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 about making plaster prints of tracks and 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.
Bear Elective Adventure: Forensics
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Complete all of the following. * Note that this may be done during the same visit as “Paws for Action” requirement 3A.
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
Printable Check Off Sheets and Note Sheets
Other helps for the Bear Forensics Adventure
- Bear Adventures Checkoff Sheet
- Welcome New Den Leaders
- BSA Safety
- Scout Moms, Dads, and Leaders Facebook group
Learn more about your local crimestoppers with these relate ideas and achievements: