(Discover the World)
By Kerry Cordy
This badge can be earned multiple times at each level, once for each individual state in the USA.
Penguins: Do three requirements including the one starred *
_____1.* Locate your state on a map. Which states border yours?
Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Penguin requirement 1. What is your state capital? Locate it on a map of your state.
_____2.* Learn five important historical events that took place in your state. Know the year that your state became part of the union.
Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Draw a timeline for your state. You must list at least fifteen major events or people on the timeline and illustrate at least five of them. Share your timeline with someone.
Butterflies: Do six requirements including the ones starred.
_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2. Have at least twenty-five items on your timeline.
_____2.* Learn about the history of the people of your state. Where did they come from? How has their religion affected their history? How has their history affected the food and customs of your state?
Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred.
_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Learn about how your state government works. How are laws passed in your state? Try to find at least three crazy laws that are still on the books, such as in Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping.
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.
_____3. Participate in a parade, play, concert, party or other celebration honoring an event or famous person from your state. You must learn at least one new fact from this event.
_____4. Learn or compose a song, ballad, or poem about a famous person or event in your state’s history. If you can, attend an event that includes a performance of the same work.
_____5. Visit a museum which features objects from your state’s history. This requirement can be repeated if each museum takes at least a half hour to go through it. A tour through an online museum is also acceptable.
_____6. Learn to play a game that teaches or reinforces the history of your state.
_____7. If you are earning this badge for a state you do not live in, visit the state and visit at least one (Penguins, Otters, Dolphins) or three (Butterflies, Eagles, Owls) historical site(s) while you are there.
_____8. Visit your state capital.
_____9. Find out what your chosen states bird, flower, animal, and song are.
_____10. Learn about the symbolism of your state flag.
_____11. Visit a state park and find out why the state decided to preserve it. What makes it special?
_____12. Visit a part of your state that you haven’t seen before and pay attention to the history of the area. Tours of famous people’s houses, cemeteries, government buildings and monuments all count. If the history of an area is your emphasis for the day, this requirement can also be repeated up to three times.
_____13. Make a list of the three (Penguins), five (Otters), ten (Dolphins), fifteen (Butterflies), twenty (Eagles), twenty-five (Owls) sites you think are most important for a visitor to see and explain your rational for each one. Make a travel brochure or poster to share your ideas.
_____14. Participate in a community service project that helps your state in someway. You may want to help with a beach clean up, plant trees in a state park, or raise money for a local historical museum. Explain how this service project makes your state stronger.
_____15. Learn where the most important natural features or resources are—how have they affected the state’s history? Which parts of the state are more industrial or more rural?
_____16. Find out about five government state jobs your state offers. Are there similar jobs at the federal level? For example what is the difference between being a firefighter for your state fire department compared with a firefighter with the federal forestry service in your area?
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