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PART 2

OUTDOOR HIKE

SCOUT SIGN & HANDSHAKE

WELCOME TO PART 2

Each part of the Cub Scout free trial will offer a fun and exciting at-home activity, but also help you earn
your first Cub Scout Badge - the Bobcat Badge! You can complete each part of the free trial in an
afternoon or over time! As a reminder, you can sign up at any point in time to join a Cub Scout Pack
in your area. 

Here you will learn about what to pack for a safe and adventurous hike. You will also learned in this

adventure about the Scout Sign and Handshake. The Scout sign and handshake are important symbols in

Cub Scouts. The two fingers of the cub scout sign stand for the scout oath and law. They look like a wolves ears

ready to listen and when someone puts up the sign, we all put up our own sign and get quiet so we can listen to what they have to say. We always make the cub scout sign when we say the scout oath and law. The Cub Scout handshake also uses 2 fingers and is made by putting the index and middle fingers of the right hand against the other person's wrist when shaking hands. The handshake means that each Scout will help others to remember and obey the scout oath and law.

Don't forget, you can Join Cub Scouts at any point in time during your free trial!

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OUTDOOR HIKE

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!

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. 

FLASHLIGHT

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 FOOD

Trail mix or an energy bar provides quick energy when you need it.

SUN PROTECTION

Sunscreen should be SPF 30 or greater. A hat is good to have too!

WHISTLE

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!

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six essentials 

  • First Aid Kit

  • Flashlight
  • Filled Water Bottle
  • Trail Food
  • Sun protection
  • Whistle
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As you're exploring nature, use our HomeScouting Scavenger Hunt to see what signs of nature you can find outside! 

SHOW THE CUB SCOUT SIGN

Make the sign with your right hand. Hold your arm straight up. The two raised fingers stand for the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. The fingers look like the sharp ears of the wolf ready to listen to Akela! Remember that Akela means “good leader” to a Cub Scout. Your mother or father or guardian is Akela. So is your Cubmaster or your den leader. At school, your teacher is Akela.

CUB SCOUT SIGN

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SHOW THE CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE

When you shake hands with another Cub Scout, do this: Hold out your right hand just as you always do to shake hands. But then put your first two fingers along the inside of the other Scout's wrist. This means that you help each other to remember and obey the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE

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Hold out your right hand just as you always do to shake hands. But then put your first two fingers along the inside of the other Scout's wrist.

GO TO THE NEXT ADVENTURE

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