At this meeting, Wolves prepare to go camping by learning about knots, fire, the Outdoor Code, and Leave No Trace.
Wolf Den Meeting Plan – Call of the Wild: Outdoor Skills
Do items in any order which works best for your group and your meeting place.
Eraser Prints of Animal Tracks would be an appropriate gathering activity for this meeting.
The Edible Campfires would go with this theme.
Adventure requirement 2: Show how to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.
Instructions for these knots are in the Wolf handbook.
Adventure requirement 7a: Recite the Outdoor Code with your leader.
Review the Outdoor Code and talk about what each part means. Then recite it together.
Adventure requirement 7b. Recite the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. Talk about how these principles support the Outdoor Code.
Look at each principle and see which part of the Outdoor Code it relates to. For example, when you “Trash your Trash” then you are fulfilling “Be clean in my outdoor manners”. Then recite the LNT principles together.
Adventure requirement 7c. After your campout, list the ways you demonstrated being careful with fire.
The requirement says to do this after the campout, but it wouldn’t hurt to talk about fire safety beforehand also.
This meeting would also be a good time to discuss what to pack for your campout. There is a good list in the Wolf handbook, or check my packing list article.
For more help, invite a Scout to this meeting. He or she will have lots of camping experience and can help with knot instruction, what to pack, etc. If you don’t have a Den Chief, ask your local Scouts BSA Troop if there is somebody available to help.
Remember to tie in your activities with the Scout Law.
A Scout is Clean. Part of Leave No Trace means cleaning up after yourself when you are outdoors.
A Scout is Courteous. Following the Leave No Trace principles and the Outdoor Code allows others to enjoy the areas you visit also.