Requirements

  • Explore the underwater world
    • Earn Open Water SCUBA Certification
    • Earn First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Weather (Boy Scouts may substitute Weather Merit Badge)
    • Define meteorology. Explain what weather is and what climate is.
    • Name five dangerous weather-related conditions. Give the safety rules for each when outdoors and explain the difference between a severe weather watch and a warning. Discuss the safety rules with your family.
    • Explain the difference between high and low pressure systems in the atmosphere. Tell which is related to good and to poor weather. Draw cross sections of a cold front and a warm front, showing the location and movements of the cold and warm air, the frontal slope, the location and types of clouds associated with each type of front, and the location of precipitation.
    • Tell what causes wind, why it rains, and how lightning and hail are formed.
    • Identify and describe clouds in the low, middle, and upper levels of the atmosphere. Relate these to specific types of weather.
    • Draw a diagram of the water cycle and label its major processes. Explain the water cycle to your Mentor.
    • Define acid rain. Identify which human activities pollute the atmosphere and the effects such pollution can have on people.
    • Do ONE of the following:
      • Make one of the following instruments: wind vane, anemometer, rain gauge, hygrometer. Keep a daily weather log for one week using information from this instrument as well as from other sources such as local radio and television stations or NOAA Weather Radio , and Internet sources (with your parent’s permission). Record the following information at the same time every day: wind direction and speed, temperature, precipitation, and types of clouds. Be sure to make a note of any morning dew or frost. In the log, also list the weather forecasts from radio or television at the same time each day and show how the weather really turned out.
      • Visit a National Weather Service office or talk with a local radio or television weathercaster, private meteorologist, local agricultural extension service officer, or university meteorology instructor. Find out what type of weather is most dangerous or damaging to your community. Determine how severe weather and flood warnings reach the homes in your community.
    • Do ONE of the following:
      • Give a talk of at least five minutes to a group (such as your class or a youth organization) explaining the outdoor safety rules in the event of lightning, flash floods, and tornadoes. Before your talk, share your outline with your Mentor for approval.
      • Read several articles about acid rain and give a prepared talk of at least five minutes about the articles to a group (such as your class or a youth organization). Before your talk, share your outline with your Mentor for approval.
  • Role of Citizen Scientist
    • Complete the REEF Fish Identification Course or equivalent.
    • Identify a US Marine Sanctuary and write a 500 word report on the purpose, goals, objectives, efforts to protect the ecosystem, and uniqueness of the chosen Sanctuary
  • Underwater Careers
    • Identify three careers that involve the Marine environment. Discuss the educational requirements for the identified careers and the typical work performed by the Marine professional.
    • Choose one of the identified careers and interview a professional within that field. Discuss projects that the professional participated in that benefited the marine environment.
  • Take action
    • Participate in Marine Ecology conservation. Document 25 hours of service on one or more marine conservation projects.
    • Project ideas may include such things as:
      • Conduct a REEF Fish Survey,
      • Conduct a PADI Project AWARE Coral Survey,
      • Participate in an International Ocean Clean-up Day activity,
      • Intern at a Marine Sanctuary where you participate in field projects,
      • Intern at a Marine Conservation organization where you participate in field projects,
      • Organize a fund raising event for a Marine Conservation organization,
      • Develop a presentation on some aspect of the marine environment and deliver your presentation to your class or other youth organization,
      • Help with an event to introduce people to diving.
    • There are many other activities that would qualify as helping the cause of Marine Conservation. Discuss them with your Mentor. Project shall be documented on The Triton Society web page.
  • Demonstrate Knowledge
    • Make a presentation to your class or other organization on the Triton Award and how the work you accomplished in earning the award has benefited the marine environment.

Triton Award Application