Category Archives: Bears

Cub Scout Hiking

hiking combined activitiesWhen the Cub Scout Sports and Academics program was discontinued, I (along with a lot of other folks) was concerned about how we would find activities that boys of different ranks could complete together.

But as we’ve started implementing the new Cub Scout program, I realized there are many activities that can be combined.  The requirements are not exactly the same, but with a bit of planning, your dens can complete them.

Camping is one example of this.  When you’re camping, have a campfire program and cook outdoors, and most of your boys can check off requirements. Continue reading

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

We all want our Cub Scouts to be safe especially when we’re doing outdoor activities.  That’s why the Boy Scouts of America has compiled a list of the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking.  The essentials can also be used for other outdoor activities as well.

If you search online, you’ll find many different lists of hiking essentials.  But how did these lists get started?

An outdoor recreation, education and conservation nonprofit organization called The Mountaineers published a book called Mountaineering:  The Freedom of the Hills.  Written by a team of over 40 experts, it’s considered standard reading for mountaineering and climbing. Continue reading

Cub Scout Six Essentials Game

Cub Scout Six Essentials GameIt’s important for our boys to know the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking.  This is one of the first steps in teaching them how to enjoy the outdoors safely.

Just telling the boys about them is too passive–our Cub Scouts need to stay active. So Laura, our Wolf and Bear den leader, came up with this fun game to learn about and assemble the six essentials.

The boys in Laura’s dens accomplished three things with the game.  They:

  • Reviewed Bobcat requirements
  • Learned about and assembled the Cub Scout Six Essentials
  • Worked on the Wolf Adventure, Running with the Pack.

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Camping in the Cub Scout Adventure Program

In the Cub Scout program, there is an emphasis on camping. My friend, Scouter Adam, reviewed the camping requirements on his blog and compiled the list for us.  Another friend, Robert the Popcorn Guy, created this awesome Camping for Cubs chart using Adam’s information.  Both Adam and Robert said that I could share their information with the Cub Scout Ideas readers.

You’ll find that going on a pack camp out is a requirement to earn your rank badge for Wolf, Bear and Arrow of Light dens. The only exception is for those packs whose charter organization doesn’t allow pack camping. Continue reading

Cub Scout Community Service Projects and Involvement

Cub Scout Food DriveWhen I attended the Philmont training session for the new Cub Scout program, I heard a new term, participatory citizenship.  It encompasses civic awareness and patriotism, service and stewardship. This  topic was one of the organizing principles of the new Cub Scout program.

In the new program, a service project is included in a required adventure for every rank (and even some electives).  Here are the requirements: Continue reading

Children and Hiking: Fun Games

children and hiking: fun games Hiking is a great opportunity to get outside with our boys.  Our pack has a hike every third Sunday.  We vary the location, length and difficulty so that everyone can participate.  We love to put the “outing” in Scouting by taking a long walk!

Sometimes if you tell an elementary school-aged boy that you’re going for a long walk, you might hear whining.  But tell them you’re going on an ABC hike or a scavenger hunt hike or a penny hike, and you just might pique their interest.

Having a themed hike can add an element of excitement.  Often, they can be done with few (if any) supplies.

I’ve compiled a list of different types of hikes that will spice up your long walk! Continue reading

Cub Scout Outdoor Activities at Local Parks

Nature Center Bat HouseWhen you’re planning your Cub Scout year, check out any local nature centers or parks. Many of them have great programming that you can consider. Most even have programs that are specifically for Cub Scouts.

I’ve found that the employees of nature centers are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their work.  And that enthusiasm rubs off on the boys.   Continue reading