Cub Scout Earth
From the Scouter Manual:
Cub Scout Earth
Objective: I will explore environment, nature, research and/or leisure activities as they relate to the Earth.
When planning your adventure, think about including:
- an adventure that helps the environment and/or involves an experiment
- an adventure that would be something you would do for fun and/or exercise
- an adventure that takes place outdoors
Here are some ideas to help you start creating your own adventures
Note: some of these ideas might be made into more than one adventure.
- Have you ever seen an animal track in the soil? What tracks of different wild animals might you see in your area? Go on a hike with your family in an area where you may see these animal tracks. Can you spot any? Take a photo or make a plaster cast and show your Lair. Try to figure out what animal made the track you found.
- Create a photo collage or slideshow highlighting different types of “earth” in your neighbourhood. How many different types can you find? Take close-up photos and wider photos of the same places. Get your friends in your Lair to guess which closeup shots go with the wider shots. What clues can they look for to help them match the pairs?
- Create three different experiments on soil erosion, such as pouring water on different surfaces like bare soil, soil with plants, sand, sand/soil/rocks, rocks and sand, etc. What is important about erosion, and why is it a big problem? What could we do differently to combat erosion?
- Go to a local garden centre or tree nursery and find out about how different soils help different kinds of plants grow.
- Go on an urban hike and look for signs of pollution on the ground. Organize a service project for your Lair or Pack to help solve this problem.
- Participate in one of these activities(or something similar) that you have not done before: Scoutrees, Re-Vegetation Project, Community Vegetable Garden, a planting project, One Tomato Project
- What is Leave-No-Trace camping? On your next Cub adventure, help your lair or pack learn about and practice Leave-No-Trace. How successful were you at leaving absolutely no trace?
- Learn about and experiment with laying a fire on different types of soil. What do you notice for each soil type (rock, black earth, gravel)? What do you need to consider for safety in each case? Why is it important to avoid building a fire on grass or tree roots?
- There are many different types of roads that cars and bikes which cars and bikes can drive on, such as pavement, gravel, dirt, cement. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each of these materials? Try rolling a ball, riding a bike, pulling a cart and/or driving a remote control car on each of these road materials (in a safe place) to compare how they work.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Red Flower Camp (Outdoors) and Bagheera’s Hunting Grounds (Environment). Pick an adventure you’d like to try on your own.