflakes and ice?

_____2.* Find out how much snow on average your town gets each year. What mountains around you need enough snow to provide runoff for your creeks and rivers?


Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred *

_____1. Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2. Find out how the photographer was able to get photos of something so small.

_____2. Find out the definition of a crystal and find three things around your house that are in crystalline form.


Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Learn the safety precautions for taking children out in the snow. Learn the symptoms and remedies of hypothermia. What types of extra undergarments and wraps work best in the snow? Learn what to do if you are caught in a blizzard.


Owl: 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.


Optional Requirements:

_____3. Why do small animals burrow down into the snow? Snow has the ability to insulate and protect things when the weather outside gets too severe. And that’s why when it gets really cold, small animals will tunnel into the snow to shelter themselves from the deep chill. Using two thermometers, find a deep snow bank and dig a small hole to the base. Place one thermometer in the hole and the other on top of the snow bank. Leave them there overnight and compare the temperatures in the morning. The colder it is outside, the bigger the difference in the temperature should be. This activity works best when the temperature drops below 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

_____4. Learn who Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley was. Visit this link with your parent’s permission or find a book about him at the library.

_____5. Learn about avalanches. What causes them? If you live where it is cold enough, create your own avalanche. Cut a large cardboard box in half corner to corner to create your “mountain." Set the box on the ground, point up, and wet it down. Let it freeze and then wet it again to get a smoother layer of ice. Leave the box outdoors until it is blanketed with snow. Now give the box a small bump and see if the snow slides off. How big of a bump is necessary for the snow to fall?

_____6. Make at least ten snowballs or help build a snowman or snow fort.

_____7. Spend at least an hour sledding, skiing, snowshoeing or tobogganing. If you can’t do one of these activities, watch three events of the Winter Olympics that involve snow (minimum 15 minutes each).

_____8. Learn a song or poem about snow and share it with someone outside your immediate family.

_____9. Learn to make paper snowflakes with folded paper. Create at least two different designs.

_____10. Use a camera or sketch what you see out your window when it starts snowing.

_____11. Help make a dessert that tries to copy the appearance of snow with coconut or icing.

_____12. Decorate a garment or home furnishing item with snowmen or snowflakes. You may use fabric paint, embroidery, appliqués, or crochet, etc.

_____13. Volunteer your time to help family and neighbors de-ice the sidewalks near your home to make them safer.

_____14. Find out the names of places (and locate on a map) that have snow records in your state, country, and continent:  the most snow in one day, the most snow in a year, the latest spring day it snowed or the earliest fall day.

_____15. Earn the Sports Badge with a winter sport involving snow such as skiing.

_____16. Help a younger person or someone with physical challenges be able to play in the snow or do the substitute crafts.

_____17. Learn the safety tips for winter travel. Learn how to get weather advisories for land, air, and sea travel during the winter. Put together or update an emergency kit for your family’s car.

_____18. Sew, knit, or crochet at least two caps, sweaters, afghans, etc. for people in need of warm items.

_____19. Make a list of pros and cons about living in an area that has snow every winter. Each list should have at least five items on it. Is there an economical difference in monthly expenses?


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Helpful Links

Snow Games

Snow Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids

7 Ways to Stay Safe During Winter Travel



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