BSA provides Bear den meeting ideas for den leaders on the Scouting.org website. These Cub Scout den meeting plans are step by step guides to carrying out a den meeting. Today’s article covers the twelfth and thirteenth Bear Cub Scout den meeting plans. This plan focuses on Bear Achievement 5 – Sharing Your World with Wildlife and the Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop. The activities in this plan are meant to be spread out over two meetings to allow ample time for finishing the birdhouses.
You will be building birdhouses from kits for this meeting. If your budget is tight, you can find inexpensive bulk kits like this set of 12 birdhouse kits for $17. Another option is to make a Gourd Birdhouse.
If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 12 and 13 to follow along with this article.
Bear Den Meeting Ideas: BSA Plan 12 and 13 – Sharing Your World With Wildlife
Preparation and Before the Meeting
You will need to purchase supplies, including the kits (see note above about inexpensive kits). You should arrange for some extra parents to be at this meeting to lend a hand. Also, have your information ready about extinct and endangered species. See my article about learning about endangered species in your area for some help.
Check out my gathering activities page for some ideas.
Keep business to a minimum.
Remember – these activities are meant to be done over two meetings. The meeting plan mentions the Wildlife Conservation Beltloop, but never really explains how it fits into the meeting. But you can easily fit the requirements into these two meetings. Just take a look at the Wildlife Conservation Beltloop requirements.
Do Achievement 5a
Choose a bird or animal that you like and find out how it lives. Make a poster showing what your have learned.
Next do Achievement 5c:
Explain what a wildlife conservation officer does.
Do Achievement 5e and Wildlife Conservation belt loop requirement 3:
Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years. Tell why animals become extinct. Name one animal that is on the endangered species list.
Learn about an endangered species. Make a report to your den that includes a picture, how the species came to be endangered, and what is being done to save it.
Finally work on Achievement 5b by building the bird house kits:
Build or make a bird feeder or birdhouse and hang it in a place where birds can visit safely.
Close with the Law of the Pack or the Cub Scout Promise. Remind the Scouts about the items they need to complete at home. It might be a good idea to send home a printed list, since there are several things they need to complete.
After the meeting
Arrange some help for the next meeting. And follow up with the parents to remind them about the home assignments for this achievement.