Scouter Mom » Outdoor Recreation http://scoutermom.com A resource for adults and youth involved in Scouting Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:18:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Backpacking Troop Program Feature http://scoutermom.com/16197/backpacking-troop-program-feature/ http://scoutermom.com/16197/backpacking-troop-program-feature/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:20:46 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=16197 Posted in High AdventureHikingOutdoor Recreation

This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Boy Scout troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.]]>

This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Boy Scout troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.

The plans for the Backpacking troop program feature can be found in  Volume 1 of Troop Program Features from BSA:

Backpacking can be a single-day activity of several miles or a weeklong trip of 50 miles or longer. But no matter what length, participation requires hikers who are in top physical condition and prepared to meet the challenge. New Scouts can learn the basics of hiking and low-impact camping so that many thousands of people can enjoy the same trail for decades to come.

Backpacking Program

Younger scouts can work on their early rank requirements, including cooking, camping, and hiking.  Older scouts can earn the Backpacking Merit Badge  or the Hiking Merit Badge. Other possible badges include CampingCookingOrienteeringPioneering, and Wilderness Survival..

The featured activity for this month is a backpacking outing with various stages to match the skill level of the Scouts. See the program features Volume 1 for more details.

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Winter Camp Games and Activities http://scoutermom.com/16148/winter-camp-games-activities/ http://scoutermom.com/16148/winter-camp-games-activities/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=16148 Posted in Outdoor Recreation

Nancy sent in this question: "I would like ideas for a winter camp that we either play inside or outside in the snow at a cub camp with 3rd year Beavers."]]>

Nancy sent in this question:

I would like ideas for a winter camp that we either play outside or inside I have 10 boys. We will be hiking alot of times what are something we can do on a hike or games we can do in the snow. This is cub camp with 3rd year Beavers.

Knowing that you will have snow opens up all sorts of possibilities. Have a snow sculpture contest or build a simple snow shelter.  If it is cold enough you can blow bubbles and watch them freeze. Bring some spray bottles of colored water and make a snow painting with them.  Throw snowballs at a target.

Another neat idea I saw – but haven’t tried – is to freeze colored water in ice cube molds and bring them with you. Then hide them as part of a scavenger hunt.

Make a snow mazes by stomping complicated paths in the snow. Take the Cubs to the paths and let them try to find the correct path to the end.

Readers, what are your ideas for winter activities for younger Scouts?

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Wolf Adventure Trail http://scoutermom.com/15700/wolf-adventure-trail/ http://scoutermom.com/15700/wolf-adventure-trail/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 06:38:50 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=15700 Posted in Outdoor Recreation

A reader asks "What is an adventure trail for Wolf Elective 18?". An adventure trail is five activities or games set up in different areas of a park. ]]>

Jillene asked this question

What exactly is an adventure trail (Wolf Elective 18F)?
Thank you.

An adventure trail is five activities or games set up in different areas of a park or playground. The Wolf handbook gives a few details and several examples including flag folding, jelly bean guess, and more. Here are some other ideas you could use:

Outdoor Flag Ceremony

Hail Storm Game

Dock Your Flying Saucer Game

Leaf Collection Craft

Craft Stick Picture Frame

Eraser Prints of Animal Tracks

The activities should be simple so the Wolves have time to move from one to another. Put a parent in charge of each activity station to keep things running smoothly.

Readers, what are your ideas for an adventure trail? Add them to the comments below.

 

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BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan M – Boats http://scoutermom.com/10519/cub-scout-bear-den-meeting-plans-boats/ http://scoutermom.com/10519/cub-scout-bear-den-meeting-plans-boats/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10519 Posted in Outdoor Recreation

Because of the age appropriate guidelines for Cub Scouts, this meeting must be done as a part of a district or council event.]]>

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 which focuses on boating. It covers requirements for Bear Elective 5 – Boats.

If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Bear Den Meeting Supplemental Plan M to follow along with this article.

Cub Scout Bear Den Meeting Plans: Boats

Preparation and Before the Meeting

First of all, there is this note in the meeting plan:

The Guide to Safe Scouting defines how cub Scouts may engage in boating activities:
“Cub Scout activities afloat are limited to council or district events that do not include moving water or float trips (expeditions).”

That means you are going to need to do this as a part of a district or council event. So your main preparation is to check with your council to see what opportunities are available for you to do this elective.

Adults involved in this event need to be trained in Safety Afloat also.  At a district or council event, there will be adults with the appropriate training, but it is helpful if adults from your den also understand the rules.

Gathering

Check out my gathering activities page for ideas. You could use your gathering time to make thank you cards or a small thank you poster for the staff at the event you are attending.

Opening

Have a flag ceremony if possible.  Say the Scout Law.

Business

Keep business short and sweet.

Activities

Elective 5a, if you have access to a sailboat

Help an adult rig a real boat.
Sail the boat with the adult. Wear your PFDs.

