Cub Scouts offers young boys the chance to participate in events such as camping where they stay out overnight in the wilderness under the supervision of their den leaders. While on the camp out, schedule activities that are informative and enjoyable for the Cub Scouts. Present ideas at den meetings prior to the camp out and allow them to help you plan the excursion.
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A Cub Scout learns about survival when camping. After all, the Scouting motto is "Be Prepared." Instruct your Cub Scouts to create a box oven with just a few simple materials that you provide. Each Cub Scout should receive a cardboard box that is at least 2 feet cubed. (The sizes do not need to be exact for each box.) Instruct the Cub Scouts to line the boxes with aluminium foil. They can attach the foil by using a stapler. Next, the Cub Scouts should ball up four pieces of foil and place them at the base of the box. On top of the foil balls, place a disposable foil pan. Several inches above the pan, instruct the Cub Scouts to poke holes with a straightened wire hanger and push several wire hangers through the box so they form a grate. Later, when it is time for dinner, help the Cub Scouts light charcoal in the foil pan, and then cook in the foil oven. The foil oven can perform tasks such as heat a kettle of water for hot chocolate to enjoy around the campfire, or cook full meals for the Cub Scout pack, such as small pizzas. Simply place a small cooking tray or pan on the grate you created and add your ingredients to the tray or pan.
Assign a project for each den in the weeks leading up to the camp out. The projects should be age appropriate, with younger Cub Scouts assigned easier projects than their older Webelo counterparts. The projects should pertain to camping. For example, one den might describe how to build a makeshift tent out of a blanket, while another might make a presentation on pocket-knife safety. The Cub Scouts can form their presentations in the meetings prior to the camp out and then present around the campfire in the evening.
This game can involve the entire group of boys on the camp out. Place several pebbles in a can. Instruct the Cub Scouts to stand in a fairly large circle. Assign one player to be the "Hunter" and another to be the "Rattlesnake." The "Hunter" is blindfolded. When the game starts, the Hunter calls out Rattlesnake and the Rattlesnake must shake the can. The Hunter has two minutes to tag the Rattlesnake. Each time the Hunter calls out, the Rattlesnake must shake the can. The Rattlesnake must also stay within the circle. After the game, two new players are chosen.
Scavenger Hunt Hike
Create a list of items that the Cub Scouts will come across on a hike. This might include types of trees, leaves, wildlife and other nature-based items. While on the hike, they must either collect or point out when one of those items has been spotted. This can help educate the Cub Scouts on the trees, plants and animal life indigenous to the area.
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