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Mountain Lion – Lion

Required Adventure

Lions and adult partners will take a walk to explore the outdoors.  Along the way, they will see and identify things that are natural and things that are man-made.

Requirements

Identify the Cub Scout Six Essentials. Show what you do with each item.
Guess the Cub Scout Six Essential
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List5
Prep Time2

Play a game of charades to identify the Cub Scout Six Essentials.

  • Cub Scouts need to bring their Lion handbook, page 9
  • Crayons, enough to share
  • Cub Scout Six Essentials (recommend using small youth-sized items)
    • Filled water bottle
    • Whistle
    • Flashlight
    • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
    • Trail mix
    • Small first aid kit
  • 3” x 5” index cards – 12 cards
  • Black magic marker

Before the meeting:

  1. Watch the four-minute video on the Cub Scout Six Essentials.
  2. Take notes on the Cub Scout Six Essentials so you can explain the items to the den.
  3. Gather Cub Scout Six essentials and four other items.
  4. Using the 3” x 5” cards write one of the Cub Scout Six Essentials on each card creating two sets of cards with the Cub Scout Six Essentials.  These will be used to play charades.
  5. Become familiar with how to play charades.
  6. Prepare a place for Cub Scouts and adult partners to complete the activity on page 9 of the Lion handbook.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that whenever we go outside there are six items we always want to have with us, these are called the Cub Scout Six Essentials.
  2. Explain each item of the Cub Scout Six Essentials.
  3. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scouts to complete the activity on page 9 of the Lion handbook.
  4. Divide the den into two teams keeping Cub Scouts and their adult partner together.
  5. Review how to play charades.
  6. Keep the rules simple.
  7. The first team picks someone to go first.  That person picks a card from the cards and looks at what is on it without showing it to anyone.  They then do their best to act out what is on the card.  Their team then tries to guess what it is in 2 minutes.  If they guess correcting in time they get a point.  If they don’t guess correctly in 2 minutes the other team goes.
  8. The team with the most points after going through the deck of cards wins.
Kim’s Game Cub Scout Six Essentials
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List5
Prep Time3

Play Kim’s Game to help Cub Scouts learn about the Cub Scout Six Essentials.

  • Cub Scouts need to bring their Lion handbook, page 9
  • Crayons, enough to share
  • Cub Scout Six Essentials (recommend using small youth-sized items)
    • Filled water bottle
    • Whistle
    • Flashlight
    • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
    • Trail mix
    • Small first aid kit
  • Other outdoor equipment   Tip: Make the items obvious that they are not part of the Cub Scout Six Essentials
    • Below is just a suggested list, keep it to four items
    • Umbrella
    • Book
    • Hammer
    • Phone

Before the meeting:

  1. Watch the four-minute video on the Cub Scout Six Essentials.
  2. Take notes on the Cub Scout Six Essentials so you can explain the items to the den.
  3. Gather Cub Scout Six essentials and four other items.
  4. Prepare a place for Cub Scouts and adult partners to complete the activity on page 9 of the Lion handbook.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that whenever we go outside there are six items we always want to have with us, these are called the Cub Scout Six Essentials.
  2. Explain each item of the Cub Scout Six Essentials.
  3. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scouts to complete the activity on page 9 of the Lion handbook.
  4. While they are working on the activity prepare the Kim’s Game by placing the Cub Scout Six Essentials and the other four items on a table and covering them with the bath towel.
  5. When everyone is done with the activity in the handbook gather everyone around the table with the items covered with a towel.
  6. Explain that you are going to lift the towel up and count to 20.  The objective is to try and memorize each item that is under the towel.  When you finish counting you will cover the items back up and the Cub Scouts with their adult partners will work together to try and remember each item that was under the towel.
  7. Lift the towel up and count to 20. Cover the items after counting to 20.
  8. Give Cub Scouts and adult partners a couple of minutes to try and remember all the items when you are ready call on a Cub Scout and adult partner and ask them to identify one item that was under the towel.
  9. If they get it right, ask them if the item is part of the Cub Scout Six Essentials.
  10. Go around the den giving each Cub Scout and adult partner team a chance to identify an item and if it is part of the Cub Scout Six Essentials.
With your den, pack, or family, take a walk outside spending for at least 20 minutes exploring the outdoors with your Cub Scout Six Essentials. While outside, identify things that you see with your Lion adult partner that are natural and things that are manmade.
A Different Point of View
LocationOutdoor
Energy 3
Supply List3
Prep Time4

During the walk stop and change where you are looking by moving your body.

