BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the second Wolf plan. If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 5 to follow along with this article.
The BSA plans are designed to be done in order, so it is best if you do plans 1 through 4first. This plan covers part of Wolf Achievement 4 (Know Your Home and Community) and part of Wolf Achievement 9 (Be Safe at Home and on the Street).
Some other resources you might find helpful:
- My Wolf Achievement 4 page. This page has an alternate den meeting plan which covers the requirements for Know Your Home and Community in one meeting plus a field trip.
- My Wolf Achievement 9 page. This page has an alternate den meeting plan which covers the requirement for Be Safe at Home and on the Street as well as lots of handouts and helps for this achievement.
Get BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 5 from the Scouting.org website
BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 5: Know Your Home and Community and Be Safe at Home and on the Street
Preparation and Before the Meeting
This meeting takes place on a trip to a fire house or historic location, so you will need to make the arrangements beforehand. Since you will be doing other requirements, inquire about the availability of a place to meet.
Gathering and Opening
These can be difficult when you are away from your regular meeting place. Puzzles make good on the go gathering activities. Feel free to adjust this part of the plan.
Keep them short and sweet.
The visit itself fulfills Achievement 4 requirement f (“Visit an important place in your community, such as a historic or government location. Explain why it is important.”) Hopefully the location you visit will give you a nice tour.
For Achievement 9 requirement d, you will discuss street safety. They can definitely practice this where you are meeting. Requirement e is about bike safety. See Bike Hike Safety and Etiquette for some helps with this.
The other requirements for Achievement 9 need to be done at home. Send home some handouts to help with this. See Home Safety Checklist for Cub Scouts and Fire Drill Instructions. They also need to complete 4c and 4d at home. (Too many home requirements! Sometimes it is like pulling teeth to get the parents to do these with their sons.) See Phone Etiquette for some help.
Once again, since you are at somebody else’s place, there might be some limits on what you can do for closing. You can always say a prayer or the Cub Scout Promise.
After the Meeting
Pat yourself on the back for another great meeting. And don’t forget to follow up with the parents to get them to do all of the home assignments.