Webelos Walkabout Adventure
Adventure Goal: Expand hiking skills to include planning hikes, and extending the distance hiked.
Complete Requirements 1-4 and at least one other.
- Plan a hike or outdoor activity.
- Assemble a first aid kit suitable for your hike or activity.
- Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them on your Webelos adventures.
- With your Webelos den or with a family member, hike 3 miles. Before your hike, plan and prepare a nutritious lunch or snack. Enjoy it on your hike, and clean up afterward.
- Describe and identify from photos any poisonous plants and dangerous animals and insects you might encounter on your hike or activity.
- Perform one of the following leadership roles during your hike: trail leader, first aid leader, or lunch or snack leader.
Ideas for Adventure Requirements:
- Use this Hiking Plan form
- Sample first aid kit
- Besides poison ivy and poison oak, other plants can irritate, scratch, and cause rashes. Some to look for include: wild parsnip, stinging nettle, cacti, raspberry, rose, coarse grass. This is a good way to encourage staying on the trail to reduce chances of getting too close to these plants, insects, and animals.
- Non-refrigerated food and drink works best. On longer hikes, snacking often at breaks keeps a body better fueled than stopping for a big, long lunch break. Be careful when walking and eating so you don't choke and don't drop bits of food.
- Visit Leave No Trace Dude for ways to teach LNT.
- Look for examples of poisonous plants, ways to follow LNT Principles, and opportunities to read maps and use a compass while on the hike.
- Contact the manager of the location of your hike beforehand to find out what project your den can do. There's often small clean-ups needed, such as overgorwn brush, down trees, or spreading bark chips. Don't modify the trail or nature area without first checking - that tree across the trail might be part of a reroute.
- If you have a large den, a scout does not need to be navigator or first-aid person for the entire hike, but make sure they each have opportunities to make some decisions and practice leading their den. Only one scout at a time should be leading, not co-leaders.
Den Meeting Ideas for Walkabout Adventure:
- Go on a Rock, Paper, Scissors Hike.
- Sing Scout Who Never Returned song.
- Scouts more interested in maps can try the Map Test of map symbols.
Oct 15, 2017 - Jacob
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