Archeology Badge

Cub Scouts

Scouting Science!

The Burpee Museum of Natural History is excited to present learning resources for the following cub scout badges for free! Each badge will be linked to our virtual museum where scouts will learn about dinosaurs, minerals, and more!

These free resources are brought to you thanks to the Guy B Reno Family Foundation, Bergstrom Inc Charitable Foundation, Gloyd Foundation, David Anderson Foundation, Jeffery Anderson Foundation, Kristin Anderson Foundation, Jeffery Anderson Foundation, Tracy Anderson Foundation, John Anderson Foundation, and the Dean Alan Olson Foundation!

Consider donating to Burpee today and help us bring science to everyone in our community!

Wolves - Digging Into The Past
Digging Into The Past

The videos in our virtual museum below cover the following requirements for this Wolves badge:

1. Play a game that demonstrates your knowledge of Dinosaurs, like a dinosaur match game!

2. Create an Imaginary Dinosaur. Share with your den its name, where it lives, and what it eats.

3b. Make a Dinosaur dig. Be a Paleontologist and dig through a dinosaur dig made by another member of your den. Show and explain the ways a Paleontologist works carefully during a dig.

The following requirements are not covered in the virtual museum:

3a. Make a Fossil Cast

4. Make Edible Fossil Layers. Explain how this snack is a good model for the formation of fossils




Webelos - Earth Rocks
Earth Rocks

The videos in our virtual museum cover the following requirements for this Webelos badge:

1.  a. Explain the meaning of the word "geology"

    b. Explain why this kind of science is an important part of your world

4. a. With your family or den, make a mineral test kit, and test the minerals according to the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness

     b. Record your results in your handbook

6. a. Identify some of the geological building materials used in building your home

The videos in our virtual museum do not cover the following requirements:   

2. Look for different types of rocks or minerals while on a rock hunt with your family or den

3. a. Identify the rocks you see on your rock hunt. Use the information in your handbook to determine which types of rocks you have collected,

    b. With a magnifying glass, take a closer look at your collection. Determine any differences between your specimens

    c. Share what you see with your family or den.

5. Identify on a map of your state some geological features in your area

6. b. Identify some of the geological materials used around your community




Webelos - Into The Woods
Into The Woods

 The videos in our virtual forest cover the following requirements:

1. Identify two different groups of trees and parts of a tree

2. Identify four trees common to the area where you live. Tell whether they are native to your area. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them.

3. Identify four plants common to the area where you live. Tell which animals use them and for what purpose?

6. Explain how the growth rings of a tree trunk tell it's life story. Describe different types of tree bark and explain what the bark does for the tree.

The videos in our virtual forest do not cover the following requirements:

4. Develop a plan to care for and then plant at least one plant or tree, either indoors in a pot or outdoors. Tell us how this plant helps the environment in which it is planted and what the plant or tree will be used for.

5. Make a list of items in your home that are made from wood OR with your den, take a walk and identify things that are made of wood

7. Visit a nature center, nursery, or park, and speak with someone knowledgeable about trees and plants native to your area. Explain how plants and trees are important to the ecosystem and how they improve our environment