RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

Bear Scouts will learn how caring for a pet fosters responsibility and offers a sense of companionship that they can nurture and cherish throughout their lives. This adventure also gives them an opportunity to learn about the many ways animals return the favor and assist people in need.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Following directions
  • Learning the benefits of having loyal pets and being loyal to them in return
  • Showing respect and kindness for animals
  • Developing patience and perseverance as they train their pets
  • A Scout is kind. [Bear Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Bear Handbook, page 184)

  1. Care for a pet for two weeks. Make a list of tasks you did to take care of the pet. If you do not have a pet, research one that you would like to have and write about the care it needs.
  2. Learn more about your pet or a pet you would like to have. List three interesting facts that you learned about your pet.
  3. Make a poster about your pet or a pet you would like to own. Share your poster with your den, pack, or family.
  4. Do your best to train a pet to perform a trick or follow a simple command, and explain how you trained it. (If your pet is a hermit crab, fish, snake, or the like, you may skip this requirement.)
  5. Tell three ways that animals can help people.
  6. Tell what is meant by an animal being “rabid.” Name some animals that could have rabies. Explain what you should do if you are near an animal that might be rabid.
  7. Visit with a local veterinarian or animal shelter caretaker. Find out what types of animals he or she might see on a regular basis. Ask what type of education is needed to become a veterinarian or shelter caretaker and why he or she chose to pursue this career.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

Much of this elective will need to be completed at home with the Scout’s parent. Tell the Scouts they will need to let you know when they have completed requirements 1, 2, and 4. They should be able to present a brief talk to you or the den, outlining how they trained their pet in requirement 4.

Also, you will need to be sensitive to any pet allergy issues within the den.

Meeting 3 will be a den outing to a veterinarian’s office or an animal shelter. 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.

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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