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Let’s Camp Lion – Lion

Elective Adventure

Here is the opportunity for Lions and their adult partners to go on an overnight campout.

Requirements

Learn about the buddy system and how it works in the outdoors. 
Buddy or No Buddy?
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Using the Lion handbook, Cub Scouts learn the buddy system.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 47 
  • Crayons, enough to share 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Become familiar with the buddy system by watching “The Buddy System.” (duration 1 minute, 42 seconds)  

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and adult partners and say: “The buddy system is when two Cub Scouts work together, share, and keep each other safe. The den leader decides how buddies are paired. If there is an odd number of Cub Scouts, you can have a buddy group of no more than three.   Having a buddy is especially important when you are doing an activity outdoors, particularly near or on the water.   When you have a buddy, you are not to let your buddy out of your sight. As buddies you are friends, so remember the points of the Scout Law to be friendly, courteous, and kind to each other. You keep each other safe by following any rules or instructions for the activity” 
  2. Have Cub Scouts with their adult partners identify and color the pictures on page 47 of the Lion handbook. 
Buddy Tic Tac Toe
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Ask the Cub Scouts to “buddy up,” with a fellow scout of their choosing.  Play tic-tac-toe. 

  • 8 ½”x 11” blank sheets of paper, one for each Cub Scout 
  • Crayons, enough to share 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Become familiar with the buddy system by watching “The Buddy System.” (duration 1 minute, 42 seconds)  

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and adult partners and say: “The buddy system is when two Cub Scouts work together, share, and keep each other safe. The den leader decides how buddies are paired. If there is an odd number of Cub Scouts, you can have a buddy group of no more than three.   Having a buddy is especially important when you are doing an activity outdoors, particularly near or on the water.   When you have a buddy, you are not to let your buddy out of your sight. As buddies you are friends, so remember the points of the Scout Law to be friendly, courteous, and kind to each other. You keep each other safe by following any rules or instructions for the activity” 
  2. Have Cub Scouts find a buddy. 
  3. Have Cub Scout buddies take a piece of paper and one crayon each and have them play tic tac toe together.  Ask adult partners to provide guidance.  
Before going on the overnight campout, discuss what type of weather is expected and what type of clothes you should wear.
Adult Partner Dress Up
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List1
Prep Time5

Adult partners wear different clothes for different seasons and Cub Scouts identify the season.

  • Ask each adult partner to come to the meeting with clothes for an assigned season; spring, summer, fall, winter or weather event: rain, snow, sunshine, wind.  Inform them that they will change into those clothes at the meeting.

Before the meeting:

  1. A week before the meeting confirm with adult partners that they are to bring to the meeting clothes that they would wear for their assigned season assigned season; spring, summer, fall, winter, or weather event: rain, snow, sunshine, wind.  Make sure that all seasons and multiple weather conditions are represented. Duplication is OK. Cub Scouts will be guessing the season or weather condition so let them know that props are OK.
  2. The day before the meeting confirm adult partners are ready for the meeting.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and have the adult partners go into appropriate dressing rooms to change into their outfits.  Tell the Cub Scouts that their adult partners are going to put on a fashion show.  Each adult partner will come out one at a time.  When an adult partner comes out Cub Scouts will guess if they are dressed for spring, summer, fall, winter, or weather condition of rain, snow, sunshine, or wind.
  2. Have adult partners come out one by one and have Cub Scouts guess their season or weather condition.
  3. When an adult partner comes out have an announcer talk about the items that they are wearing and why that item is important or useful such as – “Look at that wool hat, I am sure that can keep your head warm on cold days and nights.”
What Should Kat Wear?
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Identify proper clothing for the weather with a cut out activity.

  • Lions will need their Lion handbook, pages 48 and 49 
  • Craft Scissors, a pair for each Cub Scout 
  • Crayons, enough to share 
  • Smartphone with a weather app 

Before the meeting: 

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

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and have them work together to complete pages 48 and 49 of the Lion handbook. 
  2. Once everyone has completed the activity in the handbook tell them about the date of the campout and that now is a good time to look at what the weather will be like for the campout. 
  3. Pull up the weather app and set the location for where the campout will be held.  Look for the forecast. 
  4. Discuss with Cub Scouts and adult partners what will they need to bring on the campout based on the forecast.  
What to Wear Relay
LocationIndoor
Energy 5
Supply List4
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts pick out clothes that are appropriate for different types of weather. 

