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Wolf Bobcat Adventure for 2024

The Wolf Bobcat Adventure is an the first step for Wolf Cub Scouts. It helps them learn about their den members and the values of Scouting. This adventure is all about building friendships and understanding important Scout principles. Through fun and interactive activities, Wolves start their Scouting year with enthusiasm and teamwork.

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In this Wolf Bobcat adventure, Wolves explore the Scout Oath and Scout Law. These are key parts of being a Scout. They learn that these principles guide Scouts to be honest, helpful, and respectful. Understanding and using these values helps Wolves grow into strong leaders. This adventure sets the foundation for their future activities in Scouting.

Wolves also create a Code of Conduct with their den. This activity teaches them how to work together and make fair rules. It’s a great way for them to practice leadership and responsibility. By participating, they see how everyone’s ideas are important for making their den a good place for everyone.

Lastly, the Wolf Bobcat Adventure introduces Wolves to the idea of doing their best. This motto encourages them to always try hard and do well, no matter the task. This adventure not only makes learning fun but also teaches Wolves valuable life skills. They start their Wolf Scouting journey with confidence and a good understanding of what it means to be a Scout.

Wolf Bobcat Adventure Requirements

Wolf Bobcat Adventure Requirements

  1. Get to know members of your den.
  2. Recite the Scout Oath and the Scout Law with your den and den leader.  
  3. Learn about the Scout Law. 
  4. With your den create a den Code of Conduct. 
  5. Demonstrate the Cub Scout sign, Cub Scout salute and Cub Scout handshake.  Show how each is used.  
  6. Share with your den, or family, a time when you demonstrated the Cub Scout motto “Do Your Best.”  
  7. At home, with your parent or legal guardian do the activities in the booklet “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.” 

Resources for the Wolf Bobcat Adventure

Getting to Know Each Other

Get to know members of your den.

For Wolf Bobcat requirement 1, getting to know the members of your den is key. Here are a few simple games to help with this:

  • Name and Favorite Thing: Start your meeting by going around the circle. Have each Scout share their name, favorite color, and favorite hobby. This helps everyone learn about each other and welcomes new Scouts.
  • Two Truths and a Lie: Each Scout tells two true things and one false thing about themselves. The rest of the group guesses which one is the lie. This game is fun and encourages listening and questioning skills.
  • Friendship Bingo: Create bingo cards with different statements like “find someone who likes to swim” or “find someone who has a pet.” Scouts go around asking questions to find someone who matches each statement. This game gets everyone moving and talking to each other.

Here are some options for fulfilling Wolf Bobcat Adventure requirement 1:

  • Den Doodle Wolf
    • A den doodle is a way to record advancement progress and other accomplishments of the Cub Scouts as well as a colorful decoration for the den meeting place.
    • Supplies: wooden display board, craft foam sheets, rulers, pencils, permanent markers, scissors, duct tape, leather or plastic lacing, pony beads
    • indoor, low energy, one week prep
  • Den Flag Wolf
    • Making a den flag together allows Cub Scouts to show their personality and creativity while they’re getting to know each
    • Supplies: table covers, felt, fabric markers or paint, fabric glue, yardstick, stapler
    • indoor, low energy, 3 to 5 days prep
  • Get to Know You Bingo
    • “Get to Know You” bingo is a great icebreaker activity that can help members of a den get to know each other better in a
    • Supplies: Get to Know You Bingo card, printer, markers, pencils, pens, prizes
    • indoor, low energy, 1 to 3 days prep

These activities make meeting new people fun and help build strong connections within your den.

Scout Oath and Law

Recite the Scout Oath and the Scout Law with your den and den leader.  

For Wolf Bobcat requirement 2, you will recite the Scout Oath and the Scout Law with your den and den leader.

  • Learn the Words: First, make sure every Scout has a copy of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Spend some time going over the words together. You can break them down into smaller parts to make them easier to remember.
  • Practice Together: Once everyone knows the words, practice reciting them as a group. Repeat this several times during your meetings. This helps everyone get comfortable with the words.
  • Recite with Confidence: Choose a special day when your den and den leader come together to recite the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Everyone should speak clearly and loudly. This shows respect for what the words mean.

See the Scout Oath and the Scout Law for more information.

