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BSA Bear Den Meeting Plans – Tying It All Up

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. In addition to the basic den meeting plans, there are supplemental plans which can be used if you have additional meetings left. Today’s plan covers Bear Achievement 22 – Tying It All Up

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

Bear Den Meeting Ideas: Tying It All Up

Preparation and Before the Meeting

To prepare for this den meeting, get your materials together and then practice the knots and tricks! The idea to have a Den Chief assist is a good one. Give him a specific assignment or two so he can prepare for the meeting also.

If knots don’t come naturally to you, I recommend the Klutz Book of Knots. You can find other helps on my Bear Achievement 22 – Tying It All Up page.

Gathering

Check out my gathering activities page for ideas. The Human Knot Game would go well with this theme.

Opening

Have a flag ceremony. Say the Scout Law.

Business

Keep business to a minimum. Your Bears will want to move on to the hands on activities.

Activities

The den will be working on Bear Achievement 22

Achievement 22a: Whip the ends of a rope.

Achievement 22b: Tie a square knot, bowline, sheet bend, two half hitches, and slip knot. Tell how each knot is used.

The instructions are in your Bear handbook. Let the Den Chief assist you. He should already know how to do these from his own Boy Scout advancement requirements. I love the idea in the BSA plan of tying the knots with licorice. The Cub Scouts will enjoy that.

Achievement 22c:  Learn how to keep a rope from tangling.

Achievement 22d: Coil a rope. Throw it, hitting a 2-foot-square marker 20 feet away.

These can be done together and 22d can be turned into a game. Adding a little friendly competition will make this more fun for the Bears.

Achievement 22e: Learn a magic rope trick.

The magic overhand knot described in the plan is probably the easiest one to do.  If you and an assistant want to try something a little more complicated, check out the The Great Rope Escape Magic Trick.

Closing

Close with the Scout Oath.

After the meeting

The Bears should help put away all of the ropes and other supplies. And don’t forget to line up some parents to help at the next meeting.

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