RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

In this adventure, Bears will explore the outdoor world of mammals, birds, plants, and more! They will understand that every living thing has a home—often very close by. Scouts will also discover that almost every living thing’s neighborhood is a home to at least one type of another living thing. Protecting those homes, called habitats, is up to everyone, and Bears can help!

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Learning about the world of creatures and how we affect our environment
  • Practicing ways to conserve in the world around us
  • A Scout is thrifty. [Bear Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Bear Handbook, page 70)

  1. While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living nearby the place where you choose to hike.
  2. Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years and one animal that is currently endangered. Explain what caused their decline.
  3. Visit one of the following: zoo, wildlife refuge, nature center, aviary, game preserve, local conservation area, wildlife rescue group, or fish hatchery. Describe what you learned during your visit.
  4. Observe wildlife from a distance. Describe what you saw.
  5. Use a magnifying glass to examine plants more closely. Describe what you saw through the magnifying glass that you could not see without it.
  6. Learn about composting and how vegetable waste can be turned into fertilizer for plants.
  7. Plant a vegetable or herb garden.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

Make arrangements to visit a local, state, or federal wildlife refuge, zoo, nature center, aviary, game preserve, local conservation area, wildlife rescue group, fish hatchery, or other animal preservation area for Meeting 3. Identify a location for the outing to help Cub Scouts fulfill requirements for this adventure in a field setting. Where you decide to visit may change the order of activities you do in den meetings 1 and 2.

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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