  • Cub Scouts need to bring their Lion handbook, page 9
  • Crayons, enough to share
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout
  • Cub Scout Six Essentials (recommend using small youth-sized items)
    • Filled water bottle
    • Whistle
    • Flashlight
    • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
    • Trail mix
    • Small first aid kit

This outdoor walk can be done in any environment, it may be in an urban, suburban, or rural area.  It may be a local park or neighborhood.  It may be outside of your normal meeting location. 

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify the area where you are going to take the walk.  Ensure that the area is safe and identify any hazards to avoid.
  2. If the location is not your normal meeting place, give the address and directions to the families in your den.
  3. Remind Cub Scouts and adult partners to bring their Cub Scout Six Essentials with them and to wear appropriate footwear.

During the meeting:

  1. Check to see if everyone has their Cub Scout Six Essentials.
  2. Tell everyone the route that will be followed for the walk.
  3. Share any hazards that may be on the path and how to avoid them.
  4. During your walk, have the den stop and find a safe place to lay down on their back looking straight up ask them if they see anything man-made and anything natural and what it is they see.  Then have them roll over on their belly and look down and ask the same thing.  Then have them sit up and look in one direction and ask them what they see that is natural then ask them what they see that is man-made.
  5. During the walk try to find two or three spots along the way that will provide different types of views when they stop.
  6. When the walk is over, have Cub Scouts draw in the Lion handbook on page 10 one thing they saw that one natural and one thing that was manmade.
I Spy Something Natural
LocationOutdoor
Energy 3
Supply List3
Prep Time4

While on a walk,  play “I Spy” to identify natural items and things that are man-made.

  • Cub Scouts need to bring their Lion handbook, page 9
  • Crayons, enough to share
  • Cub Scout Six Essentials (recommend using small youth-sized items)
    • Filled water bottle
    • Whistle
    • Flashlight
    • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
    • Trail mix
    • Small first aid kit

This outdoor walk can be done in any environment, it may be in an urban, suburban, or rural area.  It may be a local park or neighborhood.  It may be outside of your normal meeting location. 

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify the area where you are going to take the walk.  Ensure that the area is safe and identify any hazards to avoid.
  2. If the location is not your normal meeting place, give the address and directions to the families in your den.
  3. Remind Cub Scouts and adult partners to bring their Cub Scout Six Essentials with them and to wear appropriate footwear.

During the meeting:

  1. Check to see if everyone has their Cub Scout Six Essentials.
  2. Tell everyone the route that will be followed for the walk.
  3. Share any hazards that may be on the path and how to avoid them.
  4. Inform the den that during the walk you are going to play I spy.
  5. Explain how to play “I Spy.” A person is chosen to go first.  They spot something that everyone should be able to see, and they say, “I spy something (natural or manmade).”  Each person in the den gets a chance to ask a question about the object that can only be answered with a yes or no then they get one chance to guess what it is.  Keep going until the object is guessed. The Cub Scout who guessed correctly gets to spy next.
  6. When the walk is over, have Cub Scouts draw in the Lion handbook on page 10 one thing they saw that one natural and one thing that was man-made.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Lion
LocationOutdoor
Energy 3
Supply List3
Prep Time4

While on a walk play a scavenger hunt for things that are natural.

  • Cub Scouts need to bring their Lion handbook, page 9
  • Crayons, enough to share
  • Outdoor Scavenger Hunt worksheet from Additional Resources
  • Printer
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout
  • Cub Scout Six Essentials (recommend using small youth-sized items)
    • Filled water bottle
    • Whistle
    • Flashlight
    • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
    • Trail mix
    • Small first aid kit

This outdoor walk can be done in any environment, it may be in an urban, suburban, or rural area.  It may be a local park or neighborhood.  It may be outside of your normal meeting location. 

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify the area where you are going to take the walk.  Ensure that the area is safe and identify any hazards to avoid.
  2. If the location is not your normal meeting place, give the address and directions to the families in your den.
  3. Remind Cub Scouts and adult partners to bring their Cub Scout Six Essentials with them and to wear appropriate footwear.
  4. Print a copy of the Outdoor Scavenger Hunt worksheet for each Cub Scout.

During the meeting:

  1. Check to see if everyone has their Cub Scout Six Essentials.
  2. Tell everyone the route that will be followed for the walk.
  3. Share any hazards that may be on the path and how to avoid them.
  4. Inform the den that during the walk you are going to have a scavenger hunt.
  5. Pass out the Outdoor Scavenger Hunt worksheet to each Cub Scout and tell them to check off the item on the sheet if they see it on the walk.
  6. When the walk is over, have Cub Scouts draw in the Lion handbook on page 10 one thing they saw that one natural and one thing that was manmade.
Discover what S.A.W. means.
Does My Whistle Work?
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time1

Cub Scouts will blow whistles and demonstrate how to use the whistle if they get lost.

