RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

In this adventure, Scouts will learn to identify plants and trees and how they differ in locations around the world. They will gain knowledge about ecosystems and the importance of conserving our natural resources.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Understanding our interconnection with the plant world
  • Being knowledgeable, responsible, and comfortable in the outdoors
  • A Scout is reverent. [Webelos Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Webelos Handbook, page 448)

Do all of these:

  1. Identify two different groups of trees and the parts of a tree.
  2. Identify six trees common to the area where you live. Tell whether they are native to your area. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them.
  3. Identify six plants common to the area where you live. Tell which animals use them and for what purpose.
  4. Visit a nature center, nursery, tree farm, or park, and speak with someone knowledgeable about trees
    and plants that are native to your area. Explain how plants and trees are important to our ecosystem and how -they improve our environment.
  5. Develop a plan to care for and then plant at least one plant or tree, either indoors in a pot or outdoors. Tell how this plant or tree helps the environment in which it is planted and what the plant or tree will be used for.
  6. Make a list of items in your home that are made from wood and share it with your den. Or with your den, take a walk and identify useful things made from wood.
  7. Explain how the growth rings of a tree trunk tell its life story. Describe different types of tree bark and explain what the bark does for the tree.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

Meeting 3 will be a den outing to visit a nature center, nursery, tree farm, or park (requirement 4). 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.

Note also that part of Meeting 1 will be a hike to complete requirements 2 and 3 by identifying trees and plants in the area. If the location is beyond your regular meeting site, you must submit a tour and activity plan, if required, for this hike.

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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