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Tech All Around

Elective Adventure

Tigers will identify technology that is common in most homes and discover how technology has improved along with safety rules around technology they come in contact with.

Requirements

Discover technology around your home, meeting place, or neighborhood.
Technology At Home
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Discover technology at home.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Tiger handbooks, page 59 
  • Crayons, enough to share

Before the meeting: 

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

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that technology is all around us and sometimes we use something that we don’t even realize is technology.   
  2. Have Cub Scouts work with their adult partners to complete the activity on page 59 of the Tiger handbook. 
  3. When everyone is done have each Cub Scout identify one item in a picture that is technology.  When each item has been identified ask Cub Scouts what other items they have in their home, that is technology that isn’t pictured.  
Tigers Hunt For Technology
LocationOutdoor
Energy 3
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Scavenger hunt for technology.

  • Technology Scavenger Hunt found in Additional Resources 
  • Printer  
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout

Before the meeting: 

  1. Take a walk around your meeting location and identify what type of technology is around.  Make any adjustments to the scavenger hunt to match the technology around your meeting location. 
  2. Print a copy of the Technology Scavenger Hunt for each Cub Scout. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that technology is all around us and sometimes we use something that we don’t even realize is technology.   
  2. Have Cub Scouts work with their adult partners to complete the scavenger hunt activity. 
  3. When everyone has completed the scavenger hunt have Cub Scouts share where they found each item and describe what it does. 

Technology Scavenger Hunt

Discover ways that digital technology can make life easier.
Technology Charades
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List2
Prep Time2

A game of charades that identifies how technology has made life easier.

  • Life Easier Charades Cards found in Additional Resources 
  • 15 – 3” x 5” index cards 
  • 1 black magic marker 
  • Timer

Before the meeting: 

  1. Use the 3” x 5” index cards to create cards for charades.  The card will have a description of how something was done before technology improved it.  For example, a card will have “wash dishes by hand” the answer is “dishwasher.”   Use the Life Easier Charades Cards document found in Additional Resources to create the cards and have the answer key accessible.  Make up a couple of your own charades.  
  2. Become familiar with how to play charades. Begin with a stack of charade cards. In turn, each player draws a card and acts out the old way of doing things using hand signals and body motions but no spoken words. Players then try to guess the technology that improved the old way of doing things. The player giving the correct answer is allocated a point. You may wish to use a timer to keep rounds short and succinct. When playing with a larger den, divide into teams before playing. If a team does not guess the acted phrase correctly within the time limit, the other team can try to guess the phrase and steal the point. The player or team with the most points wins the game. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners.  Tell them that you are going to play a game of charades.  Explain the rules for playing charades. 
  2. Play a game of technology charades.  
The Way It Was
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Tiger adult partners share what life was like before modern technology.

  • No supplies needed

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and have Cub Scouts ask their adult partner how their parents would do things, how they did things when they were growing up, and how technology has made it easier to do those things.  
    • How did your parents talk to a friend after school and how did you talk to friends after school?  How do you talk to your friends now? 
    • What things in the kitchen would your parents use for meals and what things in the kitchen do you use to make meals? 
    • How did your parents keep track of birthdays, holidays, and other events and how do you keep track of important dates? 
    • How did your parents learn about a topic in school and how did you learn about a topic in school and how to students learn about topics today? 
    • What is one of your favorite pieces of technology that makes your life easier? 
Identify an item of digital technology you use at home. Demonstrate to your adult partner how you use it safely.
Be Safe With Technology Tiger
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Discuss digital technology that the Cub Scout has access to and proper use.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Tiger handbook, page 60 
  • Crayons, enough to share

Before the meeting: 

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

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that technology can make our life easier, but we also have to make sure that we use it appropriately and safely.  Have Cub Scouts work with their adult partners to complete the activity on page 60 of the Tiger handbook. 
  2. When everyone has completed the activity, each Cub Scout share one of the items in the activity and if it was being used safely or not.  Have them describe why it was being done safely or if it was unsafe, how it should be done, or why it was dangerous.
With your parent or legal guardian, set up a policy for digital devices.
Smart And Safe With Technology
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Cub Scouts create rules for the use of digital devices.

  • No supplies required

Before the meeting: 

  1. Before the meeting inform parents that they will have a discussion about technology and digital devices that are used at home with their Cub Scout.  If they already have rules about the use of technology, ask if they would be willing to share with the rest of the den. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that technology can make our life easier or be very entertaining, but we need to make sure that we discuss what the rules are about digital devices at home. 
  2. Ask adult partners who are willing to share what their family rules are about technology with the group. 
  3. After each adult partner has shared with the den have each Cub Scout discuss their family rules about digital devices. 
  4. To help guide the conversations consider these questions: 
    • What time during the day or evening can a digital device be used?  Are there different times for different devices? 
    • What controls are in place to ensure that these times are being followed? 
    • What controls are in place to ensure that if a device is online and that everyone in the family is safe from strangers? 
    • Where are digital devices allowed?  
    • If the device is connected to the internet or cellular service, is it allowed behind closed doors? 
    • Are there rewards in place for following the rules and are their defined consequences for breaking the rules? 
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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 starting this Adventure, review Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities. 

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