BSA provides Wolf den meeting plans for Cub Scout den leaders. Today’s plan is a supplemental den meeting plan in which Wolf Cub Scouts learn about working smarter with machines. This plan covers part of Wolf Elective 8 – Machine Power.
If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Supplemental Wolf Den Meeting Plan J to follow along with this article.
Wolf Den Meeting Plans – Machine Power
Preparation and Before the Meeting
The Wolf den meeting plan suggests that you visit a place where machines are in use so the Cub Scouts can see them up close. If you can visit a location which uses machinery, the Wolves will enjoy it. There is a local place which the Cub Scouts from our Pack often visit and they let them sit in the cabs of machinery and get their pictures taken.
If you can’t arrange a visit, you can still do this den meeting. You might want to have a game ready to fill in some extra time though. See my games page for some ideas.
Gathering, Opening, and Business
Do whichever parts of Wolf Elective 8 – Machine Power work for your meeting location and the supplies available to you.
Name 10 kinds of trucks, construction machinery, or farm machinery and tell what each is used for.
If you don’t visit a place with machinery, you can look at some pictures in books.
Elective 8b involves a wheelbarrow or other tool that uses a wheel and axle:
Help an adult do a job using a wheel and axle.
Use a wheelbarrow to move something.
For Elective 8c
Show how to use a pulley.
Some types of blinds work on pulleys.
Make and use a windlass.
There are directions in the Wolf handbook to make one with an empty milk carton, a pencil, paper clip, tread, and a cup.
Do a closing flag ceremony.
After the Meeting
If you did a visit, the Wolves should thank their hosts. And as always, they should make sure they clean up after themselves.