BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. This article looks at the fourth Bear plan. I’ll include some links and other ideas to help you with this meeting plan. If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 4 to follow along with this article.
The BSA meeting plans are designed to be done in order. This plan covers Bear Achievement 7 – Law Enforcement Is a Big Job.
Some other resources you might find helpful:
- An alternative way to cover these requirements: Bear Den Meeting Plan – Law Enforcement Is a Big Job
- My page of helps for Bear Achievement 7 – Law Enforcement Is a Big Job
Get BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 4 from the Scouting.org website.
BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 4 – Law Enforcement Is a Big Job
Before the Meeting and Preparation
You’ll be taking a field trip to a police station, so you will need to arrange this well in advance. Tiger Cubs also need to do this for Tiger Achievement 2 – Where I Live, so you might want to check with your Tiger den leader. Make a note about the things you will be doing at the police station. You need to ask about fingerprinting and bring your own supplies if the police cannot do this for you.
You will also be making plaster casts. Check with the police station beforehand. They might not have a place for you to do this. If that is the case, do this at a separate meeting. Or consider the alternative of having a police officer visit you instead. Many police departments have an officer who is trained to make presentations to children.
Puzzles are always a good option for a gathering activity if you are away from your regular meeting place. Or have the Scouts make thank you notes to present to the police officer(s) at the end of the meeting.
If there is a place to do an opening ceremony, then do something. The suggestion to use the police station flagpole for requirements 3h and 3i is a good idea. Just make sure you arrange that beforehand.
Yes, do review appropriate behavior. Perhaps talk about respectful listening.
You are completing requirement 7b just by visiting the police station:
Visit your local sheriff’s office or police station, or talk with a law enforcement officer visiting your den or pack to discuss crime prevention.
Requirement 7d will be a discussion. Perhaps the police officer can talk about it:
Be sure you know where to get help in your neighborhood.
The officer can also help with requirement 7e:
Learn the phone numbers to use in an emergency. Post them by each phone in your home.
This printable emergency phone number list might also help. The idea to use a skit for 7f will make it more fun:
Know what you can do to help law enforcement.
Finally, you will take fingerprints or make casts for requirement 7a:
Practice one way police gather evidence: by taking fingerprints, or taking shoeprints, or taking tire track casts
Definitely save this for last, because it is messy and because the Cub Scouts will probably be a little wound up afterwards.
Have a brief closing. If you made thank you notes for the gathering activity, then present them now.
After the Meeting
Another meeting complete! As your Cub Scouts what they thought. You are sure to receive an enthusiastic response which makes it worth all of the effort.