RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

This adventure prepares Webelos Scouts for an outdoor experience and hiking activity.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Planning hikes
  • Collecting the needed gear
  • Learning outdoor safety skills
  • A Scout is brave, kind, cheerful. [Webelos Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Webelos Handbook, page 98)

Do all of these:

  1. Create a hike plan.
  2. Assemble a hiking first-aid kit.
  3. Describe and identify from photos any poisonous plants and dangerous animals and insects you might encounter on your hike.
  4. Before your hike, plan and prepare a nutritious lunch. Enjoy it on your hike, and clean up afterward.
  5. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them on your Webelos adventures.
  6. With your Webelos den or with a family member, hike 3 miles (in the country if possible).
  7. Complete a service project on or near the hike location.
  8. Perform one of the following leadership roles during your hike: trail leader, first-aid leader, lunch leader, or service project leader.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

Do your best to prepare the den for successfully completing the 3-mile hike. Depending on the abilities or physical condition of the Scouts, you may wish to start with one or two shorter “pre-hikes” to build up endurance; this could be as simple as a walk around the block. You may also consider adding a short-distance den outing, with or without gear.

Confirm the hike plan with families, including transportation, all the necessary clothing, 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.

For the service project in requirement 7, contact the hike location or a local agency to learn about options for a project. Find out if someone will be there to assist the Scouts and if there are any restrictions or guidelines to follow. Plan for any materials you will need.

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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