Bear Cub Scout Landscaping

BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan J – Landscaping

BSA provides Bear den meeting ideas for den leaders on the 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’s plan covers part of Bear Elective 14 – Landscaping. Cub Scouts learn about  using the beauty of plants.

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

Cub Scout Bear Den Meeting Plans: Landscaping

Preparation and Before the Meeting

Ideally your Bears can take part in an actual landscaping project for this meeting. Check with your parents and chartered organization if they have a landscaping project you can do for them. It doesn’t have to be a big project. In fact, a smaller project will be easier for your Cub Scouts to complete and feel like they have accomplished something.


Check out my gathering activities page for ideas.


Have a flag ceremony. Say the Scout Law.


Keep business short and sweet.


You can work on Elective 14b

Make a sketch of a landscape plan for the area right around your home. Talk it over with a parent or den leader. Show which trees, shrubs and flowers you could plant to make the area look better.

and Elective 14c

Take part in a project with your family, den, or pack to make your neighborhood or community more beautiful.

If you don’t have a landscaping project you can work on for 14c, then Elective 14d is a good alternative

Build a greenhouse and grow 20 plants from seed. You can use a package of garden seeds, or use beans, pumpkin seeds, or watermelon seeds.

This article from Boy’s Life magazine shows how to make a “greenhouse” out of a plastic bottle.  My article about Soda Bottle Terrariums also has instructions for a similar project.


Close with the Scout Oath and a closing flag ceremony.

After the meeting

The Bears should help clean up the area and put away any tools or supplies you brought. If they visited a garden or somebody’s house, they should thank their hosts.

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