Geography Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Draw a map of your neighborhood. Show natural and manmade features. Include a key or legend of map symbols.
  2. Learn about the physical geography of your community. Identify the major landforms within 100 miles. Discuss with an adult what you learned.
  3. Use a world globe or map to locate the continents, the oceans, the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres. Learn how longitude and latitude lines are used to locate a site

Map and Compass Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Show how to orient a map. Find three landmarks on the map
  2. Explain how a compass works.
  3. Draw a map of your neighborhood. Label the streets and plot the route you take to get to a place that you often visit.


Activity – Scouts measure their hand thumb foot and two big steps


1/12 foot or width thumb


4 inches


12 inches


4 times around a football field 4 x 440 yard = 5280 feet
Roman Mile was 1000 paces or ~ 5000 feet

additional reference

Direction and Compass

Never Eat Soggy Waffles – North East South West

Compass at the South Pole


Continents – Asia,Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia
Oceans – Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, and Arctic Oceans
Northern Hemisphere
Southern Hemisphere

Legend and Map Key

Activity – Scouts draw symbols such as Airport, Military Base, Hospital, Park, Hiking Trail, Railroad, Wildlife Area, Rest Area


Ohio State Road Map

Scale Activity – Measure distance on map with string and calculate distance using map scale and then find landmarks 100 miles away.

Final Activity – Draw map of neighborhood using skills learned