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Whale Watcher

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Sponsoring Council

Western Los Angeles County Council

Award Dimensions

3” DIA


This award is for encouraging Scouts to understand our environment with special emphasis on whales.

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External Reference (where applicable)

Detailed Requirements

1. Meet all applicable General Requirements. This award is available to Cadet and Senior Girl Scouts, and Brownies, as well as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.

2. Attend presentation of slides on DVD in Western Los Angeles County Council.

a. The DVD may be borrowed from the Council Office along with the text/notebook for the accompanying narrative and the lists of whale watcher cruises, museums and whale shows necessary to complete the award. For Orange County contact The Orange County HAT team.

b. In Girl Scout Council's that have approved this award, their Scouts will fulfill the same requirements as stated and shown below.

3. Participate in whale watching cruise or one of the following:

a. Visit a whale show at Sea World.

b. Or, visit a whale museum such as Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro, or the Orange County Marine Museum, Dana Point.

4. Draw a picture of the whale being observed. Label parts. Pictures may be substituted for drawings.

5. Draw a map of the migratory route.

6. Give a report on whaling practices past and present including current laws on whale hunting.

7.  Define the following vocabulary words to your unit leader or their representative.

1. Terrestrial    11. Migration    21. Pectoral Fin

2. Endangered Species    12. Sailing    22. Bearing

3. Spout    13. Baleen Plates    23. Baja

4. Dorsal Ridge    14. Dorsal Fin    24. Krill

5. Echo Locate    15. Pods    25. Caudal

6. Cetacea    16. Mammal    26. Snorkeling

7. Lob Tailing    17. Mysticeti    27. Lice

8. Spy Hopping    18. Footprints    28. Breeching

9. Piniped    19. Blow Hole    29. Blubber

10. Odontoceti    20. Laminate 3   0. Saddle Patch

7. The award application must be approved by a High Adventure Team approval person.

8. These SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS shall supersede the General Requirements if there is an area of conflict.

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