This elective adventure will help Wolf Scouts understand the formation of fossils.


  • Understanding that fossils are affected by the ground around them
  • Learning about different types of dinosaurs
  • Listening to instructions
  • Making a layered dessert
  • A Scout is thrifty. [Wolf Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Wolf Handbook, page 204)

  1. Play a game that demonstrates your knowledge of dinosaurs, such as a dinosaur match game.
  2. Create an imaginary dinosaur. Share with your den its name, what it eats, and where it lives.
  3. Make a fossil cast.
  4. Make a dinosaur dig.
  5. Make edible fossil layers. Explain how this snack is a good model for the formation of fossils.
  6. Be a paleontologist, and dig through the dinosaur digs made by your den. Show and explain the ways a paleontologist works carefully during a dig.


This adventure does not include plans for a den outing. If a den outing is desired, the leader may plan to hold one of the meetings at a location suitable for learning about dinosaurs or paleontology, such as a natural history museum. All event coordination and necessary tour and activity plans would need to be in place in advance, depending on the location selected.

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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