Western LA County Council High Adventure Team

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Whale Watcher


  1. Meet all applicable General Requirements . This award is available to Cadet, Senior Girl Scouts, and Brownies, as well as Venturers, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts.
  2. Attend presentation of slides on DVD.
    1. The DVD may be borrowed from the Council Office along with the text/notebook for the accompanying narrative and the lists of whale watcher cruises, museums and whale shows necessary to complete the award. For Orange County contact Greg Silver 714-638-1585.
    2. In Girl Scout Councils that have approved this award, their Scouts will fulfill the same requirements as stated and shown.
  3. Participate in whale watching cruise or one of the following:
    1. Visit a whale show at Sea World.
    2. Or, visit a whale museum such as Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro, or the Orange County Marine Museum, Dana Point.
  4. Draw a picture of the whale being observed. Label parts. Pictures may be substituted for drawings.
  5. Draw a map of the migratory route.
  6. Give a report on whaling practices past and present including current laws on whale hunting.
  7. Define the following vocabulary words to your unit leader or their representative:
    1. Terrestrial
    2. Endangered Species
    3. Spout
    4. Dorsal Ridge
    5. Echo Locate
    6. Cetacea
    7. Lob Tailing
    8. Spy Hopping
    9. Piniped
    10. Odontoceti
    11. Migration
    12. Sailing
    13. Baleen Plates
    14. Dorsal Fin
    15. Pods
    16. Mammal
    17. Mysticeti
    18. Footprints
    19. Blow Hole
    20. Laminate
    21. Pectoral Fin
    22. Bearing
    23. Baja
    24. Krill
    25. Caudal
    26. Snorkeling
    27. Lice
    28. Breeching
    29. Blubber
    30. Saddle Patch
  8. The award application must be approved by a High Adventure Team approval person.
  9. The Specific Requirements shall supersede the General Requirements if there is an area of conflict.

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