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Paws On The Path

Required Adventure

It is time to go outside!  Every journey begins with just one step, and that first step can take you on a fun-filled adventure simply by going outside for a walk, just like the one you and your Wolf den are about to take. 

Where you take your walk is up to your den.  It may be a walk around the center of your city or town, it may be at a local park with a trail, or it may be a trail in a forest.  No matter where you take your walk you will see signs of nature in different forms. 


Identify the Cub Scout Six Essentials. Show what you do with each item.
Cub Scout Six Essentials Clue
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts attempt to guess which of the Cub Scout Six Essentials is being described by one-word clues.

  • Six Essentials Clue cards found in Additional Resources  
  • Printer  

Before the meeting: 

  1. Print out the Cub Scout Six Essentials Clue cards.  

During the meeting: 

  1. Choose one of the Cub Scout Six Essentials card sets and hand out the cards to the Cub Scouts. 
    • Each set has a different color that matches one of the Cub Scout Six Essentials. 
    • Depending on the number of Cub Scouts in the den, some may have more than one card or the Cub Scouts can buddy up with the cards. 
  2. Cub scouts take turns reading the clue on their card that is associated with the essential item. 
  3. When all the clues have been ready, Cub Scouts can guess the essential item. 
  4. Repeat until all the Cub Scout Six Essential cards sets have been completed. 
Cub Scout Six Essentials Scavenger Hunt
Energy 4
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Go around your home and find as many essentials as possible that you can and put them in your pack or bag. 

  • Bag  
  • Bandages 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Flashlight 
  • Hat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Rain poncho 
  • Water bottle  
  • Water jug 
  • Fruits like apples, oranges, banana, grapes, etc. 
  • Whistle 
  • Trail mix or packaged snacks or granola bar 
  • Ice pack  
  • Antiseptic  
  • Alcohol wipes  
  • Wolf handbook 

Before the meeting:  

  1. Gather supplies to be hidden around the meeting location and hide them      

During the meeting: 

  1. Give each Cub Scout a bag. 
  2. Ask Cub Scouts to search and collect six items that they think are essential to have in the outdoors and put them into their bag.  
  3. Give Cub Scouts ten minutes to walk around and collect their essentials. 
  4. When done, come back together. Ask each Cub Scout to show what they have collected and why they selected that item. 
  5. When all Cub Scouts have had their turn, show them the Cub Scout Six Essentials.  Use the descriptions found in the front of the Wolf handbook. 
What Cub Scout Essential Am I?
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts will guess the Cub Scout Six Essentials by giving word clues to their buddy.

  • What Cub Scout Essential Am I? cards found in Additional Resource 
  • Cardstock 
  • Printer  

Before the meeting: 

  1. Print and cut out the What Cub Scout Six Essential Am I? cards. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Explain to Cub Scouts that each person will get to be a “clue reader”. 
  2. Clue reader has two minutes to get the other Cub Scouts to guess the word on their card.  
  3. Clue reader must not say any of the words printed on the card.  
  4. When the word is guessed, the clue reader sets the card aside and pulls another card. 
  5. When the time is finished, the clue reader counts the cards that were guessed correctly. This total is the number of points that Cub Scout has earned. 
  6. Repeat until all Cub Scouts have a turn.  
Learn about the buddy system and how it works in the outdoors. Pick a buddy for your walk.
1-2 Buddies
Energy 1
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Arrange Cub Scouts in alphabetical order and give them numbers 1-2 in sequence to quickly select buddies. 

  •      At least two Cub Scouts. 
  1. Arrange Cub Scouts in a line using their first names in alphabetical order.  
  2. Starting at the front of the line, count off – 1-2.  
  3. Pair Cub Scouts with numbers one and two together to form buddies.  
Buddy Circle Game
Energy 3
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Cub Scouts find their buddy in this enjoyable circle game.

  • At least four Cub Scouts. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Cub Scouts come together to form a circle, with one Cub Scout placed at the center.  
  2. Cub Scout in the middle closes their eyes and twirls around before coming to a stop.  
  3. The Cub Scout they’re facing after the spin becomes their buddy.  
  4. Paired Cub Scouts step out of the circle.  
  5. The game proceeds until all Cub Scouts have found their buddies.  
Popsicle Stick Buddies
Energy 1
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Popsicle sticks are used to pair buddies.

