What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word “hike” or “hiking?” Many of us may think of trekking through the woods as hiking, but the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “hike” as a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise. If we agree with Merriam-Webster, a hike can take place just about anywhere–around a lake, on short easy trails, at a local park or even in our own neighborhood. Just remember that while it may be very easy to hike around our neighborhood, it probably won’t be very interesting.
Whether your hike is just a couple of miles or an all day event, you’ll probably need some ideas to keep your Cub Scout interested so that you don’t hear the dreaded “I’m tired, and I want to leave!”. I found this article about hiking with kids. The author has a list of some great suggestions. My favorite is learning to hike the way your kids do.
While you’re out on your hiking adventure, your Cub will be able to complete these requirements and electives:
Tiger Requirement 5g: Let’s Go Outdoors – Take a hike with your den.
Wolf Requirement 10c: Family Fun – Plan a walk. Go to a park or a wooded area, or visit a zoo or museum with your family.
Bear Requirement 12b: Family Outdoor Adventure – Go on a hike with your family.
Bear Requirement 25b: Let’s Go Camping – Go on a short hike with your den, following the buddy system. Explain how the buddy system works and why it is important to you to follow it. Tell what to do if you are lost.
Webelos Outdoorsman Activity Badge Requirement 9: Discuss with your Webelos den leader the things that you need to take on a hike. Go on one 3-mile hike with your Webelos den or a Boy Scout troop.
Outdoor Activity Award 1: Participate in a nature hike in your local area. This can be on an organized, marked trail, or just a hike to observe nature in your area.
Hiking Belt Loop Requirement 1: Explain the hiking safety rules to your den leader or adult partner. Practice these rules while on a hike.
Hiking Belt Loop Requirement 2: Demonstrate proper hiking attire and equipment.
Hiking Belt Loop Requirement 3: Hike at least 30 minutes with your adult partner, family, or den.
Hiking Pin Requirement 2: Help plan a den, pack, or family hike.
Hiking Pin Requirement 8: Take two different hikes for different purposes, for example, a nature hike, neighborhood hike, historical hike, city hike, stop-look-and-listen hike, and so on.
If you aren’t sure where to hike, check with any of your local parks. Many of them have hiking trails of varying distances and difficulty. The employees there will be happy to help you plan your hike.
Summer Family Fun Equals Cub Scout Achievement Series
Part 1: Let’s Have a Picnic
Part 2: Family Bike Rides
Part 3: Hiking up a Trail
Part 4: Growing Our Garden
Part 5: Traveling Together
Part 6: Water Fun
Yours in Scouting,
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