Elective 5c (See your Bear handbook for help with this)

Know the flag signals for storm warnings.

Elective 5e, if you have access to a rowboat:

With an adult on board, and both wearing PFDs, row a boat around a 100-yard course that has two turns.
Demonstrate forward strokes, turns to both sides, and backstrokes.

Closing

Close with the Scout Oath and a closing flag ceremony (if possible).

After the meeting

The Bears should thank their hosts at the event.

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Wilderness Survival Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts http://scoutermom.com/15238/wilderness-survival-troop-program-feature-boy-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/15238/wilderness-survival-troop-program-feature-boy-scouts/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=15238 Posted in Be PreparedOutdoor Recreation

This wilderness survival program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month's worth of troop activities with a focus on outdoor skills and survival techniques.]]>

The Boy Scout Planning Guide suggests a  Wilderness Survival Program Feature for January 2014.  This wilderness survival program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with a focus on outdoor skills and survival techniques.

The plans for the Wilderness Survival troop program feature can be found in  Volume 3 of Troop Program Features from BSA:

Early man practiced wilderness survival because he had to. We practice it today because it is a challenge and because even today we might confront a situation requiring knowledge of survival techniques in the wild. Wilderness survival requires the ability to evaluate circumstances, make decisions, and keep a clear mind.

Wilderness Survival Program

Younger scouts can work on their early rank requirements, including citizenship and outdoor skills.  Older scouts can earn the Wilderness Survival merit badge . Other badge possibilities include CookingCamping, Hiking, and Orienteering.

The featured activity for this month is a survival weekend. Scouts learn to build shelters and find food.

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Scuba BSA http://scoutermom.com/10914/scuba-bsa/ http://scoutermom.com/10914/scuba-bsa/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10914 Posted in Outdoor Recreation

Scuba BSA introduces qualified Boy Scout, Venturing, and registered adult participants to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with scuba diving;]]>

Scuba BSA introduces qualified Boy Scout, Venturing, and registered adult participants to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with scuba diving; encourages aquatics activities that promote fitness and recreation; and provides a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activity.

The Scuba BSA experience contains two parts— Knowledge Development and Water Skills Development. During the first part, participants learn basic dive safety information and overview skills to be used during their water experience. The Water Skills Development session introduces essential dive skills, such as mask clearing, regulator clearing, and alternate air source use. The Scuba BSA program is conducted in clear, confined water by an instructor certified by diving organizations recognized by the BSA.

Completion of Scuba BSA requirements sets the stage for additional training but does not qualify the participant to dive independently, either in confined water or open-water environments. Scuba BSA is not a diver certification.

Scuba BSA Requirements

  1. Before doing other requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test. To begin the test, jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
  2. Discuss the importance of using the buddy system at all times while scuba diving. Explain that a dive buddy is there to assist with the donning and doffing of equipment, to lend assistance in case of emergency, and to share in the underwater experience. Remember, always dive with a buddy—Never dive alone!
  3. Review hazards associated with scuba diving, including causes of decompression incidents, and safety procedures to avoid them. Explain the importance of never using scuba equipment unless you are enrolled in a training exercise, or have completed a diver certification program, taught by a certified instructor.
    By the end of a Water Skills Development session, the participants will be able to meet the following requirements in clear, confined water:
  4. State the purpose of the following pieces of basic diving equipment: mask, fins, BCD, BCD inflator, regulator, air gauge, and alternate air source.
  5. Describe how to locate the air gauge, and explain how to recognize the “caution zone” on it.
  6. Don and adjust mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, scuba, and weights with the assistance of a buddy, instructor, or certified assistant.
  7. While underwater, demonstrate and recognize the following hand signals: Okay?/Okay!; Stop; Up; Down; Out of air; Come here; Ear problem; Slow down/Take it easy; Something is wrong; Watch me; Check your air supply.
  8. Inflate/deflate a BCD at the surface using the low-pressure inflator.
  9. In shallow water, demonstrate proper compressed air breathing habits; remember to breathe naturally and not hold the breath.
  10. Clear the regulator while underwater using both exhalation and purge-button methods, and resume normal breathing from it.
  11. In shallow water, recover a regulator hose from behind the shoulder while underwater.
  12. In shallow water, clear a partially flooded mask while underwater.
  13. Swim underwater with scuba equipment while maintaining control of both direction and depth, properly equalizing the ears and mask to accommodate depth changes.
  14. While underwater, locate and read submersible pressure gauge and signal whether the air supply is adequate or low based on the gauge’s caution zone.
  15. In shallow water, breathe underwater for at least 30 seconds from an alternate air source supplied by the instructor.
  16. Demonstrate the techniques for a proper ascent.

