RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

In this adventure, Scouts will learn about our ecosystem and grow in their appreciation of nature.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Being knowledgeable, responsible, and comfortable in the outdoors
  • A Scout is kind. [Webelos Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Webelos Handbook, page 424)

Do six from requirements 1 through 9.

  1. Collect and care for an “insect, amphibian, or reptile zoo.” You might have crickets, ants, grasshoppers, a lizard, or a toad. Study them for a while and then let them go. Share your experience with your Webelos den.
  2. Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project or by having them visit to see your project.
  3. Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week. Identify the birds you see, and write down where and when you saw them.
  4. Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home. Find out which birds use these flyways.
  5. Watch at least four wild creatures (reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, fish, insects, or mammals) in the wild. Describe the kind of place (forest, field, marsh, yard, or park) where you saw them. Tell what they were doing.
  6. Identify an insect, reptile, bird, or other wild animal that is found only in your area of the country. Tell why it survives in your area.
  7. Give examples of at least two of the following:
    a. A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem
    b. One way humans have changed the balance of nature
    c. How you can help protect the balance of nature
  8. Learn about aquatic ecosystems and wetlands in your area. Talk with your Webelos den leader or family about the important role aquatic ecosystems and wetlands play in supporting life cycles of wildlife and humans, and list three ways you can help.
  9. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Visit a museum of natural history, a nature center, or a zoo with your family, Webelos den, or pack. Tell what you saw.
    b. Create a video of a wild creature doing something interesting, and share it with your family and den.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

Meeting 4 will be a den outing to visit a museum of natural history, nature center, or zoo (requirement 9a). 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.

Before the first meeting, have each Scout decide what type of insect, reptile, or amphibian he would like to keep for a week in his “zoo” (requirement 1). The boys may catch their specimens at home or during the meeting, but remind them that each creature must be released back into the same environment in the same area where it was found.

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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