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Bear Strong

Required Adventure

In the Scout Oath, Cub Scouts promise to keep themselves physically strong and mentally awake. Personal fitness is about keeping your body strong by eating right and exercising, but it also means getting enough rest and exercising your mind by reading, solving problems, or even listening to music.

Requirements

Sample food from three of the following food groups: protein, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and grains.
Apple Delights
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Prepare easy apple snacks.

  • Plate for each Cub Scout
  • Napkins for each Cub Scout
  • One apple for every 3 Cub Scouts
  • One banana for every Cub Scouts
  • ½ cup Nutella for every 3 Cub Scouts
  • ½ cup yogurt for every 3 Cub Scouts
  • ½ cup granola for every 3 Cub Scouts
  • ½ cup strawberries for every 3 Cub Scouts
  • 3 tablespoons honey for every 3 Cub Scouts
  • Apple corer

Before the Meeting:

  1. Gather ingredients.
  2. Store food appropriately.
  3. Core the apples using the apple corer or slide apples to remove the core.
  4. Slice bananas and strawberries.

During the Meeting:

  1. Tell Cub Scouts they’re going to make a yummy apple treat.
  2. In a small bowl, ask Cub Scouts to mix the yogurt with the honey. Ask them what food group does the yogurt belong to? (Dairy) Honey is considered a fat.
  3. Encourage Cub Scouts to add a thin banana slice to the center of the apple so the ingredients won’t run through the hole. They can also use a very thin apple slice to cover the hole. Ask them what food group are bananas and apples? (Fruits) Ask them what makes them a fruit. (They have seeds on the inside)
  4. Have the Cub Scouts then add the peanut butter or Nutella, then top with yogurt, bananas, and strawberries. Ask the Cub Scouts what food group is peanut butter or Nutella? (Protein).
  5. Enjoy the snacks!
Fiesta Pizza
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Prepare a Pizza which includes protein, vegetable, dairy and grain food groups.

This activity is making a fiesta pizza. You may choose to switch out ingredients based on dietary restrictions or personal preference.  If you do so, make sure that you have at least one ingredient for each of the different food groups.  

  • Plate for each Cub Scout 
  • Napkins for each Cub Scout 
  • A spoon for each Cub Scout 
  • 1 pre-made pizza crust for every 6 Cub Scouts 
  • ½ pound ground beef for every 6 Cub Scouts 
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning mix for every 6 Cub Scouts 
  • 1 16 ounce can refried beans for every 6 Cub Scouts 
  • 3 cups of shredded Colby jack cheese for every 6 Cub Scouts 
  • 1 cup of diced tomato for every 6 Cub Scouts 
  • ¼ cup black olives per for every 6 Cub Scouts 
  • ¼ cup  chopped onion for every 6 Cub Scouts 
  • ¼ cup of chopped green bell pepper 
  • 8 ounces sour cream 
  • 1 jar of salsa 
  • Cooking and serving ware

Before the Meeting: 

  1. Gather ingredients for the pizza.  
  2. Cook ground beef in a skillet and add taco seasoning mix following the directions on the packet.   
  3. Chop the bell pepper, tomatoes, onions, and olives. 
  4. Store food appropriately. 
  5. Set the ingredients by food group just before the meeting so Cub Scouts can sample the ingredients as they make the pizza.  Protein – ground beef and refried beans.  Dairy – cheese and sour cream.  Vegetables – onion and bell pepper.  Fruits – tomatoes and black olives. Grains – pizza dough. 
  6. Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the package of the premade pizza crust so the oven is ready to use when the meeting begins. 

Tip: It is recommended to secure additional parental or other adult leaders to assist. 

During the Meeting: 

  1. Explain to Cub Scouts that they’re going to make a Fiesta Pizza. 
  2. Have Cub Scout take a sample of each ingredient from each of the food groups.  Ask them which one they liked the best.   
  3. Divide Cub Scouts into groups of 3 to 6 and have them assemble the fiesta pizza.  Make sure that every Cub Scout has the chance to add a topping to the pizza. 
  4. Start by spreading the refried beans evenly over the ready-made pizza crust. 
  5. Tell Cub Scouts to top with cooked ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, green bell peppers, and olives.  
  6. Bake pizza following the instructions on the ready-made pizza crust package.  
  7.  Let stand for at least 5 to 10 minutes to cool slightly. 
  8. Serve with salsa and sour cream, if desired. Enjoy!
Fun And Food
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Prepare a snack and bring it to a den meeting.

  • Plate for each Cub Scout 
  • Napkins for each Cub Scout 

Before Meeting: 

  1. Tell Cub Scouts, parents, and legal guardians that for the next meeting they are to prepare a snack at home and bring it to share at the next den meeting.  
  2. The snack should contain at least three ingredients from three different food groups.  
  3. Contact each parent and legal guardian in the den a day before the den meeting to confirm that each Cub Scout will have a snack to bring.  

During Meeting: 

  1. After the den activity, Cub Scouts enjoy the snacks. 
  2. Discuss with Cub Scouts which of the following snacks included: protein, vegetable, fruit, dairy, and/or grain.
Be active for 30 minutes with your den or at least one other person that includes both stretching and moving.
Basketball Challenge
LocationTravel
Energy 5
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Play a game of “HORSE.

