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Webelos/AOL Castaway Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Documents

This information is for the Cub Scout program before the June 1, 2024 updates. After June 2024, all Cub Scouts should use the updated program requirements. See here.

The Webelos Castaway adventure is an exciting and educational journey that every Webelos Scout looks forward to. It’s more than just a camping trip; it’s a chance to learn survival skills, teamwork, and how to think creatively in challenging situations. In this adventure, Cub Scouts get to step into the shoes of castaways, imagining they’re on a deserted island. But don’t worry, it’s all safe and supervised!

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Throughout the Webelos Castaway adventure, Scouts learn important lessons about nature, how to use resources wisely, and the importance of being prepared. They practice building shelters, finding and purifying water, and even cooking meals without the convenience of a kitchen. These skills not only make the adventure fun but also teach Scouts how to respect and care for the environment around them.

Working together is a big part of the Webelos Castaway adventure. Scouts learn to rely on each other, building friendships and strengthening their team spirit. This adventure helps them understand that together, they can overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

Overall, the Webelos Castaway adventure is a memorable experience that teaches valuable life skills. It’s an adventure that Scouts won’t soon forget, filled with learning, laughter, and the joy of discovery.

Webelos Castaway Adventure Requirements

Complete the following requirements.

  1. Complete A and your choice of B or C
    1A. On a campout or outdoor activity with your den or family, cook two different recipes that do not require pots and pans.
    1B. With the help of an adult, demonstrate one way to light a fire without using matches.
    1C. Using tree limbs or branches that have already fallen or been cut, build a shelter that will protect you overnight.
  2. Do all of the following.
    2A. Learn what items should be in an outdoor survival kit that you can carry in a small bag or box in a day pack. Assemble your own small survival kit, and explain to your den leader why the items you chose are important for
    2B. With your den, demonstrate two ways to treat drinking water to remove impurities
    2C. Discuss what to do if you become lost in the woods. Tell what the letters “S-T-O-P” stand for. Tell what the universal emergency signal is. Describe three ways to signal for help. Demonstrate one of them. Describe what you can do to help rescuers find you.
    2D. Make a list of four qualities you think a leader should have in an emergency and why they are important to have. Pick two of them, and act them out for your den. Describe how each relates to a point of the Scout Law. Describe how working on this adventure gave you a better understanding of the Scout motto, “Be Prepared.”

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Cooking Without Pots and Pans

Cooking outdoors without pots and pans sounds tricky, but it’s actually a fun and creative challenge! For this Webelos Castaway adventure requirement, you’ll get to explore some cool ways to make tasty meals using simple methods. Here are two recipes you can try with your den or family during a campout or outdoor activity:

Foil Pack Dinners

Foil Packet Meals

Foil packets are like mini ovens made out of foil. You can cook almost anything in them! See more information here.

  • Ingredients: Choose your favorites like sliced chicken, beef, or fish, and add veggies like carrots, potatoes, and bell peppers. Don’t forget seasonings like salt, pepper, and herbs!
  • How to Make It: Lay a large piece of aluminum foil flat. Place your ingredients in the center. Fold the foil over the food and crimp the edges to seal it into a packet. Place the packet on hot coals (not directly in the fire) and let it cook. Cooking times vary, but it’s usually around 10-15 minutes per side, depending on what’s inside.
Cooking on a Stick

Stick Cooking

Ever thought of cooking on a stick? It’s not just for marshmallows! Learn more.

  • Ingredients: Dough for bread or pre-made biscuit dough works great for this. You can also cook hot dogs or sausages this way.
  • How to Make It: Roll the dough into a snake shape and wrap it around a clean, sturdy stick. For hot dogs or sausages, just skewer them on the stick. Hold your stick over the hot coals, turning it slowly until the dough is golden brown or the meat is cooked through.

Tips for Success:

  • Always have an adult supervise cooking over the fire.
  • Use long sticks or skewers to keep a safe distance from the heat.
  • Be patient. Cooking over coals is slower but gives your food great flavor.
  • Practice safety and leave no trace. Make sure to clean up any trash or leftover food.

Cooking outdoors without pots and pans for the Webelos Castaway adventure is a great way to learn new skills and enjoy the wilderness. These recipes are just the beginning. Get creative and see what delicious meals you can come up with!

