BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. One of the Cub Scout themes for the value of Perseverance is an Over the Horizon theme.
Here is what the program helps say about this theme:
It is easy for a Cub Scout to become tired and want to quit while out on a hike, but looking forward to seeing what is over the horizon is a goal that may keep him from giving up. Perseverance is sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult. Through participation in activities such as hiking, Cub Scouts learn the importance of perseverance. This month we encourage every Cub Scout to look “Over the Horizon” to his goal as he hikes along the Cub Scout trail.
So this theme is a hiking theme for Cub Scouts. Below you’ll find some ways to form your pack and den programs around this program theme.
Over the Horizon Cub Scout Pack Meeting Plan
This Cub Scout pack meeting plan includes the following – all within a cooperation theme. See the meeting plan for details.
- Gathering activity – Make trail mix
- Opening ceremony – Mountain Trail opening
- Alternate opening – Hiking and the Flag
- A prayer about conservation
- Audience Participation – Let’s Take a Hike follow the leader
- Activity –Den Demonstrations, Knot Hike
- Take Me Out to the Forest song
- Climb that Mountain skit
- Stop and Spot game
- Memory Hike game
- Themed Hike
- Hiking Advancement Ceremony
- A “Perseverance” Cubmaster Minute
- A Knocks and Scratches closing ceremony
Trail mix recipes are abundant. Basically, anything which holds up well in a ziploc bag can be used. I always enjoy seeing different combinations to get new ideas. This recipe is for the sunflower seed enthusiasts.
When it comes to trail mixes, everyone has a favorite recipe. The combinations are endless. So today I am sharing my favorite trail mix recipe.
Do you have a Pack hike planned for this spring? If not, now is the time.
These hiking safely guidelines are appropriate for a front country adventure in an area like a park. That is the only type of hiking which is appropriate for Cub Scouts. If you are going on a back country hike, then you need to consider some other safety rules, like bringing a fire source and knife.
Even during seasons when it is too cold for the Cub Scouts to get out tent camping, we can still get them outdoors on a day hike. Make sure your Cub Scouts know the 10 Outdoor Essentials.
If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities.
Doing an outdoor scavenger hunt while hiking will help scouts really explore the world around them while they are walking. This post includes a suggested list in printable format.