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Wolf Paws on the PathPaws on the Path,
a Wolf Required Adventure

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!

Requirements:

1. Show you are prepared to hike safely by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on your hike.
2. Tell what the buddy system is and why we always use it in Cub Scouts.
3. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking.
4. Choose the appropriate clothing to wear on your hike based on the expected weather.
5. Before hiking, recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. After hiking, discuss how you showed respect for wildlife.
6. Go on a 1-mile hike with your den or family. Watch and record two interesting things that you’ve never seen before.
7. Name two birds, two insects, and two other animals that live in your area. Explain how you identified them.
8. Draw a map of an area near where you live using common map symbols. Show which direction is north on your map.

How to Help Cub Scouts with the Genius of Play

genius-of-playThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

Tell a boy that Cub Scouts will prepare him to “make ethical and moral choices”, and you’ll probably get a blank stare.  In his mind, Cub Scouting is a fun activity where he gets to play.

As adults, we sometimes forget that play has an important part in our child’s development. Many of the skills we want them to learn are easily taught through play.

Exactly how does playing help our kids?  The folks at the Genius of Play explain it and give us some cool activity ideas. Continue reading

Cub Scout Hiking

hiking combined activitiesWhen 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

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

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

Cub Scout Six Essentials Game

Cub Scout Six Essentials GameIt’s important for our boys to know the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking.  This is one of the first steps in teaching them how to enjoy the outdoors safely.

Just telling the boys about them is too passive–our Cub Scouts need to stay active. So Laura, our Wolf and Bear den leader, came up with this fun game to learn about and assemble the six essentials.

The boys in Laura’s dens accomplished three things with the game.  They:

  • Reviewed Bobcat requirements
  • Learned about and assembled the Cub Scout Six Essentials
  • Worked on the Wolf Adventure, Running with the Pack.

Continue reading

Children and Hiking: Fun Games

children and hiking:  fun games 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

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