In this adventure, Bears will learn about another culture and how it might relate to them.

They will have the opportunity to learn about American Indians and their customs, including crafts, ceremonies, music, and dance. They will also learn the importance of living the Scout Oath and Scout Law.


  • Developing observation and listening skills
  • Following instructions
  • Practicing teamwork
  • Living the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • Having fun while learning about and respecting others
  • A Scout is courteous. [Bear Character Compass]


  1. Learn about the history and culture of American Indians who lived in your area at the time of European colonization.
  2. Write a legend.
  3. Make a dream catcher.
  4. Make a craft.
  5. Make a drum. Once your drum is complete, create a ceremonial song.
  6. Visit an Order of the Arrow dance ceremony or American Indian event within your community.
  7. Learn and demonstrate ceremonial dance steps.
  8. Create a dance.


In this adventure, Bears will explore American Indian history and culture. If possible for Meetings 1 and 2, invite representatives from local American Indian groups or the local Order of the Arrow lodge who can assist with information and activities. Review requirement 1 with those representatives. Invite them to share the information with the den on their visit to help complete this requirement, or plan to fulfill requirement 1 during the outing.

Meeting 3 will be a den outing to a location or event where Bears can learn more about American Indian culture. In advance of the outing, the leader will need to make arrangements with the outing location and confirm the outing plan with families, including transportation and any additional items they need to bring. Make sure a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and activity consent forms are distributed, signed, and collected. Review the complete adventure and make plans for each meeting well in advance in order to secure visitors and confirm all necessary outing details.

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


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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