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A nature preserve near us has several miles of paved and unpaved trails and an "interactive trail map" that has markers along the way with descriptions of plants and animals nearby
(although not explicitly labeled).
What is required of the scouts to "identify or show evidence?" Discussion with adult once identified? Photographs? Written description in workbook of sights/sounds/smells?
If a leader who is skilled at plant and animal identification goes on the hike and helps point out the different plants and animals, is that sufficient?
If a leader is not present (ie, if the scout goes with a parent instead), what then?
Must the boys create plaster molds of tracks and/or pressed leaf books as shown in the handbook?
Thanks in advance.
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Sure, whatever you decide is sufficient to show that the scout has achieved the skill.
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These requirements have long been a source of uncertainty for me.
First: exactly what does "identify" mean in this context? Can it mean "give the name of"? If somebody says "identify the President of the US", is "Donald Trump" a complete and adequate answer?
Assuming for the moment that that is not sufficient, that you must actually point at the object (or evidence of it) and give its name...
If we're on a hike and I point out some poison oak, and they all say "ah, so that's what poison oak looks like", do they all get the TF 4b signoff? If Joe Scout says "Look, a deer", he clearly gets the 2C requirement 4 signoff. Do the others on the hike get it too? If we have ten Scouts on the hike, do we have to see ten deer and have them each be the first one time?
What level of precision is required? "It's a bird!" "It's an owl!" "It's a barn owl!"
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