Tuesday, March 10, 2015
They also find out about specific issues which affect their local area. They think up ways they can help and present their ideas to the Pack Committee and work on the service project they designed and planned.
I really love this adventure, because it shows these second-graders that even they can make a big difference in the world.
The Council Fire adventure requirements are listed below:
Monday, March 9, 2015
This loop requires the playing of team-building or "initiative" games to see how each member of the den has an important part to play. Tigers will also make up games of their own to play with their den, family and/or pack. They will learn how being active helps to keep them healthy. They will bring nutritious snacks to keep their bodies energized for the games.
This is a fun way for these wiggly 6-7 year olds to use up that extra energy while learning about being healthy.
You can see the actual requirements for this adventure below:
Friday, March 6, 2015
Wow. Time really flies!
It seems that with these things in mind, BSA made the Arrow of Light Adventures are beefier, longer and more challenging.
The requirements for this pin are below:
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Cast Iron Chef Adventure Pin lets them do just that. This adventure for Webelos is centered around campfires, cooking, food safety, nutrition... and even on making and sticking with a budget.
I am excited to see what these guys come up with as they earn this pin.
The Requirements for Cast Iron Chef pin are listed below:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
I am both excited and dreading this event in our younger son's life. Kids this age can be unpredictable, but I believe they are up to the challenge (so does BSA).
Of course, earning the Whittling Chip and knowing knife safety does not supersede a parent's right to decide when a child is mature enough to have and carry a pocketknife of his own. Permission always lies with the parents.*
Below you will find the requirements for earning the Bear Claws Adventure Loop and Whittling Chip...
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Second graders LOVE to show what they can do. Hands-on, active, butt-out-of-the-chair tasks are what really stick with them. Don't tell them to pack a rain poncho in case of bad weather, show them how to make one out of a trash bag.* (Go one better and give them water pistols or balloons to use while wearing said ponchos.)
Believe me, they will remember THAT meeting.
This adventure is a perfect opportunity to invite an older Cub Scout or Boy Scout to teach overhand and square knots.
That's enough of my ramblings. Below you will find the requirements for earning the Call of the Wild Adventure Loop...
Monday, March 2, 2015
This is one of the new adventures for Tiger Scouts (first grade, or seven years old) that I have seen get a lot of flack. People were up in arms over a "1-foot-hike" before they even read that a longer hike will be required in a different adventure (Tigers in the Wild). Also, a listening walk is required in this adventure.
I love the idea of not discounting what is right in front of you. Teaching children that they don't have to leave home (which can be difficult for urban scouts) to experience the wonders of nature is a good thing.
Now that I've got that off of my chest, let's look at the requirements for this adventure...
Sunday, March 1, 2015
This coming Cub Scout year, the rising Bobcats (along with many "seasoned" Cub Scouts and Scouters) will be learning the Scout Oath and Law. I wanted to create a poster to mount on project board for our den meetings. I also thought that a take-home version would be handy for the boys, as well. This version contains 6 of the 7 Bobcat requirements. (Only the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide is not included, for obvious reasons.)
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Yes, I know... the main image for this post shows a Boy Scout, not an older Cub Scout. That's okay. It's actually this photo that made me think of cross-referencing requirements between ranks. This particular Boy Scout is my godson. He fulfilled part of his rank requirements earlier this year by teaching my Wolf Den some knots, which were electives for them.
I know this isn't a new concept, but with planning, many opportunities exist for Cubs as young as Wolves to be helpful to younger scouts. Even the ones that don't lend themselves to easily be a "mentoring moment" are still good to keep in mind for pack activities.
I have listed many of these teaching opportunities and shared requirements below: