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Bobcat Lion

Required Adventure

The Bobcat Adventure is the first required Adventure on the trail to earn the Lion badge of rank.  Once the Bobcat Adventure is completed, Lions can start any other of the Adventures in any order.

Requirements

Get to know the members of your den.
Den Doodle Lion
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List4
Prep Time4

The den doodle is a craft project that can be used to track attendance, reward good behavior, and completion of requirements.

Den doodles can be made from different materials and there are several different designs.  This is one example of a den doodle that can be made.  It stands on its own and is four feet tall.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 3
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout
  • 1 – ¼” plywood  3’ x 1’
  • 4 – 12 inch 2” x 1” boards for the base
  • 1 – 4 foot  2” x 1” board for the pole
  • 12 – 1 ½” wood screws
  • 200 grit sandpaper
  • 1-foot-long cord that is 3/16” or less than ¼” thick, one for each Cub Scout
  • Power drill with a ¼” drill bit
  • Gold spray paint
  • Yellow spray paint
  • Blue spray paint
  • Black latex paint
  • Fine paint brush for lettering
  • Blue plastic pony beads, enough to present each Cub Scout with one for every den meeting
  • Yellow plastic pony beads, enough to present each Cub Scout with one for every den meeting
  • Gold plastic pony beads, enough to present each Cub Scout when they earn an elective Adventure
  • White plastic pony beads, enough to present to each Cub Scout when they earn a required Adventure
  • Add more colors of beads if you want to track or recognize other items such as wearing the uniform, bringing your handbook, good behavior, or helping others

Before the meeting:

  1. Sand the edges of each board and the plywood to remove any rough edges.
  2. Paint the 3’ x 1’ plywood with gold spray paint and let it dry.
  3. Paint the four boards for the base that are 12-inch  1” x 2”  with blue spray paint and let it dry.
  4. Paint the 4-foot board for the pole board with the yellow spray paint and let it dry.
  5. Using wood screws, attach one 12-inch 1” x 2” to each side of the bottom of the  4 foot  1” x 2” board for the pole so that the 12-inch 1” x 2” are vertical.  See illustration in Additional Resources.
  6. With a pencil space out the names of each Cub Scout on the bottom of the 3’ x 1’  ¼” plywood.  Names may need to be placed at an angle or vertically to fit everyone.  You may consider leaving one space open just in case a new Cub Scout joins the den later.  Leave space to drill a hole below each name.  See illustration in additional resources.
  7. Once names are properly placed and penciled in, paint the names using black latex paint and a fine paintbrush.
  8. Decorate the rest of the ¼” plywood with the pack number, Lion rank stickers or patches, etc., and let dry.
  9. Drill a hole under each name and attach a 1’ long cord under each name.
  10. Center the ¼” plywood to the top of the 4 ft.  1” x 2” and attach it with wood screws.

 

During the meeting:

  1. Have Cub Scouts meet each other by signing each other’s handbooks on page 3.
  2. Introduce the den doodle to the den by letting the Cub Scouts know how they can earn a bead and what each color bead means.
    • Blue is for attending the den meeting, pack meeting, and other Cub Scout activities
    • Yellow is for wearing their Cub Scout uniform to the den meeting
    • White is for when they earn a required Adventure, in addition to their Adventure loop.
    • Gold is for when they earn an elective Adventure, in addition to their Adventure loop.
  3. At the end of each Den meeting award the beads to each Cub Scout and attach them to the cord on the den doodle below their name.  Attach the beads by looping the bead(s) through the cord, push the beads to the top, and tie an overhand knot just below the last bead.
  4. Use the den doodle to reward positive behavior.  Do not take beads away once they are earned.

After the meeting:

  1. After each meeting look at the den doodle and look for Cub Scouts who may be lagging. Reach out to the adult partner to address any concerns about participation.
Den Flag Lion
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List4
Prep Time4

A den flag is a craft that can bring your den together by getting to know everyone’s name and having a symbol that everyone has a part in making.

Den flags can be made from different materials and there are several different designs.  This is one example of a den flag that can be made.  It can be used for a den up to 12 Cub Scouts, larger dens will need to adjust the dimensions of the flag.  These instructions include a flagpole and stand.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 3
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout
  • 60” long  1 1/8” diameter wooden staff  or dowel
  • 30” long  ½” diameter wooden dowel
  • Concrete mix
  • Water
  • Tin foil
  • 2-gallon paint bucket
  • 200 grit sandpaper
  • 2’ x 3’ gold felt (use dark yellow if gold isn’t available)  – this is the flag, and it will be displayed vertically
  • 1 ½’ x 1’ black felt
  • 1 Lion badge of rank patch
  • 30” piece of twine or thin rope
  • 1 teacup hook
  • 7” x 7” black felt squares, one for each adult partner
  • 7” x 7” brown felt squares, one for each Cub Scout (If the den leader is not an adult partner of one of the Cub Scouts in the den, add another black felt square)
  • Thick black Sharpie marker to write on brown felt squares
  • White chalk, enough to share
  • Scissors, one for each Cub Scout or enough to share
  • Fabric glue

Before the meeting:

  1. Wrap the bottom of the wooden staff with tin foil as high as the paint bucket is tall.
  2. Follow the directions for the concrete mix to fill the 2-gallon paint bucket ¾ of the way full.
  3. While the concrete is wet place the wooden staff, the end with the tin foil, into the bucket and hold it in place until the concrete is dry.
  4. Once the concrete is dry, remove the wood staff, and the tin foil will allow the pole to come out.  This is the base for your den flag.
  5. Sand the ends of the wooden dowels and staff to remove sharp edges
  6. Lay the flag on a table so that it is vertical with the 2’ section as the bottom and top.
  7. Place the ½” dowel across the top and fold the top of the flag over by 1 inch to cover the wood dowel and glue the folded section to the flag to the back section of the flag with the wood dowel inside.
  8. Use the 1 ½’ x 1’ black felt to cut out letters and numbers to spell the word “Pack” and the pack numbers.  If your pack uses den numbers include the word “Den” and the den number.  Letters and numbers should be 6” tall.
  9. Attach the letters and numbers using fabric glue to the top of the flag.  Place the Pack and the number above the Den and number.
  10. Attach the teacup hook to the top of the flagpole.
  11. Attach the 30” twine or rope to each end of the dowel.

During the meeting:

  1. Have Cub Scouts meet each other by signing each other’s handbooks on page 3.
  2. Give each Cub Scout a 7” x 7” orange felt square and each adult partner a 7” x 7” black felt square
  3. Have adult partners help their Cub Scout trace their hand (either left or right) onto the orange felt using the chalk and then help them cut out the shape of their hand.
  4. Have adult partners trace their hand (the same side as their Cub Scouts) onto the black felt using the chalk and cut out the shape of their hand.
  5. Have Cub Scouts write their name on the cut out of their hand.
  6. Have each Cub Scout and their adult partner glue the Cub Scout’s orange hand on top of the adult partner’s black hand, making sure the Cub Scout’s name is visible.
  7. Have each Cub Scout and adult partner glue their cut-out hands on the flag one by one.  As they glue their cut-out hands onto the flag have them share what their favorite outdoor activity is and what their favorite food is.
  8. When all the hands are on the flag, attach the flag to the flagpole by hanging it by the twin or rope onto the teacup hook.
Hand Puppet Introductions
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts and adult partners make hand puppets that reflect themselves and use the puppets to share about themselves.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 3 
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout 
  • Brown paper bags (lunch bag size) 5 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 10 5/8, one for each Cub Scout and adult partner 
  • Construction paper of assorted colors 
  • Glue sticks, enough to share 
  • Scissors, youth sized for Cub Scouts / adult sizes for adult partners, enough to share 
  • Crayons of assorted colors, enough to share 
  • Googly eye stickers, a pair for each Cub Scout and adult partner 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Prepare the meeting space with enough room for Cub Scouts and adult partners to make their hand puppets. 
  2. Make your own hand puppet to use as an example. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and welcome them to the meeting.  
  2. Have Cub Scouts meet each other by signing each other’s handbooks on page 3.  
  3. Share with the den that for many of us this is our first time meeting each other.  Tell the den that you are looking forward to getting to know everyone and that during this activity we are going to get to know each other by making hand puppets. 
  4. Instruct Cub Scouts and adult partners on how to make a hand puppet. 
    • First place your hand in the bag and fold your fingers over inside the bag to move the bag as if it was talking.  This is to help the Cub Scouts understand what part of the bag the face will be.  Use your bag as an example. 
    • Now use the construction paper, crayons, and googly eyes to make a hand puppet that represents you.  Remind adult partners that they too are to make a hand puppet. 
    • Have everyone put their name on their puppet, adult partners may need to help their Cub Scout. 
  5. When everyone is finished with their hand puppet have each Cub Scout and adult partner introduce themselves using their hand puppet to do the “talking”.  Have everyone give their name, their favorite color, and their favorite food. 
Lions Talk and Lions Listen
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time1

