WELCOME TO THE LION DEN
Welcome to the Lion Den! While each rank in Cub Scouting is referred to as a "den" as a group of people, a "den" is also a place that animals can retreat to and call home. This is your den for the HomeScouting Adventure Club for Lions!
Lions are boys and girls in kindergarten in fall of 2020. When you're ready, get started on your first HomeScouting Adventure!
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Lions live in the outdoors. It is important for Lion Scouts to understand how to take care of themselves when in the outdoors and how to be respectful of animals and nature. In this adventure, they will learn the idea that they should take only pictures and leave only footprints.
Make sure to download the connected worksheet for this month's adventure!
PLANNING FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
*required for adventure*
Requirement 1: Gather the outdoor items you need to have with you when you go on an outdoor adventure, and understand how they are used. Also understand and commit to practicing the buddy system.
Exploring far-away mountains. Traveling through deep, dark jungles. Crossing hot, dry deserts. The adventurers who took these journeys got their start on a short hike, just like the one you can take now!
The success of a trip often depends of what you carry with you. It is important for you to have items with you to take care of any minor emergencies that could happen, even on a short, 1-mile hike! Cub Scouts who have hiked before you came up with a great list of items to bring. They are called the Cub Scout Six Essentials.
Round up these items, and place them in a backpack before you start out on your hike!
Here are the Cub Scout Six Essentials:
Find the items that make up the Cub Scout Six Essentials. Check off each item as you add it to your pack.
FIRST AID KIT
A kit should include a few adhesive bandages, some moleskin (a sticky bandage that you can
put over a blister to keep it from getting worse or rubbing), and soap or hand sanitizer.
Check your batteries to make sure they have plenty of power. Your flashlight will be only used in an emergency, so save the batteries for times when you really need them!
FILLED WATER BOTTLE
You should bring enough water for you to drink through your whole hike and back. And make sure
your bottle is full when you start out! It is not safe to drink water you find along the trail.
Trail mix or an energy bar provides quick energy when you need it.
Sunscreen should be SPF 30 or greater. A hat is good to have too!
It's only for emergencies, but a whistle will last longer than your voice.
You might want to pack an extra pair of socks in case your feet get wet or it rains. A rain poncho, waterproof jacket, or even a large plastic garbage bag with holes cut out for your head and arms will keep you dry if it rains. What other gear should you take? Remember, you'll have to carry it all yourself and bring it all back!
First Aid Kit
- Filled Water Bottle
- Trail Food
- Sun protection
Keep your backpack and the Cub Scout Six Essentials in one place so you can grab them easily when you are ready to go hiking. Remember to fill your water bottle just before your hike. What should you add to your kit to help you to be prepared if rain is coming? You will want to pack a lightweight rain poncho or waterproof jacket and an extra pair of socks. Is there anything else you should pack? Will you need insect spray? Talk to your adult partner and den leader to make sure you have everything. And remember, you have to carry everything you bring on the hike and all the way back again.\
THE BUDDY SYSTEM
"Two heads are better than one." You may have heard that saying before and it is true. Sometimes you may forget a safety rule, or not be aware of a hazard up ahead, but if you are with a buddy, it is easier to stay safe. The buddy system is a great way for Scouts to look after each other. especially on outdoor adventures. When you go hiking, swimming, or camping, you should be assigned a buddy. You keep track of what your buddy is doing, and your buddy knows at all times where you are and how you are doing. The buddy system is a way of sharing the good times and keeping everyone safe. If you and your buddy find yourself away from the rest of the group, make sure to follow the S-A-W rules below, in requirement 2.
*required for adventure*
Requirement 2: Learn what SAW (Stay, Answer, Whistle) means. Demonstrate what you can do to stay safe if you become separated from the group when you are outdoors.
The moment you think you might be lost, stop immediately. If you ever feel fear, stop immediately. Put your hands in your pockets and take a deep breath. Look around and really see what is happening. If there are immediate dangers to avoid—a potential avalanche, a capsized boat, an approaching bear—do what you must to keep yourself and others safe. You might need to put on your rain gear or step around a tree to get out of the wind. You might also need to provide first aid for life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Once that is done, you can begin to figure out what to do next.
The letters of the word SAW hold a special meaning for staying positive and beginning to take charge of a situation.
STAY Put! If you move around, you make it harder for people to find you.
If you hear your name being called, ANSWER!
Blow your WHISTLE. If you try to use your voice to call for help, you will
become hoarse and no one will be able to hear you. But they can hear your whistle. Blow every so often.
*required for adventure*
Requirement 3: Demonstrate an understanding of respect for
animals and nature when participating in a learning hike.
Take a short learning hike with your den or family.
The distance should be consistent with the age and physical ability of the group. The hike can be in a rural location, a local city or state park, a nature center, a zoo, etc. Before leaving on the hike, share the “S” rules with the group:
Sticks stay on the ground.
Stones stay with the sticks.
Stay on the path.
Stay with your buddy.
A learning hike is a themed hike that encourages the Lions to look for certain things. Examples are:
How many animals or animal homes can you find?
How many items can you locate that would fit on a penny?
How many colors did you see?
While on your hike, use one of our HomeScouting Scavenger Hunts to see what you can find in the wild! Click on one of the Scavenger Hunt's below to download!
Discover something in nature that demonstrates our five senses—something we hear, something we smell, something we can touch, something we see, something we could taste. Imagine the taste as if you were pretending to be animals; Scouts should never actually taste things they find on a hike because those things could be dangerous. Can you find something for all five items?
Listen while a parent or leader reads the Outdoor Code. Talk about how you can be clean in your outdoor manners.
The Outdoor Code is a promise to take care of nature by following a few simple ideas. All Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts share the same promise. You might know these words by heart someday, and you can feel proud to learn what they mean. One part of the Outdoor Code is a promise to be clean in your outdoor manners. Have you ever been somewhere beautiful and seen trash that someone left behind? Yuck! Now, imagine how that place would look if everyone who visited left their trash behind. With your den, talk about how you will show clean outdoor manners while on outings.
THE OUTDOOR CODE
As an American, I will do my best to –
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.