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
The third option in our “bird feeders for kids to make” series is a craft stick bird feeder. This feeder is simple to make, but it will take a little longer than the other two designs in the series.
In the Cub Scout new program, the Tiger, Wolf, Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks have adventures where the boys need to learn about birds. They can use this project to attract birds to their backyards to study them.
Here are the bird requirements: Continue reading
Welcome to part 2 of our “bird feeders for kids to make” series. Part 1 explained how to make a very simple feeder using a toilet paper roll. In this part, we’ll cover how to construct a bird feeder from a soda bottle.
Having a homemade bird feeder in your backyard can help fulfill Wolf Adventure Paws on the Path 7 and Webelos & Arrow of Light Adventure Into the Wild 3 & 6. Continue reading
Simple bird feeders are a great craft for Cub Scouts to make during a den meeting. There are many different bird feeder designs, so it will be easy to find one that works for your Cub Scout den.
This is the first in a three part series to share some of those designs with you.
At the end of this article, you’ll find links to the other articles. Click over and check those out when you finish reading this article.
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, there are several ranks that can build a birdhouse to complete an adventure.
Tiger Adventure – My Tiger Jungle 5: Build and hang a birdhouse.
Bear Adventure – Baloo the Builder 3: Assemble your materials, and build one useful project and one fun project using wood. Continue reading
I 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 became effective on June 1, 2015, two ranks have requirements to identify birds:
Tiger Adventure – My Tiger Jungle 3: Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area. With your parent/guardian, other caring adult, or den, find out more about one of these birds.
Wolf Adventure – Paws on the Path 6: 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
My Tiger Jungle is one of the Tiger required adventures. It helps get the boys outside to discover all that nature has to offer!
For this adventure, Cub Scouts need to go for a walk with their adult partner and pick out two sights or sounds of nature and discuss those with your partner or den.
They can then pick two of the remaining four requirements. Paraphrased, they are:
- Take a 1-foot hike.
- Point out two kinds of birds in your area and find out more about them.
- Plant a plant, shrub or tree and find out how to take care of it.
- Build and hang a birdhouse.