Learning to read and use a map and a compass is a valuable skill. In this adventure, Scouts will receive an introduction to maps, symbols, and the cardinal directions of north, south, east, and west. They will also learn the basic functions of a compass.


  • Following and giving directions
  • Observing and reading a map
  • Cardinal directions—north, south, east, and west
  • Navigating with a compass
  • Working with others
  • The buddy system

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Wolf Handbook, page 20)

  1.  Do the following:
    a. Using a map of your city or town, locate where you live.
    b. Draw a map for a friend so he or she can locate your home, a park, a school, or other locations in your neighborhood. Use symbols to show parks, buildings, trees, and water. You can invent your own symbols. Be sure to include a key so your symbols can be identified.
  2. Pick a nutritious snack, and find where it came from. Locate that area on a map.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Identify what a compass rose is and where it is on the map.
    b. Use a compass to identify which direction is north. Show how to determine which way is south, east, and west.
  4. Go on a scavenger hunt using a compass, and locate an object with a compass.
  5. Using a map and compass, go on a hike with your den or family.


Meeting 3 will take place at an outdoor location for a hike. 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 and activity consent forms are distributed and signed.

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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