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 we will look at a den meeting plan in which Bear Cub Scouts go on a family hike . It covers one of the requirements for Bear Achievement 12 – Family Outdoor Adventure. They will also earn their Hiking Belt Loop.
If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Bear Den Meeting Supplemental Plan Q to follow along with this article.
Cub Scout Bear Den Meeting Plans: Family Outdoor Adventure
Preparation and Before the Meeting
Most of the preparation for this meeting involves finding a suitable location in the area for your hike.
Check out my gathering activities page for ideas.
Keep business short and sweet.
Just by going on the outing you are fulfilling the requirement for Achievement 12b:
Go on a hike with your family.
You will also be completing the requirements for the Hiking belt loop:
Explain the hiking safety rules to your den leader or adult partner. Practice these rules while on a hike.
Demonstrate hiking attire and equipment.
Hike at least 30 minutes with your adult partner, family, or den.
Before you set off on the trail, review the hiking safety rules with all of the hikers. Then go out and enjoy the experience.
If you are looking for some fun things to keep the active boys engaged during the hike, check out my article on hiking activities. This article lists some games and scavenger hunts you can do while hiking.
After the meeting
Get some adults to commit to help at the next meeting.