BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the third Webelos plan. If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 3 to follow along with this article.
This plan completes Naturalist and Forester. It also covers some Webelos badge requirements. These were started in the previous meeting plan. If you are looking for alternate ideas for these badges, you can see more ideas for the Forester activity badge, the Naturalist activity badge, and the Webelos badge.
This meeting takes place on a hike. When I did hikes in a den meeting setting, we usually did about a mile. Our pack does longer hikes as pack activities. A local park with a good trail is an option.
These plans are meant to be done in order, so do the previous plans first.
BSA Webelos Den Meeting 3: Naturalist, Forester, and Webelos
Preparation and Before the Meeting
This meeting will be a hike, so do some research beforehand and find an appropriate place to hike.
Gathering activities can be difficult in public places. Sometimes when we were away, I did riddles with the Scouts. If you meet in an area with a place they can explore, have them look at some plants or watch an area in the grass for insects.
Doing a flag ceremony can be difficult if you are on a field trip. If you can’t make it happen, don’t worry about it. You should have plenty of meetings at your regular meeting place where your scouts can do a flag ceremony.
Business can also be difficult to conduct if you are on a field trip. There are many distractions and sometimes you just can’t get far enough away from the general public to do it. So just do the best you can.
I like the suggestion to work on the Webelos requirements during the hike. It gets old if you just do these requirements in a drill and kill style. You can also try marching while saying the Scout Law. They will find that fun.
You are working on Naturalist 6, 7, and 9. Take the advice in the plan and actually look for things related to the requirements. Webelos get bored if you make it too much like just reading a book. But they can spend endless amounts of time watching bugs. Make sure you build plenty of time for observation into your hike plan.
You are also working on Forester 5 and 6. You might find this Tree Ring Worksheet helpful. If you run out of time at the meeting, you can have them complete the Forester requirements at home and bring them to the next meeting.
Closing and After the Meeting
Closing activities can also be difficult in a public place. It depends how crowded it is. If you can find somewhere to close away from the general public, then that is great.