Child Safety Scenarios for Cub Scouts

child safety scenarios“What do you do when a stranger approaches you?” is a great question to ask our children.  In fact, it’s included in one of the required Wolf Adventures.

Wolf Adventure:  Call of the Wild 5:  Show that you are ready to be a Wolf Scout by demonstrating what to do for the following:
a.  A stranger approaches you, your family, or your belongings.
b.  A natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood happens.
c.  Before eating, you wash your hand properly to keep yourself safe. Continue reading

Cub Scout Germ Magnet Game

Germ Magnet Game -012115Handwashing.  How boring is that?  Especially since most of the little boys I know hate to wash their hands.  But it gets fun when you play the Germ Magnet game!

Plus, it fulfills two requirements for our Wolf Cub Scouts in the new Cub Scout Adventure program. What better way to complete an adventure than with glitter?

Wolf Required Adventure:  Call of the Wild 5:  Show that you are ready to be a Wolf Scout by demonstrating what to do for the following:
a.  A stranger approaches you, your family, or your belongings.
b.  A natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood happens.
c.  Before eating, you wash your hand properly to keep yourself safe.

Wolf Elective Adventure:  Germs Alive! 2:  Play Germ Magnet with your den.  Wash your hands again afterward.

There are several ways you can play this game.  This one’s messy and best done outside, but it’s fun.  The activity will teach kids how germs can spread from person to person and why hand washing is so important.

glitterYou’ll need glitter, preferably a different color for each boy.  You can get an inexpensive sampler pack through my Amazon affiliate link.  Remember when I suggested that you do this outside?  That’s why.  :)

Tell the boys that the glitter is like germs.  Sprinkle a small amount of glitter into each boy’s hand.  Use a different color for each person.  Have the boys rub their hands together then start shaking hands with each other.

After a few minutes, have the boys look at their hands to see what colors of glitter they have collected.  This shows how germs can easily spread.

To remove the glitter, have boys rub their hands on a paper towel (or their pants if you think their moms won’t be too mad).  Point out that some of the glitter will come off, but they will still have glitter on their hands.

Next, have the boys wash their hands with just cold water.  More of the glitter comes off, but not all of it.  Finally, have them wash with warm water and soap.  They can see that this is the best way to get rid of the glitter germs.  Talk about how important it is to use warm water and soap.

What other Germ Magnet games have you played?

Yours in Scouting,
Sherry

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Cub Scouts Birdhouse Plans

Building a birdhouse is such a great opportunity for our all of our boys.  They learn about taking something simple, such as wood, and turning it into something useful.  They learn about using tools safely.  And they learn about helping other creatures.

In the new Cub Scout Adventure program, our Tigers will  build a birdhouse as part of the Backyard Jungle required adventure.

There are two ways that you can do this:

1) By purchasing a birdhouse kit, or
2) By buying and cutting the wood yourself. Continue reading

Ultimate Guide to Bird Identification for Cub Scouts

Bird IdentificationI know there are lots of folks who can identify birds by seeing or hearing them.  But not me!  I can recognize a few birds, but that’s all.  Are any of you in that situation too?

In the new Cub Scout program that becomes effective on June 1, 2015, two ranks have requirements to identify birds:

Tiger Adventure Backyard Jungle 2:  Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area.
Wolf Adventure Paws on the Path 7:  Name two birds, two bugs and two animals that live in your area.  Explain how you identified them.

My first thought was YIKES!  If you’re like me, how can you help your den identify birds when you can’t identify them?  So, I searched for a good resource. Continue reading

Tiger Backyard Jungle Adventure: Take a 1-Foot Hike

1 Foot HikeBackyard Jungle is one of the Tiger required adventures in the new Cub Scout program that becomes effective on June 1, 2015.  This helps get the boys outside to discover all that nature has to offer!

The five parts of this adventure are:

1. Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike.
2. Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area.
3. Be helpful to plants and animals by planting a tree or other plant in your neighborhood.
4. Build and hang a birdhouse.
5. With your adult partner, go on a walk, and pick out two sounds you hear in your “jungle.” Continue reading