Finding Your Way

Wolf Finding Your WayFinding Your Way,
a Wolf Elective Adventure

The Wolf Den Leader guide says, “Learning to read and use a map and a compass is a valuable skill.  In this adventure, Scouts will receive an introduction to maps, symbol, and the cardinal directions of north, south, east, and west.  They will also learn the basic functions of a compass.”

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

Requirements:

Complete the following Requirements.

  1. A. Using a map of your city or town, locate where you live.
    B. Draw a map for a friend so he or she can locate your home, a park, a school, or other locations in your neighborhood. Use symbols to show parks, buildings, trees, and water. You can invent your own symbols. Be sure to include a key so your symbols can be identified.
  2. A. Identify what a compass rose is and where it is on the map.
    B. Use a compass to identify which direction is north. Show how to determine which way is south, east, and west.
  3. Go on a scavenger hunt using a compass, and locate an object with a compass.
  4. Using a map and compass, go on a hike or walk with your den or family.

Cub Scouts Go Orienteering in a Box

Cub Scout orienteering in a boxI’m a member of the 1st Facebook Scout Group which has members from around the world.  It’s fascinating to hear about Scouting in other countries, so check it.

A few months ago, Roger Marsh posted a video of a super fun activity to the group’s page.  Roger called it “cardboard box compass practice,” but I dubbed it “orienteering in a box.”  As I watched the video, I said, “We have to do this at day camp!”

This activity probably doesn’t meet the official definition of orienteering, so I hope the members of Orienteering USA don’t mind that I took some liberty with their term.  🙂 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

More Hiking Games

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More Hiking GamesAlthough we want our boys to simply enjoy nature, that often doesn’t happen without some type of entertainment–especially in today’s “there’s an app for that” society.

Hiking games are a great way to entertain your boys while getting (and keeping) them outside.

Recently, I gave you a list of hikes you can take with your Cub Scouts.  The list was too long for one article, so here’s more. Continue reading

Summer Family Fun Equals Cub Scout Achievement: Hiking Up A Trail

Hike with your Cub ScoutWhat is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word “hike” or “hiking?”  Many of us may think of trekking through the woods as hiking, but the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “hike” as a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise.

If we agree with Merriam-Webster, a hike can take place just about anywhere–around a lake, on short easy trails, at a local park or even in our own neighborhood.  Just remember that while it may be very easy to hike around our neighborhood, it probably won’t be very interesting. Continue reading