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)
- 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.
- Learn more about your pet or a pet you would like to have. List three interesting facts that you learned about your pet.
- Make a poster about your pet or a pet you would like to own. Share your poster with your den, pack, or family.
- 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.)
- Tell three ways that animals can help people.
- 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.
- 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.