You Lichen Rocks?

You Lichen Rocks?

This last week we were on the troop summer week long scout camp up in the High Uintas of Utah. As we were hiking along between Trident and Beth Lake, I noticed that there was a ton of lichen on all the rocks.  I realized that I did not know anything about lichen, except that it is usually found growing on the rocks.  So, here is a few thing that I have found from my research.

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The Story of Smokey Bear

The Story of Smokey Bear

Smokey was born on August 9, 1944. The U.S. Forest Service wanted a spokes person to continually remind people that "Care will prevent 9 out of 10 fires", and the fictitious bear was just the ticket... as they said back then.  In 1947, Smokey's message changed to the familiar "Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires".

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Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum

The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum on the campus of Brigham Young University was opened to the public in 1978.  The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and maintains membership in the Natural Science Collection Alliance.  The museum houses nearly three million specimens in nine separate research collections.  The museum currently has 8 exhibits.

- Our Living Planet
    - This exhibit explores the unique life-supporting physical characteristics of planet Earth.
- Fred & Sue Morris Bird Gallery
    - This remarkable collection features over 100 different birds from around the world.
- Protect Your Planet
    - This exhibit includes the museum's full mount bull elephant with information about species conservation-related issues.
- Life On Top: Apex Predators
    - This exhibit features interactive scenes highlighting issues related to top-predators.
- Life Submerged: Marine & Freshwater
    - This exhibit highlights features of both freshwater and marine ecosystems.
- Into Africa
    - This exhibit highlights key interactions in several of Africa's ecosystems.
- Our Sacred Stewardship
    - This exhibit teaches the inspired doctrines related to our divine stewardship responsibilities.
- Boyd K Packer Gallery
    - The Packer Gallery highlights President Packer's life and remarkable talent as a wildlife artist.


Along with the exhibits, the museum offers live animal shows in the evening during the week and two afternoon shows on Saturday involving at least 3 live animals.

Scout groups who visit have the opportunity to earn a patch offered by the museum.  The Museum patch was designed to motivate scouts to gain a greater appreciation and knowledge of the life sciences.  You can print the requirements here, or pick up a copy at the front desk as you enter the museum.

Admission is free! But donations are always greatly appreciated.

Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
Brigham Young University
645 East 1430 North, Provo, UT 84602


Information: (801) 422-5050
Office: (801) 422-5052
Scheduling: (801) 422-6698
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Closed Sunday

Showing off Your Photos

With photography, there are many different subjects you can take pictures of.  Along with the vast amount of subjects, the amount of apertures, shutter speeds, f-stops, and focus manipulations are endless. Requirement 5 of the Photography Merit Badge gives you to opportunity to show off your work.

Req. 5 - Photograph THREE of the folowing, then share your work with your counselor.
  • Close-up of a person
  • Two to three people interacting
  • Action shot
  • Animal shot
  • Nature shot
  • Picture of a person - candid, posed, or camera aware

The following are a few pictures that I took over the weekend on our last hike.  One of my favorite times to shoot pictures is right when the sun starts to fade under the horizon and starts to bend the light into a bright golden hue allowing me to work more with the contrast of the image.

Bear Elective 12 - Nature Crafts

This elective is also part of the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.
  1. Make solar prints of three kinds of leaves.
  2. Make a display of eight different animal tracks with an eraser print.
  3. Collect, press, and label ten kinds of leaves.
  4. Build a waterscope and identify five types of water life.
  5. Collect eight kinds of plant seeds and label them.
  6. Collect, mount, and label ten kinds of rocks or minerals.
  7. Collect, mount, and label five kinds of shells.
  8. Build and use a bird caller

Nature Merit Badge

  1. Name three ways in which plants are important to animals. Name a plant that is protected in your state or region, and explain why it is at risk.
  2. Name three ways in which animals are important to plants. Name an animal that is protected in your state or region, and explain why it is at risk.
  3. Explain the term "food chain." Give an example of a four-step land food chain and a four-step water food chain.
  4. Do all of the requirements in FIVE of the following fields:
    1. Birds
      1. In the field, identify eight species of birds.
      2. Make and set out a birdhouse OR a feeding station OR a birdbath.
        List what birds used it during a period of one month.
    2. Mammals
      1. In the field, identify three species of wild animals.
      2. Make plaster casts of the tracks of a wild mammal.
    3. Reptiles and Amphibians
      1. Show that you can recognize the venomous snakes in your area.
      2. In the field, identify three species of reptiles or amphibians.
      3. Recognize one species of toad or frog by voice; OR identify one reptile or amphibian by eggs, den, burrow, or other signs.
    4. Insects and Spiders
      1. Collect, mount, and label 10 species of insects or spiders.
      2. Hatch an insect from the pupa or cocoon; OR hatch adults from nymphs; OR keep larvae until they form pupae or cocoons; OR keep a colony of ants or bees through one season.
    5. Fish
      1. Catch and identify two species of fish.
      2. Collect four kinds of animal food eaten by fish in the wild.
    6. Mollusks and Crustaceans
      1. Identify five species of mollusks and crustaceans.
      2. Collect, mount, and label six shells.
    7. Plants
      1. In the field, identify 15 species of wild plants.
      2. Collect and label the seeds of six plants OR the leaves of 12 plants.
    8. Soils and Rocks
      1. Collect and identify soils found in different layers of a soil profile.
      2. Collect and identify five different types of rocks from your area.