One of the rites of passage for kids is the day they learn to ride their bikes without training wheels. As a parent, there’s a mix of emotions going on. While it is so exciting to cheer on your child, we can’t help but worry about the inevitable skinned knees and elbows. After some practice, our boys are soon proficient bike riders.
With the longer days of summer, we have more opportunities to get outside and ride bikes with our children. Even if it’s just a 20 minute ride around your neighborhood, the time is well spent–you’ve had a chance to bond with your child, your family has gotten a bit of exercise and your son has earned some Cub Scout credit.
If you want to talk about bike safety before you hit the road, check out this article. It has links to some great information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If you have a Tiger, taking a bike ride will satisfy these requirements:
Tiger Elective Adventure – Rolling Tigers:
2. With your den or adult partner, try on safety gear you should use while riding your bike. Show how to wear a bicycle helmet properly.
3. With your den or adult partner, learn and demonstrate safety tips to follow when
riding your bicycle.
4. Learn and demonstrate proper hand signals.
5. With your den or adult partner, do a safety check on your bicycle.
6. With your den or family, go on a bicycle hike wearing your safety equipment. Follow the bicycling safety and traffic laws.
Spend some time making bike repairs, and Webelos can record this requirement:
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure – Fix It 4j: Make a repair to a bicycle, such as adjusting or lubricating the chain, inflating the tires, fixing a flat, or adjusting the seat or handlebars.
Don’t forget to have your son check off what he has done. If you haven’t bought the next rank’s book, you can download an electronic version of it. You can find the links to the ebooks here.
If your pack is considering hosting a bike rodeo, you can find several great resources here.
Yours in Scouting,
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