Famous Animal (specific) Badge

By Mimi Nankivell (Troop 193)

Based on the Biography badge by Kerry Cordy


This badge may be earned for any specific famous animal you wish to study.  The badge depicted is just a sample for one of the most famous St. Bernard’s in history, Barry.

Preschool: Do three requirements, including the one starred *

_____1. * Choose a famous animal and find out what your animal did that made them famous?  Find pictures or information on your animal doing what they are known for.  Look at a picture or statue of your animal and know what they looked like.


Level 1: Do four requirements, including the two starred *

_____1. *Do Preschool requirement 1.

_____2. * Who is the famous animal’s owner (if they had one) and what did they do for a living?  If known, when and where was your chosen animal born, and when they died.  (If they are still living, how old are they?)


Level 2: Do five requirements, including the two starred *

_____1. * Do Level 1 requirements 1 & 2

_____2. * Create a timeline of events and accomplishments for your chosen animal.  Include at least 10 items in your timeline and be able to explain why each is important.  If there are not enough points for a complete timeline, you can use items from their owner’s life.


Level 3: Do six requirements, including the two starred *

_____1. * Do Level 2 requirements 1 & 2

_____2. * Read a book or watch a movie about your chosen animal.  If there are no books or movies specifically about your famous animal, you may read a book about their owner, as long as that book includes their famous animal.


Level 4:  Do seven requirements, including the two starred *

_____1. * Do Level 3 requirements 1 & 2

_____2. * Write an essay about your chosen animal and what they achieved.

Level 5: Do nine requirements, including the two starred *

_____1. * Do Level 4 requirements 1 & 2

_____2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.  You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new-found knowledge.  If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose and additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____3.  Create a poster or piece of art that shows what you know about your chosen animal.

_____4. Watch a documentary about your chosen animal.  If a documentary about your chosen animal is not available, you may watch a documentary about that animal’s owner that includes their famous animal.

_____5. Write a poem about your chosen animal.  The poem should feature qualities that make your chosen animal unique, facts relating to the animal’s life, and other details.

_____6.  Participate in a community service project that helps animals, such as helping a local pet rescue organization with an adoption event, organizing a collection for an animal shelter, or participating in a water front clean up project.

_____7. Learn about careers involving animals.  Examples might include mushers, K-9 officers, groomers, veterinarians, jockeys, animal trainers, and more.  What education is needed for one of these jobs?  What salary could you expect?  Where might you have to live?  What hours might you have to work?

_____8. Learn about jobs that animals can do.  (Penguins must learn about 3 jobs, Otters – 5, Dolphins & Butterflies– 7, Eagles & Owls – 10)  Examples can include police dog, service dogs, airport security, horse racing, pack animals, and more.  What training is required for the animals to do each job.

_____9. Read a second book about your famous animal or your animal’s owner.  This would be a good way to get a different view of your animal or owner’s life.

_____10. Earn the biography badge for your animal’s owner, trainer, etc.

_____11. Earn the Animal Specific badge for your chosen animal.

_____ 12.  Do something to support a cause based on yourwhat your animal is famous for.  For example Smokey the Bear helps prevent forest fires so you could support your local fire department.  Seabiscuit was a famous race horse so you could support an equine rescue.

_____ 13.  Create a coloring or activity book to help teach about why your animal is famous.  You could include coloring pages, mazes, crossword puzzles, etc.  Then give the book to someone to help them learn about your animal.