Here is an option for fulfilling Wolf Bobcat Adventure requirement 2:

  • Recite the Oath and Law Wolf
    • Learn and reinforce the Scout Oath and the Scout Law by reciting it with your den. 
    • Supplies: Wolf handbook
    • indoor, very low energy, minimal prep

By practicing together, everyone in the den will learn to recite the Scout Oath and Scout Law confidently. This activity helps Scouts understand the importance of these words in Scouting.

Understanding the Scout Law

Learn about the Scout Law. 

The Scout Law is a set of 12 important rules that all Scouts follow. These rules help Scouts to be good people and good citizens. Each part of the Scout Law describes a quality that a Scout should try to live by every day.

The Scout Law helps Scouts to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

  • Scout Law Charades: Act out each part of the Scout Law and have others guess which one it is.
  • Scout Law Song: Sing Trustworthy Tommy
  • Law Stories: Write or tell a story where each character shows a part of the Scout Law.
  • Buddy Discussions: Pair up with a buddy and talk about what each part of the Scout Law means to you.

Here are some options for fulfilling Wolf Bobcat Adventure requirement 3:

  • Scout Law Clothespin Quest
    • Search for all the points of the Scout Law in this fun game using clothespins. 
    • Supplies: clothespins, baggies
    • indoor, high energy, 1 to 3 days prep
  • Scout Law Emoji Game
    • Cub Scouts will learn the Scout Law by playing the Scout Law emoji game. 
    • Supplies: Scout Law emoji page, printer, envelopes or baggies, Wolf handbook
    • indoor, low energy, 1 to 3 days prep
  • Scout Law Word Search
    • The points of the Scout Law are reinforced as the Cub Scouts search for them in this word search puzzle.
    • Supplies:
    • indoor, very low energy, 1 to 3 days prep

Learning the Scout Law is important for all Scouts because it guides their behavior and helps them to make good choices.

Den Code of Conduct

With your den create a den Code of Conduct. 

For Wolf Bobcat requirement 4, you need to create a den Code of Conduct with your den.

  1. Gather Ideas: Start by asking each Scout to think of one rule they believe is important for everyone in the den to follow. Write down all the ideas.
  2. Discuss and Decide: Talk about why each rule is important. Then, as a group, decide which rules should be in your Code of Conduct. Aim for rules that help everyone feel safe and respected.
  3. Write it Down: Once you have agreed on the rules, write them down on a poster. Make sure the writing is clear and big enough for everyone to see.
  4. Agree Together: Have every Scout agree to follow the rules by signing the poster. This makes it official.

Example of a Den Code of Conduct:

  • Be kind and listen to others.
  • Always try your best.
  • Be on time for meetings.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Respect everyone’s ideas.

Here is an option for fulfilling Wolf Bobcat Adventure requirement 4:

  • Code of Conduct Wolf
    • Cub Scouts will be invested in their own conduct when they help create their den code of conduct. 
    • Supplies: posterboard, markers
    • indoor, very low energy, 1 to 3 days prep

Creating a den Code of Conduct helps everyone know how to behave and what to expect from each other. It makes your den a better place for everyone.

Cub Scout Sign, Salute, and Handshake

Demonstrate the Cub Scout sign, Cub Scout salute and Cub Scout handshake.  Show how each is used.  

For Wolf Bobcat requirement 5, you need to demonstrate the Cub Scout sign, salute, and handshake.

Cub Scout Sign

  • Make the sign by raising your right hand with your index and middle fingers apart, like a peace sign.
  • Use this sign when you want to be quiet and listen, or to show you know the Scout Oath and Law.

Cub Scout Salute

  • Salute by placing your index and middle fingers of your right hand at the edge of your right eyebrow (or front of your hat).
  • Use the salute to show respect to the flag during ceremonies.

Cub Scout Handshake

  • Shake hands with your left hand while making the Scout sign with your fingers.
  • Use this handshake when meeting other Scouts. It’s a special greeting that shows friendship.

Here are some options for fulfilling Wolf Bobcat Adventure requirement 5:

  • Bobcat Relay Wolf
    • In this Cub Scout relay game, teams show the Cub Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
    • Supplies: none
    • indoor, moderate energy, minimal prep
  • Scout Sign Sound of Silence
    • Practice the Cub Scout sign by playing the Scout Sign Sound of Silence game.
    • Supplies: none
    • indoor, moderate energy, minimal prep
  • Simon Says Wolf
    • Play Simon Says to learn the Cub Scout sign, handshake, and salute. 
    • Supplies: none
    • indoor, high energy, minimal prep

Show each action one by one and explain when to use them. Practice together to help everyone feel comfortable doing them correctly.

