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a Webelos and Arrow of Light Elective Adventure

The Webelos Den Leader guide describes this adventure as:  “Survival skills are essential for anyone who might ever become lost in the wilderness–in a jungle, on a desert island, or, yes, during a Scout hike or campout!  This adventure teaches several of those skills to Webelos Scouts, preparing them to deal with emergencies in an outdoor environment.”

Below are several ideas on how to complete the listed requirements.


Complete Requirements 1 and 2.

  1. Complete a. and your choice of b. or c.
    a. On a campout or outdoor activity with your den or family, cook two different recipes that do not require pots and pans.
    b. With the help of an adult, demonstrate one way to light a fire without using matches.
    c. Using tree limbs or branches that have already fallen or been cut, build a shelter that will protect you overnight.
  2. Do all of the following.
    a. Learn what items should be in an outdoor survival kit that you can carry in a small bag or box in a day pack. Assemble your own small survival kit, and explain to your den leader why the items you chose are important for survival.
    b. With your den, demonstrate two ways to treat drinking water to remove impurities.
    c. Discuss what to do if you become lost in the woods. Tell what the letters “ST-O-P” stand for. Tell what the universal emergency signal is. Describe three ways to signal for help. Demonstrate one of them. Describe what you can do to help rescuers find you.
    d. Make a list of four qualities you think a leader should have in an emergency and why they are important to have. Pick two of them, and act them out for your den. Describe how each relates to a point of the Scout Law. Describe how working on this adventure gave you a better understanding of the Boy Scout motto.

How to Make a Pizza Box Oven

pizza box oven When we think about outdoor cooking, most of us think about a grill or a campfire.  But did you know that you can cook in a pizza box oven?

All you need is a pizza box, a few basic supplies and the sun, and your Cub Scout can make some cool “solar” recipes, including English muffin pizzas and s’mores.

Because the only heat source is the sun, this is a great cooking activity for younger kids.  You don’t have to worry too much about them getting burned.  However, I would still supervise them especially when they take the food out of the oven because it will be hot.

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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.

The great thing is that you don’t have to have a Kindle!  You can download a free Kindle reader app to read Kindle books on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

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