The Cub Scout sign is a way to help Cub Scouts learn good manners and communication skills.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 3
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout

Before the meeting:

  1. Be familiar with the Cub Scout sign.

During the meeting:

  1. Have Cub Scouts and their adult partners gather together.
  2. Have Cub Scouts meet each other and have them sign each other’s Lion handbooks on page 3.
  3. Demonstrate the Cub Scout sign and tell the Cub Scouts and adult partners that the Cub Scout sign represents the ears of a wolf.
  4. Inform the Cub Scouts and adult partners that when they see someone use the Cub Scout sign it means everyone stops what they are doing and listens.
  5. Give everyone a chance to demonstrate the Cub Scout sign.
  6. Now practice using the Cub Scout sign by having the Cub Scouts and adult partners talk to each other and make a lot of noise, then without saying anything, make the Cub Scout sign and wait for everyone to stop what they are doing to listen.
  7. Remind the Cub Scouts and adult partners that the Cub Scout sign gives us a way to communicate without having to talk over or yell to get everyone’s attention.
  8. Create pairs made up of two Cub Scouts and their adult partners.  Have them get to know each other by sharing what they like to do as a family, what their favorite food is, and what their favorite color is.
  9. When it looks like everyone is done, use the Cub Scout sign to get everyone’s attention to move on to the next activity.

Tip – When using the Cub Scout sign, patience is key.  Do not talk over or yell to get the attention of Cub Scouts.  Use the Cub Scout sign and wait for everyone to place their sign up and stop what they are doing and listen.  Avoid calling out “signs up” or any other verbal command.

The Wigalo Song
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Sing the Wigalo Song to get to know everyone’s name.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 3
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout

Before the meeting:

  1. Prepare a space for Cub Scouts to be able to move freely about.
  2. Be familiar with the names of the Cub Scouts and adult partners in your den.  Use name tags if needed.
  3. Become familiar with the Wigalo song.
    The verse is “My hands are high, my hands are low, and this is how I wigalo”
    The song leader starts by singing to a member of the den: Hey **NAME**
    The person then responds: “Yea”
    The song leader starts by singing to a member of the den: Hey **NAME**
    The person then responds: “Yea”
    The song leader responds: “Are you ready?”
    The person then responds: “For what?”
    The song leader responds: “To show us how you wig a low”
    The person then responds: “I’ll show you how I wig a low.  My hands are high my feet are low and this is how I wig a low” they then do some kind of fun motion and that’s the way
    Everyone in the group then sings “**NAME** hands are high, their hands are low, and this is how **NAME** wig a lows” everyone repeats the motion.
    Everyone continues to sing “wig a low, wig wig a low, wig a low, wig wig allow”
    Song leader then sings to another member of the den until everyone in the den has been called.

During the meeting:

  1. Have Cub Scouts meet each other by having them sign each other’s handbooks on page 3.
  2. When everyone has signed each other’s books, have everyone stand in a circle.
  3. Include adult partners in this song.
  4. Sing the Wigalo song to help everyone learn each other’s name.
Have your Lion adult partner or den leader read the Scout Law to you. Demonstrate your understanding of being friendly.
Friendship Zipper Pull
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts will make a friendship zipper pull for another Cub Scout.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 4
  • 1 ¼ “ round key rings, one for each Cub Scout
  • Key chain clips, one for each Cub Scout
  • Paracord, any color, cut into 8” pieces, one for each Cub Scout
  • Plastic craft beads, assorted colors

Before the meeting:

