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Bear Forensics Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas

About the Bear Forensics Adventure

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.

Forensics is one of the Bear elective adventures. For the Bear Forensics adventure, Cub Scouts learn about law enforcement methods which are used to solve crimes.

Bears will learn how to fingerprint. They also explore chromatography, analysis, and other crime-solving techniques. They also visit a police station, which can also be used as a requirement for Paws for Action.

Requirements for Bear Adventure: Forensics

Complete all of the following.

  1. Talk with your family or den about forensics and how it is used to help solve crimes.
  2. Take your fingerprints and learn how to analyze them.
  3. Complete one of the following:
    3A. Learn about chromatography and how it is used in solving crimes. Do an investigation using different types of black, felt-tip markers. Share your results with your den.
    3B. Do an analysis of four different substances: salt, sugar, baking soda, and cornstarch.
  4. Complete one of the following:
    4A. Visit the sheriff’s office or police station in your town. Find out how officers collect evidence.*
    4B. Learn about the different jobs available in forensic science. Choose two, and find out what is required to work in those jobs. Share what you learn with your den.
    4C. Learn how animals are used to gather important evidence. Talk about your findings with your den.

* Note that this may be done during the same visit as “Paws for Action” requirement 3A.

Resources for Bear Den Leaders and Parents

Making Plaster Prints

Make a plaster print using Plaster of Paris. They can print their hand or foot or objects. This makes a fun craft to go with this adventure.

Kids Against Crime Cub Scout Theme

This Cub Scout theme has more activities and games related to crime fighting.


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