BSA provides Webelos den meeting ideas for Cub Scout den leaders on the Scouting.org website. The sixth in the Arrow of Light series of Webelos den meeting plans covers requirement 5 for the Arrow of Light emblem, which is a hike.
If you don’t already have the BSA Webelos den meeting plans, download BSA Arrow of Light Meeting Plan 6 to follow along with this article.
Webelos Den Meeting Plans: BSA Plans #6 – Hike
Preparation and Before the Meeting
Most of your arrangements involve finding an appropriate location for your hike, getting parents involved, and logistics like transportation and permission slips. Your hike should be challenging, but not overly so. About 3 miles is a nice distance for Webelos if time permits.
See my gathering activities page for some ideas. But if you are meeting at your hike location, chances are your Webelos will just enjoy being outside and running around.
Hand out recognitions.
You will be doing your hike for Arrow of Light requirement 5.
Arrow of Light Requirement 5: Participate in a Webelos overnight campout or day hike. (If you have already done this when you earned your Outdoorsman activity badge, you may not use it to fulfill requirements for your Arrow of Light Award requirements.)
You can easily add in a lot of the Scout knowledge for requirement 2 as you are walking.
Arrow of Light Requirement 2: Show your knowledge of the requirements to become a Boy Scout by doing all of these:
Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath or Promise and the 12 points of the Scout Law. Tell how you have practiced them in your everyday life.
Give and explain the Scout motto, slogan, sign, salute, and handshake.
Understand the significance of the First Class Scout badge. Describe its parts and tell what each stands for.
Tell how a Boy Scout uniform is different from a Webelos Scout uniform.
Tie the joining knot (square knot)
The plan also suggests finishing up Scientist. If you can’t fit it in this meeting, just have another meeting to finish it up. Sometimes it helps to have an “odds and ends” meeting to finish up all of the bits of activity badges which they have almost completed.
After the Meeting
Have the Webelos help clean up the area and recruit some adult help for the next meeting.