  • Popsicle sticks 
  • Markers  
  • One bag  

Before the Meeting: 

  1. Gather your supplies. 

During the Meeting:  

  1. Cub Scouts personalize a popsicle stick with their name. 
  2. Place popsicle sticks in a bag.  
  3. Draw two popsicle sticks at a time from the bag. 
  4. The two Cub Scouts whose names are chosen are paired as buddies. 
Identify appropriate clothes and shoes for your walk outside. Do your best to wear them on your walk.
Clothing Store Visit
Energy 2
Supply List1
Prep Time5

Visit an outdoor clothing store to understand the importance of selecting appropriate attire for different outdoor occasions and weather conditions. 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Contact a local clothing store ahead of time and arrange a visit. Share with them the purpose of the visit:      selecting clothing and shoes for various weather conditions. 
  2. Coordinate with the store to determine a suitable date, day, and time for the visit.  
  3. Communicate the details of the visit to parents and legal guardians.   Provide information about the date, time, and location of the visit. 
  4. Ask parent or legal guardian to fill out an Activity Consent Form     . 
  5. Remind Cub Scouts about expectations and behavior during the store visit. Emphasize the importance of respectful conduct, active listening, and asking questions when appropriate.  

During the meeting:  

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and adults outside the store at the scheduled time.  
  2. Encourage Cub Scouts to actively participate by asking questions. 
  3. At the conclusion of the activity, thank the store employee for hosting your Cub Scouts.  

After the meeting: 

  1.  Write a thank you note to the store and send. 
Seasonal Clothing Relay
Energy 5
Supply List3
Prep Time3

Play a relay game to identify the right clothes and shoes to wear on a walk during different seasons. 

  • Two to three items of appropriate outdoor clothing for each season (fall, winter, spring, and summer)  
  • Two to three pairs of walking shoes for each season   
  • Two to three accessories for each season 

Tip: Adding in some clothing that would not be good choice can make this a fun experience for the Cub Scouts.  Think of things such as high heeled shoes, swimsuit, dress clothes, etc.  

Before the meeting: 

  1. Collect  all clothing items needed. 
  2. Ask parents and legal guardians to help if more items are needed. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Divide Cub Scouts into two teams.  
  2. Pile all the clothing, shoes, and accessories on the floor at least 20 feet away. 
  3. Announce a season fall, winter, spring, or summer. 
  4. One Cub Scout from each team races to the pile and finds one item that is appropriate for the called season.  
  5. Cub Scouts run that item back to their team. 
  6. The next Cub Scout on the team races up to find another item for their season. Once selected, they run back to their team. 
  7. Repeat until all the Cub Scouts have an opportunity to select an item for the called season 
  8. The next season is called and the game repeats until all four seasons have been called.       
  9. After both teams finish, review each item selected and why the Cub Scout chose it. 
Sketchy Weather Wardrobe
Energy 1
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts draw pictures of clothes they would wear when it: rains, snows, sunny or windy. 

  • Sketchy Weather Wardrobe worksheet found in Additional Resources 
  • Printer  
  • Colored pencils, crayons and/or markers  

Before the Meeting: 

  1. Print Sketchy Weather Wardrobe, one for each Cub Scout. 

During the Meeting: 

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and ask them to draw a picture of clothing that is appropriate for each weather condition: rain, snow, windy, and sunny. 
  2. Encourage Cub Scouts to consider factors like temperature, precipitation, and wind as they are drawing. Remind them to be creative and think about layering and protection from the elements. 
  3. After the drawing session, give each Cub Scout a chance to present their drawings. 
  4. Highlight the importance of being prepared for different weather conditions when outside. 
Learn about the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principle for Kids.
Outdoor Code And Leave No Trace Booklet
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Create a booklet that illustrates the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. 

