Achievement Course: Ecology
Recommended Ages: 10-18 years of age
Approximate Completion Time Frame: 2-4 months
In 1979 St. Pope John Paul II named St. Francis of Assisi the patron saint “of those who promote ecology.” St. Francis often prayed outside and lived in various hermitages, caves, lean-tos, and mountainsides. He had a great affinity towards God’s creation including the land, animals, birds, fish, and people. One day while praying in the Chapel of San Damiano he heard a clear voice from the crucifix say “Francis, go and repair My Church, which you can see has fallen into ruin.” He started to fix the physical church, only to realize that he was supposed to help repair God’s entire church family. He preached all over the land and was given the precious gift of the stigmata which showed the wounds from Christ’s passion.
Objective: To understand God’s creation more deeply and serve to protect it.
- Read the following Bible verses and discuss them with your father/guardian or TSG leader.
- Job 12: 7-10
- Matthew 6: 26
- Matthew 3: 4
- Psalms 104: 10-23
- Mark 4: 30-32
- Identify the following animals that are in your region.
- Wild animals
- Identify the 5 most common types of trees in your region.
- What are their defining characteristics?
- Write a 1 page report on one of these trees and list the following.
- Name of tree you choose.
- Category of tree (Coniferous or Deciduous).
- Leaf characteristics.
- Where does this tree grow?
- Average tree life span?
- Any pests/diseases?
- Average height?
- Identify the 5 most common animal tracks in your region.
- Take pictures or find pictures of the animals’ tracks.
- Identify the 5 most common types of fish in your regional waters.
- Discuss 3 important facts about each type of fish.
- Identify any natural foods and/or herbs that grow readily in your region.
- What type of soil does it thrive in?
- What amount of sun and water does it need?
- Identify any poisonous plants in your region.
- Find pictures of the plant.
- Re-growing a plant.
- Identify any natural medicines in your region that would help people in a survival context.
- Learn about at least two types of bees.
- Familiarize yourself with the honey making process by bees.
- Explain pollination.
- What are some possible antagonists of bees.
- Identify 3 animals’ usage of camouflage.
- What type of camouflage is used in these animals?
- What is the reason for their camouflage?
- Where do they live?
- Do they have predators?
- Are the animals nocturnal or diurnal?
- Explain how to properly police a camp area to remove all trash so as to honor your campsite.
- Be in charge of the policing of a campout.
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