The Wolf Den Leader guide says, “This adventure will encourage the development of hiking skills in Scouts.”
Read on to discover this adventure’s requirements and fun ways to complete them!
Complete Requirements 1-5. Requirements 6 and 7 are optional.
Show you are prepared to hike safely in any outdoor setting by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on your hike.
Tell what the buddy system is and why we always use it in Cub Scouts. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking.
Choose the appropriate clothing to wear on your hike based on the expected weather.
Before hiking, recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. (This may be combined with Requirement 3 of The Call of the Wild Adventure.) After hiking, discuss how you showed respect for wildlife.
Go on a 1-mile hike with your den or family. Find two interesting things that you’ve never seen before and discuss with your den or family.
Name two birds, two insects, and/or two other animals that live in your area. Explain how you identified them.
Draw a map of an area near where you live using common map symbols. Show which direction is north on your map
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 →
The 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.