  • Cub Scouts should bring their whistle which is part of their Cub Scout Six Essentials
  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 11
  • Pencils or pens, one for each Cub Scout

Before the meeting:

  1. Remind Cub Scouts and adult partners to bring a whistle.  If you have already completed requirement 1 for Mountain Lion, have them bring their whistle which is part of their Cub Scout Six Essentials.  If you have not completed requirement 1, inform Cub Scouts and adult partners that having a whistle will be part of other Adventures and something they bring with them whenever participating in outdoor activities.
  2. Ensure the location for this activity is in a place where the blowing of whistles will not be a problem.
  3. Prepare a space for Cub Scouts and adult partners to work on the activity in their Lion handbook.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and check to make sure everyone has their whistle.
  2. Ask Cub Scouts why they think it is important to have a whistle with them.
  3. Inform Cub Scouts and adult partners that at times a person may get separated from the group they are with when they are outside.
  4. Inform Cub Scouts and adult partners that if they are ever separated from the group they are with or get lost, there are three things they can do to increase the chances that they will get found.
    • Stay – Do not go looking or wandering around.  When you get lost or separated your group or parents are likely to start looking for you in the last place, they saw you or at places you have been.  If you stay where you are, chances are they will come back to that place to look for you.
    • Answer – When you hear your name being called, answer back.
    • Whistle – Use your whistle.  Blow your whistle with three short blasts.  Do this repeatedly until you are found.
  5. Ask Cub Scouts, how do you know if your whistle works?  Allow for answers.
  6. Now is the time to test your whistle, I want you to blow your whistle with three short blasts and then stop.
  7. Allow Cub Scouts to blow their whistles.
  8. Gather Cub Scouts and adult partners and have them complete the activity on page 11 of the Lion handbook.
Reverse Hide and Seek
LocationOutdoor
Energy 4
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Play a version of hide and seek where the idea is to be found.

  • Cub Scouts should bring their whistle which is part of their Cub Scout Six Essentials
  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 11
  • Pencils or pens, one for each Cub Scout

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify a large area outside that has places to hide and is free of obstacles.
  2. Remind Cub Scouts and adult partners to bring a whistle. If you have already completed requirement 1 for Mountain Lion, have them bring their whistle which is part of their Cub Scout Six Essentials. If you have not completed requirement 1, inform Cub Scouts and adult partners that having a whistle will be part of other Adventures and something they bring with them whenever participating in outdoor activities.

During the meeting:

  1. Inform Cub Scouts and adult partners that if they are ever separated from the group they are with or get lost, there are three things they can do to increase the chances that they will get found.
    • Stay – Do not go looking or wandering around.  When you get lost or separated your group or parents are likely to start looking for you in the last place, they saw you or at places you have been.  If you stay where you are, chances are they will come back to that place to look for you.
    • Answer – When you hear your name being called, answer back.
    • Whistle – Use your whistle.  Blow your whistle with three short blasts.  Do this repeatedly until you are found.
  2. Explain the rules of hide, seek, and found.
    • This game is like hide and seek but after 5 minutes the team that is hiding follows the stay, answer, and whistle.  S.A.W.
    • A Cub Scout and their adult partner will be the first to hide.  They will be given 30 seconds to find a place to hide.  After 30 seconds the rest of the den will look for them.  Cub Scouts and adult partners stick together as they search.
    • If they are found the Cub Scout and adult partner who found them get to hide next.
    • If the Cub Scout and adult partner who are hiding cannot be found after 3 minutes, the den leader blows a whistle once.  Now the Cub Scout and adult partner who are hiding have to stay, answer, and whistle.
    • The team that finds them first gets to hide next.
  3. After playing the game ask the Cub Scouts if it was easier to find someone when they were following stay, answer, and whistle.
  4. Gather Cub Scouts and adult partners and have them complete the activity on page 11 of the Lion handbook.
S.A.W. Maze
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Complete a maze that helps teach the S.A.W. method.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 11
  • Pencils or pens, one for each Cub Scout

Before the meeting:

  1. Prepare a space for Cub Scouts and adult partners to work on the activity in their Lion handbook.

During the meeting:

  1. Inform Cub Scouts and adult partners that at times a person may get separated from the group they are with when they are outside.
  2. Inform Cub Scouts and adult partners that if they are ever separated from the group they are with or get lost, there are three things they can do to increase the chances that they will get found.
    • Stay – Do not go looking or wandering around.  When you get lost or separated your group or parents are likely to start looking for you in the last place, they saw you or at places you have been.  If you stay where you are, chances are they will come back to that place to look for you.
    • Answer – When you hear your name being called, answer back.
    • Whistle – Use your whistle.  Blow your whistle with three short blasts.  Do this repeatedly until you are found.
  3. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scout to complete the activity on page 11 of the Lion handbook.
Identify common animals that are found where you live. Separate those animals into domesticated and wild.
Animal Craft
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Using craft supplies make a domesticated animal and a wild animal.

