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Scouter Mom • 1 year ago

Hiking Activities: 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 with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities. You’ll find some suggestions below

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May Cub Scout Theme – Destination Parks (Health and Fitness): BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. One of the Cub Scout themes for the May core value of Health and Fitness is a Destination Parks theme. The Destination Parks Cub Scout theme is based on the idea improving fitness by getting involved in some outdoor activity. In this article you’ll find some ways to form your pack and den programs around this theme which can be done at your local park.

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Do you have a Pack hike planned for this spring? If not, now is the time. Planning a hike is not difficult. First, select a location. Try someplace different that you haven’t been for a couple of years. Ask at Roundtable if you aren’t familiar with many trails in your area. Or do an urban hike. If you live in a neighborhood with light traffic, a hike to a local ice cream shop and back will be a hit with your Cub Scouts. Or hike in a historic district.

Hopefully your Cub Scout Pack remained active this summer. If your Pack had one activity each month, now is the time to apply for the National Summertime Pack Award. Packs who qualify for the award receive a streamer for their Pack flag. Plus, individual Cub Scouts who participated in all three activities receive a pin. The pin can be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform and is a little different for each rank.

This Bugle has activities for the Naturalist, and Forester Webelos activity badges.