Scouts learn about nature by observing plants and animals. They can do some hands-on activities which might spark an interest in a nature related occupation or hobby.
Nature and Environment Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA Troops
The Nature and Environment theme focuses on plants, wildlife, and how we interact with nature. The program feature includes some general information and some more specific ideas for meetings:
Scouts BSA Second Class Nature Requirements Helps and Documents
Second Class requirement 4 is about nature. Scouts learn to identify the signs of animals in their vicinity.
Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Bear Cub Scouts observe wildlife and plants when they work on the Fur, Feathers, and Ferns adventure. They find out about endangered species and gardening.
Fishing Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To complete the Fishing elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn all about fishing. There are options for freshwater fishing, fly fishing, and saltwater fishing. Venturers must then teach what they have learned to others.
Second Class Nature Requirement: Identify Evidence of Wild Animals
Some Scouts seem to think they need to go out to the wilderness to do this. And while I always encourage Scouts to get out hiking, they can do this requirement in their own backyard.
Plants and Wildlife Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To earn the Plants and Wildlife elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn about the balance of nature, study specific species, learn about conservation, and teach others about the subject.
National Bird Day
January 5 of every year is National Bird Day. This is day to appreciate our feathered friends. So do some bird watching or learn something about birds. There are several Scouting activities which go well with this day.
Animal Match Game: When Does It Sleep?
One of the requirements for the Lion Fun on the Run adventure is “Understand the importance of rest.” A suggested activity for this requirement is to discuss nocturnal and diurnal animals and play a matching game. I have made a set of cards to help you with this.
Make a Soda Bottle Terrarium
Making a soda bottle terrarium is a great springtime activity. Plus - it reuses a plastic soda bottle, which is great for starting a discussion about Earth Day approaching.
Poisonous Plants Quiz
Scouts BSA working on their Tenderfoot rank need to learn about poisonous plants. Being able to identify hazardous plants will help all Scouts who are in the outdoors, so this knowledge is not just for rank advancement.
Edible Spiders Recipe
A snack made with crackers and pretzels. This recipe does not require any cooking, so it can be made at a meeting even if you don't have access to a kitchen.
Use dried gourds to make a birdhouse. If you didn't grow any yourself, you can probably find some in your area at a farmer's market or even a craft shop.
Bear Necessities Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Bear Necessities is one of the Bear required adventures. For this adventure, Bears learn some outdoor skills, go camping, do some cooking, and learn a little about the weather.
Take Me Fishing: Places to Fish in Your Area
TakeMeFishing.org has an interactive map which will help you to locate the places to fish closest to you. Just enter your zip code. You might be amazed to find local parks that allow fishing!
Scouts BSA Tenderfoot First Aid Requirements and Nature Requirements Helps and Documents
The Tenderfoot first aid requirements and nature requirements cover a variety of situations a Scout might encounter on a campout, especially first aid for nature related injuries. The Scout also learns how to avoid these injuries.
Webelos/AOL Castaway Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Documents
Castaway is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Webelos Castaway adventure, Cub Scouts learn survival skills for situations where shelter, water, and electricity might not be available.
Scouts BSA First Class Nature Requirements Helps and Documents
First Class requirement 5 is about identifying plants and being aware of the weather. By doing these First Class nature requirements, Scouts also learn how to be prepared for hazardous weather.
Ready Set Grow Lion Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Lion Cub Scouts learn about gardening and where food comes from while working on the Ready Set Grow adventure. They also plant their own container garden.
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