Desert Folk

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Desert Folk:
Have knowledge of the following:
(1) Life in Desert: through his own study and observation of the life in desert know the following:-
(i) Geographical situationsland, river, climate, etc,.
(ii) How people live.
(iii) Standard and way of life, costumes normally worn, food habits, etc.
(iv) Normal habits of the people, special customs, traditions, religion, superstitions and taboos.
(v) Ways of earning the livelihood.
(vi) General problems of the people created by nature and ways of solving them Submit reports of three hikes undertaken for study of the above. Report should cover an area of 24 sq. km. around his village or town and should include report regarding village: places of habitation, routes, place of water, oasis and camping sites in the area.
(2) Nature Study :
(i) Should know and collect common proverbs and sayings forecasting the weather and prepare a log of his own observation based on these sayings
(ii) Find out the velocity of wind.
(3) Water and irrigation:
(i) Know the methods of irrigation, methods of cleaning water and know dangers of using polluted water. Know the assistance given by the Government for removal of water scarcity.
(ii) Know principal crops and cereals of the area, the canal or dam used for irrigation and ways to conserve water in the fields. Scout Proficiency Badges 119
(4). Handicrafts: Should prepare a piece of rope out of natural materials available in the area or weave a cot or prepare model out of natural material available inthe area or prepare a thatching with natural materialfound in the area and show its use.
(5) Hike:
(i) Through hikes undertaken obtain knowledgeof special natural phenomena of desert areaviz; mirage, Bhanwari (land-slide) etc.
(ii) Perform service of at least 51 hours in antilocust campaign or any other kind of approved
social service.

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