NOTE: The counselor for Scuba BSA must hold an instructor rating and be in current teaching status with PADI, NAUI, SSI, or other member of the RSTC in accordance with BSA scuba policies. Instruction must meet the minimum training standards for introductory scuba experiences set by the RSTC and guidelines provided in the Scuba BSA Brochure, No. 14-515. BSA scuba policies are provided in that brochure and also in the Guide to Safe Scouting.

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50 Mile Canoe Trip Pin http://scoutermom.com/14707/50-mile-canoe-trip-pin/ http://scoutermom.com/14707/50-mile-canoe-trip-pin/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14707 Posted in Outdoor Recreation

Reader Bruce asked "Does anyone know where I can buy a pin for scouts who completed a 50 mile canoe trip? I would ideally like a paddle shaped pin with 50 Mile on the paddle."]]>

Reader Bruce asked

Does anyone know where I can buy a pin for scouts who completed a 50 mile canoe trip? I would ideally like a paddle shaped pin with “50 Mile” on the paddle.

Bruce, I have not seen that type of emblem, but have you looked at the 50 Miler award? I know there are patches available and I have also seen walking staff medallions. I’m not sure what other types of recognition items are available. Check at your local service center.

If you really want a pin, you could check with your local jeweler to see what they can come up with. Check online retailers also. There is a Canoe Pin available on Amazon for example.

Readers, have you seen any other recognition items available for this type of accomplishment? If so, add them to the comments below.

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Venturing Ranger Award Requirements http://scoutermom.com/10898/venturing-ranger-requirements/ http://scoutermom.com/10898/venturing-ranger-requirements/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10898 Posted in AdvancementOutdoor Recreation

The Venturing Ranger requirements provide an opportunity for Venturers to explore a number of areas related to the outdoors. To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives.]]>

The Ranger award recognizes young men and women who have become proficient in a number of skills with an emphasis on high adventure and the outdoors. The Venturing Ranger requirements provide an opportunity for Venturers to explore a number of areas related to the outdoors. To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives.

Venturers are encouraged to seek the help of experts, known as consultants in the Venturing program, while working on these requirements.

Follow the links below for more information about the requirements for each core area and elective.

Venturing Ranger Requirements

Core Requirements
To earn the Ranger Award, all Venturers must earn the following core requirements:

Electives
In addition to all of the core requirements, Venturers must earn four of the following electives to complete the Ranger award:

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Arrow of Light Requirements – Camping http://scoutermom.com/14716/arrow-of-light-requirements-camping/ http://scoutermom.com/14716/arrow-of-light-requirements-camping/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:02:39 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14716 Posted in CampingOutdoor Recreation

I received this question from a reader: Hello, Is camping over night with a boy scout troop, a "must" for Webelos for the Arrow of Light badge? If they just participate in Boy scout led activities during the day, is that enough? Thanks !]]>

I received this question from a reader:

Hello, Is camping over night with a boy scout troop, a “must” for Webelos for the Arrow of Light badge? If they just participate in Boy scout led activities during the day, is that enough? Thanks !

I think you are thinking of Arrow of Light requirement 4 and maybe 5:

4. With your Webelos den, visit at least one Boy Scout troop meeting and one Boy Scout-oriented outdoor activity.
5. Participate in a Webelos overnight campout or day hike.

As I read the requirements, the Webelos are not required to camp overnight.  An outdoor  activity could be a hike, a field day, an outdoor cooking demonstration, or any number of things. And for requirement 5 it clearly gives the option of doing a hike instead of camping.

That being said, if your Webelos have the opportunity to camp, try to take advantage of that. It will be an adventure for them, teach them some independence, and prepare them to join Boy Scouts.

Parents should be strongly encouraged to go also so they can learn more about Scout camping and be better prepared to support their sons as they continue on in Boy Scouts. They can set a good example by getting out of their comfort zone with their sons. And who knows. They might learn to enjoy it!

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Backpacking Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts http://scoutermom.com/14380/backpackiing-programs-boy-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/14380/backpackiing-programs-boy-scouts/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14380 Posted in FitnessHikingOutdoor Recreation

A backpacking programs feature offers the opportunity to learn the skills to successfully plan and carry out a backpacking trip.]]>

The Boy Scout Planning Guide suggests a  Backpacking Troop Program Feature for July 2013.  This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn the skills to successfully plan and carry out a backpacking trip.

The plans for the Backpacking  troop program feature can be found in  Volume 1 of Troop Program Features from BSA:

Long before backpacking became a popular sport, the Boy Scouts of America was promoting this exhilarating activity. For many years, Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico has provided hundreds of miles of trails for thousands of Scouts across the country. In addition, BSA high-adventure bases and local councils throughout the country can provide Scouts with a stimulating backpacking experience

Backpacking Programs

Younger scouts can work on their early rank requirements, including cooking, hiking, camping, and nature.  Older scouts can earn the Backpacking Merit Badge or the Hiking Merit Badge . Other badge possibilities include Cooking Merit BadgeCamping Merit BadgeOrienteering Merit BadgePioneering Merit Badge, and Wilderness Survival Merit Badge.