  1. Set up meeting space for Cub Scouts to work on craft.
  2. Prepare paracord by cutting into 8” pieces, one for each Cub Scout.
  3. Make your own zipper pull as an example.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and have the adult partners read the Scout Law to their Cub Scout, found on page 4 and on the back of the Lion handbook and adult partner Guide.  Have adult partners explain to their Cub Scout what each point of the Scout Law means.
  2. When everyone is done, have adult partners work with their Cub Scouts to complete the activity on page 4 of the Lion handbook.
  3. Share with the Cub Scouts that they are going to make a gift for another Cub Scout.  Assign each Cub Scout a buddy (if you have an odd number a buddy group of three is OK).  They are going to make a zipper pull for their buddy.
  4. Pass out the craft supplies and demonstrate how to make a zipper pull.
    • With adult partners helping, attach the key chain clip to the key ring.
    • Attach the paracord to the key ring by folding the paracord in half, push the folded end of the rope partly through the key ring, take the two ends of the paracord and pull them through the folded end of the rope, going around the key ring.
    • Attach craft beads of your choosing and tie off each of the paracord with an overhand knot.
  5. When everyone is done have them exchange zipper pulls.  Remind Cub Scouts to say, “thank you” and “you are welcome”.
The Colorful Scout Law
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Coloring activity for the Scout Law.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 4
  • Crayons of assorted colors, enough to share

Before the meeting:

  1. Set up the meeting space for Cub Scouts to work on the activity.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and have the adult partners read the Scout Law to their Cub Scout, found on page 4 and on the back of the Lion handbook and adult partner Guide.  Have adult partners explain to their Cub Scout what each point of the Scout Law means.
  2. Have Cub Scouts color each point of the Scout Law on page 4 using just one color that reminds them of that Scout Law.  They can repeat a color if they want.
The Compliment Game
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Everyone pays a compliment to each other in a game.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 4

Before the meeting:

  1. Prepare a space for Cub Scouts to be able to move freely about.
  2. Read below “During the meeting” to understand the compliment Game.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and have the adult partners read the Scout Law to their Cub Scout found on page 4 and on the back of the Lion handbook and adult partner Guide.  Have adult partners explain to their Cub Scout what each point of the Scout Law means.
  2. When everyone is done, have adult partners collaborate with their Cub Scouts to complete the activity on page 4 of the Lion handbook.
  3. Have everyone sit on the floor in an open space, include adult partners in this game.
  4. Choose a Cub Scout to start by looking at the person to their left and say something that they like about them.  The compliment must be kind and truthful.
  5. The person who just received the compliment then says, “thank you” and turns to the person to their left and says something that they like about that person.
  6. Repeat until everyone has given and received a compliment.  Then have the person who started turn to their right and have the compliments go in the other direction.
Share with your Lion adult partner, during a den meeting or at home, a time when you have demonstrated the Cub Scout motto “Do Your Best.”
When Am I Doing My Best?
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Activity to help Cub Scouts identify what it means to do their best.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 5
  • Crayons, enough to share

Before the meeting:

  1. Set up the meeting space to allow Cub Scouts to work on the activity.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that being a Cub Scout means that we always do our best.  Ask Cub Scouts when do they know that they did their best?  Allow Cub Scouts to answer.
  2. When everyone is done sharing, share with the den that only they know when they have done their best, but one thing is for sure, that doing nothing is never one’s best.  Explain that you and their adult partners will always want the Cub Scouts to do their best.
  3. The Cub Scout motto is just that Do Your Best, and when you are doing your best, you will always get the most out of what you are doing.  We will do a lot of new things in Cub Scouts, and you may not be good at everything we do the first time you try it.  To get good at something you have to practice and do your best.
  4. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scout to complete the activity on page 5 of the Lion handbook.
At home, with your parent or legal guardian, do the activities in the booklet “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.”
Child Abuse Protection Review Lion
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Review the activities in the booklet “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.”

  • “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide” booklet found in the Lion Adult Partner Guide
  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 6

At home:

  1. Parents or legal guardians must read the “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide” booklet and complete the exercises with their Cub Scout.
  2. Inform them that one of the activities is to list five trusted adults, they can use page 6 of the Lion handbook to make this list.

Online and Spanish versions of the  “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide” are available

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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 complete the following:

  • Review Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities before starting a project.
  • Cub Scouts are allowed to use common craft tools, such as paintbrushes, scissors, hammers, and screw drivers.
  • Know the proper  use of the tools that will be used for the project, by any youth or adult.

During the Adventure

  • 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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