Outdoorsman

Arrow of Light OutdoorsmanOutdoorsman,
an Arrow of Light Required Adventure

The Webelos Den Leader guide says, “In this Arrow of Light adventure, Scouts will go on campouts where they can gain and develop new outdoor skills.”

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

Requirements:

Complete Option A or Option B.

Option A:

  1. With the help of your den leader or family, plan and participate in a campout.
  2. On arrival at the campout, with your den and den leader or family, determine where to set up your tent. Demonstrate knowledge of what makes a good tent site and what makes a bad one. Set up your tent without help from an adult.
  3. Once your tents are set up, discuss with your den or family what actions you should take in the case of the following extreme weather events which could require you to evacuate:
    a. Severe rainstorm causing flooding
    b. Severe thunderstorm with lightning or tornadoes
    c. Fire, earthquake, or other disaster that will require evacuation. Discuss what you have done to minimize as much danger as possible.
  4. Show how to tie a bowline. Explain when this knot should be used and why. Teach it to another Scout who is not a Webelos Scout.
  5. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them while you are working on your Arrow of Light. After one outing, list the things you did to follow the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace.

Option B:

  1. With the help of your den leader or family, plan and participate in an outdoor activity.
  2. Discuss with your den or family what actions you should take in the case of the following extreme weather events:
    a. Severe rainstorm causing flooding
    b. Severe thunderstorm with lightning or tornadoes
    c. Fire, earthquake, or other disaster that will require evacuation. Discuss what you have done to minimize as much danger as possible.
  3. Show how to tie a bowline. Explain when this knot should be used and why. Teach it to another Scout who is not a Webelos Scout.
  4. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them while you are working on your Arrow of Light. After one outing, list the things you did to follow the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace.

Knot Tying: The Best Resources to Learn How

Cub Scout Knot TyingKnot tying is an essential skill for many outdoor activities.  If they’re going to participate in them, every Cub Scout or Boy Scout needs to know how to tie knots.

But knots aren’t just for the outdoors.  We usually don’t think about how we use knots at home.  We tie our shoes, we tie a package and the boys tie their own ties.  We can’t forget that for some folks, knot tying is a hobby.

In the Cub Scout program, Wolves, Bears and Arrow of Light ranks have knot tying in their required adventures.  This post will help you find great resources to help teach the boys how to tie knots. Continue reading

Printable Cub Scout Cards: Fun Resource

printable Cub Scout cardsI discovered this awesome printable Cub Scout cards on Etsy!  It is so cute, but in a rugged, Cub Scout way.  When I saw them, I knew they would be perfect to give to our Cub Scouts as we started the new year–especially the new Cub Scouts.

On a single page, you’ll find the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Cub Scout motto, the Outdoor Code, the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids, and the Scout slogan.  You can print the page and cut it so that you have individual cards for each of these.

The printable Cub Scout cards are a fun way to learn some of the things they need to know to earn their Bobcat rank.  The other boys can use them to review their Cub Scout basics.  Continue reading

Camping in the Cub Scout Adventure Program

In the Cub Scout program, there is an emphasis on camping. My friend, Scouter Adam, reviewed the camping requirements on his blog and compiled the list for us.  Another friend, Robert the Popcorn Guy, created this awesome Camping for Cubs chart using Adam’s information.  Both Adam and Robert said that I could share their information with the Cub Scout Ideas readers.

You’ll find that going on a pack camp out is a requirement to earn your rank badge for Wolf, Bear and Arrow of Light dens. The only exception is for those packs whose charter organization doesn’t allow pack camping. Continue reading

Cub Scouts and Our National Anthem

Our National AnthemAt least one of the Cub Scout adventures for each rank requires the boys to participate in a campfire program with a song or a skit.  What better song to sing than our National Anthem–especially if your campfire includes a flag retirement ceremony!

Tiger Adventure – Tigers in the Wild 5: Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.

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