Tag Archives: Into the Wild

Webelos_AoL Into the WildInto the Wild,
a Webelos and Arrow of Light Elective Adventure

The Webelos Den Leader guide says, “In this adventure, Scouts will learn about our ecosystem and grow in their appreciation of nature.”

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

Requirements:

Do six from requirements 1 through 9.
1. Collect and care for an “insect, amphibian, or reptile zoo.” You might have crickets, ants, grasshoppers, a lizard, or a toad. Study them for a while and then let them go. Share your experience with your Webelos den.
2. Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project or by having them visit to see your project.
3. Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week. Identify the birds you see, and write down where and when you saw them.
4. Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home. Find out which birds use these flyways.
5. Watch at least four wild creatures (reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, fish, insects, or mammals) in the wild. Describe the kind of place (forest, field, marsh, yard, or park) where you saw them. Tell what they were doing.
6. Identify an insect, reptile, bird, or other wild animal that is found only in your area of the country. Tell why it survives in your area.
7. Give examples of at least two of the following:
a. A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem
b. One way humans have changed the balance of nature
c. How you can help protect the balance of nature
8. Learn about aquatic ecosystems and wetlands in your area. Talk with your Webelos den leader or family about the important role aquatic ecosystems and wetlands play in supporting life cycles of wildlife and humans, and list three ways you can help.
9. Do ONE of the following:
a. Visit a museum of natural history, a nature center, or a zoo with your family, Webelos den, or pack. Tell what you saw.
b. Create a video of a wild creature doing something interesting, and share it with your family and den.

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

Cub Scouts: Easy Bird Feeders for Kids

bird feeder collage4The third option in our “bird feeders for kids to make” series is a craft stick bird feeder.  This feeder is simple to make, but it will take a little longer than the other two designs in the series.

In the Cub Scout new program, the Tiger, Wolf, Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks have adventures where the boys need to learn about birds.  They can use this project to attract birds to their backyards to study them.

Here are the bird requirements: Continue reading

Cub Scouts: Bird Feeders for Kids to Make

bird feeder collage4

Welcome to part 2 of our “bird feeders for kids to make” seriesPart 1 explained how to make a very simple feeder using a toilet paper roll.  In this part, we’ll cover how to construct a bird feeder from a soda bottle.

Having a homemade bird feeder in your backyard can help fulfill Tiger Adventure Backyard Jungle 6, Wolf Adventure Paws on the Path 7 and Webelos & Arrow of Light Adventure Into the Wild 3 & 6Continue reading

Cub Scout Den Meeting: Bird Feeders

Easy Bird Feeder for Kids to Make


Simple bird feeders
are a great craft for Cub Scouts to make during a den meeting.  There are many different bird feeder designs, so it will be easy to find one that works for your Cub Scout den.

This is the first in a three part series to share some of those designs with you.

At the end of this article, you’ll find links to the other articles.  Click over and check those out when you finish reading this article.

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How to Make a Terrarium Out of a Soda Bottle

Webelos Naturalist TerrariumIt’s so rewarding for kids to plant seeds and watch them grow.  They also learn that they need to take care of their seeds by watering them and making sure they get enough light.

The Cub Scout adventure program has several requirements that involve growing something.  Two of those adventures require making a terrarium.  They are:

Wolf Elective Adventure – Grow Something 4:  Make a terrarium.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure – Into the Wild 2:  Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project or by having them visit to see your project. Continue reading