RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

Through this adventure, Webelos Scouts will see the relevancy of earth science and how it impacts their daily lives. They will begin to understand the use of rocks and minerals in everyday items. Their investigations will give them an understanding of geological events and they will have the opportunity to learn about geological features in their own state.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Learning about the science of geology
  • Identifying and testing rocks and minerals
  • Becoming aware of geological materials and landmarks in their area
  • Geology/earth scientist career awareness
  • Performing geological investigations while upholding the values of Leave No Trace

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Webelos Handbook, page 338)

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain the meaning of the word “geology.”
    b. Explain why this kind of science is an important part of your world.
    c. Share with your family or with your den what you learned about the meaning of geology.
  2. Look for different kinds of rocks or minerals while on a rock hunt with your family or your den.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Identify the rocks you see on your rock hunt. Use the information in your handbook to determine which types of rocks you have collected.
    b. With a magnifying glass, take a closer look at your collection. Determine any differences between your specimens.
    c. Share what you see with your family or den.
  4. Do the following:
    a. With your family or den, make a mineral test kit, and test rocks according to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
    b. Record the results in your handbook.
  5. With your family or den, identify on a road map of your state some geological features in your area.
  6. Do the following:
    a. Identify some of the geological building materials used in building your home.
    b. Identify some of the geological materials used around your community.
    c. Record the items you find.
  7. Do either 7a or 7b:
    a. Go on an outing with your family or den to one of the nearby locations you discovered on your state map, and record what you see as you look at the geographical surroundings. Share with your family or den while on this outing what you notice that might change this location in the future (wind, water, ice, drought, erosion).
    b. Do the following:
    i. With your family or your den, visit with a geologist or earth scientist and discover the many career fields that are included in the science of geology.
    ii. Ask the geologist or earth scientist about the importance of fossils that are found.
    iii. Ask the geologist or earth scientist what you can do to help preserve our natural resources.
  8. Do at least one earth science demonstration or investigation with your den or with adult supervision, and explore geology in action.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

The first meeting of this adventure is the suggested den outing—a rock hunt around your den meeting site or other conveniently accessible location. Have the Webelos Scouts complete requirement 1 and bring the information with them to discuss at the meeting.

In advance of the outing, the leader will need to make arrangements with the outing location or landowner 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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