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)

  1. Talk with your family and den about forensics and how it is used to help solve crimes.
  2. Analyze your fingerprints.
  3. 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.
  4. Do an analysis of four different substances: salt, sugar, baking soda, and cornstarch.
  5. Make a shoe imprint.
  6. Visit the sheriff’s office or police station in your town. Find out how officers collect evidence.
  7. 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.
  8. Learn how animals are used to gather important evidence. Talk about your findings with your den.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

Meeting 3 will be an outing to a sheriff’s office or police station. 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, 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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