Ranger Emblems

Ecology
Requirement #1 - Learning About Ecology To assist in helping the Rangers learn the different terms connected with ecology have the Rangers compete in looking up the terms in dictionaries. Have the Rangers bring their own dictionaries from home or borrow dictionaries from other adults so that there is one dictionary for each boy. Call out the terms in random order having the Rangers race to see whom the first will be to find that term. If the boy can match the term to the proper definition, he is awarded a point. This can be done individually or by dividing the boys into two different teams. Make sure that the team or individual that wins is rewarded with some sort of prize for their efforts. To reinforce the knowledge of the terms a variation of "Steal the Bacon" game could be used: Put all of the ecology terms on index cards. Lay the index cards on the floor at the center of the room. Line the Rangers up at each side of the room. Assign numbers to the boys. Read a definition and then call out a number. The Rangers with that number will go to the middle of the room and grab the term that matched the definition. If the right term is grabbed and returned safely to the side a point is awarded. Requirement #2 - The Gift of Observation Going on a hike is not always possible. The following information will assist the Rangers in realizing how many different organisms exists in a small section of ground. Under a square-yard of pasture in Denmark, for instance, the soil is inhabited by roughly 50,000 small earthworms and their relatives, 50,000 insects and mites, and nearly 12 million roundworms. And that tally is only the beginning. The number of soil animals is tiny compared to the number of soil microorganisms: a pinch of fertile soil may contain over 30,000 protozoa, 50,000 algae, 400,000 fungi, and billions of individual bacteria. There is a large number of web pages on the Internet concerning ecology groups. If a hike is not possible, a virtual hike might be the next best thing. There are ecology groups dealing with many different animal species as well as natural resources. Use your favorite search engine and look for "Ecology." The search will turn up more information than you will have time to offer to the Rangers. If you do not have access to a computer, most local libraries now provide limited Internet access.

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Requirement #4 .The "Five Ecology R's" The American Heritage Dictionary defines biodegradable as: “Capable of being decomposed by natural biological processes.Ecology Service Projects With a small group of Rangers doing a project might seem like an overwhelming task. It might be helpful for the Rangers to understand the efforts that local industries are making to try and prevent pollution.” While going on the visit to a local supermarket or grocery store have the Rangers choose before hand where in the store that they would find the most biodegradable items. After the search. the products they used and where the products came from. Look into existing ecology groups and the projects that they are currently working on. but the packaging is not. Sharing these efforts with the Rangers will help them in understanding the many different pollution’s that are effecting the environment today. The groups are often looking for volunteers that can help with short term projects. Have the boys commit to a certain isle that they think the most would be.The Effects of Pollution If the Rangers are struggling to come up with six different causes of pollution. 119 . see which Rangers knew before hand where to find the biodegradable items. but it does not have to be. The Rangers most likely traveled during the day in motor vehicle causing pollution. Contact a local industry and see if they would be willing to speak to the boys about the efforts that are being made to limit pollution.) Requirement #5 . have them think about what they did from the start of the day. Most people use many products that are manufactured at factories that create pollution. Even the rubber band around celery or the plastic bag for the potatoes brings into use products that are non-biodegradable. recycling of paper products. efforts to contain hazardous materials and other anti pollution efforts. Other resources could be service clubs and having the Rangers assist another service club with their project. Paper trash is usually a very obvious item of pollution that the Rangers would see everyday. Industries have various plans to cut down on paper usage.Requirement #3 . (Note: Often the contents are biodegradable.

