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Required Adventure

Understanding your religious beliefs and the beliefs of others can help you make sense of the world around you. This Adventure lets you learn about your own faith and family and explore ways to continue your faith practices in the future.      

This Adventure is commonly done at home with the Cub Scout’s family.  If it is being done as a den, ensure that every parent and guardian is aware of the content and the activities that the den will do and allow for parents to opt out of doing it as a den activity and choose to complete the requirement at home. 

Requirements

Family & Reverence Adventure This Adventure may be earned by completing the requirements below OR by completing a Religious Emblem of the Cub Scouts family’s choosing.
With your parent or legal guardian, talk about your family’s faith traditions. Identify three holidays or celebrations that are part of your family’s faith traditions. Make a craft, work of art, or a food item that is part of your family’s faith traditions.
Multimedia Collage
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List3
Prep Time3

Create a multi-media collage celebrating your family’s faith traditions.

  • Magazines, newspapers, and catalogs with pictures of holiday celebrations 
  • Scissors and glue sticks for each Cub Scout 
  • Poster board, 11”x14”, or large sheets of paper for each Cub Scout 
  • Markers, colored pencils, and crayons for each Cub Scout 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Encourage Cubs to bring their own pictures of their faith traditions or celebrations.  

During the meeting: 

  1. Encourage Cub Scouts to have a discussion about their family faith traditions, holidays, and celebrations and how they can be reflected in their colleges. 
  2. Instruct Cub Scouts to cut out images, words, and phrases that represent their faith traditions and holidays.  
  3. Have Cub Scouts arrange and glue their cutouts onto the poster boards or large sheets of paper, creating a collage. 
  4. Allow Cub Scouts to use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to add drawings or additional details. 
  5. Once the colleges are complete, have each Cub Scout share with the group. Encourage them to explain the significance of different elements in their collages. 
Wood Crafting
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List3
Prep Time3

Make a wood craft that can be used as part of your favorite family faith tradition, holiday, or celebration.

  • Covering for workspace for each Cub Scout 
  • Seventeen popsicle sticks for each Cub Scout 
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Paintbrush for each Cub Scout 
  • Container of water to wash paintbrushes 
  • White glue 
  • Scissors

During the meeting: 

  1. Ask Cub Scouts to share their holidays or celebrations that are part of their family’s faith traditions. 
  2. Have Cub Scouts paint the popsicle sticks with acrylic paint. 
  3. Once popsicle sticks are dry (will only take a couple of minutes), have Cub Scouts line up the popsicle sticks in a row, face down. Use 10 regular-sized sticks to build the house. 
  4. Tell Cub Scouts to use 3 popsicle sticks to hold the wall together. Glue one at the top, another one in the middle, and the third at the bottom. 
  5. Tell Cub Scouts to take two popsicle sticks and cut ⅓ of one stick and ½ of the other and arrange the sticks from small to big.  
  6. Have Cub Scouts use the ⅓ piece on top, followed by the ½, then the ⅔, and finally two full-sized sticks. To hold them together, glue the remaining ½ piece to the back and let it dry. 
  7. Have Cub Scouts carefully flip over the roof and the wall and place them next to each other. 
  8. Tell Cub Scouts to glue two sticks at the sides of the roof to attach it to the wall. 
  9. Tell Cub Scouts to glue their faith decorations with regular white glue and the help of a paintbrush to distribute the glue evenly. 
Carry out an act of kindness.
A Dish Of Kindness
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Clean up the dishes after dinner.

  • No supplies needed

During the meeting: 

  1. Discuss with Cub Scouts the importance of kindness and helping around the house. 
  2. Tell Cub Scouts to clean up the kitchen after a family dinner. Encourage Cub Scouts to clear the table, wash, dry, and put away the dishes. 

At the next meeting: 

  1. Ask Cub Scouts to share how being kind and cleaning up dishes at home went. 
  2. Brainstorm with Cub Scouts other acts of kindness that they can do at home. 
Helping Hands
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Help your family members with a chore.

  • No supplies needed

During the meeting: 

  1. Talk to Cub Scouts about kindness around the house. Ask Cub Scouts what it feels like when their siblings help them. 
  2. Brainstorm ideas on how Cub Scouts can help their siblings with a chore. 
  3. Tell Cub Scouts to help their siblings with a chore at home. 

At the next meeting: 

  1. Ask Cub Scouts how they helped their sibling with a chore at home. 
  2. Discuss how being kind or friendly to your siblings might make that person feel. 
Neighborly Kindness
LocationOutdoor with Travel
Energy 3
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Help a neighbor with yard work.

Before the meeting: 

  1. Obtain permission from a selected neighbor for yard work activity. 
  2. Notify parents or legal guardians of the details of the outing. Remind them to bring a completed Activity Consent Form. Ask them to bring yard work tools if they have them. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and discuss the importance of being a good and kind neighbor. 
  2. Talk to Cub Scouts about common yard work tasks and how they can be helpful. 
  3. Brief Cub Scouts on the proper use of tools and safety guidelines. 
  4. Assign specific tasks to each Cub Scout or group of Cub Scouts. Tasks may include raking leaves, pulling weeds, clipping hedges (with small handheld clippers), or planting flowers. As a reminder, Cub Scouts are not allowed to operate power tools including lawn mowers. 
  5. Gather Cub Scouts for a brief reflection on the experience and the impact of their efforts on the neighbor. 
With your parent or legal guardian identify a religion or faith that is different from your own. Identify two things that it has in common with your family’s beliefs.
Exploring Faith
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Learn about a religion different from your own and name two things that it has in common with your family’s beliefs.

  • Exploring Faith chart found in Additional Resources

Before the meeting: 

  1. Select a religion that is different from the majority of Cub Scouts’ background. To help understand the differences, review the Exploring Faith chart. 
  2. Reach out to a local religious leader or community member from the chosen religion. Ask if they would be willing to come and speak to the den. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Briefly discuss with Cub Scouts the concept of religious diversity and why it’s important to learn about different faiths. 
  2. Have religious leader provide a basic introduction to their faith. This can include information about beliefs, practices, rituals, and important cultural aspects. 
  3. Discuss with Cub Scouts how people from different religions might share common values and beliefs despite their differences. 

After the meeting: 

  1. Send the presenter a thank you note. 

Exploring Faith chart

Discuss with our parent or legal guardian what it means to be reverent. Tell how you practice being reverent in your daily life.
Reverence Reflection
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Discuss what it means to be reverent and how you practice being reverent in your daily life.

During the meeting: 

  1. Ask Cub Scouts what it means to be reverent. Explain that reverence is showing great respect for a person or thing.  Examples include: 
    • Reverence toward elders 
    • A painting that inspires deep reverence for nature 
    • Reverence for human life 
    • Raising a hand to speak 
    • Walking quietly in a library 
    • Showing respect for others 
  2. Discuss with Cub Scouts why reverence is an important value. 
    • Reverence contributes to creating a peaceful and respectful community, fostering understanding, and appreciating the diversity of beliefs and cultures 
  3. Ask Cub Scouts how they can practice being reverent in their daily lives. 
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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. 

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

Before starting the “Neighborly Kindness” activity for requirement 2, 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 “Neighborly Kindness” activity 

  • 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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