Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wolf Adventure: Call of the Wild

Ask any Den Leader (or parent, teacher, etc.) and he or she will tell you that little boys don't want to be told how to do something, the want to be doing  those things.  They don't want to look at pictures of knots in a book, they want the rope in their hands.  They aren't interest in making posters about Leave No Trace or The Outdoor Code, they would much rather experience them and show you.

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...

Wolf Adventure: Call of the Wild 

1. While a Wolf Scout, attend a pack or family campout. If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.
    2. Show how to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.
      3. While on a den or family outing, identify four different types of animals. Explain how you identified them.
        4. With your family or den, make a list of possible weather changes that might happen on your campout according to the time of year you are camping. Tell how you will be prepared for each one.
          5. Show that you are ready to be a Wolf Scout by demonstrating what to do for the following:
          a. A stranger approaches you, your family, or your belongings.
          b. A natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood happens.
          c. Before eating, you wash your hands properly to keep yourself safe.
            6. On the campout, participate with your family or den in a campfire show. Prepare a skit or song, and then present it at the campfire for everyone else.
              7. Do the following:
              a. Recite the Outdoor Code with your leader.
              b. Recite the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader.  Talk about how these principles support the Outdoor Code.
              c. After your campout, list the ways you demonstrated being careful with fire.

              I love looking at the progression through the ranks... how the responsibilities grow with the boys.  These are the rites of passage I think that so many young boys need as they grow into young men.

              Check out our Call of the Wild Pinterest Board for ways to implement this adventure:

              Follow Cub Scout's board Wolf Adventure: Call of the Wild on Pinterest.

              * Please go over the hazards of playing with plastic bags and especially the dangers for younger siblings.  Always teach responsibly and make parents aware of things that have been covered, so that they may set their own rules for home use of such knowledge.

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