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Bear Den Meeting Plans: BSA Bear Den Meeting Idea 14 – Take Care of Your Planet

BSA provides Bear den meeting ideas for den leaders on the Scouting.org website. These Cub Scout Bear den meeting plans are step by step guides to carrying out a den meeting. Today’s article covers the fourteenth Bear Cub Scout den meeting plan which is all about Bear Achievement 6 – Take Care of Your Planet.

If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 14 to follow along with this article.

Bear Den Meeting Plans: BSA Bear Den Meeting Idea 14 – Take Care of Your Planet

Preparation and Before the Meeting

It is suggested that you do this meeting at your community recycling facility. This will be interesting to Bear Cub Scout, but if you can get it arranged, don’t worry. You can do this achievement almost anywhere.

You will need to remind the Bear Cub Scouts to bring their items to be recycled to this meeting.

If you are doing a cleanup project, remind the Bears to bring some sturdy gloves for picking up trash. You will also need some trash bags for them.

Gathering

Check out my gathering activities page for some ideas.

 Opening

Do a simple indoor flag ceremony or an outdoor ceremony. Don’t forget to give each of the Bears a chance to participate in flag ceremonies.

 Business

Keep business short and sweet.

Activities

You need to do at least 3 of the requirements below to complete this achievement:

  1. Save 5 pounds of glass or aluminum, or 1 month of daily newspapers. Turn them in at a recycling center or use your community’s recycling service.
  2. Plant a tree in your yard, or on the grounds of the group that operates your Cub Scout pack, or in a park or other public place. Be sure to get permission first.
  3. Call city or county officials or your trash hauling company and find out what happens to your trash after it is hauled away.
  4. List all the ways water is used in your home. Search for dripping faucets or other ways water might be wasted. With an adult, repair or correct those problems.
  5. Discuss with an adult in your family the kinds of energy your family uses.
  6. Find out more about your family’s use of electricity.
  7. Take part in a den or pack neighborhood clean-up project.

With ZM’s den we brought in recyclables and put them in the appropriate recycling bins at our chartered organization for the first requirement. Then we talked about energy use for the fifth requirement and the use of electricity for the sixth. For the seventh requirement, we walked around the sports fields at our chartered organization and picked up litter.

You can choose whichever of the requirements work best in your situation. Just make sure it is not all talking.

Closing

Close with the Law of the Pack or the Cub Scout Promise or this Native American Prayer .

After the meeting

If you did a trash pickup, make sure everything you collected is disposed of appropriately. And this is a good time to enlist some parents to help next time.

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