Useful Resources for the Critter Care Adventure

bear cub scout critter careOne of the elective adventures for our Bear Cub Scouts is Critter Care.  It’s very similar to the Pet Care belt loop and pin that was part of the now retired Sports and Academics program.

Since many families have pets, keeping a section on pet care in the new program was a great decision by the Boy Scouts of America.  It will also help those kids who want a pet but who need to understand more about how to care for one.

Use these resources to help your Bear as he works on the Critter Care elective adventure.

Critter Care Requirements

1. Care for a pet for two weeks. Make a list of tasks you did to take care of the pet. If
you do not have a pet, research one that you would like to have and write about the
care it needs.
2. Learn more about your pet or a pet you would like to have. List three interesting
facts that you learned about your pet.
3. Make a poster about your pet or a pet you would like to own. Share your poster with your den, pack, or family.
4. Do your best to train a pet to perform a trick or follow a simple command, and explain how you trained it. (If your pet is a hermit crab, fish, snake, or the like, you may skip this equirement.)
5. Tell three ways that animals can help people.
6. Tell what is meant by an animal being “rabid.” Name some animals that could have rabies.
Explain what you should do if you are near an animal that might be rabid.
7. Visit with a local veterinarian or animal shelter caretaker. Find out what types of animals he or she might see on a regular basis. Ask what type of education is needed to become a veterinarian or shelter caretaker and why he or she chose to pursue this career

The May-June 2004 issue of Scouting Magazine had a great article titled Helping Children Take Care of PetsIf your family is considering a new pet, this is a good place to start.

Here are several worksheets that your Cub Scouts can use to reinforce the type of care that a pet needs.  These would be fun gathering activities for the boys.

From Pet Week – What Do Pets Need?
From the Humane Society – Thank You
From the American Kennel Club – Responsible Dog Ownership Crossword Puzzle

To satisfy requirements 2 and 3, here is a list of dog and cat books available through my Amazon affiliate link.

Your Cub Scout will attempt to teach his pet a trick for requirement 4.  If you have a dog, you’ll want to check out these step-by-step instructions from Love Your Dog.

Cub Scouts no longer have to complete a pet-related service project, but it’s still a great idea to do one.  Use this resource that was published by the Harford County, Maryland Humane Society. The Community Service “Pet” Project guide has some awesome ideas.presidental pets book

If your son wants to learn about pets belonging to presidents, you can’t go wrong with this fun book, Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House!  

What activities have your Cub Scouts done to earn their Critter Care adventure loop?

Yours in Scouting,
Sherry

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