Lighting a Fire without Matches

In the Webelos Castaway adventure, one of the coolest skills you’ll learn is how to light a fire without matches. This might sound like something only experts can do, but with the help of an adult, you can do it too! Remember, safety first, so make sure an adult is there to guide you through the process. Here’s a way to light a fire that feels like a real-life adventure technique:

The Magnifying Glass Method

For this method, you’ll need a sunny day and a magnifying glass. The idea is to use the sun’s rays to start your fire.

  • Find Your Spot: Choose a safe and open area where you can easily monitor your fire. Clear the ground of anything that shouldn’t catch fire.
  • Gather Your Materials: You’ll need tinder (like dry leaves, grass, or small twigs) to catch the fire, kindling to build it up (small sticks), and larger sticks to keep it going.
  • Use the Magnifying Glass: Hold the magnifying glass between the sun and your tinder, focusing the sunlight into the smallest, brightest point you can make on the tinder. Stay steady and be patient. It might take a few minutes, but you’ll start to see smoke as the tinder begins to smolder and then catch fire.
  • Build Your Fire: Once the tinder catches fire, carefully add your kindling and then larger sticks, making sure not to smother your flames.

Safety Tips:

  • Always have water or a fire extinguisher nearby in case you need to put the fire out quickly.
  • Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before you leave. Stir the ashes and douse it with water to be safe.
  • Never leave your fire unattended.

Learning to light a fire without matches is a fun part of the Webelos Castaway adventure. It teaches you about survival, patience, and respect for nature’s power. Plus, it’s a skill that’ll make you feel like a true adventurer! Always remember, safety comes first, and practicing responsible fire management is part of being a good scout.

Building a Shelter

Building a shelter using tree limbs or branches is a hands-on part of the Webelos Castaway adventure. It teaches you how to use what nature offers to create a safe space to spend the night. Remember, we only use limbs or branches that have already fallen or been cut to protect living trees. Here’s how to build your own nature-made shelter:

Find the Right Spot:
Look for a place that’s dry and flat. Avoid areas under large trees where branches might fall, and stay clear of low spots that could collect rainwater.

Gather Materials:
Collect large branches and limbs for the structure of your shelter. You’ll also need smaller branches with leaves for covering and insulation. Make sure you have enough materials close by before you start building.

Make the Frame:
One simple shelter design is the lean-to. Start by finding a long, sturdy branch to use as the ridgepole—the main support. Prop one end of the ridgepole up on a tree stump or two forked branches stuck in the ground. The other end can rest directly on the ground.
Next, lean smaller branches against the ridgepole to create a sloping wall. Make sure the structure is solid and won’t easily collapse.

Cover Your Shelter:
Start layering your smaller branches with leaves over the frame. Begin at the bottom and work your way up, so each layer covers the seams of the one below it. This helps water run off the shelter without getting inside. Pack the materials tightly to block the wind and trap heat.

Insulate for Warmth:
If it’s cold, insulate the inside of your shelter with leaves, grass, or any other natural materials that can help keep you warm. Remember, the smaller the interior, the easier it is to stay warm.

Safety and Respect:

  • Always build with an adult supervising.
  • Don’t damage live trees or plants.
  • Keep your shelter simple. It’s just for one night and doesn’t have to be a masterpiece.
  • Practice “Leave No Trace.” Dismantle your shelter and scatter the materials when you’re done, so nature can reclaim them.

Building a shelter as part of the Webelos Castaway adventure is about connecting with nature, understanding the environment, and learning how to be resourceful. It’s a fun challenge that prepares you for outdoor adventures and teaches you valuable skills for life.

Survival Kits

Getting ready for an outdoor adventure as part of the Webelos Castaway adventure includes preparing a survival kit. This isn’t just any kit; it’s a collection of items that could help you stay safe and make it through unexpected situations in the wild. The best part? Everything fits into a small bag or box that you can easily carry in your day pack. Let’s dive into what items should be in your survival kit and why they’re important:

Water Purification Tablets or a Small Water Filter:
Water is life! These items are crucial because they make water from natural sources safe to drink, keeping you hydrated without getting sick.

