Investiture Achievement/Companion/Nature Study
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Keep a 7-day outdoor log of your personal observations from nature in which each day focuses on those things that were created on that day.
Page 32 of the Companion Record Journal has space for logging observations. Encourage the kids to begin recording their observations on a Sunday (call them on Sunday morning if necessary).
If your Pathfinders miss a day or forget, remind them that there is no requirement that the seven days be consecutive. It may be necessary to call them each day to remind them to make and record their observations.
Ideas for observation are listed below.
- Day One, Light
- See how a magnifying glass bends light, experiment with a prism. Observe shadows.
- Day Two, Air
- Feel the breeze. Inflate a balloon and release it. Make a pinwheel
- Day Three, Land and Sea separated
- Observe soil and rocks.
- Day Four, Sun and Moon
- Look at the moon. Make a pinhole observatory for viewing the sun indirectly. Find a constellation or a planet.
- Day Five, Fish and Birds
- Listen for bird songs. Find a nest. Look for pigeon tracks and feathers under a bridge.
- Day Six, Animals and Man
- Look for insects, frogs, squirrels, or deer. Watch a cat while it's hunting (outdoors remember).
- Day Seven, Sabbath
- Even the plants rest when they are finished with their work. Find one that has already gone to seed. Does it go dormant and wait for spring, die, or continue to produce fruit several times in one season? Find a sleeping animal and watch it (but do not disturb it). How does it protect itself while it sleeps? How does it stay warm (or cool)?
An example created by one of the editors here.
If you can manage to cast tracks from two more animals, you will be well on your way to earning the Animal Tracking honor.
Complete Companion requirements
You must complete the requirements listed above this one on the current page.
Trees, Shrubs & Cacti
Trees and Shrubs
Unless you live in a place that it warm year-round, this requirement will be very difficult to mange from late fall through early spring. Since the Pathfinder year usually begins in September, you should get on this one right away. Otherwise you will have to wait for spring.
If you are not familiar with identifying trees and shrubs, you will need to either recruit someone who is, or get a good field guide. Be sure the the field guide covers the area where you will be collecting.
- Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification is a good choice for North America.
If you live in an area where cacti are abundant, this requirement can best be met outdoors.
If not, you can bring potted cacti to a Pathfinder meeting. If you do not own five, ask members of your church. Someone may be willing to loan you some and even come to the meeting to talk about them.
For more information, see the Cacti honor.
Complete a nature honor not previously earned. (Skill level 1)
Lists of honors sorted by Category and Skill Level can be found in the AY Honors.
Good choices for the Companion class include
Animal Tracking as the previous requirements will already have set you down the path to completing these honors.
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