This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Community.
For this badge bit, you will need to create (or update) a map showing the points of interest. It can be made on paper, cloth or wood. Or, it could be entirely digital.
NOTE: This is a Community Badge Bit. As such, your map's main audience should be someone other than yourself. It should be easy to read, and helpful for navigating and using the area depicted. Having it be visually appealing and/or simple & educational are big helps in this regard. Maps are fun to make, and to use!
Here's an example of a map I made of my property (I used my husband's old khaki pants and ink.)
Tips on making maps:
(1) Find a map (google maps is great for this) of the area, zoom in as close as you can. You can print it up if need be. This can be used for reference. You can also put it behind your cloth or paper map and use a light desk (or bright window) to shine the printed map through to your future map, so you can sketch out the locations accurately.
(2) Sketch out the areas with PENCIL before inking. This way you can adjust the spacing if you really need to.
(3) Use consistent, repetitive shapes for things like trees--this will help accent your named locations. Drawing things at a 45 degree angle, rather than straight down helps to identify them. You can also make identifying things larger than to scale. like my ducks and cats are.
To qualify for the badge bit, you must:
- Make a map that depicts and names at least a dozen different areas (only six required if this will be on cloth or wood).
- Post pictures of at least three of the areas named/depicted on the map.
Big Happy Rock (Named by my son. We discovered it's existance when clearing out blackberries to make his garden bed. He loved leaning against the big rock, and named it "Big Happy Rock." We buried a treasure chest there for his birthday a few years back, as documented in this thread. You can see the X marks the spot in the below picture)
Sambang Hill (When my son was 1.5, he could not yet say "Salmonberry," and instead called them Sambangs. This hill--in spring--is surrounded by salmonberry hedges, and we walk up and down it harvesting the berries in June)
I made my own cartoon-ish style map for the Basecamp of Wheaton Labs!
Some of the points of interest I included in my map are:
- The Library
- The Fisher Price House
- Apricot Alley
- The Shop and Auditorium
- Turtle Lot
- Willow Bank
- The Shower Shack
- The Pee Palace
- Plum Plateau
- Tent Pads and Campsite
- Bermshed - Raspberry Rock
Here are some pictures of a few points of interest at Basecamp!
This is the Fisher Price House, and this is typically a major community hub for us, because that's where we eat and socialize a lot of the time. Some of us sleep in bunks here.
This is The Library and Garage, and it is where we house books, games, the backup pantry, recyclables, burnables, and a wood splitting station (just to name a few).
This is Turtle Lot, which is where most of the Bootcamo work vehicles park, like Toots, Ranger Doug, and Judy.
This is the Red Cabin, which is a rentable structure on Basecamp, and it is the building with the Cyclone Rocket Mass Heater.
This is Plum Plateau, which has the hugelkultur that I built on it.
I'm wondering if it might be good to find a way to preserve the map if it's on paper? Paper is so easy to destroy by ripping, getting wet, and I'd hate to see someone's hard work ruined on accident!
I also wanted to give a durability report on the cloth map. My son had left his map out in the rain for at least three weeks (he'd been having fun burying rocks in his gravel pit and pretending they were treasure and having his sister dig them up). When I couldn't find it as a reference for my daughter's map, I went and looked outside. It's still in great shape! The X done in washable marker--as one might assume--washed out entirely. But, the rest of it looks no worse for all the days of rain and freezing temperatures and dirt. I'd sealed the edges with Elmer's School Glue (2 years ago!) and while a bit washed out in the weather, the edges didn't unravel and a lot of the glue is still there. I'm impressed!
This thread was on my mind when I was making my daughter's map for her birthday scavenger hunt. I really enjoyed being able to add so many more new things to her map. So much has happened in just two years!
Here's the map of our place, and some of the immediate surroundings.
I'm a complete map nerd, and have long loved gazing at all kinds of different maps. The "cartoony perspective" maps were always my favorite style as a kid.
Some of the places on our map already had a name (Spider Hut, Stinky Hut), while others have been heretofore unnamed features (Jackson House, Salad Island). Some of the items (Poison Grass, Cars, Loud Tiny Dog), to me are not a placename, more like a status or condition.
Here are the named places on our map:
- Jackson House
- Spider Hut
- Stinky Hut
- Tree Swing
- Pond (my son, in the best tradition of our 'Cajun ancestors, named the pond, 'Pond')
- Rope Swing
- Compost Islands
- Squirrel Fence - Salad Island
- Tulip Island
- Climbing Tree
- Hiding Trees - David's Yard
- Rock Stack Island
- Construction Yard (now no longer, but in both our minds it still has the permanent bobcat in it)
- Chime Yard
More map pages are planned, but this is the "home page."