A whistle can be heard far away and takes less energy than shouting. It’s an effective way to signal for help if you get lost.

Flashlight or Headlamp:
Light is essential, especially if you need to move or signal for help in the dark. Always check your batteries before you pack.

Fire Starter:
This can be waterproof matches, a lighter, or a flint striker. Fire is vital for warmth, cooking, and signaling. Remember, only start fires in safe conditions and in designated areas.

Small First-Aid Kit:
Include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and bandages. It’s important for treating minor injuries and preventing infections.

A tool that includes a knife, scissors, and other gadgets can be incredibly useful for making repairs, preparing food, or first aid.

Emergency Blanket:
These lightweight blankets can keep you warm by reflecting body heat. They can also be used for signaling because of their shiny surface.

Compass and Map of the Area:
Knowing how to use these can help you find your way if you get lost. Always stay on marked trails, but if you wander off, these tools can save the day.

Sun Protection:
Sunscreen and a small hat can protect you from sunburn. Even on cloudy days, UV rays can be strong.

High-Energy Snacks:
Energy bars or dried fruits provide quick energy and help keep your spirits up.

After assembling your kit, talk to your den leader about why each item is in there. Discussing the purpose of each item will help you understand how they can be used in real-life scenarios. This conversation is a big part of the Webelos Castaway adventure because it’s about being prepared and knowing how to stay safe. Always remember, the goal of carrying a survival kit is to never need to use it, but if you do, it could be a game-changer.

Purifying Water

In the Webelos Castaway adventure, learning how to make water safe to drink is a key survival skill. You might find water in nature, but it can have impurities that make it unsafe to drink. Treating water to remove these impurities is essential, and there are several ways to do it. Here are two methods you can demonstrate with your den:


Boiling is one of the most effective ways to purify water. It kills bacteria, viruses, and other organisms that can make you sick.

  • Collect clear water (try to avoid water with a lot of dirt or debris). If the water is cloudy, let it settle, and then use a clean cloth to filter out the particles.
  • Heat the water until it reaches a rolling boil. Keep it boiling for at least one minute (or three minutes if you’re at a high altitude, where water boils at a lower temperature).
  • Let the water cool before drinking. Boiling might not remove all chemicals, but it’s excellent for killing harmful organisms.

Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS)

SODIS uses sunlight to purify water. It’s a simple but effective method, especially in sunny areas.

  • Fill clear plastic bottles with water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through a cloth first.
  • Close the bottles tightly and shake them for about 20 seconds to oxygenate the water. This helps the purification process.
  • Place the bottles on a reflective surface, like a metal sheet or even on a rock, and make sure they receive direct sunlight. Leave them out for at least six hours on a sunny day, or two consecutive days if it’s overcast.
  • The UV rays from the sun will kill the pathogens in the water, making it safe to drink.

When demonstrating these methods with your den, discuss why clean drinking water is important and how these purification methods work. Boiling is quick and effective but requires a heat source. SODIS is more passive and relies on sunny weather but is an excellent option when fuel is limited. Both methods are crucial skills for the Webelos Castaway adventure, teaching you to adapt and survive in the outdoors. Remember, practicing these skills in a safe and supervised setting helps prepare you for real adventures.

Getting Found

Getting lost in the woods can be a scary thought, but knowing what to do makes all the difference. That’s why in the Webelos Castaway adventure, you’ll learn the important steps to take if you ever find yourself in this situation.

stop acronym

STOP Acronym

A handy way to remember these steps is with the letters “S-T-O-P”:

S – Stay Put: The moment you realize you’re lost, stop moving. Staying in one place makes it easier for rescuers to find you. Moving around can take you further from your original spot and use up energy.

T – Think: Calm down and think clearly. Panicking can lead to poor decisions. Think about how you got to where you are and what resources you have with you.

O – Observe: Look around you. Can you see any landmarks or features that might help rescuers locate you? Do you have a whistle, a mirror, or any other items that can signal for help?

P – Plan: After calming down and observing your situation, make a plan. If you’re with others, stay together. Use what you’ve learned in scouting to decide your next steps based on the time of day, weather, and your surroundings.

Learn more about STOP and see an infographic.