The featured activity for this month is a backpacking outing of course! See the program feature for details.

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Venturing Ranger Award Elective – Winter Sports http://scoutermom.com/10894/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-winter-sports/ http://scoutermom.com/10894/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-winter-sports/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10894 Posted in FitnessOutdoor Recreation

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Winter Sports, a Venturer must learn all about skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or ice skating.]]>

To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives. One of the electives to meet the Ranger award requirements is Winter Sports

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Winter Sports, a Venturer must learn all about skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or ice skating. The Venturer must learn about safety, ethics,  and physical conditioning. Then he or she must teach others about the sport.

Venturing Ranger Award Requirements - Winter Sports

  1. Be familiar with cold weather-related injuries and how to avoid and treat them.
  2. Know and explain the safety and ethics codes for your chosen winter sport (alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or ice skating). Example: Skier’s Responsibility Code found in the National Ski Areas Association Classroom Guide for skier education, published by the National Ski Patrol, or the Tread Lightly! Guide to Responsible Snowmobiling, published by Tread Lightly!, Inc.
  3. Design a 30-day physical fitness and stretching program that will prepare you for your chosen winter sport, including exercising and stretching for at least 30 minutes three times a week for 30 days.
  4. Choose one of the following winter sports and complete the requirements for that sport.
    • Alpine Skiing
      1. During a winter season, participate in at least six recreational ski sessions totaling 40 hours.
      2. On one of your ski trips, demonstrate to the adult ski counselor approved by your Advisor that you are proficient in this sport, skiing various types of ski terrain, including moguls.
      3. Give instruction and assistance to a group of beginner skiers. Teach them basic turns and stops.
      4.  Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on alpine skiing.
    • Nordic Skiing
      1. During a winter season, participate in at least six recreational ski sessions totaling 40 hours.
      2. On one of your ski trips, demonstrate to the adult ski counselor approved by your Advisor that you are proficient in this sport, skiing all types of ski terrain, and that you can use a map and compass while skiing.
      3. Give instruction and assistance to a group of beginner Nordic skiers.
      4. Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on Nordic skiing.
    • Snowboarding
      1. During a winter season, participate in at least six recreational snowboarding sessions totaling 40 hours.
      2. On one of your ski trips, demonstrate to the adult snowboarding counselor approved by your Advisor that you are proficient in this sport, snowboarding all types of ski terrain, including jumps and other boarding maneuvers.
      3.  Give instruction and assistance to a group of beginner snowboarders.
      4. Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on snowboarding.
    • Snowmobiling
      1.  During a winter season, participate in at least six recreational snowmobiling sessions totaling 40 hours.
      2. On one of your ski trips, demonstrate to the adult snowmobiling counselor approved by your Advisor that you are proficient in this sport, snowmobiling all types of terrain, and that you can navigate using maps and compass to plan and carry out a trip.
      3. Give instruction and assistance to a group of beginner snowmobilers.
      4. Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on snowmobiling.
    • Ice Skating
      1. Participate in at least 10 recreational skating sessions totaling 40 hours.
      2. On one of your skating trips, demonstrate to the adult skating counselor approved by your Advisor that you are proficient in this sport.
      3. Give instruction and assistance to a group of beginner skaters.
      4. Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on ice skating.
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BSA Wolf Supplemental Den Meeting Plan H – Even More Spare Time Fun http://scoutermom.com/10497/wolf-den-meeting-plans-kites/ http://scoutermom.com/10497/wolf-den-meeting-plans-kites/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10497 Posted in Outdoor Recreation

BSA provides Wolf den meeting plans for Cub Scout den leaders. In this den meeting plan Wolf Cub Scouts build and fly kites. ]]>

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 build and fly kites.  This plan covers part of  Wolf Elective 5 – Spare Time Fun.

If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Supplemental Wolf Den Meeting Plan H to follow along with this article.

Wolf Den Meeting Plans –  Even More Spare Time Fun

Preparation and Before the Meeting

Find a good location for your kite building and flying activity. A park with some picnic tables would be ideal. Get your kite flying supplies together and prepare for some fun!

Gathering, Opening, and Business

See my Gathering Activities page for ideas for the gathering time. Do an opening flag ceremony.

Activities

First talk about Wolf Elective 5a:

Explain safety rules for kite flying.

There is a good list of safety rules  in the den meeting plan.

Next, make some kites for Elective 5b

Make and fly a paper bag kite.

Look in the Wolf Handbook for instructions. There are also some excellent step-by-step instructions for building paper bag kites from G-Kites.  See the Lawrence Hall of Science for instructions for a lunch sack kite.

Once you have made the kites, go fly them.

Closing

Do a closing flag ceremony.

After the Meeting

The Wolves should clean up any mess from the kite building. And this is a good opportunity to line up some parents to help with the next meeting.