Before the meeting: 

  1. Find a basketball hoop or court the den can use. Get permission to use it if necessary.  
  2. Remind Cub Scouts, parents, and legal guardians that the Cub Scouts will be playing “HORSE” basketball and to make sure Cub Scouts wear appropriate clothing and food wear. 
  3. Remind parents and legal guardians of the location of the meeting, if different from normal meeting location, to gain access to a basketball court.  

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and explain to them the rules of HORSE.  
  2. Ask Cub Scouts what part of the Scout Law they should keep in mind when they are playing.  
  3. Choose the order in which Cub Scouts will shoot baskets for the game. 
  4. First player picks where they want to shoot the ball. 
  5. If a player makes the basket, the next player must shoot the ball from the same spot. 
  6. If a player misses the basket, then the second player shoots from wherever they want. 
  7. If the first player makes the basket, but the second player misses, the second player receives a letter in the word HORSE. 
  8. Players only get a letter if they miss the shot and the player before them makes the shot.  
  9. When a player has spelled HORSE, they are out of the game.
Tennis Titans
LocationTravel
Energy 5
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Play a game of tennis.

  • Tennis Courts 
  • Tennis racket for each Cub Scout 
  • Tennis ball for each team of Cub Scouts 
  •  Activity Consent Form

Before the meeting: 

  1. Find a tennis court and reserve it. 
  2. Communicate the location to Cub Scouts’ parents or legal guardians. Ask them to bring the completed Activity Consent Form. 
  3. The day before the meeting remind parents and legal guardians of the location of the tennis courts. 

During the meeting:  

  1. Explain the simple rules for tennis.   
  2. Ask Cub Scouts what part of the Scout Law they should keep in mind when they are playing.  
  3. Split Cub Scouts into teams of two players each. Include adults that are in attendance. 
  4. Each person two-person team will stand on either side of the net. 
  5. When the ball is served, it bounces on the side of the opponent. 
  6. Each Cub Scout can hit the ball once when it is their turn. Cub Scouts hit the ball with the racket into the opponent’s court. 
  7. The ball must be returned after a single bounce or when it is midair. If not hit, your opponent gets a point.  
  8. Players also score a point if the opponent fails to hit the ball back to your court, the ball hits the net,  or if that ball bounces outside your court.
Ultimate Frisbee
LocationOutdoor
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Play a game of ultimate frisbee.

  • Open field 
  • Frisbee 
  • Markers for goals

Before the meeting: 

  1. Find a flat open field free of obstacles.  
  2. Review the rules of Ultimate. 
  3. Ultimate is played on a rectangular field 70 yards long and 40 yards wide, with end zones 20 yards deep. To create the goals, place markers at each end of the field to create two end zones 

During the meeting:  

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and explain the rules of ultimate.  
  2. Ask Cub Scouts what part of the Scout Law they should keep in mind when they are playing.  
  3. Split Cub Scouts into two teams.  
  4. Defensive team starts with a frisbee throw to the offensive team. 
  5. The offense tries to pass the frisbee among their players and advance it up the field by throwing it.  
  6. The defense’s goal is to intercept the frisbee, force turnovers, and prevent the offensive team from scoring. 
  7. A point is scored when an offensive player catches the frisbee in the opposing team’s end zone. 
  8. There is no running with the disc and no physical contact. 
  9. If the frisbee is dropped, intercepted, or goes out of bounds, possession changes to the other team. 
  10. Teams win by being first to 11 (or whatever score you choose).
Be active for 15 minutes doing personal exercises that include cardio, muscular strength, and flexibility.
Dance Memory Grooves
LocationIndoor
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Dancing memory contests are a fun way to exercise that includes cardio and muscle memory.

  • Playlist of dance music 
  • Music speaker device 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Select dance music that is energetic and fun for the Cub Scouts. 
  2. Create a space where the Cub Scouts can move about freely and not hit anything. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Have Cub Scouts form a circle around the dance floor. 
  2. Choose one Cub Scout to go first. Cub Scout will step into the center of the circle and make up a dance move. 
  3. The next Cub Scout will step into the center of the circle and repeat the same dance move. 
  4. After that Cub Scout mimics the first dance move, they then perform one of their own.  
  5. The third Cub Scout will repeat both dance moves and add a third move.  
  6. The game continues in this manner, with each dancer repeating and then adding a new move to the list.  
  7. Any Cub Scout who can’t copy or forgets the succession of the dance moves is out.  
  8. Play continues until only one dancer remains.
Energizing Workout
LocationIndoor
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts create a short workout to explore different exercises.

  • Tennis shoes
  • Water bottle for each Cub Scout
  • Energizing Workout worksheet found in Additional Resources
  • Printer
  • Pen or pencil for each Cub Scout

Before the Meeting:

  1. Contact the Cub Scouts’ parents or legal guardians and tell them that they and their Cub Scouts should wear comfortable closed toe shoes and bring a water bottle.
  2. Print Energizing Workout worksheet, one for each Cub Scout.

