WELCOME TO THE WOLF DEN
Welcome to the Wolf 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 Wolves!
Wolves are boys and girls in the second grade in fall of 2020. When you're ready, get started on your first HomeScouting Adventure!
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PAWS ON THE PATH
Exploring far-away mountains. Traveling through deep, dark jungles. Crossing hot, dry deserts. The adventurers that mastered these journeys got their start on a short hike, just like the one you and your Wolf den are about to take! In this adventure, you will use your Scouting outdoor skills and learn more about the natural world around you. Hike on, Wolf!
Make sure to download the connected worksheet for this month's adventure!
PREPARE FOR A HIKE
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Requirement 1: Show you are prepared to hike safely by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on your hike.
The success of a trip often depends on what you carry with you, whether it is in a backpack or on a pack animal. 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 a hike.
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 on any Cub Scout Adventure. 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.
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Requirement 2: Tell what the buddy system is and why we always use it in Cub Scouts. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking.
“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 with your den,
each Scout is assigned a buddy. You keep track of what your buddy is doing, and
he or she knows at all times where you are and how you are doing.
A Scout leader might call for a buddy check. That means you must immediately
hold up the hand of your buddy. If a Scout is missing, everyone will know it right
away. The buddy system is a way of sharing the good times and keeping everyone
If you do find yourself and your buddy (because you always have
one, right?) away from the rest of your den, here is what you need to do:
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 STOP hold a special meaning for staying positive and beginning to take charge of a situation.
Stop / Stay Calm
Stop/Stay Calm. Stay where you are. Sit down, take a drink of water, and eat a little trail food. Stay where you can be seen. Don’t hide! You are not in trouble!
Think. Think about how you can help your leaders or others find you. Stay where you are, and be sure people can see you. Make yourself an easy target to find. Remember, people will come to look for you. Stay put, be seen, and help them find you!
Observe. Listen for the rest of your group or people looking for you. Blow your whistle three times in a row, then listen. Three of any kind of signal means you need help, and everyone will try to help you.
Plan. Stay calm, stay put! Plan how to stay warm and dry until help arrives. Don’t worry, you will be found.
WHAT TO WEAR?
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Requirement 3: Choose the appropriate clothing to wear on your hike based on the expected weather.
Talk with your den leader or your parents about what kind of clothing to wear on the hike. What you need to wear will depend on the season and where you live. It is also important to think about what time of day you will be hiking. Layering is a good way to dress for places where the weather can be cold, hot, and in between, all in one day.
WARM WEATHER HIKING
COLD WEATHER HIKING
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Requirement 4: Before hiking, recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with an adult. After hiking, discuss how you showed respect for wildlife.
Cub Scouts love to be outdoors. But getting to enjoy all of the fun and excitement of nature also means taking care of it. The Outdoor Code is a way for every Scout to be a part of keeping our world beautiful and safe—today and for years to come.
Read the Outdoor Code below, and practice saying it out loud. Then, recite the Outdoor Code with an adult.
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.
The Leave No Trace Principles for Kids also help us take care of the outdoors. You can find them below. One of those principles is “Respect Wildlife.” Reflect on the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace. After your hike in for requirement 5, discuss ways that you and your were considerate in the outdoors by respecting wildlife.
TAKE A 1-MILE HIKE!
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Requirement 5: Go on a 1-mile hike with your den or family. Find
two interesting things that you’ve never seen before.
It’s time to put your paws on the path and take a hike with your den or your family, Wolf! Studying
a map will help you understand the land and see where you will be hiking. With your family or your
den, look at a map of the area where you will be hiking. You might be able to answer these questions.
Does the trail have a name?
Is the trail made of dirt, concrete, or another material?
Is it flat or will you be climbing hills?
Is there a river, creek, or other body of water around?
Will you hike in one direction and then turn around and come back, or does the trail make a circle?
Which direction is north?
