RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

Scouts of this age are learning to become more independent. In this adventure, Bears will learn how to take care of themselves and be a help to their family, community, and the environment. Additionally, they will continue to learn about patriotism and loyalty to our country.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Being a help to family, community, and the environment
  • Doing a Good Turn daily to be helpful to others
  • A Scout is courteous, brave. [Bear Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Bear Handbook, page 104)PawsForActionHandbook

  1. Do the following:
    a. Find out about two famous Americans. Share what you learned.
    b. Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your community, town, or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.
    c. Learn about our flag. Display it at home for one month. Say the Pledge of Allegiance and learn its meaning.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Visit a local sheriff’s office or police station, or talk with a law enforcement officer visiting your den. During the visit, take turns with your den members asking questions that will help you learn how to stay safe.
    b. During or after your visit with a law enforcement officer, do at least two of the following:
    i. Practice one way police gather evidence by taking fingerprints, taking a shoe print, or taking tire track casts.
    ii. Make a list of emergency numbers to post in your home, and keep a copy with you in your backpack or wallet.
    iii. With your family, develop a plan to follow in case of an emergency, and practice the plan at least three times. Your family can determine the emergency, or you can develop several plans.
    iv. Discuss with your parent or another adult you trust any worries you have about your safety or a friend’s safety.
    v. If you have younger brothers and sisters, make sure they know how to call for help in an emergency.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Learn about the energy your family uses and how you can help your family decrease its energy use.
    b. Do a cleanup project that benefits your community.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

Prior to the first meeting, remind the boys to pick and research two famous Americans for requirement 1a. Be prepared to offer suggestions for boys who are struggling to complete this part of the requirement. Boys can look to their Bear Handbook for a list of ideas as well. Some additional ideas include Benjamin Franklin, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Charles Lindbergh, César Chávez, and Paul Revere.The children’s section of your local library will have a selection of biographies of famous Americans.

Also remind each boy to select a local historical place and discover some information regarding the site as part of requirement 1b. The den leader may need to request help from a local historical society, city or county officials, local library, etc., in order to assist the Scouts.

Note that Scouts will need to report to you when they have completed the portion of requirement 1c regarding flying the flag for 30 days. Meeting 2 will be an outing to a law enforcement site or a visit from a local officer. If you choose the outing, be sure to contact the proposed location far in advance to set up the meeting and make any necessary plans. Make sure a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and activity consent forms are distributed, signed, and collected.

Meeting 4 will be a service meeting to carry out a project to be planned in Meeting 3. Any additional planning required will need to be done for the specific project chosen.

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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