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Pedal With The Pack

Elective Adventure

Get together with your den, pack, or family to go on a bike ride.  You will learn about what to take, how to make sure your bike is ready, and then go for a ride!  Grab your helmet, check your tires, and a buddy to head out on another Cub Scout Adventure.

Requirements

Show how to properly wear a bicycle helmet. Show you can take off and put on without help.
Helmet Fitting
LocationOutdoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts demonstrate how to properly wear a helmet.

One bike helmet for each Cub Scout 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Confirm all Cub Scouts who will be completing this Adventure have a helmet. Ask them to bring the helmet to the next den meeting. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Ask Cub Scouts to put on their helmet.  
  2. For each Cub Scout, check the placement and the two-finger strap rule.  
  3. Confirm each Cub Scout is properly wearing their helmet and ask Cub Scouts to remove their helmet.
Decide what you should wear when riding a bike.
Gear Check
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts demonstrate what clothes to wear when going for a bike ride.

  • One pair of scissors for each Cub Scout 
  • One glue stick per Cub Scout 
  • Bike Gear worksheet found in Additional Resources 
  • Printer  
  • Access to Bike Gear Answer Key found in Additional Resources

Before the meeting: 

  1. Print Bike Gear worksheet, one for each Cub Scout. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Give each Cub Scout a Bike Gear worksheet, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick. 
  2. Have each Cub Scout cut out the gear they think is appropriate for a bike ride and glue it to the Bike Gear worksheet.  
  3. Check the answers with the answer key.  For any incorrect answers, initiate a discussion with Cub Scouts.

Bike Gear worksheet

Bike Gear worksheet answer key

Gear Classification
LocationOutdoor
Energy 3
Supply List3
Prep Time3

Cub Scouts choose proper clothes and gear for a safe bike ride.

  • Random pieces of clothes, some appropriate and some not appropriate 
  • Random pairs of shoes, (some appropriate and some not appropriate 
  • Bicycle helmets 
  • Reflector vests and/or bracelets 
  • Safety pads for elbow, knee, wrists

Before the meeting: 

  1. Collect the clothing and biking items and place them in a pile on the floor. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Explain to Cub Scouts that they will sort the supplies into two piles. One pile that’s appropriate for biking and one pile that’s not appropriate for biking.  
  2. When they are finished, review the pile for appropriate clothing to wear when bicycling.  Ask them why chose each item. 
  3. Review the pile of inappropriate clothing.  Ask them to explain why they would not wear the item. 
Learn about different types of bikes and when/where you might ride these different types.
Types Of Bikes
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts learn about different types of bikes.

  • Types of Bikes found in Additional Resources 
  • Printer  
  • Pencils  
  • Types of Bikes Answer Key found in Additional Resources

Before the meeting: 

  1. Print Types of Bikes worksheet, one for each Cub Scout. 
  2. Access to Types of Bikes Answer Key. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Hand out the Types of Bikes worksheet and ask Cub Scouts to fill it out. 
  2. Review the answers.  Ask Cub Scouts which type of bike they have and what type of bike they would like to have in the future. 

Types of Bikes worksheet

Types of Bikes Answer Key

Demonstrate you can start and stop your bicycle without help.
Red Light, Green Light
LocationTravel
Energy 4
Supply List5
Prep Time3

Cub Scouts demonstrate starting and stopping a bike.

  • Bicycle helmet for each Cub Scout 
  • Closed-toe shoes for each Cub Scout 
  • Activity Consent Form 
  • Bike for each Cub Scout 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Confirm each Cub Scout who will be completing this Adventure has a bike and helmet. 
  2. Find a location that has enough room for Cub Scouts to practice riding safely.  Parks and school playgrounds are great places to meet.  Avoid parking lots. 
  3. Communicate location to parents or legal guardians.   

During the meeting: 

  1. Define the starting line and the finishing line.  
  2. Tell Cub Scouts when you say, “Green Light,” they will start riding their bikes toward the finish line. When you say, “Red Light,” they will stop their bikes. If they are still moving after you call “Red Light,” they must go back to the starting line. 
  3. Ask the Cub Scouts to stand behind the starting line, put on their helmets properly, and mount their bikes. Make sure there is plenty of space between each rider. 
  4. Say “Green Light” to start the game. 
  5. Start a new round when everyone gets across the finish line or when most players make it across the finish line. 

Tip: If Cub Scouts cannot yet ride without training wheels, that’s okay! 

Demonstrate proper hand signals.
Show Me A Sign
LocationTravel
Energy 4
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts demonstrate hand signals while riding a bike.

  • Bicycles helmet for each Cub Scout 
  • Closed-toe shoes for each Cub Scout 
  • Activity Consent Form 
  • Bike for each Cub Scout 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Confirm each Cub Scout who will be completing this Adventure has a bike and helmet. 
  2. Find a location that has enough room for Cub Scouts to practice riding safely.  Parks and school playgrounds are great places to meet.  Avoid parking lots. 
  3. Communicate location to legal guardians.  

During the meeting: 

  1. Ask Cub Scouts to straddle their bicycles with their hands on the handlebars. 
  2. Practice right turn, left turn, stop hand signs.  
    • Call out “right turn.”  Cub Scouts point their right hand to the right. 
    • Call out “left turn.”  Cub Scouts point their left hand to the left. 
    • Call out “stop sign.” Cub Scouts extend their left arm out, and bend arm down at a 90-degree angle, with hand open. 
  3. Ask the Cub Scouts to stand behind the starting line, put helmets on properly, and mount bikes. Make sure there is plenty of space between each rider. 
  4. Have Cub Scouts take turns riding in a straight line and practice using one of the learned hand signs, and then follow their own direction.  

Tip: If Cub Scouts cannot yet ride without training wheels, that’s okay!

With your den, pack, or family, follow the buddy system and take a bike ride.
Let’s Go Ride A Bike
LocationTravel
Energy 5
Supply List5
Prep Time3

Cub Scouts go for a bike ride with their buddy.

  • Bicycle helmet for each Cub Scout 
  • Closed-toe shoes for each Cub Scout 
  • Activity Consent Form 
  • Bike for each Cub Scout 

To participate in this activity, all adults and den chiefs need properly fitting helmets. 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Confirm each Cub Scout who will be completing this Adventure has a bike and helmet. 
  2. Find a location that has enough room for Cub Scouts to practice riding safely.  Parks and school playgrounds are great places to meet.  Avoid parking lots. 
  3. Communicate the location to parents or legal guardians and ask them to bring the activity consent form.  

During the meeting: 

  1. Have Cub Scouts choose a buddy. 
  2. Ask the Cub Scouts to stand behind the starting line, put on their helmets properly, and mount their bikes. Make sure there is plenty of space between each rider. 
  3. Tell Cub Scouts to stay with their buddy and go for a bike ride.
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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 this Adventure: 

During the Adventure: 

  • Conduct an “ABC Quick Check” on the bicycles before riding.  The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has a checklist for air, brakes, and cranks, chain, and cogs. 

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