Critter Care

Bear Critter CareCritter Care,
a Bear Elective Adventure

The Bear Den Leader guide says, “Bear Scouts will learn how caring for a pet fosters responsibility and offers a sense of companionship that they can nurture and cherish throughout their lives.  This adventure also gives them an opportunity to learn about the many ways animals return the favor and assist people in need.”

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


Complete all of the following.

  1.  Complete one of the following:
    A. If you have a pet, make a list of tasks that you did to take care of a pet for two weeks.
    B. If you do not have a pet, research one that you would like to have and prepare a report about the care it needs.
  2. Complete one of the following and share with your den, pack, or family:
    A. Make a poster or PowerPoint about your pet or a pet you would like to own. Share your presentation with your den, pack, or family.
    B. Make a poster or PowerPoint explaining three ways that animals can help people.
  3. Complete at least one of the following and share with your den, pack, or family:
    A. Visit with a local veterinarian or an animal shelter caretaker. Find out what types of animals he or she might see on a regular basis and the types of care he or she gives to them.
    B. Learn about careers that involve the care of animals. What education, training, and experience are required?

How to Help Cub Scouts with the Genius of Play

genius-of-playThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

Tell a boy that Cub Scouts will prepare him to “make ethical and moral choices”, and you’ll probably get a blank stare.  In his mind, Cub Scouting is a fun activity where he gets to play.

As adults, we sometimes forget that play has an important part in our child’s development. Many of the skills we want them to learn are easily taught through play.

Exactly how does playing help our kids?  The folks at the Genius of Play explain it and give us some cool activity ideas. Continue reading

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. Continue reading