Into the Woods

Webelos_AoL Into the WoodsInto the Woods,
a Webelos and Arrow of Light Elective Adventure

The Webelos Den Leader guide says, “In this adventure, Scouts will learn to identify plants and trees and how they differ in locations around the world.  They will gain knowledge about ecosystems and the importance of conserving our natural resources.”

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

Requirements:

Complete at least Requirements 1-4 and one other.

  1. Identify two different groups of trees and the parts of a tree.
  2. Identify four trees common to the area where you live. Tell whether they are native to your area. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them.
  3. Identify four plants common to the area where you live. Tell which animals use them and for what purpose.
  4. Develop a plan to care for and then plant at least one plant or tree, either indoors in a pot or outdoors. Tell how this plant or tree helps the environment in which it is planted and what the plant or tree will be used for.
  5. Make a list of items in your home that are made from wood and share it with your den. OR: With your den, take a walk and identify useful things made from wood.
  6. Explain how the growth rings of a tree trunk tell its life story. Describe different types of tree bark and explain what the bark does for the tree.
  7. Visit a nature center, nursery, tree farm, or park, and speak with someone knowledgeable about trees and plants that are native to your area. Explain how plants and trees are important to our ecosystem and how they improve our environment.

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

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