RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

Everyone has challenges—and understanding the challenges of others leads to acceptance. In this adventure, Webelos Scouts will learn firsthand how people live with disabilities that affect their sight, hearing, dexterity, and mobility; with this new understanding, they can help educate their peers and prevent the hurtful exclusion of others.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Recognition that all people are different and have challenges
  • An understanding of challenges faced by others
  • Seeing that people with challenges are not helpless and often give back to their community through service to others
  • A Scout is friendly. [Webelos Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Webelos Handbook, page 274)

Do all of these:

  1. Develop an awareness of the challenges of the blind through participation in an activity that simulates blindness.
  2. Participate in an activity that simulates severe visual impairment, but not blindness.
  3. Participate in an activity that simulates the challenges of being deaf or hard of hearing.
  4. Engage in an activity that simulates mobility impairment.
  5. Take part in an activity that simulates dexterity impairment.
  6. With your den, participate in an activity that focuses on the acceptance of differences in general.
  7. Do two of the following:
    a. Do a Good Turn for residents at a skilled nursing facility or retirement community.
    b. Invite an individual with a disability to visit your den, and discuss what activities he or she currently finds challenging or found challenging in the past.
    c. Attend a disabilities event such as a Special Olympics competition, an adaptive sports event, a performance with sign language interpretation, or an activity with service dogs. Tell your den what you thought about the experience.
    d. Talk to someone who works with people who have disabilities. Ask that person what they do and how he or she helps people with disabilities.
    e. Using American Sign Language, sign the Scout Oath.
    f. With the help of an adult, contact a service dog organization, and learn the entire process from pup training to assignment to a client.
    g. Participate in a service project that focuses on a specific disability.
    h. Participate in an activity with an organization whose members are disabled.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

Please consult with parents to see if any Webelos Scouts in the den may have extra sensitivity to activities in this adventure.

See the Appendix for optional den meeting activities, including openings, gatherings, and closings.

MeetingPlans

To get you started in delivering fun and engaging meetings, complete Den Meeting Plans are available here on the Learning Library for the Backyard Jungle and Games Tigers Play adventures. To obtain Den Meeting Plans for all other adventures, Den Leader Guides are available at your local Scout Shop, online at scoutstuff.org, or as an eBook through Amazon.

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