Fur Feathers & Ferns

Bear Fur Feathers and FernsFur, Feathers, and Ferns,
a Bear Required Adventure

The Bear Den Leader guide says, “In this adventure, Bears will explore the outdoor world of mammals, birds, plants, and more!  They will understand that every living thing has a home–often very close by.  Scouts will also discover that almost every living thing’s neighborhood is a home to at least one type of another living thing.  Protecting those homes, called habitats, is up to everyone. and Bears can help!

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

Requirements:

Complete Requirement 1 and three others.

  1.  While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living near the place where you choose to hike or walk.
  2.  Visit one of the following: zoo, wildlife refuge, nature center, aviary, game preserve, local conservation area, wildlife rescue group, or fish hatchery. Describe what you learned during your visit.
  3. Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years and one animal that is currently endangered. Explain what caused their declines.
  4. Observe wildlife from a distance. Describe what you saw.
  5. Use a magnifying glass to examine plants more closely. Describe what you saw through the magnifying glass that you could not see without it.
  6. Learn about composting and how vegetable waste can be turned into fertilizer for plants.
  7. Plant a vegetable or herb garden.

Cub Scout Hiking

hiking combined activitiesWhen the Cub Scout Sports and Academics program was discontinued, I (along with a lot of other folks) was concerned about how we would find activities that boys of different ranks could complete together.

But as we’ve started implementing the new Cub Scout program, I realized there are many activities that can be combined.  The requirements are not exactly the same, but with a bit of planning, your dens can complete them.

Camping is one example of this.  When you’re camping, have a campfire program and cook outdoors, and most of your boys can check off requirements. Continue reading

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

We all want our Cub Scouts to be safe especially when we’re doing outdoor activities.  That’s why the Boy Scouts of America has compiled a list of the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking.  The essentials can also be used for other outdoor activities as well.

If you search online, you’ll find many different lists of hiking essentials.  But how did these lists get started?

An outdoor recreation, education and conservation nonprofit organization called The Mountaineers published a book called Mountaineering:  The Freedom of the Hills.  Written by a team of over 40 experts, it’s considered standard reading for mountaineering and climbing. Continue reading

Cub Scout Outdoor Activities at Local Parks

Nature Center Bat HouseWhen you’re planning your Cub Scout year, check out any local nature centers or parks. Many of them have great programming that you can consider. Most even have programs that are specifically for Cub Scouts.

I’ve found that the employees of nature centers are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their work.  And that enthusiasm rubs off on the boys.   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

Bear Cub Scouts Learn About Endangered and Extinct Animals

Bear Cub Scouts Requirement 5e Endangered SpeciesThe Bear Adventure,  Fur, Feathers, and Ferns,  has our Cub Scouts learning about extinct and endangered animals.  I found a great online resource for requirement 2, which is “Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years and one animal that is currently endangered. Explain what caused their declines.”

The website is Kids Planet.  One little warning–if your computer speakers are turned up, you’ll probably be startled by all the wildlife sounds you’ll hear when the site loads! Continue reading

Summer Family Fun Equals Cub Scout Achievement: Growing Our Garden

Family Gardening is greatTo quote the nursery rhyme, “how does your garden grow?”  Some families have wonderful vegetable gardens, others have beautifully landscaped lawns and some have fabulous window boxes full of fragrant flowers.

Use the summer gardening season to introduce your Cub Scout to gardening in some fashion.  Whether you’re doing landscaping in your yard or planting a vegetable garden, gardening can provide many benefits to children.  To list a few, here are some of the benefits: 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