University of Scouting “Cub Scout Hikes” Class
by Karen Young
Download class materials:
- Tigers: “Tigers in the Wild” and “My Tiger Jungle” (used to be “Backyard Jungle”) 1-foot hike
- Wolves: “Call of the Wild”, “Paws on the Path” 1-mile hike, and “Finding Your Way” elective
- Bears: “Bear Necessities”, “A Bear Goes Fishing” elective
- Webelos: “Webelos Walkabout” hike 3 miles, “Outdoorsman” (used to be “Camper”), “Castaway” elective
Food, Water, Whistle, First Aid, Sun Protection, Flashlight. *Hold a relay race to teach the Cub Scouts in a fun way. Leaders should carry the 10 essentials that also includes pocketknife, rain gear, matches/fire starter, map/compass (alltrails app)
Seven Principles of Leave No Trace for Kids:
Fun finger-play to help kids remember
- Know Before You Go
- Choose the Right Path
- Trash Your Trash
- Leave What You Find
- Be Careful with Fire
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Kind to Other Visitors
Fun finger-play to help kids remember
As an American, I will do my best to –
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.
Fun Ideas for the Outdoors:
Sometimes when we are out hiking with Scouts it seems like they are so focused on getting from here to there that they forget to look around and see the sights. If you are out and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding some of these hiking activities. Remember to ENJOY THE JOURNEY!
- Sound Hike: Hear and identify all sounds heard along the way.
- Homes Hike: Look for nature’s homes, like nests, holes, spider webs, etc. (Don’t disturb them! Don’t put your hand in a place you can’t see, either.)
- Blindfold Hike: Divide boys in pairs. Have one blindfolded. The other leads him a short distance, quietly and slowly. Encourage the blindfolded boy to listen, smell and feel the surroundings. Trade places.
- Detective Hike: Spot and list all evidence of man in nature (litter, footprints, fire scars, chopped trees, etc.). What litter you may find, pick up and dispose of properly.
Games for the Trail:
- Chain Story: One person starts a story, but stops in the middle of a sentence or idea. The next person must continue the story then break to let the next person continue, and so forth.
- I Spy: One person thinks of something that everyone can see and gives a clue such as “I spy something round and hard.” The others try to guess what it is. The winner then gets to choose the next “I Spy.”
- Mystery Bag: You’ll need a stuff sack or lunch bag and items found along the trail. Collect items (acorns, pine cones, small stones, trash, etc. — no fair picking any living plants). When you stop for a rest, have your kids put their hands in the bag & try to identify the items they touch. Scatter the materials back in the woods when you’re finished. (Leave what you find)
Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and Hazardous Weather
- BALOO and OWL trainings are one-day training events that introduce Cub Scout leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoors activities. Everyone will learn and enjoy this event together. Successful completion of this training will result in an increased level of confidence to plan age-appropriate outdoor activities.
- Leave No Trace 101 Course, 16-hour Trainer course or 5-day Master Educator Course. http://www.lnt.org The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people across the country every year.
Awards the Cub Scouts can earn:
Summertime Pack Award, Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award and Cub Scout World Conservation Award. Visit http://www.scouting.org
Also the USDA Forest Service offers Wilderness Patches (free) for practicing LNT when visiting each wilderness area.