Do Your Best

Share with your den, or family, a time when you demonstrated the Cub Scout motto “Do Your Best.”  

For Wolf Bobcat requirement 6, you need to share a story about a time you did your best and explain why it’s important. Here’s how to guide Wolves through this:

  • Think of a Time: Remember a moment when you tried very hard to do something well. It could be at school, in sports, at home, or during a Scout activity.
  • Prepare to Share: Think about what happened and why you tried so hard. Be ready to tell your den or family about this experience.
  • Explain Why Doing Your Best is Important:
    • Doing your best means you are working hard and not giving up.
    • It helps you learn and grow.
    • It shows others that you are committed and responsible.
    • Even when things go wrong, you can feel good about yourself.
  • Share Your Story: Tell your den or family about your experience. Speak clearly and make sure they understand why it was important for you to do your best.

Here is an option for fulfilling Wolf Bobcat Adventure requirement 6:

  • Do Your Best Showcase
    • Cub Scouts share a time when they did their best. 
    • Supplies: none
    • indoor, very low energy, minimal prep

Sharing these experiences helps everyone learn about effort and perseverance. It shows that doing your best is valuable, no matter the outcome.

Parent’s Guide

At home, with your parent or legal guardian do the activities in the booklet “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.” 

For Wolf Bobcat requirement 7, they need to complete activities from the booklet “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide” at home with your parent or legal guardian. Here’s how to help parents with this:

  1. Get the Booklet: Make sure each family in the den has access the booklet. You can find it in the front of the Cub Scout handbook or share this link.
  2. Set Aside Time: Suggest they choose a quiet time at home when they can focus on reading and discussing the booklet together.
  3. Complete the Activities: They should go through the booklet and complete the activities as directed. These activities are designed to help you understand how to stay safe.
  4. Den Leader Reminder: Den leaders should remind parents to take time to do this important activity at home. It’s not something that will be done at den meetings.

Here is an option for fulfilling Wolf Bobcat Adventure requirement 7:

Completing this requirement helps you learn about personal safety with the guidance of your parents or guardians. It’s an important step for all Scouts.

Safety Resources

Before any activity, check the SAFE Checklist to make sure everyone is safe. Everyone involved in Scouting America activities should know the Guide to Safe Scouting and other relevant guides or books. Also follow any state or local rules that are more strict than Scouting America rules and guidelines.

Before starting a craft activity, watch the Craft Tips video.

More information

Frequently Asked Questions for the Wolf Bobcat Adventure

What is the Wolf Bobcat Adventure?

It’s the first adventure that all Wolf Cub Scouts do. It helps them learn about Scout values and start their Scouting year.

What do Wolf Cub Scouts learn in the Bobcat Adventure?

They learn the Scout Oath and Scout Law, how to work together as a den, and the importance of doing their best.

How long does it take to complete the Bobcat Adventure?

One den meeting is usually sufficient to complete all the requirements. The time can vary depending on the den’s schedule.

Do parents need to help with the Bobcat Adventure?

Yes, parents are involved, especially in activities like discussing the Scout Oath and completing the child safety booklet at home.

Why is it important to complete the Bobcat Adventure?

It’s important because it teaches the basic principles of Scouting and helps Scouts understand how to behave and work as a team.

Starting Strong with Bobcat

The Wolf Bobcat Adventure sets the stage for a successful and fun year in Cub Scouting. By completing this first adventure, Wolves gain a solid foundation in the values of Scouting.

This adventure encourages new Scouts to connect with their peers and leaders through engaging activities. They begin to understand and practice the Scout Oath and Scout Law, which are central to their development as Scouts and individuals. These early lessons in leadership and character are invaluable and shape how they approach future challenges and adventures.

Parents play a crucial role in this adventure too. Their involvement is essential, especially in activities like discussing child safety and supporting their Scout at home. This partnership between the den and families ensures that each Scout is supported on their path.

So the Wolf Bobcat Adventure is more than just the first step in the Wolf year. It is a gateway to building stronger, more confident, and ethical young individuals. As Scouts move forward, the skills and values they learn here will guide them through their Scouting journey and beyond. This adventure truly embodies the spirit of “Do Your Best,” setting a positive and enthusiastic tone for all future endeavors in Scouting.

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