Be sure to follow all hiking rules so everyone has a great time. You might want to do some leg and arm stretches and a few knee bends before you start out, just to get your body warmed up. Walk at a steady pace, stay with your buddy, and leave a couple of feet between yourself and the next Wolf on the trail. Give everyone space to enjoy the woods quietly. Stop and rest when needed. Make sure you have your water bottle(s) and drink when you are thirsty. Look and listen for birds, mammals, insects, and other creatures along the way. Use your eyes, ears, and sense of smell to enjoy nature all around you. See if you can spy two interesting things that you have not seen before.
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!
HOW TO USE A COMPASS
Earth is a giant magnet with two ends, a north magnetic pole and a south magnetic pole. The poles are areas where the lines of magnetic force come together and are strongest. Even at distances of thousands of miles, the poles exert a pull on magnetized minerals. The Chinese were probably the first to discover this between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago when they noticed that lodestone or magnetite, if allowed to swing freely, would always point in a north-south direction. By carving a small pointer of this mineral and then floating it on a liquid, they invented the first compass. Once they added a compass card, showing the major directions, they could follow those directions relative to the Earth’s magnetic field. Today’s compass has not changed much from those early models. Basic compasses combine a compass card showing 16 or 32 points of the compass or 360 degrees of a circle, and a magnetized metal needle that is colored on the north end.
A compass rose is a figure on a compass, some maps, and nautical charts. It is used to show the four basic geographic directions: north, south, east, and west. This symbol has been used by mapmakers since ancient times. The term “rose” comes from the figure’s compass points, which look a little like the petals of a rose. It was originally used to tell the direction of the winds and was sometimes called a wind rose. The compass rose is often located in a bottom corner of a map. Reading a compass rose is a lot like reading a clock. You start at the top, which is where north is located.
Here’s how to remember the points of a compass rose going clockwise in a circle: Never Eat Soggy Waffles!
Never = North
Eat = East
Soggy = South
Waffles = West
ANIMALS IN YOUR AREA
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Requirement 6: Name two birds, two insects, and two other animals that live in your area. Explain how you identified them.
Whether you live in a city, in a suburb, on a farm, by the ocean, or in the mountains—birds, bugs, and other animals live there, too. What kinds of creatures live near you? With your parent’s or guardian’s permission, go to the library or on the Internet and find information about your local wildlife. Write down two types of birds, two insects, and two other animals that live near you.
Do the birds that you picked live near you all the time or do they migrate (travel) there for part of the year? What do they eat? What kinds of trees or bushes do they like to nest in? Do both the male and female help build the nest and raise their young? Use the Bird Watcher's Digest Bird ID Guide to help you determine the types of birds visiting your backyard.
Are there bees, wasps, ants, flies, roaches, beetles, or butterflies near you? Bugs are fascinating creatures! Did you know that bees can fly up to 60 miles a day to gather food? Or that ants can lift more than 50 times their own weight? What did you find out about the two insects that you chose?
Some wild animals have figured out how to live around people. Coyotes, foxes, possums, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, deer, and other species of animals may be close by. What kinds of animals live near you? Tell how the animals you studied can be identified. Share what you found out with your den leader.
Write down the two birds, two insects, and two other animals you learned about that live in your area in your connected worksheet!
DRAW A MAP OF YOUR AREA
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Requirement 7: Draw a map of an area near where you live using common map symbols. Show which direction is north on your map.
A map is a small illustration of a large area of land. Maps can help you figure out where something is located. They can also help you give directions to other people. Many people look at a map before they start out on a trip so they can visualize (see) where they are going. Some hikers like to look at a computer screen or use a Global Positioning System (GPS) device to help them plan their outing.
With your parent’s or guardian’s help, look up a map of your town or an area near where you live. Maps use different symbols to show where roads, rivers, lakes, and other large features are located.
The map symbols are shown in a “key,” which is a box that tells what they mean. Reading a map is easy when you can use the key. Work with your parent or guardian to learn what the symbols on a map mean.
Look for a compass rose on the map. A compass rose is a circle or a design with points to show directions on a map. Maps are usually oriented toward true north, which will be found at the top of the compass rose. When north is at the top of the compass rose, south will be at the bottom. East is on the right and west is on the left.
When you draw your map, show which direction is north.