Cub Scout Water
From the Scouter Manual:
Cub Scout Water
Objective: I will explore leisure pursuits and the natural environment as they relate to water.
When planning your adventure, think about including:
- an adventure that helps the environment 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.
- Ever go fishing? Learn to fish or develop some new fishing skills.
- Design and build a toy boat. Experiment with different materials and different ways of constructing it. Will it be a sail boat or paddle boat? How much weight might it carry?
- Go on hikes with your family to three different natural habitats. What are the water sources for each of these habitats? How does water affect the plant and animal life in each of these habitats? How would the water affect us in each of these habitats?
- Visit your municipal water or sewage treatment plant. Why are these kinds of public plants so important for our health, and for the health of our lakes and rivers?
- Where does the water come from that runs out of your tap? What is the water source for your farm, acreage, town or city? What happens to the water after we use it to drink, to wash, to cook, to flush the toilet? Use a diagram, drawing or model to show the cycle of drinking water.
- Salt water? Fresh water? What can live in each? What activities work in each? Have you heard of the Dead Sea? What happens if you float in the Dead Sea?
- Discover what different kinds of water pollution exist. How does each kind of pollution affect wildlife? How does it affect humans?
- Do a community service project that helps to clean up or restore a local creek, stream, river or a shoreline, and returns it to a more natural state.
- Start an indoor water garden. Find out about hydroponics. What kind of plants can you grow?
- Try floating in a variety of PFD’s and lifejackets. Which do you find the most comfortable? Which keeps you floating face up? Which works best when you fall into the water? Share what you’ve discovered with your Lair.
- Hike along (or, with your Pack, paddle) the water source in or closest to your community.
- Build your own raft. What material will you use? How will you make it move?
- Make a dozen snowballs in the winter and freeze them until summer. Has the snow changed in the freezer? Have summer fun throwing your snowballs at a target? How fast do they melt?
- Create the tastiest healthy water for a hot summer day. Will you add some lemon or lime, or maybe some grated ginger or a fresh raspberry? What would be the most refreshing taste?
- In winter, build the tallest snowperson you can. Measure its height. Record the weather for each day and the height of the snowperson until it has melted away. How long does it last?
- Experiment with the soothing effects of water sounds. Try a small fountain, a sound machine and/or recordings of water sounds. Do they help you and/or your family relax?
- How do you know when it is safe to skate on ice? How thick does it need to be? How can you test thickness?
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Red Flower Camp (Outdoors) and [[Category: Bagheera’s Hunting Grounds ]] Bagheera’s Hunting Grounds (Environment). Pick an adventure you’d like to try on your own.