Bear Cub Scout Boats

BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan M – Boats

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 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.


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.


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


Keep business short and sweet.


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.


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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