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)
- 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.
- Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years and one animal that is currently endangered. Explain what caused their decline.
- 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.
- Observe wildlife from a distance. Describe what you saw.
- Use a magnifying glass to examine plants more closely. Describe what you saw through the magnifying glass that you could not see without it.
- Learn about composting and how vegetable waste can be turned into fertilizer for plants.
- Plant a vegetable or herb garden.