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King Of The Jungle – Lion

Required Adventure

Citizenship is one of the four aims of the BSA program.  For Lions, citizenship begins at home with those they live with.  They will explore how they can contribute to their home and community.

Requirements

Draw a picture or take a photo of the people you live with.
My Lion Family
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Draw a picture of the people you live with.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 16
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout
  • Crayons, enough to share

Before the meeting:

  1. Set up the meeting location so Cub Scouts and adult partners can complete the activity.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with the den that those we live with we consider our family, and our family is like a little community on its own where each member has responsibilities and needs.
  2. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scout to draw a picture of the people that the Cub Scout lives with.  If the Cub Scout divides time between two families have them draw both.
  3. When everyone is done have each Cub Scout share with the den who they live with.
With your Lion adult partner, choose a job that will help your family. Follow through by doing that job at least once.
Lions Can Help Too
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Cub Scouts work with adult partners to identify how they can help their family.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 17
  • Crayons, enough to share

Before the meeting:

  1. Set up the meeting space for Cub Scouts and adult partners to complete the activity together.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that being a good member of the family is like being a good citizen in the community where you do what you can to help.  There are some things that as Cub Scouts we can do to help the adults that we live with.
  2. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scouts to look at the different tasks on page 17 of the Lion handbook and discuss which items the Cub Scout will start helping with.  Have them color the tasks they will start doing at home.
  3. Ask adult partners and Cub Scouts if there are any other things they could do or that they already do that isn’t on page 17.
  4. Remind adult partners that Cub Scouts should do one new thing to help around the house at least one time.
Talk with a grandparent or other older adult about what citizenship means to them.
Grandparent Visit
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List1
Prep Time5

Identify a grandparent of one of the Cub Scouts to visit with the den to talk about citizenship.

  • No supplies needed

Before the meeting:

  1. Ask parents and legal guardians of Cub Scouts if there is a grandparent who lives locally who would be willing to visit the den to share their thoughts on citizenship.  If no grandparent can come in person, consider having a grandparent do a virtual visit.
  2. Once a grandparent is identified contact the grandparent and give them the details of the meeting, date, time, and location.  Inform them that the den is interested in hearing about what they think being a good citizen means.  Questions to consider: What can someone do to be a good citizen? When was the first election you voted in?  How are things different today compared to when they grew up?
  3. The day before the meeting confirm the details of the meeting with the visiting grandparent.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners.  Introduce the grandparent to the den.
  2. Allow the grandparent to share their thoughts on citizenship and then give Cub Scouts and adult partners a chance to ask questions about citizenship to the grandparent.
  3. When finished thank the grandparent for visiting.

After the meeting:

  1. Send the guest speaker a thank you note.
Visit From a Veteran
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Invite a military veteran to discuss what citizenship means to them.

  • No supplies needed

Before the meeting:

  1. Contact parents and legal guardians and ask if they know anyone who is an active military or a veteran that they could ask to come speak to the den.  If not contact your pack leadership or reach out to a veterans organization such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion to identify a guest speaker.
  2. Inform the guest speaker that you would like for them to visit the den and share their thoughts on citizenship and what makes a good citizen.  Share with them the size of the den and the age of the Cub Scouts.
  3. Confirm date, time, and location of the visit.
  4. The day before the meeting remind the guest speaker of the visit.

During the meeting:

  1. Introduce the guest speaker.
  2. Have guest speaker share their thoughts about citizenship and what makes a good citizen.  Allow Cub Scouts and adult partners to ask questions.
  3. After the guest speaker is done, thank them for their visit.

After the meeting:

  1. Send a thank you note to the speaker.
Visiting Grandparents
LocationTravel
Energy 2
Supply List1
Prep Time5

Plan a trip to visit the elderly in a retirement or assisted living facility.

Before the meeting:

  1. Contact parents and legal guardians to see if any of them have a relative who is in a retirement or assisted living facility, if so coordinate to visit that location.  If not identify a local retirement or assisted living facility in your community and make arrangements for Cub Scouts to visit.
  2. Inform the facility that your Cub Scout den is made of kindergarteners and adult partners, and they would like to visit the facility and meet with residents who would like to share their thoughts on what it means to be a good citizen.
  3. Confirm the date and time of the visit and identify a point of contact with the facility.
  4. Have each parent or legal guardian submit an activity consent form for each Cub Scout.
  5. A day before the meeting send a reminder to Cub Scouts, parents, legal guardians, and confirm the date, time, and location of the visit and where the den will meet up.

During the meeting:

  1. Meet up with the den at a designated location.  Remind adult partners to stay with their Cub Scout at all times.
  2. Check in with the contact at the facility.  Have them give an overview of the facility.
  3. Have Cub Scouts and adult partners matched up with a resident and have them ask the following questions:
    • What can someone do to be a good citizen?
    • When was the first election you voted in?
    • How are things different today compared to when they grew up?
  4. After the visit Cub Scouts and adult partners should thank the resident they visited with.  Thank the contact with the facility.