Universal Emergency Signal

The universal emergency signal is three of anything – three blasts on a whistle, three flashes with a mirror, three fires in a triangle, or three large piles of rocks or sticks. This signal helps searchers know that you need help.

Three Ways to Signal for Help:

  1. Sound: Use a whistle to give three short blasts in a row. Repeat every few minutes. Sounds can travel far, even when you can’t see rescuers.
  2. Sight: Create a signal using bright clothing, a mirror, or a flashlight. Three flashes or waves in a sequence can catch a rescuer’s attention. During the day, a mirror reflecting the sun can be seen from miles away.
  3. Symbols: Create large symbols on the ground that can be seen from the air. Use logs, rocks, or even make a large triangle in an open area with anything you have.

Demonstrating a Signal:
You can demonstrate any of these methods, but using a whistle or a mirror to send a signal is simple and effective. Practice using a whistle to give three sharp blasts, which is a clear call for help.

Helping Rescuers Find You:

  • Stay where you are once you’ve signaled for help. Moving around makes it harder for rescuers to locate you.
  • Make yourself as visible as possible. If you have a bright jacket or a space blanket, use it to increase your visibility.
  • Keep signaling for help at regular intervals, and listen for any response from rescuers.

By learning and practicing these steps in the Webelos Castaway adventure, you’ll feel more confident in your ability to stay safe and get help if you ever become lost in the woods. Remember, being prepared is your best tool for any adventure.

Be Prepared

When you’re part of the Webelos Castaway adventure, you learn a lot about survival, teamwork, and leadership. In an emergency, a good leader can make all the difference. Here’s a list of qualities that are important for a leader to have in such situations and how each one connects to the Scout Law:

Calmness: Staying calm helps a leader think clearly and make wise decisions. It relates to being Brave in the Scout Law because it takes courage to remain calm in the face of danger.

Confidence: A confident leader inspires trust and hope in others, making it easier to work together during tough times. This ties to being Trustworthy, as others must believe in their leader’s abilities.

Resourcefulness: Being able to use what you have in creative ways is crucial in emergencies. This quality is linked to being Thrifty, making the best use of all resources and avoiding waste.

Communication: Clearly sharing plans and listening to others is key. This connects to being Friendly and Courteous, as effective communication is based on respect and understanding.

Decisiveness: A leader must make decisions quickly and confidently, which relates to being Brave. Being brave isn’t just about physical courage; it’s also about facing tough choices head-on.

Compassion: Understanding and caring for others’ needs and fears are important. This shows Kindness, as a good leader looks out for the well-being of everyone.

Preparedness: Knowing your skills and having the right tools at hand means a leader is always ready to act. This is directly tied to the Scout motto, “Be Prepared.”

Working on the Webelos Castaway adventure helps you understand the Scout motto “Be Prepared” by teaching you practical skills and leadership qualities needed in emergency situations. You learn to anticipate needs, plan ahead, and think on your feet. Every activity and challenge in this adventure is an opportunity to practice being prepared for whatever comes your way, reinforcing the importance of readiness in both scouting and life. Through this adventure, Scouts see firsthand how being prepared makes a positive difference in outcomes, especially when leading others through challenging times.

edible campfires

Edible Campfires Recipe

During the Webelos Castaway Adventure, Scouts learn essential survival skills, including fire building. A fun and educational activity to complement this adventure is creating edible campfires. This hands-on activity not only teaches the basics of fire-building but also allows Scouts to safely explore and understand the principles of fire construction and safety in a delicious way. By incorporating edible campfires into the Webelos Castaway Adventure, Scouts can enjoy a tasty treat while reinforcing critical survival skills in a memorable and engaging manner.

Fire Safety

Fire Safety with Cub Scouts

In the Webelos Castaway Adventure, learning to safely build and manage a fire is crucial. This article covers essential safety tips and guidelines that every Scout should know, ensuring they can enjoy the warmth and comfort of a fire without risk. Integrating these fire safety principles into the Webelos Castaway Adventure not only teaches Scouts how to handle fire responsibly but also instills a deep respect for nature and the importance of preparedness and caution in outdoor activities.

