Nature Merit Badges
Series 1

INTRODUCING MERIT BADGES!

At Under the Arch Outdoor, it is our belief that people need contact with nature to lead happy, healthy lives. We are privileged to be able to provide that experience in our outdoor sessions in communities throughout Vancouver Island.

Through our work here, we realized there was a need for an independent option that families could participate in remotely on their own schedule, anywhere in the world!

Our merit badges provide a self-paced learning experience that aims to deepen the connection with the natural world through a series of activities.

Badges are released in series, becoming more involved and difficult as they progress to guide the learner from introduction to mastery.

Each badge has a set of tasks to complete that are meant to be done with a parent or other adult however, they are not just for youth!

We strongly encourage adults to complete them as well and grow their own natural knowledge.

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ABOUT THE BADGES

  • Made from sustainable faux leather.
  • 100% Canadian designed and manufactured.
  • Each badge measures 2.25” X 2.25”
  • Pre punched holes for ease of sewing onto your favorite backpack, sweater, etc.
  • Come with instructions for completing critera.
This is a picture of a custom badge

Woodcarving Badge – $6.50

To earn the woodcarving badge, a person should complete the following:

  • Understand and explain the most likely hazards they may encounter while participating in woodwork activities, and what should be done to anticipate, help prevent, and respond to these hazards.
  • Explain what precautions I should take to safely use my tools.
  • Collect and label…

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.

TEN Essentials Badge – $6.50

To earn the Ten Essentials Badge, a person should be able to:

  • List 10 items that are essential to be carried on any backpacking trek and explain why each item is necessary.
  • Describe 10 ways you can limit the weight and bulk to be carried in your pack without jeopardizing your health or safety.
  • Show that you know how to…

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.

This is a picture of a custom badge
This is a picture of a custom badge

Bird Study Badge – $6.50

To earn the Bird Study Badge, a person should complete the following:

  • Explain the need for bird study and why birds are useful indicators of the quality of the environment.
  • Describe how birds are part of the ecosystem.
  • Show that you are…

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.

First Aid Badge – $6.50

To earn the First Aid Badge, a person should complete the following:

  • Prepare a first-aid kit for your hiking bag.
  • Display and discuss its contents with an adult.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of…

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.

This is a picture of a custom badge
This is a picture of a custom badge

Plant Identification Badge – $6.50

To earn the Plant Identification Badge, a person should complete the following:

  • Name three ways in which plants are important to animals.
  • Name a plant that is important to animals that is protected in your region and explain why.
  • In the field, identify….

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.

Trail Blazer Badge – $6.50

To earn the Trail Blazer Badge, a person should complete the following:

Prepare a written hike plan before each hike and share it with an adult. Include map routes, a clothing and equipment list, and a list of items for a trail lunch.

Take the five following hikes, in this order…

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.

This is a picture of a custom badge
This is a picture of a custom badge

Shelter Building Badge – $6.50

To earn the Shelter Building Badge, a person should complete the following:

  • List the basic types of forest survival shelters.
  • Demonstrate proper lashing technique.
  • Demonstrate three…

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.

Fire Starter Badge – $6.50

To earn the Fire Starter Badge, a person should complete the following:

  • Identify and define three types of fire materials.
  • Demonstrate the safe use of a lighter and matches (with adult supervision)
  • Build the following 4 types of fires…

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.

This is a picture of a custom badge
This is a picture of a custom badge

Tree Identification Badge – $6.50

To earn the Tree Identification Badge, a person should complete the following:

In a notebook, make a collection, and identify 15 species of trees, in a local forested area. Create a sketch of each tree and write a description in which you identify the following:

  • The important ways each tree is…

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.

Mother Earth Badge – $6.50

The Mother Earth Badge is for people who wish to deepen their connection to the earth and begin to understand and apply the law of reciprocity.

It is recommended that children work on this badge actively with an adult who can mentor the process.

To earn the Mother Earth Badge, a person should complete the following:

  • Learn to use…

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.

This is a picture of a custom badge
A book with all the badges

All badges + Nature Journal – $65.00

Get all the Series 1 Merit Badges plus a Natural Journal.

These journals are just the right size for all your nature journaling and observation notes. Made with lovely, heavy-weight paper, they are durable enough to toss in your backpack time after time.

The full list of criteria is included upon pickup or will be included with your badge purchase when shipped.