AY Honors/Animal Tracking

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Animal Tracking

Skill Level






Approval Authority

North American Division

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Animal Tracking
Skill Level
Approval Authority
North American Division
Year of Introduction


See also

Animal Tracking - Advanced


Maybe you've seen people "track" humans through the woods on TV by following invisible clues. It's a lot harder than TV makes it look! With this honor you can learn to see and interpret sign left by wildlife (and by humans), and make a collection of plaster castings of animal tracks. Open your eyes to another world!

Investiture Achievement Connection: This Honor is related to the Investiture Achievement requirements for Companion Nature Study which require "Make plaster casts of three different animal tracks". This Honor is a popular choice for the Level 1 Nature Honor required of Trail Companions.

The Challenging Part

The most challenging requirement of this honor is probably this:

4. Maintain a tracking station for at least three days by doing the following:

a. Select a flat open space in some quiet place near your camp or home

b. Smooth out ground, mud, sand, etc.

c. Do not place food for animals at the tracking station. Learn why feeding wild animals is illegal in many jurisdictions.

d. Check each day for tracks and identify what animal made it. Cast, sketch or photograph at least one of the tracks.