The Fire Triangle

The Science of Fire – The Fire Triangle

In the Webelos Castaway Adventure, understanding how fire works is not just interesting; it’s essential. This is an explanation about the science of fire, focusing on the fire triangle. This concept shows that fire needs three things to burn: heat, fuel, and oxygen. By learning about the fire triangle, Scouts can master fire-building skills more effectively and safely during their adventure. It’s not only about keeping warm or cooking food; it’s about understanding the elements of nature and using them wisely. This knowledge makes the Webelos Castaway Adventure not only more fun but also a great learning experience.

How to Build a Fire Skit

The Webelos Castaway Adventure is all about learning survival skills, and what’s a campout without a good fire? The “How to Build a Fire” skit is a humorous addition to any Castaway adventure. It’s not just entertaining; it teaches important lessons about building a fire safely and responsibly. Through fun and teamwork, Scouts can present this skit to their den or family, reinforcing what they’ve learned about fire safety and preparation. It’s a creative way to blend learning with fun, making the Webelos Castaway Adventure even more memorable.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Webelos Castaway Adventure

What is the Webelos Castaway adventure?

The Webelos Castaway adventure is an outdoor activity for Webelos Scouts where they learn survival skills, including how to build shelters, purify water, and cook food without conventional tools. It’s designed to teach Scouts about preparedness, resourcefulness, and teamwork in a fun and engaging way.

Do I need special equipment for the Webelos Castaway adventure?

Most of the Webelos Castaway adventure can be completed with basic camping gear and materials found in nature. However, it’s important to have a first aid kit, water purification tools, and a way to start a fire safely. Your den leader will provide a list of any specific items needed.

Can the Webelos Castaway adventure be done in one day?

While some activities can be completed in one day, the Webelos Castaway adventure is best experienced over a weekend campout. This allows Scouts more time to practice survival skills, such as building shelters and cooking food outdoors, in a real-world setting.

Is the Webelos Castaway adventure safe for all Scouts?

Yes, the Webelos Castaway adventure is designed to be safe for all Scouts. Safety is a top priority, and all activities are supervised by adults. Scouts are taught how to safely use tools and equipment, and all outdoor activities follow the BSA’s guidelines for safe scouting.

How does the Webelos Castaway adventure help Scouts in the future?

The Webelos Castaway adventure teaches Scouts valuable life skills, such as problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership. These skills are not only useful in scouting but also in daily life. Additionally, the adventure instills a sense of confidence and self-reliance in Scouts, preparing them for future challenges.

Can parents participate in the Webelos Castaway adventure?

A: Absolutely! Parents are encouraged to participate in the Webelos Castaway adventure, either by helping with planning and supervision or by joining in on the activities. It’s a great opportunity for families to bond and for parents to support their Scout’s learning and growth.

Where can we complete the Webelos Castaway adventure?

The Webelos Castaway adventure can be completed in a variety of outdoor settings, such as a local campground, a state park, or even a suitable area on private property. The key is to have enough space for building shelters, cooking outdoors, and practicing other survival skills safely.

By participating in the Webelos Castaway adventure, Scouts not only learn essential survival skills but also build character and develop a deeper appreciation for the outdoors and scouting values.

The Adventure Awaits

For the Webelos Castaway adventure, it’s clear that this journey is more than just a set of activities; it’s a pathway to growth, learning, and making memories. The Webelos Castaway adventure offers Scouts a chance to step into the wild, armed with knowledge and teamwork, to face challenges that teach resilience, creativity, and the true meaning of being prepared.

Through building shelters, purifying water, cooking without pots and pans, and learning what it means to lead in times of uncertainty, Scouts are not just preparing for the next camping trip; they’re preparing for life. Each skill learned and every challenge overcome adds another layer to their development, shaping them into confident, resourceful individuals ready to take on whatever comes their way.

So, to all you Webelos Scouts gearing up for their Castaway adventure, remember: this is more than just earning another badge. It’s about discovering your strengths, learning from the natural world, and forging bonds that last a lifetime. And to the leaders and parents supporting them, you’re not just guiding Scouts through requirements; you’re helping to light the spark of adventure in their hearts.

The Webelos Castaway adventure is a journey of discovery, filled with lessons that echo far beyond the campsite. It embodies the spirit of scouting—adventure, learning, and growth. So gear up, set out, and let the adventure begin!


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