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Venturing Ranger Award Elective – Watercraft http://scoutermom.com/10893/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-watercraft/ http://scoutermom.com/10893/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-watercraft/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10893 Posted in Outdoor Recreation

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Watercraft, a Venturer must learn all about safely operating a watercraft. Then the Venturer must teach others about paddlecraft, board sailing, or sail boating operation and safety. ]]>

To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives. One of the electives to meet the Ranger award requirements is Watercraft

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Watercraft, a Venturer must learn all about safely operating a watercraft. Then the Venturer must teach others about paddlecraft, board sailing, or sail boating operation and safety.

Venturing Ranger Award Requirements - Watercraft

  1. Take BSA Safety Afloat Training.
    1. Explain the BSA Safety Afloat plan.
    2. Demonstrate during a watercraft activity that you know the BSA Safety Afloat plan.
  2. Complete a basic boating safety course provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, American Canoe Association, US Sailing, American Red Cross, or your state’s boating law administrator.
    1. Learn and demonstrate water rescue techniques, including self rescue, group rescue, boat-assisted rescue, short-line rescue, and boat-over-boat rescue.
    2. Learn and demonstrate that you know the rules for avoiding water-caused hypothermia and what to do in case of hypothermia.
  3. Present the American Canoe Association Start Smart Program or another program on boating safety and the Tread Lightly! principles as they pertain to water recreation to your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on boating safety.
    Do 5, 6, or 7.
  4. Paddle Craft
    1. Learn the American Whitewater Affiliation Safety Code and demonstrate your knowledge during a paddle craft activity.
    2. Learn about the International Scale of River Difficulty by describing the six classifications of rivers.
    3. On a whitewater river map of your choice, be able to show why different sections are classified the way they are.
    4. Learn and describe the differences of the following paddle craft and explain which are appropriate for one, two, or more paddlers:
      • Canoes: recreational, touring, whitewater, freestyle, decked, C1
      • Kayaks: recreational, touring, sit-on-top, downriver, race, whitewater playboat, whitewater creek
      • Rafts: self bailing, paddle, frame, cataraft, inflatable kayak
    5. Learn and use paddling techniques and maneuvers for one of the following craft:
      • Canoe, both single and double passenger
      • Kayak, single or double passenger
      • Raft, be the paddle captain
    6. Using an appropriate canoe, kayak, or raft, paddle a slow river, lake, or coastal seaway, a distance of at least eight miles, or run a whitewater river, a distance of six miles with at least one class II rapid. If using a paddle raft, be the paddle captain.
  5. Board Sailing
    1. Learn and demonstrate the BSA rules for boardsailing.
    2. Learn how to boardsail.
  6. Sail Boating
    1. Become certified as a US Sailing Small Boat Sailor or US Sailing Instructor.
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Venturing Ranger Award Elective – Shooting Sports http://scoutermom.com/10892/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-shooting-sports/ http://scoutermom.com/10892/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-shooting-sports/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10892 Posted in Outdoor Recreation

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Shooting Sports, a Venturer must learn all shooting safely using air pistols or rifles, archery, muzzle loading rifles, pistols, shotguns or small-bore rifles. Then he or she must teach others about shooting sports by making a table top display or presentation.]]>

To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives. One of the electives to meet the Ranger award requirements is Shooting Sports

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Shooting Sports, a Venturer must learn all shooting safely using air pistols or rifles, archery, muzzle loading rifles, pistols, shotguns or small-bore rifles. Then he or she must teach others about shooting sports by making a table top display or presentation.

Venturing Ranger Award Requirements - Shooting Sports

    1. Recite, explain, and demonstrate the three primary shooting safety rules.
    2. Recite and explain the range commands.
    3. Identify the parts of a pistol, rifle, or bow (whichever one you select) and explain the function of those parts.
    4. If you chose air pistol, air rifle, muzzle-loading rifle, pistol, or small-bore rifle for your shooting discipline, explain how “minute of angle” is used to “zero” the airgun or firearm.
    5. If you chose muzzle-loading rifle as your shooting discipline, recite the proper steps for loading a muzzle-loading rifle and the proper sequence of firing the shot. Explain each step.
    6. If you chose archery as your shooting discipline, recite and explain the nine steps to the 10 ring.
    7. If you chose shotgun as your shooting discipline, explain how you sight a shotgun differently than you would a rifle.
  1. Complete a basic training course and the course of fire for one of the following shooting disciplines: 2(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), or (g).
    (Restrictions: Telescopic sights, electronic sights, and laser sights are prohibited in all disciplines except archery.)
    For this elective, shooting must be under the supervision of a certified instructor/coach and with equipment approved by that instructor.

