Saturday, February 28, 2015

Scouting Adventures Across the Ranks

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I firmly believe in older Scouts being role models for younger ones. Some of the adventures in the 2015 Cub Scout program have portions which are explicit in stating that an older scout should help a younger scout with something.  What isn't really shared is how many of those will also count toward parts of adventures for the younger scouts, as well.

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:


Webelos Adventure: Stronger, Faster, Higher 
(5) With adult guidance, lead younger Scouts in a fitness game or games as a gathering activity for a pack or den meeting.
 Wolf Adventure: Running With the Pack
(4) Play a sport or game with your den or family, and show good sportsmanship.

Bear Adventure: Grin and Bear It
(1) Play a challenge game or initiative game with the members of your den. Take part in a reflection after the game. 
Tiger Adventure: Games Tigers Play
(1a) Play two initiative or team-building games with the members of your den. 

Bear Adventure: Grin and Bear It
(2) Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at your pack meeting.
(3) Help younger Cub Scouts take part in one of the events at the Cub Scout carnival.
This one is rather obvious, but it felt silly to leave it out.


Arrow of Light Adventure: Camper
(4) On a pack campout, work with your den leader or another adult to plan a campfire program with the other dens. Your campfire program should include an impressive opening, songs, skits, a Cubmaster’s minute, and an inspirational closing ceremony
Every rank requires campfire program participation except for Webelos.

Webelos Adventure: Walkabout (5)
Arrow of Light Adventure: Camper (7)
Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. 
Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild (3)
Wolf Adventure: Call of the Wild (7a)
Wolf Adventure: Paws on the Path (5)
Tiger and Wolf dens all have requirements that call for them to either listen to or recite both the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids as their leader recites/reads them.  (There is no Bear requirement, but it would be good to go over it.)  What better way for the older boys to demonstrate knowledge of these than to teach them to younger scouts?

Wolf Adventure: Paws on the Path
(1)  Show you are prepared to hike safely by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on your hike.
Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild
(1)  With your adult partner, name and collect the Cub Scout Six Essentials you need for a hike. Tell your den leader what you would need to add to your list if it rains.


Arrow of Light Adventure: Camper
(5) Show how to tie a bowline. Explain when the knot should be used and why. Teach it to another Scout who is not a Webelos Scout.
Arrow of Light Adventure: Scouting Adventure
(5a) Show how to tie a square knot, two half hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
Bear Adventure: Bear Necessities
(8) Demonstrate how to tie two half hitches. Explain what the name means and what the hitch is used for.
Wolf Adventure: Call of the Wild
(2) Show how to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.


Wolf Adventure: Council Fire
(3a)  Attend the pack committee leaders’ meeting. Present ideas to the pack committee
regarding your service project.
(3b) Work together on a community service project.
Bear Adventure: Paws for Action
(3b)  Do a cleanup project that benefits your community.
Tiger Adventure: Team Tiger
(5)  Do an activity to help your community or neighborhood team.

I know there are more.. especially once the elective adventures have been considered.

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