Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Mammal Study Merit Badge


Mammal Study




  1. Explain the meaning of "animal," "invertebrate," "vertebrate," and "mammal." Name three characteristic that distinguish mammals from all other animals.
  2. Explain how the animal kingdom is classified. Explain where mammals fit in the classification of animals. Classify three mammals from phylum through species.
  3. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Spend 3 hours in each of two different kinds of natural habitats or at different elevations. List the
              different mammal species and individual members that you identified by sight or sign. Tell why all
              mammals do not live in the same kind of habitat.
        B. Spend 3 hours on each of 5 days on at least a 25- acre area (about the size of 3 1/2 football fields).
              List the mammal species you identified by sight or sign.
        C. From study and reading, write a simple history of one nongame mammal that lives in your area. Tell
              how this mammal lived before its habitat was affected in any way by humans. Tell how it
              reproduces, what it eats, and its natural habitat. Describe its dependency upon plants, upon other
              animals (including humans), and how they depend upon it. Tell how it is helpful or harmful to
  4. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Under the guidance of a nature center or natural history museum, make two study skins of rats or
              mice. Tell the uses of study skins and mounted specimens respectively.
        B. Take good pictures of two kinds of mammals in the wild. Record light conditions, film used,
              exposure, and other factors, including notes on the activities of the pictured animals.
        C. Write a life history of a native game mammal that lives in your area, covering the points outlined in
              requirement 3c. List sources for this information.
        D. Make and bait a tracking pit. Report what mammals and other animals came to the bait.
        E. Visit a natural history museum. Report on how specimens are prepared and cataloged. Explain the
              purposes of museums.
        F. Write a report of 500 words on a book about a mammal species.
        G. Trace two possible food chains of carnivorous mammals from soil through four stages to the
  5. Working with your counselor, select and carry out one project that will influence the numbers of one or more mammals.

Mammal Study Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.