During the Meeting:

  1. Have Cub Scouts brainstorm exercises that include cardio, muscular strength, and flexibility. These could include walking between two points, jogging, and then sprinting or doing five push-ups on your knees, then regular push-ups.
  2. Tell Cub Scouts to draw the activities on the worksheet.
  3. Have Cub Scouts complete the exercises and rate the different levels of intensity for each.

Energizing Workout worksheet

Fitness Expert
LocationIndoor
Energy 5
Supply List1
Prep Time5

Invite a fitness professional to your Cub Scout den meeting to lead a 15-min activity.

Before the meeting: 

  1. One to two weeks prior to the den meeting, research and invite an exercise professional from your community to your den meeting. 
  2. Contact parents/legal guardians to let them know Cub Scouts need to wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Discuss Cub Scouts expectations when having a guest speaker. 
    • Raise your hand when you want to speak or ask a question. 
    • Stay seated while the speaker is talking unless they ask you to stand up. 
    • Use your listening ears. 
  2. Have the professional lead the den in a physical work out and share the importance of exercise. Schedule 15-20 minutes for the speaker. 
  3. Have Cub Scouts ask any questions.  
  4. Thank your guest for coming. 

After the meeting: 

  1. Write a thank you note to the guest speaker.
Do a relaxing activity for 10 minutes.
Listening To Music
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Listen to relaxing music to create a calming effect.

  • Playlist of relaxing music 
  • Music speaker device 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Create a relaxing music playlist 

During the meeting: 

  1. Discuss with Cub Scouts the calming effect of listening to relaxing music. 
  2. Play the music for Cub Scouts to listen to. 
  3. Ask Cub Scouts if they have relaxing music, they like to listen to and play their songs if you have access to it.
Reading Escape
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Read a book.

  • Comfy chair/pillow 
  • Extra age-appropriate books 

Before the Meeting: 

  1. Find a quiet location that is an appropriate reading spot. 
  2. Contact parents/legal guardians to let them know Cub Scouts should bring a book.   

During the Meeting: 

  1. Explain to Cub Scouts they will be reading their books to themselves. Have Cub Scouts choose a comfortable location to read.  
  2. Have Cub Scouts read the selected materials for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Yoga Salutation
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Practice yoga.

  • Water bottle 
  • Yoga Salutation Poses found in Additional Resources

Before the meeting: 

  1. Contact parents/legal guardians to let them know Cub Scouts need to wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.  
  2. Ensure access to the Yoga Salutation Poses worksheet, either by printing or on a digital device. 
  3. Practice the model and movements.  

During the meeting: 

  1. Tell Cub Scouts to sit in a circle and explain that they will be practicing yoga as a way to relax their mind.  
  2. Demonstrate breathing when exercising: 
    • Inhale through the nose and when going into a pose 
    • Exhale through the mouth and when coming out of a pose 
    • When holding a pose, use deep breaths, filling your lungs and letting out your breath slowly. 
  3. Using the Salutation Poses worksheet, lead each pose and have the Cub Scouts copy you to their ability.

Yoga Salutation Poses worksheet

Review your BSA Annual Health and Medical record with your parent or guardian. Discuss your ability to participate in den and pack activities.
BSA Health & Medical Record Review Bear
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts review their BSA Annual Health and Medical Records with their parent or legal guardian.

Before the meeting: 

  1. If the Cub Scout family has already submitted their BSA Annual Health and Medical Record, ensure that it is available for the den meeting. 
  2. Have copies available for Cub Scouts that have not already submitted their BSA Annual Health and Medical Record. 
  3. Set up meeting space with tables and chairs for writing. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Ask Cub Scouts and parent or legal guardians to sit together. 
  2. Pass out any completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Record forms.  Hand blank forms to those who have not yet filled one out. 
  3. Ask parents or legal guardians to fill out/review the form with their child.  Parents or legal guardians should discuss with their Cub Scout any activities they should not participate in or conditions that should be shared with adult leadership for safety reasons. 
  4. Collect the completed/reviewed forms. 

After the meeting: 

  1. Review each Cub Scouts BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.  Follow up with any questions you have with individual families about participation limits. 
Print

Safety Moment

Prior to any activity, use the BSA SAFE Checklist to ensure the safety of all those involved.  

All participants in official BSA Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scoutingand applicable program literature or manuals.   

Be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede BSA practices, policies, and guidelines.  

To assist in the safe delivery of the program you may find specific safety items that are related to requirements for the Adventure. 

Before starting this Adventure: 

  • Review the Food Allergies safety moment. 
  • Review each Cub Scouts BSA Annual Health and Medical Record for any food allergies or restrictions.  
  • Ask if any member of the den, youth, or adult, has any religious, or cultural dietary concerns. 
  • there is someone in the den, youth, or adults, who carries an EpiPen due to severe allergies make sure that at least one other adult knows how to administer the EpiPen. To learn more, review this Safety Moment on anaphylaxis 

Review the Keep Your Food Safe guide to properly keep, store, and prepare food.

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