      • Air Pistol (Sporter Course):
        Shoot five shots each at eight TQ7 targets at a distance of 25 feet for a total of 40 shots. You must score 240 out of a possible 400. (You may use any .177 air pistol with a maximum retail value of $75 and may use a one hand grip, two-hand grip, or a combination of both.)
        OR
      • Air Pistol (International Course):
        Shoot five shots each at eight bull’s-eye B-40 targets at a distance of 33 feet for a total of 40 shots. You must score 220 points of a possible 400. You may use any .177 air pistol. All targets must be fired in the standing position only using only one hand to support the pistol.
      • Air Rifle (Sporter Course):
        Shoot two shots at each bull (10 shots per target) from a distance of 33 feet using six AR5/5 targets. Of the 60 shots total, shoot 20 shots in each position-prone, standing (off-hand), and kneeling. You must score 225 of a possible 600. (You may use any .stock, out-of-the-box .177 air rifle.)
        OR
      • Air Rifle (Precision Course):
        Shoot two shots at each bull (10 shots per target) from a distance of 33 feet. Of the 60 shots total, shoot 20 shots in each position – prone, standing (off-hand), and kneeling. You must score 420 of a possible 600. (You may use any .177 air rifle.)
    1. Archery (Magnifying sights are OK to use in this discipline.)
      • Recurve Bow
        • Indoor: Shoot 30 arrows at 18 meters on a 60-centimeter five color target. You must score 150 of a possible 300.
        • Outdoor: Shoot 30 arrows at 40 meters on a 122-centimeter five color target. You must score 200 of a possible 300.
          OR
      • Compound Bow
        • Indoor: Shoot 30 arrows at 18 meters on a 40-centimeter five color target. You must score 150 of a possible 300.
        • Outdoor: Shoot 30 arrows at 40 meters on a 122-centimeter five color target. You must score 210 of a possible 300.
    2. Muzzle-Loading Rifle:
      • Shoot one shot at each bull’s-eye on 10 targets (M02400-NMLRA) for a total of 50 shots from the standing (off-hand) position at a distance of 25 yards. You must score 250 of a possible 500.
      • Then, shoot five shots at one target (M02406-NMLRA) from the standing (off-hand) position at a distance of 50 yards. You must score 25 of a possible 50.
      • Then, shoot five shots at one target (M02406-NMLRA) from the sitting position, resting the rifle on “crossed sticks” at a distance of 50 yards. You must score 25 of a possible 50.
        (Total shots for muzzle loading is 60 shots.)
        (NMLRA = National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association)
    3. Pistol:
      • Shoot: 10 shots at each of six targets (B-2) from the standing (off-hand) position in a maximum time of 10 minutes per target from a distance of 50 feet. You must score 360 of a possible 600. (You may use any.22-caliber pistol or revolver and can use either the one- or two-hand grip or both.)
        (Total shots for pistol is 60 shots.)
    4. Shotgun:
      • Break 25 clay birds of a possible 50 on a skeet course and 25 clay birds of a possible 50 on a trap course.
        OR
      • Break 50 clay birds of a possible 100 on a skeet course.
        OR
      • Break 50 clay birds of a possible 100 on a trap course.
    5. Small Bore Rifle
      • Sporter Course: Using six A17 targets, shoot one shot at each record bull from a distance of 50 feet for a total of 60 shots. Of the 60 shots, you must shoot 20 shots in each position-prone, standing (off-hand), and kneeling. You must score 225 of a possible 600. (you may use any .22 rifle with a maximum retail value of $235.)
        OR
      • Precision Course: Using six A36 targets, shoot one shot at each record bull from a distance of 50 feet for a total of 60 shots. Of the 60 shots, shoot 20 shots in each position-prone, standing (offhand), and kneeling. You must score 420 of a possible 600. (You may use any.22 rifle.)
  2. Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group about what you have learned about shooting sports. Include information about shooting sports in the summer and winter Olympics.
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Venturing Ranger Award Elective – Scuba http://scoutermom.com/10891/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-scuba/ http://scoutermom.com/10891/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-scuba/#comments Mon, 20 May 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10891 Posted in Outdoor Recreation

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Scuba, a Venturer must learn all about scuba diving and then assist in teaching others about scuba diving through the Discover Scuba program.]]>

To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives. One of the electives to meet the Ranger award requirements is Scuba

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Scuba, a Venturer must learn all about scuba diving and then assist in teaching others about scuba diving through the Discover Scuba program.

Venturing Ranger Award Requirements - Scuba

  1. Become certified as an Open Water Diver by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) or the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). If PADI or NAUI instruction and certification are not available, certification may be accepted from other agencies that comply with the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) guidelines, provided that such acceptance has been expressly approved by your local BSA council in consultation with the BSA national Health and Safety Service.
  2. Make a presentation to your crew, another crew, or a Cub or Boy Scout group on what it takes to become certified and some other subject related to scuba diving.
  3. Assist with a Discover Scuba program. (Note: An Open Water Diver may assist with logistics under the guidance of the instructor conducting the program, but is not qualified to and is not expected to perform as a professional-level assistant such as a divemaster or assistant instructor.)
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BSA Wolf Supplemental Den Meeting Plan G – Outdoor Adventure http://scoutermom.com/10493/bsa-wolf-supplemental-den-meeting-plan-g-outdoor-adventure/ http://scoutermom.com/10493/bsa-wolf-supplemental-den-meeting-plan-g-outdoor-adventure/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10493 Posted in FitnessOutdoor Recreation

BSA provides Wolf den meeting plans for Cub Scout den leaders. In this den meeting plan Wolf Cub Scouts go on a picnic and play some games together.]]>

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 go on a picnic and play some games together.  This plan covers part of  Wolf Elective 18 – Outdoor Adventure  and Wolf Elective 4 – Play a Game .

