A group of 10 Boy Scouts recently earned survey merit badges thanks to Dewberry hosting its fourth annual survey merit badge day event. It was held May 6 at the firm’s Mount Laurel, N.J. office.

The scouts discussed GPS, its importance and its effects on surveying, as well as other relevant topics such as the application of technology, different types of surveying and career opportunities within the surveying profession.

The requirements for the badge include knowledge of first aid for the types of injuries that can occur while surveying, and proper identification of poisonous plants and animals that inhabit the area. The scouts also had to find and mark the corners of a five-sided lot, measure the angles and distance between each corner, and compute the error of closure. With their field notes gathered, scouts had to draw a plat of the survey, to scale and write a metes and bounds description. They use a corner marker as a benchmark with an assumed elevation of 100 feet, and a level and rod to determine the elevation of the other four corners.

With more than 100 badges currently in existence, the surveying badge is one of the original badges that still remain available for scouts to obtain, dating back to 1911. Dewberry says it is historically one of the most difficult to receive as merit badge counselors who are also professional land surveyors are in short supply.

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Dewberry is a market-facing firm with a history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Va., with more than 40 locations and 2,000-plus professionals nationwide.