Humans & Habitats (Junior Badge)
Humans & Habitats (Junior Badge) Complete 6
In some countries, nomadic people
(who move from place to place
rather than live in one permanent
spot) have invented homes that are
very portable. Learn out about the
types of homes that nomadic people
use today and used in the past.
2. It's Symholic
What are some of the symbols
used to represent international
1 organizations such as UNICEF, the
Red Cross, the World Health
Organization, and Girl Scouts?
Invent a symbol or flag that could
represent your community-its
climate, geography, and way of life.
3. Farmers Around the World
People almost everywhere grow
food. Find out how people farm in
two or three different countries.
How does farming affect their
environments? How are farming
tools and other methods different
from one country to the next?
4. Your Life Would Be Different If . . .
Pick a place with a lifestyle that is
different from your own-perhaps a
rain forest, a desert, or Antarctica.
Look around your home. What items
would you have to live without? What
items would you need instead?.
5. Peace of Cake
Since the 1960s, Peace Corps
volunteers have lived in countries
around the world working with
communities on health, education,
and other projects. Contact the
local Peace Corps recruiting office
or go to its Web site and find out
more about what Peace Corps
workers do. Invite a returned Peace
Corps volunteer to visit a troop or
group meeting and share her
6. Make a Food Map
Make a list of foods that you
typically eat in one day. Research
where these products are grown.
Then make a products map that
shows where the foods are grown.
To make a product map, download
a world map from the National
Geographic Web site www.national
geographic.com/education. Draw or
make symbols for each food., and
make a key or legend for the map.
7. Break Bread
People all around the world make and eat bread.
Prepare one type and taste two others from the list below.
flat bread (tortilla), puffed bread (donuts), filled bread, and fried bread (pancakes) (Filled Bread like alu paratha, pastelillo, gyoza
Fried Bread like pakora, fritters, pancakes, & johnny cakes)
8.The World Close to Home
Do you have many different kinds
of restaurants in your town? Pick a
certain type of food and find out
how it is cooked in two cultures
other than your own. Find out how
the foods and the recipes reflect
the climate and the geography of
that country. For example, people
in many hot climates cook very
spicy dishes. Why? Spicy food
makes you sweat, which makes
your body cool off in the hot
weather. Spicy food also hides the
taste of unrefrigerated meat, which
can spoil a little in hot weather.
9. Take a Look Around You
Become a geography observer in
your community. Do this alone or
with others. Try to look at the
• The kinds of crops and trees you
• How much land is empty and
how much is used
• What is on the land that is used,
such as crops for farming, parks
for recreation, open space to
protect the environment, or
buildings used for housing,
business, government, shopping,
and other uses.
Would you keep the land the way
it is, or would you make changes?
Write a letter or send an e -mail
with your ideas to the zoning or
planning board in your
community, or attend a zoning
10. What's Best?
How do different living
environments compare? Look at
living in an apartment building,
single-family home, farmhouse,
mobile home, or modular home.
How are things different in cities,
suburbs, villages, and rural areas?
In your troop or with others, find
a way to show your "dream
types of homes in your favorite
types of communities