BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the eighth Bear Cub Scout plan. This plan focuses on Bear Achievement 11 – Be Ready.
If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 8 to follow along with this article.
BSA Bear Den Meeting 8 – Be Ready
Preparation and Before the Meeting
For this meeting, the plan recommends you invite somebody who knows about first aid (doctor, nurse, EMT, etc.) to come to your meeting and help with the instruction. If you can’t find somebody, don’t worry about it. You and your other parents will be able to do this meeting. You will also need to gather materials ahead of time for the demonstrations and first aid kits.
Check out my gathering activities page for some ideas.
Do the business portion and then move on to the activities.
Start with Achievement 11a (“Tell what to do in case of an accident in the home. A family member needs help. Someone’s clothes catch on fire.”) Letting the Cub Scouts role play as victims and rescuers will work well for this requirement.
Next you will do Achievement 11e (“With your family, plan escape routes from your home and have a practice drill.”) Even if you are doing a den drill, they will still need to complete this requirement at home. See my post Fire Drill Time for some tips and a checklist you can send home with them.
Next the plan suggests you do Achievement 11g (“Discuss the Character Connection for Courage.”) I usually did the Character Connection activities at the beginning of the activities part of the meeting, just because with one of my dens in particular it was difficult to get them to sit and talk after they did anything active. So feel free to move this elsewhere in the meeting if you think it would work better for your group.
Finally, you will do more role play for Achievement 11b (“Tell what to do in case of a water accident.”), Achievement 11c (“Tell what to do in case of a school bus accident.”), and Achievement 11d (“Tell what to do in case of a car accident.”). My dens always enjoyed acting out scenarios like these and it was easy to fill a whole meeting with this material.
If you have extra time at the end, I recommend you make small personal first aid kits. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. We just put some little things like various sized band-aids, alcohol wipes, etc in quart sized freezer bags. Then they each had a personal first aid kit for outings and hikes.
Close with a prayer, Law of the Pack, Cub Scout Promise, etc.
After the Meeting
Have everyone help clean up. This is a good chance to remind the parents about what help you need for the next meeting.