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First Class Wood Lore Tree (or Shrub) Identification Contest

Group Contest for Beginners



Organize groups of about four with a leader for each group. Provide each group with a tree guide. (Probably your State Conservation Department publishes a free or inexpensive pamphlet.) In addition, every Scout who is the owner of a Scout Field Book should bring it.


The Contest

Upon arrival at the tree or shrub to be identified each Scout gets one leaf. The groups assemble and everyone who has a book thumbs through it to find an illustration of his leaf and decide upon the name of the tree. Everyone states his opinion to his group leader, who announces the majority opinion of his group to the leader of the game.



Players receive one point for correct genus (Oak, for example); 1 point for specie (kind of Oak); 1 point for use of the wood or any part of the tree. After the groups have totalled their scores the leader of the game may comment briefly upon the tree.



Occasionally halt the Troop and point out outstanding characteristics which distinguish trees at a distance. Note the straight black trunk of the tulip tree; the crown of a beautifully shaped Lombardy poplar; the drooping lower branches of the pin oak; the unusually heavy branches of elms: the graceful drooping branches of various birches and willows; the peculiarly spotted bark of the sycamore.

If time permits, point out a tree now and then and call upon Scouts to estimate its height. (See Handbook for Boys.)

If possible, follow up this contest with the following Tree Quiz:

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