Investiture Achievement/Companion/Nature Study

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Companion/Nature Study



Requirement 1a

Read pages 1-13 from the booklet A 6 Day Creation Week?


A 6 Day Creation Week is available from AdventSource.

Requirement 1b

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. The Bible also mentions God created the stars, but we know the stars already existed when God made Earth. 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.

Requirement 2

Animal Tracking
Make plaster casts of three different animal tracks



Basic Casting Techniques

To do this, you will need to bring dry plaster of Paris, water, a mixing container, a mixing stick (a paint stirrer will do nicely), and something to make rings out of. Plaster of Paris can be bought either dry, or ready-mixed. It is probably better to get the dry type so that you can mix it on site. It will need to be soupy to make a detailed cast. When you find a suitable track, place a ring around it. The ring can be made from almost anything - a large tin can with the bottom cut out, a paper cup with the bottom removed, a strip of poster board 4 cm1.5 inches wide and taped together at the ends to form a circle, etc. You can also cut one from a water bottle (for small tracks), a two-liter soda bottle, or a milk jug (the ring does not have to be round). Make sure the ring is larger than the track, and note that some tracks are 15 cm6 inches long or more. What a pity it would be to find a huge bear or moose track and not have a large enough ring to cast it! You can also make the cast without a ring, but it is much better if you use one. Once the ring is in place, mix just enough plaster and water to fill the ring up to 2.5 cm1 inch deep. It sets quickly, so you will not want to mix up too much at a time. Mix water with the dry plaster and stir it until it is smooth. It should be about the same consistency as pancake batter or apple sauce. Pour it into the ring. Once this is done, you can set out in search of more tracks, or you can wait until the plaster sets. If you set out for more, be sure to come back to collect your cast.

One good way to complete this requirement is by heading to a river right after flooding has receded. There will likely be plenty of easily identifiable kinds of tracks, and the smooth mud makes for excellent casting.

Here is a more detailed guide with illustrations.


If you can manage to cast tracks from two more animals, you will be well on your way to earning the Animal Tracking honor.

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Requirement 3

Complete Companion requirements



You must complete the requirements listed above this one on the current page.

Requirement 4

Trees, Shrubs & Cacti
Collect and identify the leaves of 15 different trees and seven shrubs.
OR
Photograph and observe at least five different types of 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.

You should also take a look at the Trees honor and the Shrubs honor.

Cacti

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.

Requirement 5

Complete a nature honor not previously earned. (Skill level 1)


Lists of honors sorted by Category and Skill Level can be found in the Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book.


Good choices for the Companion class include

as the previous requirements will already have set you down the path to completing these honors.


Honor Patch Category Approval Skill
Level
Year Stage
Amphibians
Amphibians Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1945 100% developed
Animal Camouflage
Animal Camouflage Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 1 2015 75% developed
Animal Tracking
Animal Tracking Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1976 100% developed
Antelopes
Antelopes Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2001 100% developed
Ants
Ants.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 1 2012 0% developed
Bats
Bats Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2004 100% developed
Bird Pets
Bird Pets Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1945 100% developed
Birds
Birds Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1928 100% developed
Cacti
Cacti Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1944 100% developed
Carnivorous Plants
Carnivorous Plants Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 1 2012 0% developed
Cats
Cats Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1945 100% developed
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2012 75% developed
Dogs
Dogs Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1950 100% developed
Estuaries
Estuaries Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 1 2012 0% developed
Eucalypts
Eucalypts Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 100% developed
Geology
Geology Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1975 100% developed
Harmful Animals
Harmful Animals Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 1 2012 75% developed
Herbs
Herbs Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2001 100% developed
Insects
Insects Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1933 100% developed
Macaws, Parrots and Parakeets
Macaws, Parrots and Parakeets Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 1 2012 0% developed
Mammals
Mammals Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1937 100% developed
Maple Sugar
Maple Sugar Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1989 100% developed
Marine Fauna
Marine Fauna Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 1 2012 0% developed
Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2014 100% developed
Mountains
Mountains.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2012 100% developed
Nocturnal Animals
Nocturnal Animals Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 1 2012 0% developed
Orchids
Orchids Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1964 100% developed
Preservation of Water Resources
Preservation of Water Resources Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 1 2012 0% developed
Rainforests
Rainforests Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 1 2016 0% developed
Raptors
Raptors Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 1 2015 100% developed
Recycling
Recycling honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2012 100% developed
Reptiles
Reptiles Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1937 100% developed
Sand
Sand Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1956 100% developed
Seeds
Seeds Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1961 100% developed
Sharks
Sharks Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2013 100% developed
Shrubs
Shrubs Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1945 100% developed
Soils
Soils Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2006 100% developed
Stars
Stars Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1928 100% developed
Taiga
Taiga Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2014 100% developed
Temperate Deciduous Forests
Temperate Deciduous Forests Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 1 2016 0% developed
Trees
Trees Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1928 100% developed
Venomous Animals
Venomous Animals Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 1 2012 0% developed
Water Science
Water Science Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 1 2015 100% developed
Waterfalls
Waterfalls Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2011 100% developed
Wattles
Wattles Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2001 100% developed
Weather
Weather Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 1944 100% developed
Worms
Worms Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 1 2006 100% developed