Bear Necessities

Bear Bear NecessitiesBear Necessities,
a Bear Required Adventure

The Bear Den Leader guide says, “This adventure will introduce new Scouts to basic outdoor skills while helping more experienced Scouts improve and develop skills they learned in previous ranks.”

Read on to discover this adventure’s requirements and fun ways to complete them!


Complete Requirements 1 – 4. Requirements 5 and 6 are options.

  1.  While working on your Bear badge, attend one of the following:
    A daytime or overnight campout with your pack or family
    An outdoor activity with your den or pack
    Day camp
    Resident camp
  2. Make a list of items you should take along on the activity selected in Requirement 1.
  3. Make a list of equipment that the group should bring along in addition to each Scout’s personal gear for the activity selected in Requirement 1.
  4. Help set up a tent. Determine a good spot for the tent, and explain to your den leader why you picked it.
  5. . Demonstrate how to tie two half hitches and explain what the hitch is used for.
  6. Learn how to read a thermometer and a barometer. Keep track of the temperature and barometric pressure readings and the actual weather at the same time every day for seven days.

Knot Tying: The Best Resources to Learn How

Cub Scout Knot TyingKnot tying is an essential skill for many outdoor activities.  If they’re going to participate in them, every Cub Scout or Boy Scout needs to know how to tie knots.

But knots aren’t just for the outdoors.  We usually don’t think about how we use knots at home.  We tie our shoes, we tie a package and the boys tie their own ties.  We can’t forget that for some folks, knot tying is a hobby.

In the Cub Scout program, Wolves, Bears and Arrow of Light ranks have knot tying in their required adventures.  This post will help you find great resources to help teach the boys how to tie knots. Continue reading

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

Outdoor Cooking Ideas for Cub Scouts

camping cookbook grilling recipesIf you’re looking for some new outdoor cooking ideas, you’ll want to grab this awesome camping cookbook called Campfire Grilling Recipes.  It’s available through my Amazon affiliate linkAnd right now, it’s FREE!
Unfortunately, the book is no longer free, but it’s still a great deal!

I don’t know how long it will remain free, but it looks like the regular price is only 99 cents.  I downloaded and reviewed the book today, and it’s well worth 99 cents.

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As I was looking at the yummy recipes, I kept thinking that many of them would take outdoor campfire cooking to the next level!

Two of my favorite recipes from the book are Flintstone Steak & Lemony Asparagus and Lime-Drizzled Fish Tacos.  They both sound so sophisticated compared to the burgers, hot dogs and hobo meals that you usually have on camping trips. Continue reading

Cub Scouts and Our National Anthem

Our National AnthemAt least one of the Cub Scout adventures for each rank requires the boys to participate in a campfire program with a song or a skit.  What better song to sing than our National Anthem–especially if your campfire includes a flag retirement ceremony!

Tiger Adventure – Tigers in the Wild 5: Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.

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