While hiking, keep an eye out for different types of trees and plants. Let's try to find as many as we can.
- Have a Pine Cone Battle: Divide scouts in 2 teams 40 yards apart. Each boy gets 2 pinecones.
Draw long line and put each team about 20 yards away facing the other team across the line.
Each scout throws cones as close to the 20-yard marker as possible, but staying on their side of the
line. Closest to the 20-yard mark scores 3 points, 2 points, 1 point. First team to 10 wins.
- Lost Boys: When we stop for a snack, give one scout and Dad their snack and 12 of a specific leaf or grass.
Have them lay down the leaf with the stem pointing the way the went. At each intersection or turn, they lay
down another marker leaf showing the way. After they've gone off a way or run out of leafs, they stop and have
their snack. When the rest finish their snack, they set off to find them before the 'lost boys' finish their snack. (may need to put stone on top of leaf if windy.)
- Adopt a Tree: Choose one of the trees you've identified today and adopt it. Before our next meeting,
learn as much as you can about that tree and be ready to give a short talk about it. Come up with a new, meaningful
name for the tree - for example 'whipper tree' for the weeping willow because its branches make good whips.
- Tongue Twisters:
Six thick saplings of quaking aspen swayed in the thick of the forest.
Five frightfully frightened frogs frantically fled the forest fire
- Almost 1/3 of the United States is covered by forests!
- In just one year, the average American consumes enough wood and paper to make up a tree 100 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter!
- The bristlecone pine is the oldest living tree -- one specimen is 4,600 years old!
- Native Americans used the western redcedar tree to make totem poles, baskets, fishing nets, and fabric!