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
Rumor has it that BSA will be rolling out an Abracadabra theme for January’s core value of Positive Attitude some time in the near future. So this month I am going to highlight some ideas to go along with that magic based program theme also. This was one of the Cub Scout monthly program themes a few years back, so I’ll dig through my old notes to find what I saved.
The core value for the month of April is Faith. BSA has just released a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Cub Scouts Give Thanks related to this core value. For more ideas for use with this theme, see my Cub Scouts Give Thanks program theme page.
BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. One theme for the February core value of Resourcefulness is a Litter to Glitter theme. This theme revolves around thinking of new ways to use things we might otherwise toss away. #ReduceReuseRecycle
An appropriate Cub Scout gathering activity for your den or pack will get your meeting off to a good start. This gathering activity works well with the April Cub Scout theme of Cub Scouts Give Thanks. The Cub Scouts Give Thanks theme is one of the supplemental Cub Scout program themes for the core value of Faith for April.
Sometimes when I am out hiking with a group of scouts, they seem to be more focused on getting from the starting point to the ending point than on looking around and experiencing the moment. Doing a scavenger hunt while hiking will help them really explore the world around them while they are walking.
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.
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