The Boy Scouts were back in town! For over 5 years, EcoReach has hosted the Environmental Science Merit Badge during the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Advance-a-Roma day at UGA. Many merit badges can take up to weeks or even months to earn, but during Advance-a-Rama, the boys are able to meet most of their requirements in a single day! This year, we had 16 Boy Scouts who opted to earn their Environmental Science Merit Badge with EcoReach this year.
Throughout the day, a dozen EcoReach volunteers led various activities and discussions about environmental science. The morning started off with lessons on the history of environmental science, environmental terminology, and pollution. Before lunch, the Boy Scouts learned about the environmental impacts of development on our creeks right here in Athens. How can we determine an unhealthy stream from a healthy stream? And what can we do to keep our streams and natural wildlife clean and healthy?
The afternoon began with a series of lessons and activities on the Endangered Species Act of 1973, pollinators, oil spills, and the importance of worms! And finally, we ended the day with a lesson and discussion on resource conservation, such as household water usage, and a career panel on environmental and ecology careers. It was a long and busy day, from 7:30am – 3:15pm, but everyone learned a lot abut environmental science and had a great time!
And even more pictures from the day!!