This project could also be completed using clean recycled materials.

  • Photos of domestic animals
  • Photos of wild animals
  • Construction paper of assorted colors
  • Scissors, youth size, enough to share
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes, two pairs for each Cub Scout to make two animals
  • Crayons in assorted colors, enough to share
  • Craft sticks
  • Tape
  • Cotton balls

Before the meeting:

  1. Prepare the meeting space for Cub Scouts to complete the activity in their handbook.
  2. Gather photos or images of domesticated and wild animals.

During the meeting:

  1. Discuss the difference between wild and domesticated animals.  Ask Cub Scouts and adult partners what they think makes an animal wild and to give examples of wild animals.
  2. Ask Cub Scouts and adult partners what they think makes an animal domesticated and to give examples of domesticated animals.
  3.  Wild animals are animals that live outdoors and do not rely on humans and are considered wild animals. Most wild animals avoid humans, so you may not see them. Wild animals usually have better sight, hearing, and smell than humans, which helps them stay out of our sight. You should observe wild animals but never approach them.
  4. Domesticated animals are animals that live with humans and rely on us for things like food and shelter are called domesticated. Some animals have become domesticated as a source of food or to help humans with work, and others have become pets. Just because an animal is domesticated does not mean the animal is safe.
  5. Never approach an animal that you do not know. You cannot tell if an animal is domesticated or wild just by looking at it. For example, most dogs you may see are domesticated, but some dogs are wild and do not rely on humans. Wild dogs should not be approached.
  6. Have adult partners work with heir Cub Scout to make one domesticated animal and one wild animal from the craft supplies.
  7. When everyone is done have each Cub Scout share what they made.
Visit to Animal Rescue
LocationTravel
Energy 3
Supply List1
Prep Time5

Travel to an animal rescue that has both wild and domestic animals.

  • No supplies needed

Before the meeting:

  1. Contact your local animal rescue shelter to arrange a tour of a location that has both wild and domestic animals that are being helped.
  2. Inform the contact at the animal rescue shelter that the Cub Scouts are in Kindergarten and would like to learn about the difference between domestic and wild animals.
  3. Remind parents, legal guardians, and adult partners of the date time, and location of the meeting.  Include a physical address.
  4. Confirm where everyone will park and meet up.

During the meeting:

  1. Take a guided tour of the animal rescue shelter and have the contact share with the Cub Scouts the difference between wild and domesticated animals and how they help each type.
  2. After the tour thank the contact for the tour.

After the meeting:

  1. Send a thank you note.
Wild or Domestic
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Matching activity for wild and domesticated animals.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 12
  • Crayons, enough to share
  • Photos of domesticated animals
  • Photos of wild animals

Before the meeting:

  1. Prepare the meeting space for Cub Scouts to complete the activity in their handbook.
  2. Gather photos or images of domesticated and wild animals.

During the meeting:

  1. Discuss the difference between wild and domesticated animals.  Ask Cub Scouts and adult partners what they think makes an animal wild and to give examples of wild animals.
  2. Ask Cub Scouts and adult partners what they think makes an animal domesticated and to give examples of domesticated animals.
  3. Wild animals are animals that live outdoors and do not rely on humans and are considered wild animals. Most wild animals avoid humans, so you may not see them. Wild animals usually have better sight, hearing, and smell than humans, which helps them stay out of our sight. You should observe wild animals but never approach them.
  4. Domesticated animals are animals that live with humans and rely on us for things like food and shelter are called domesticated. Some animals have become domesticated as a source of food or to help humans with work, and others have become pets. Just because an animal is domesticated does not mean the animal is safe.
  5. Never approach an animal that you do not know. You cannot tell if an animal is domesticated or wild just by looking at it. For example, most dogs you may see are domesticated, but some dogs are wild and do not rely on humans. Wild dogs should not be approached.
  6. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scout to complete the activity on page 12 of the Lion handbook.
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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.

Before conducting a craft activity, review the Craft Tips video (2 minutes 34 seconds.)

Before starting this Adventure complete the following:

If 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. During the Adventure:

  • Use the buddy system.
  • All adults are to provide active supervision.

Before conducting a craft activity, review the Craft Tips video (2 minutes 34 seconds.)

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