Do you have a Pack hike planned for this spring? If not, now is the time.
Planning a hike is not difficult. First, select a location. Try someplace different that you haven’t been for a couple of years. Ask at Roundtable if you aren’t familiar with many trails in your area. Or do an urban hike. If you live in a neighborhood with light traffic, a hike to a local ice cream shop and back will be a hit with your Cub Scouts. Or hike in a historic district.
Consider the hike length. For a pack hike, that your Tiger Cubs and Wolves will not have as much endurance as older Scouts. We generally stay in the 1 1/2 mile range for a pack hike. When I am going just with Webelos I plan a longer hike.
Be prepared. Get a trail map (or area map for an urban hike) beforehand. Know where the nearest emergency facilities are. Bring a small first aid kit with you. And send out a list of Outdoor Essentials for Cub Scouts to all of the families beforehand. Also, remind the parents that Cub Scouting is a family program and parents should accompany the Cub Scouts on the hike. Plan for a brief gathering at the trailhead to go over things like Hiking Safety (Frontcountry) and Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines .
While on the hike, remember it is not a race from start to finish. Allow plenty of time for breaks or to stop and look and interesting things along the way. Do an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt or try some other Hiking Activities along the way.
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