BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the second Webelos plan. If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 2 to follow along with this article.
This plan covers part of Naturalist and part of Forester. These are completed in the third meeting plan. If you are looking for alternate ideas for these activity badges, you can see more ideas for the Forester activity badge and for the Naturalist activity badge.
Once again, I’m not sure how long this meeting is supposed to be. The meeting plan doesn’t give any indication.
These plans are meant to be done in order, so do the previous plans first.
BSA Webelos Den Meeting 2 – Naturalist and Forester
Preparation and Before the Meeting
This meeting will be a field trip, so you can fulfill Naturalist requirement 4:
Visit a museum of natural history, a nature center, or a zoo with your family, Webelos den, or pack. Tell what you saw.
When we did these activity badges with DS and ZM’s dens, we went to Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center for some of the requirements. This nature center has a lot of displays which fit this badge and some short hiking paths. Hopefully you have something similar in your area.
It says you can also have somebody come visit your meeting to bring in similar information and do a presentation, so it looks like BSA is giving den leaders some wiggle room in fulfilling requirements and we don’t have to do them exactly as written. Either way you will need to do some preparation to arrange the visit or bring in a guest speaker.
If you are at a nature center or zoo, hopefully there are some exhibits to view in the area where you are meeting.
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. You might not have a meeting space and it can be very difficult to cover this in a very public place. Once again, if you can’t make this happen, don’t sweat it.
You are supposed to cover Naturalist 1, 4, 8, and 10 and Forester 3, 4, and 9. There are a few suggestions in the meeting plan, but mostly you are left to do it however you like. Many of these are things you can just talk about while you are walking around the nature center.
It is times like these when a small den of 4 boys really works well. We could walk and talk and everyone really participated in the discussion. We did a short (30 minute) hike on one of the trail loops at Powder Valley when we visited and did most of the tree and plant identification then. And they had some nice displays about endangered species in our area.
So you can see that it helps if you pick a place to visit which has displays and activities which fit the requirements. Otherwise you will have to be a little more resourceful.
Closing and After the Meeting
Once again, it might be difficult to have a formal closing and snacks in a public place. If you can find a location for this, great!