Bear Necessities Adventure
Adventure Goal: Helps Bears develop and improve outdoor skills.
Complete Requirements 1 – 4. Requirements 5 and 6 are optional.
- While working on your Bear badge, attend one of the following:
- A daytime or overnight campout with your pack or family
- An outdoor activity with your den or pack
- Day camp
- Resident camp
- Make a list of items you should take along on the activity selected in Requirement 1.
- Make a list of equipment that the group should bring along in addition to each Scout's personal gear for the activity selected in Requirement 1.
- Help set up a tent. Determine a good spot for the tent, and explain to your den leader why you picked it.
- Demonstrate how to tie two half hitches and explain what the hitch is used for.
- Learn how to read a thermometer and a barometer. Keep track of the temperature and barometric pressure readings and the actual weather at the same time every day for seven days.
Ideas for Adventure Requirements:
- The camping needs to be done while a member of a Bear den - it does not carry over from previous years.
- Coordinate with other den leaders and the Cubmaster to ensure the program has no duplicates. This requires pior planning by the Pack leaders. Find many Bear Skits and Bear Songs.
- Review the hiking essentials and discuss that some items may be more important at different times of year or for different locations. Have scouts come up with more things that are needed for overnight camping.
- Some equipment can be shared, but everyone is responsible to take care of it, set it up, and pack it away.
- Emphasize cleaning before, during, and after meal preparation. Separate people should prepare food that will be eaten raw and food that will be cooked to prevent cross-contamination, which is a common cause of discomfort when camping. Another simple to prevent, but common, problem is not completely rinsing soap from dishes.
- This second meal can be on the same outing as the first. Using a duty roster to ensure scouts get to try different jobs.
- Practicing with equipment at home before the campout will make the camp much more fun. Frustration and "adults taking over" happens when scouts struggle with tasks they are capable of doing but have no experience doing.
- Two half hitches:
- Learn about barometric pressure and how it helps predict short-term weather.
Den Meeting Ideas for Necessities Adventure:
- This Campout Planning Checklist might be helpful.
- Tons of Boom Chicka Boom verses.
- Choose from some favorite Bear Recipes.
- Try the Anti-Gravity Tent Pole activity for fun.
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