If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Supplemental Wolf Den Meeting Plan G to follow along with this article.

Wolf Den Meeting Plans –  Outdoor Adventure

Preparation and Before the Meeting

Find a good location for your picnic and make any reservations which are needed.  Let everyone know what they should bring to the picnic. Don’t forget things like paper plates, charcoal, etc.  You will also need to gather any supplies required for the games.

Gathering, Opening, and Business

See my Gathering Activities page for ideas for the gathering time. Do an opening flag ceremony.

Activities

This meeting is simply a picnic with games. The picnic itself fulfills Wolf Elective 18a

Help plan and hold a picnic with your family or den.

The games will take care of parts of Wolf Elective 4.  Choose whichever games you like:

Elective 4a: Pie-tin Washer Toss

Elective 4b: Marble Sharpshooter

Elective 4c: Ring Toss

Elective 4d: Beanbag Toss

Elective 4f: A wide-area or large group game with your den or pack.

Here are some suggestions for some wide-area games:

Closing

Do a closing flag ceremony.

After the Meeting

The Wolves should clean up the picnic area and help you put away the game supplies. And ask the parents who can help at your next meeting.

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Venturing Ranger Award Elective – Project COPE http://scoutermom.com/10890/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-project-cope/ http://scoutermom.com/10890/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-project-cope/#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10890 Posted in Outdoor Recreation

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Project COPE, a Venturer must complete a COPE course, a COPE director's course, or a college level outdoor education course.]]>

To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives. One of the electives to meet the Ranger award requirements is Project COPE

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Project COPE, a Venturer must complete a COPE course, a COPE director’s course, or a college level outdoor education course.

Venturing Ranger Award Requirements - Project COPE

Do 1, 2, or 3.

    1. Complete a BSA Project COPE course including both low and high initiatives. (Project COPE stands for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience and is an outdoor course available through most Boy Scout councils. It usually involves a weekend of team building using group initiative games and low and high ropes course obstacles. This is an excellent crew activity.)
    2. After you have personally been through a COPE course, help run at least two other COPE courses.
  1. Attend BSA camp school and successfully complete the COPE director’s course.
  2. Complete a hands-on outdoor education course through a college or university of at least 80 hours.
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Hiking Activities http://scoutermom.com/14534/hiking-activities/ http://scoutermom.com/14534/hiking-activities/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14534 Posted in HikingOutdoor Recreation

If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities.]]>

Sometimes when we are out hiking with Scouts it seems like they are so focused on getting from here to there that they forget to look around and see the sights.  If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities. You’ll find some suggestions below.

Hiking Activities

Themed Hike

Themed hikes usually involve looking for items which fit a theme or doing something similar.  Scout Helps has an extensive  list of themed hikes. Some of my favorite ideas from their list:

  • Sound Hike: Hear and identify all sounds heard along the way.
  • Homes Hike: Look for nature’s homes, like nests, holes, spider webs, etc. (Don’t disturb them! Don’t put your hand in a place you can‟t see, either.)
  • Blindfold Hike: Divide boys in pairs. Have one blindfolded. The other leads him a short distance, quietly and slowly. Encourage the blindfolded boy to listen, smell and feel the surroundings. Trade places.
  • Shadow Walk: Walk only in the shadows. This may require some jumping. (Don‟t plan this walk at noon since that is when shadows are shortest!)
  • Detective Hike: Spot and list all evidence of man in nature (litter, footprints, fire scars, chopped trees, etc.). What litter you may find, pick up and dispose of properly.

Scavenger Hunts

On a scavenger hunt hike you search for items in a list. You can make your own list or use one of the ones below:

Geocaching

Geocaching involves using GPS coordinates to find caches – small containers which hold a log and sometimes trinkets. This adds a little adventure to your hike. Boy Scouts can work on their Geocaching Merit Badge  if they find caches while out hiking. You can learn more about geocaching at Geocaching.com.