After the meeting:

  1. Send a thank you note to the facility.
Participate in a service project.
Lion Art Supply Drive
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List2
Prep Time4

Conduct an art supply drive for children in a homeless shelter or transitional housing.

  • 18” x 14” x 12” cardboard boxes, one for each collection site
  • 11” x 17” pieces of paper, one for each Cub Scout
  • Markers and crayons, enough to share

This activity will take two meetings.  One will be for Cub Scouts to decorate boxes and posters for the art supply drive.  The other will be collecting and donating art supplies. 

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify a local homeless or transitional shelter with children that will accept art donations.  Meet with them to discuss conducting an art drive and identify details and dates.
  2. Share details of the drive with all parents, legal guardians, and adult partners in the den.

During the meeting:

  1. Inform Cub Scouts of the organization that you are conducting the art drive with.  Include who they serve and the need for art supplies to help kids who are going through a difficult time.
  2. Explain that today the den will decorate donation boxes and make promotional posters.
  3. Explain that the posters and collection boxes should include the date when the art supplies will be collected, the Pack number and den, and who the art supplies are being collected for.

After the meeting:

  1. Deliver the donation boxes to the agreed-upon collection locations.
  2. After one week collect the boxes and deliver them to the organization you collected them for.

At the next pack meeting ask Cubmaster to recognize the den for their project.

Lion Book Drive
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List2
Prep Time4

Conduct a book drive for a children’s hospital.

  • 18” x 14” x 12” cardboard boxes, one for each collection site
  • 11” x 17” pieces of paper, one for each Cub Scout
  • Markers and crayons, enough to share

This activity will take two meetings.  One will be for Cub Scouts to decorate boxes and posters for the book drive.  The other will be collecting and donating books. 

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify a local children’s hospital that will accept book donations.  Meet with them to discuss conducting a book drive and identify details and dates.
  2. Share details of the drive with all parents, legal guardians, and adult partners in the den.

During the meeting:

  1. Inform Cub Scouts of the organization that you are conducting the book drive with.  Include who they serve and the need for books.
  2. Explain that today the den will decorate donation boxes and make promotional posters.
  3. Explain that the posters and collection boxes should include the date when the books will be collected, the Pack number and den, and who the books are being collected for.

After the meeting:

  1. Deliver the donation boxes to the agreed-upon collection locations.
  2. After one week collect the boxes and deliver them to the organization you collected them for.

At the next pack meeting ask Cubmaster to recognize the den for their project.

Lion Scouting for Food
LocationTravel
Energy 3
Supply List1
Prep Time5

Participate in your Council-sponsored Scouting for Food event.

  • Activity Consent Form
  • Collection bags provide by local council
  • Vehicle to carry collected food such as a truck or van
  • Map of area to distribute bags and collect food donations
  • Check with local council for any additional items

Before the Meeting:

  1. Contact your local Council to participate in Scouting for Food collection event.
  2. Review council provided materials for Scouting for Food event.
  3. Communicate the details to the parents and legal guardians of your Cub Scouts.
  4. Distribute Activity Consent Form to the patrol.
  5. Confirm with local council the area to distribute bags and collect food donations.
  6. Confirm with local council the location of drop off for donations.
  7. Get collection bags provided by local council.
  8. Communicate date, time, and location for bag distribution to the patrol.
  9. Communicate date, time, and location for food collection distribution to the patrol.
  10. Refer to your council provided resources for any additional items to be completed before the event.

During collection bag distribution:

  1. Collect Activity Consent Form for each Cub Scout.
  2. Create buddies.
  3. Assign area for buddies to distribute collection bags.
  4. Review how to approach residences safely and politely as they distribute collection bags.
  5. Remind Cub Scouts that it is illegal to place collection bags in or on mailboxes.

During food donation collection:

  1. Collect Activity Consent Form for each Cub Scout.
  2. Create buddies.
  3. Assign area for buddies to collect donations.
  4. Review how to approach residences safely and politely if there is no donated food left out.
  5. Take donated food to the assigned collection point.
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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.

Watch this video about Service Projects in Cub Scouting (6:44)

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 complete the following:

  • Use the Service Project Planning Checklist  to plan your den or pack service project.
  • Review the SAFE Project Tool Use is an at-a-glance reference for service projects, not crafts.  It includes age guidelines for tools and types of allowed activities allowed for service projects.

During the Adventure

  • Give time for proper training on the use of the tools that will be used to complete the project to all youth and adults.
  • Provide continuous, qualified adult supervision and discipline during the project.
  • Following all manufacturer’s literature and age and skill restrictions shall supersede the recommendations in the publication. If there is a conflict, leaders shall follow the most restrictive guidelines.

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