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, pages 48 and 49 
  • Crayons, enough to share 
  • Craft scissors, a pair for each Cub Scout 
  • Small book bag or day bag 
  • Assortment of outdoor clothes that includes the 4 seasons, summer, spring, fall, winter 
    • T-shirt 
    • Shorts 
    • Poncho or rain jacket 
    • Hat 
    • Long pants 
    • Wool socks 
    • Long sleeve shirt 
    • Winter coat 
    • Wool skull cap 
    • Hoodie or light jacket 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Set up the meeting location so Cub Scouts and adult partners can complete the activity in their handbook together. 
  2. Designate an area that is free of obstacles for a relay race. 
  3. Place the clothes into a jumbled pile on the ground.  

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and have them work together to complete pages 48 and 49 of the Lion handbook. 
  2. Once everyone has completed the activity in the handbook share with them that next the den is going to run a relay race.  
  3. Explain the rules of the relay to the Cub Scouts and adult partners.  Adult partners are going to play too. 
  4. Everyone will form a line about 10 yards away from the pile of clothes.  The first person in line holds the backpack and waits for the den leader to call out a season, summer, spring, fall, winter.   
  5. When the den leader says the season that person then runs to the piles of clothes and gathers the clothes that match the season.  When they bring the bag back, they empty the clothes, and the den decides if all the clothes are right for the season.  
  6. Return the clothes to the pile, jumble them up, and start again with a different season. 
Pack up your Cub Scout Six Essentials for the campout.
Packing for the Campout
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List4
Prep Time2

This is an At-Home activity. Adult partners will help their Cub Scouts pack their Cub Scout Six Essentials. 

This is an at-home activity. 

  • Cub Scout Six Essentials 
    • Filled water bottle 
    • First aid kit (small) 
    • Whistle 
    • Flashlight 
    • Sun protection 
    • Trail Food

At home: 

  1. Inform parents, legal guardians, and adult partners to help their Cub Scout pack for the campout and to review the Cub Scout Six Essentials with their Cub Scout and make sure they pack them. 
Attend a council or district Cub Scout overnight camp or attend an overnight campout with your pack.
Lion Council Camping
LocationOutdoor with Travel
Energy 5
Supply List5
Prep Time5

Outing with Travel

Tip: Cub Scout families may participate in Council Organized Family Camp.  These events may be called something less formal such as Parent and Pal or Cub Family Camp.  The program is provided by the local council and the event may last two nights.  For these activities, you are not required to have a BALOO-trained leader attend, but it is recommended.  

Lions must have a parent or legal guardian with them to go camping. 

Before camping: 

  1. Find a council camp on your local council’s website and sign up 
  2. Determine what items you will need to take. 

Go camping! 

Lion Pack Camping
LocationOutdoor with Travel
Energy 5
Supply List5
Prep Time5

Go camping with your pack. 

Lions must have a parent or legal guardian with them to go camping. 

A Lion den may not go camping as a den.  This activity is designed to be conducted as a Pack Campout.  

Before camping: 

  1. With your pack, locate a campground that is suitable for Cub Scouts and make a reservation. 
  2. Determine what items you will need to take.  This includes meals, sleeping arrangements, and activities for the Cub Scouts. 
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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.   

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.  

Review Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities before camping. 

When camping: 

  • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training is mandatory for a  pack overnighter. At least one registered adult leader who will be present during the overnighter must complete BALOO training.  BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hand on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience.   Check with your local council when the next available BALOO Training will be conducted.  
  • Complete the on-line training “Hazardous Weather” training module that is part of the Position Specific Training for den leaders my.scouting.  If you have already completed den leader, Cubmaster, or pack committee chair training on-line, then you have completed this module.  
  • Watch the Weather Related Safety Moment video (1 minute 48 seconds). 
  • Review Guide to Safe Scouting for camping, 
  • If building a campfire, review Behavior Around Campfires. 

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