Games for the Trail

There are many other types of games you can play while out hiking. There are good lists at Appalachian Mountain Club and Footprint Press. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Chain Story: One person starts a story, but stops in the middle of a sentence oridea. The next person must continue the story then break to let the next person continue, and so forth.
  • I Spy: One person thinks of something that everyone can see and gives a clue such as “I spy something round and hard.” The others try to guess what it is. The winner then gets to choose the next “I Spy.”
  • Mystery Bag: You’ll need a stuff sack or lunch bag and items found along the trail. Collect items (acorns, pine cones, small stones, trash, etc. — no fair picking any living plants). When you stop for a rest, have your kids put their hands in the bag and try to identify the items they touch. Scatter the materials back in the woods when you’re finished.
  • Hug a Tree: You’ll have to know your trees for this one! One hiker is the treemaster. While hiking along the trail, the treemaster calls out the name of a tree in the area —for example, birch. Everyone scrambles to find a birch tree and give it a big hug. Try not to step on live vegetation or wander too far from the trail.

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May Cub Scout Theme – Destination Parks (Health and Fitness) http://scoutermom.com/14532/cub-scout-themes-destination-parks-health-and-fitness/ http://scoutermom.com/14532/cub-scout-themes-destination-parks-health-and-fitness/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:30:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14532 Posted in FitnessOutdoor Recreation

BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. One of the Cub Scout themes for the May core value of Health and Fitness is a Destination Parks theme.]]>

BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. One of the Cub Scout themes for the May core value of Health and Fitness is a Destination Parks theme.

Here is what the program helps say about this theme:

Destination Parks is a natural theme partner to health and fitness. May is a great time to get outdoors and explore nature while improving our health by walking, hiking, bicycling, and playing games and sports. Scouts keep fit by doing outdoor activities that keep them physically active as they earn Scouting awards. Local parks provide that opportunity close to home.

So this theme is based on the idea improving fitness by getting involved in some outdoor activity.  Below you’ll find some ways to form your pack and den programs around this theme which can be done at your local park.

Cub Scout Themes – Destination Parks (Health and Fitness)

Tiger Cub Scouts

Wolf Cub Scouts

Bear Cub Scouts

Webelos

Academics and Sports Program

 

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Venturing Ranger Award Elective – Mountaineering http://scoutermom.com/10886/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-mountaineering/ http://scoutermom.com/10886/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-mountaineering/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10886 Posted in FitnessOutdoor Recreation

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Mountaineering, a Venturer must learn all about climbing, including knots, equipment, and safety. Then he or she must demonstrate climbing skills and assist another group in a climbing activity.]]>

To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives. One of the electives to meet the Ranger award requirements is Mountaineering.

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Mountaineering, a Venturer must learn all about climbing, including knots, equipment, and safety.  Then he or she must demonstrate climbing skills and assist another group in a climbing activity.

Venturing Ranger Award Requirements - Mountaineering

You must complete the First Aid Ranger Core Requirement before you begin this elective.

    1. Explain the difference between bouldering and technical climbing.
    2. Tell how bouldering can help your crew get ready for more advanced climbing.
    3. Demonstrate bouldering using the three-point stance and proper clothing.
    1. Explain the classification and grades of climbing difficulty in technical rock climbing.
    2. Tell how weather can change the difficulty of any ascent.
  1. Learn and then teach the following climbing knots to your crew, another crew, a Scout group, or another group:
    • Figure eight on a bight
    • Water knot
    • Bowline on a coil
    • Figure eight follow-through
    • Grapevine or fisherman’s knot
    1. Learn about the different types of ropes available for climbing and explain the uses of each and the characteristics of each.
    2. Learn proper climbing rope care. Know and practice proper coiling and storage.
    3. Know how to keep proper records on climbing rope and how to inspect it for wear and damage. Know when to retire a rope.
    4. Using the knowledge acquired above, make a tabletop display or a presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub Scout or Boy Scout group, or another group.
    1. Demonstrate the difference between natural and artificial anchors.
    2. Be able to identify and describe the use of at least three different types of hardware and setups.
    3. Tell about proper climbing safety both before and during a climb.
    4.  Learn about rescue equipment and techniques.
    5. Learn about appropriate clothing, footwear, gloves, helmets, and other climbing gear.
  2. Be able to correctly put on and then be able to teach others how to put on at least two of the following:
    • Commercially made climbing harness
    • Diaper sling
    • Knotted leg-loop seat
    • Swiss seat sling
    1. Demonstrate three types of belays.
    2. Learn and then demonstrate that you know proper verbal climbing and belaying signals used between climber and belayer.
  3. Do 8(a) and (b), or do 8(c).
    1. Under the supervision of a qualified rappelling or climbing instructor, rappel at least 30 feet down a natural or artificial obstacle.
    2. Under the supervision of a qualified climbing instructor, climb at least 30 feet up a natural or artificial obstacle.
    3. Attend a two-day rock climbing clinic/course led by a qualified climbing instructor. This course should include some instruction on technical rock climbing.
  4. Lead your crew, another crew, an older Boy Scout group, or another teenage group on a climbing and/or rappelling activity. Recruit adequate, qualified adult instructors and assist in instruction.
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