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Merit Badge Days are offered monthly at Valley Crest Farm and Preserve. These sessions are open to all Boy Scouts. Scouts may sign up individually or with others from their troop.

Merit Badge Days are designed for scouts to complete merit badges with minimal home study. Scouts will work one- on- one with a counselor to complete all requirements and gain a thorough understanding of each topic discussed.

Forestry

November 17. 9am-12noon.

Take to the trails and learn to identify the many trees, shrubs, vines and more present in New Jersey! We will discuss what an invasive species is and the impact it can have on the environment. We will also cover forest management methods and discuss how to mitigate the risks forests face.

Please complete the following requirement before class:

4-Describe what forest management means, including the following:

a. Multiple-use management
b. Sustainable forest management
c. Even-aged and uneven-aged management and silvicultural systems associated with each type.
d. Intermediate cuttings.
e. The role of prescribed burning and related forest management practices.

Scouts should come to class with plenty of water, comfortable shoes for hiking, appropriate clothes for the outdoors, a blue card, pen/pencil, and a notebook or clipboard to write on while hiking. Scouts may also bring a snack along.

Cost for this course, including all materials, is $30.

Click here to register!

For any questions please contact Rachel at education@valleycrestfarmnj.org or (908) 238 9696.

 

Mammal Study

December 13. 5-6:30pm

Join us to complete your Mammal Study badge. After you’ve completed a prerequisite project, you will be completely done with the requirements of this badge.

Please complete requirement 5 (Work with your counselor, select and carry out one project that will influence the numbers of one or more mammals.) before class to finish the badge. You may complete the project afterwards and have your blue card signed at a later date. Building a bat box is a lovely way to complete this requirement. If scouts are interested in a different project, they may check in with Rachel at education@valleycrestfarmnj.org to ensure it is appropriate.

Cost for this course, including all materials, is $30.

Click here to register!

For any questions please contact Rachel at education@valleycrestfarmnj.org or (908) 238 9696.

 

Environmental Science (Eagle Required)

January 8 AND 9. 5-7pm. Must attend both days.

Explore the world of environmental science through this workshop. Scouts will examine issues such as erosion, animal populations, water cleanliness and so much more! This eagle required badge will be entirely completed through the workshop.

Cost for this course, including all materials, is $30.

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For any questions please contact Rachel at education@valleycrestfarmnj.org or (908) 238 9696.

 

Camping (Eagle Required)

February 9. 1-4:30pm

Complete several of the requirements for the Camping badge. While we may not finish the entire badge, scouts may bring proof of completion for any requirements not covered. Requirements 1-3, 5, 6, 8abc and 10 will all be finished through this workshop. To view these and the rest of the badge requirements, scouts should visit https://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Camping

Cost for this course, including all materials, is $30.

Click here to register!

For any questions please contact Rachel at education@valleycrestfarmnj.org or (908) 238 9696.

 

Valley Crest Farm & Preserve grows and donates fresh produce to help people in need, maintains its farm and forest for education and recreation, and encourages respect for farms and nature.

Valley Crest Preserve Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

14 Allerton Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833 • 908-238-9696 • info@valleycrestfarmnj.org