A couple of years ago, one of the dads who was attending Cub Scout Day Camp with us shared his plans for making hiking sticks. They are awesome! It will take the boys a few weeks to finish them, if they only work on them during den meetings. The nice thing about this project is that the steps can be done during a den meeting or at home.
My Webelos den made these handmade hiking sticks, and they turned out great! Parker used his on a cold January hike. This is a good project for your Bears or Webelos. Continue reading →
When 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 →
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 →
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 →