RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE
This activity will help the Bear Scout learn about being observant, looking for clues, and solving situations with those clues.
TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS
- Learning observation and listening skills
- Following instructions
- Working with a team
- Helping others
- Problem solving
- A Scout is loyal. [Bear Character Compass]
ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Bear Handbook, page 194)
- Talk with your family and den about forensics and how it is used to help solve crimes.
- Analyze your fingerprints.
- Learn about chromatography and how it is used in solving crimes. Do an investigation using different types of black, felt-tip markers. Share your results with your den.
- Do an analysis of four different substances: salt, sugar, baking soda, and cornstarch.
- Make a shoe imprint.
- Visit the sheriff’s office or police station in your town. Find out how officers collect evidence.
- Learn about the different jobs available in forensic science. Choose two, and find out what is required to work those jobs. Share what you learned with your den.
- Learn how animals are used to gather important evidence. Talk about your findings with your den.