we are created with the inner desire to have a relationship with God. We are not just another creature that is part of an ecosystem. yet still cares about us as an individual. No one knows how butterflies find their way to these tiny plots of land. Just as the monarch butterflies have a direction by their Creator. We can realize that God created over one and a half million different kinds of insects.Week 2 Read Acts 17:24-27. the creator of the world. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. Entomologists estimate that more than one and a half million different kinds of insects exist in the world a diversity which exceeds all other living things put together. These butterflies are one more example of God's creatures being drawn along by the mind of their Creator.Devotional . All animals and people. Scientists have recently found 16 of these sites. but individuals who can have a relationship with God. They could hardly believe their eyes when they came upon hundreds and hundreds of them clinging to tree limbs several feet above the cemetery markers. within a 100mile radius where millions upon millions of butterflies from North America spend the winter. When they went back a few days later. they were gone. God has created the world with living things interacting with each other and their environment. allwise Creator brought them into being. God has also created each of us as individuals. When we think about God and his wonderful creation. but which they somehow know they must find. it is sometimes hard to think that God could create everything that exists in this great world. ranging from 1 to 10 acres each. We can know that God has chosen this time for us to live. Each new generation that migrates has never been there before. This can happen through Jesus Christ. Something programmed into their tiny bodies directs them to a place they have never seen. He has chosen a time when 120 . God has created the world and everything in it. God also rules over the earth. all that live on the earth are under God's rule. A couple of years ago a dad and son found a gathering place for monarch butterflies in a Grand Rapids cemetery. As the creator of the world.Week 1 Read Psalm 24:1-2. God gives all men life and breath and everything else. They have reason to believe that the flock eventually ended up in a remote mountain site in central Mexico. The astounding capabilities of some of these little bugs should convince anyone with an open mind that a great. Devotional .

but even greater is the privilege we have of having a relationship with the creator. countless footprints of His activities. nighttime sky. mountains. complexity. Scientists tell us that 16 million tons of moisture fall upon the earth every second! God who created the universe employs a remarkable process to make this occur. then by the same logic we know that a Creator made the world because He left. so that we will be able to reach out and find Him." God's presence is all around us in His creation." which ascend to form clouds.one of His "footprints. Fred John Meldau expressed in this way: "If one footprint on the sand convinced Robinson Crusoe that a person was on his island. God is the ultimate preserver of His creation. God cares for us. The molecules of water. We know that God has placed us here. In this state they are lighter than air and become the invisible "water balloons of the universe. The entire universe testifies to the existence of an allpowerful Creator and Sustainer. The design. When we look into the nighttime sky we see one of the beauties of God's creation . are changed into vapor by the heat of the sun's rays(Psalm 135:7). He loves us. God created a beautiful earth for us to enjoy. We do not have to only experience God by viewing his creation. and wants the best for us. a time when we are faced with the challenges of being caretakers of God's creation. 121 . God. but we can experience God by having Him as part of our lives." And one of those "footprints" is the starry. in His great wisdom. God has placed every star in its exact place. He is the only one who makes it possible for us to have a relationship with God. as it were. Devotional . has designed systems that bring 16 million tons of moisture each second to the earth. God's love is so great that He also preserves us.Week 4 Read Isaiah 45:18." God. God's wisdom affects everything he has created: heaven.we know more about our earth than ever before. This can happen through Jesus Christ. which are 800 times heavier than air. God created us in His image so that we can have a relationship with our creator. Take some time to think about the nighttime sky. today. You and I are part of that creation and we are the part that God saw was very good.Week 3 Read Psalm 36:6. Devotional . and "the great deep. God Himself. and consistency of the natural world leads to only one reasonable conclusion: Behind it all is a wise and powerful God.

Ecology Word Search ADAPTATION BIODEGRADABLE COMMUNITY CONSERVATION CONSUMERS DECOMPOSERS ECOLOGY ECOSYSTEM ENVIRONMENT HABITAT OXYGEN POLLUTE PRODUCERS RECYCLE REDO REFUSE RENEW REUSE SPECIES C Y P V D G N G I Z T Y J X S T J O Y G H J D L V E L C N O I S WY O S P T A E I M G O Q D X O X J F E D S L I D G Z J S T E R V D F O U D J Y B B I I MC P D N Z L O N U L I R K H E I R WC V O N N U E A A A A T O O T I C C M R E P I P M T F Z D H C N I O D L E Q K N R T T I T F U O N G S J U N A E K N V X A L L P E O N S E X P S M U P L X U S C S E O U V G M G R I R E P T G WR Y M MR GA Z S F O E R S E V R K N O M A A E Y G Z Z N C R H O O I C R E N S D O N D J X H B S S T U O C D E I M S A E E C R A L O A D I D I N N F G D A Y C G U N E C E F T S O C WP R Q E V U T C A B F S L R R F J O A A C T T R B E K U H M M A U B T E I O E L G C A A E B R C L Y O X T L L J E T E T I K F U C U S S A Q U C R I L E L V E WQ F K N T V J K L I E MW B Z S X F E V N G L Q M O B E L Q D O D O N V P 122 .