RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

In this adventure, Wolf Scouts will learn about the heroes within their community. By getting to know some real-life heroes and honoring their service, the Wolves will see the importance of living the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and gain an understanding of what makes a hero.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

• Observation skills
• Listening skills
• Following instructions
• Teamwork
• Helping others
• Living the Scout Oath and Scout Law
• A Scout is brave.

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Wolf Handbook, page 256)

  1. Talk with your family and den about what it means to you to be a hero. Share the name of someone you believe is a hero. Explain what it is that makes that person a hero.
  2. Visit a community agency where you will find many heroes. While there, find out what they do. Share what you learned with your den.
  3. With the help of a family member, interview one of your heroes, and share what you learn with your den. Tell why you think this person is a hero.
  4. As a den or family, honor a hometown serviceman or servicewoman by sending a care package along with a note thanking them for their service.
  5. With your family or den, find out about animals that are trained to help others in your community.
  6. Participate in or create an event that celebrates your hometown hero(es).

 

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

In Meeting 1, the den will learn about animals trained to help people. One option for fulfilling this requirement is to include a visit from a person who works with service animals or other animals who assist people. Before the meeting, work with your local council to locate resources in the community, and make arrangements for the visit. Prepare a thank-you note in advance for the visitor.

In Meeting 2, the den will create a care package for a hometown serviceman or servicewoman (requirement 4). A local military recruiting office or military base might be able to help in identifying a recipient. Your local council might also be able to help provide suggestions. Select a recipient in advance so you can guide the den in choosing appropriate items for the package that the person might like. Scouts will need to bring assigned items to Meeting 2.

Meeting 3 will be a den outing to the local police or fire department, or another service agency, to learn about heroes in the community (requirement 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 and activity consent forms are distributed and signed.

The den leader will need to select an appropriate local event to complete requirement 6 and coordinate details of participation with families. The adventure could be coordinated around a pack event or a special day when events are often held, such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day, National Police Day, International Firefighters’ Day, or other similar days.

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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