  • 16 pieces of paper/cardstock around 2”x3” for each Cub Scout 
  • Markers or color pencils/crayons  
  • Stickers for decorating  
  • Hole punch 
  • String 
  • Wolf handbook 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Cut out 16  2”x3” cards for each Cub Scout using paper or cardstock. 
  2. Punch a hole in each card near the top in the same location of each card. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Give each Cub Scout their set of 16 2”x3” cards. 
  2. Ask Cub Scouts to open their Wolf handbook to the Outdoor Code. 
  3. Using markers or colored pencils/crayons, ask Cub Scouts to copy each of the four rules of the Outdoor Code, one rule per card.   
  4. Ask Cub Scouts to open their Wolf handbook to the Leave No Trace for Principles for Kids. 
  5. Using markers or colored pencils/crayons, ask Cub Scouts to copy each of seven principles of the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids, one rule per card.   
  6. Cub Scouts may decorate each card with stickers or drawing. 
  7. Using the Wolf handbook, work with the Cub Scouts to get the cards in the correct order, matching the order found in the Wolf handbook.      
  8. Have each Cub Scout insert a string through the punched holes and tie a knot. 
  9. Make sure the sheets are secured tightly, but not so tight that they can’t flip open. 
Outdoor Code And Leave No Trace Emoji
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Use emojis to learn the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. 

  • Outdoor Code Emoji worksheet found in Additional Resources       
  • Leave No Trace Principles for Kids Emoji worksheet found in Additional Resources 
  • Printer  
  • Pencils and/or pens 
  • Wolf handbook 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Print Outdoor Code Emoji, one for each Cub Scout.  
  2. Print Leave No Trace Principles for Kids Emoji, one for each Cub Scout. 

During the Meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and review the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids found in the front of the Wolf handbook.        
  2. Hand out the printouts of the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids emojis to each Cub Scout. 
  3. Ask Cub Scouts to look at each emoji on their sheet and think about what it represents in the context of the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. 
  4. Encourage them to write down their guesses or interpretations next to each emoji. 
  5. If a Cub Scout is unsure about the meaning of an emoji or a specific word related to the principles, offer      guidance,       
  6. One by one, go through each emoji as a group. Ask Cub Scouts to share their interpretations. 
  7. For any emojis that were misinterpreted, provide the correct explanation, and ensure that everyone understands. 
  8. With the Emoji sheet as a reference, lead the Cub Scouts in reciting the Outdoor Code  and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids together. 

Tip: Allow the Cub Scouts to use their handbook to reference the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. 

Outdoor Code And Leave No Trace Song
Energy 3
Supply List1
Prep Time2

Use music and hand signals to learn the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. 

  • Phone or laptop or iPad /tablet 
  • Bluetooth speaker  

Before the meeting: 

  1. Familiarize yourself with the hand motions corresponding to the lyrics of the song, Leave No Trace Seven Principles Hand Signs for Youth.
  2. Set up a sound system and connect to the internet. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Explain to the Cub Scouts that they will be learning the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids through a song accompanied by hand motions. 
  2. Demonstrate the motions for each part of the song. 
  3. Play the song on the device. As it plays, lead the Cub Scouts in singing along, encouraging them to follow your hand motions. 
  4. Start with a slower pace and gradually increase the tempo as the Cub Scouts become more comfortable. 
  5. Repeat the song a few times to reinforce the principles and motions. 
  6. Encourage the Cub Scouts to get creative with their hand motions. Cub Scouts can contribute their own ideas for motions that symbolize the principles. 
With your den, pack, or family, take a walk outside for at least 30 minutes to explore nature in your surroundings. Describe four different animals, domestic or wild, that you could see on your walk.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Take a 30 minute​ or more​ walk. Describe four animals that you might see on your walk.

  • ​​​Outdoor Scavenger Hunt​ card found in Additional Resources ​
  • Printer
  • Pencils ​or markers​
  • ​​Cub Scout Six Essentials​

Before the meeting:

  1. ​​Determine where the outdoor walk will take place.  This can be in an urban, suburban, or rural setting.  This can be where your den typically meets.​
  2. ​​Remind Cub Scouts to bring their ​Cub Scout Six Essentials​ ​     ​​​​
  3. ​​Remind Cub Scouts to dress appropriately.​
  4. Print ​Outdoor​ Scavenger Hunt card, one for each Cub Scout.

During the meeting:

  1. Remind Cub Scouts of the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace​ Principles for Kids​ they’ve learned. Cub Scouts will get to apply these principles while exploring nature.
  2. ​​Have ​Cub Scouts ​write down​ at least four different animals they might encounter during the walk on the reverse side of their sheet—whether wild or domestic.
  3. Take Cub Scouts on a walk in a previously​ determined outdoor area.​​​​​
  4. ​​During the walk, Cub Scouts stay with their buddy and follow the leader.​​​
  5. ​​During the walk, Cub Scouts work on their scavenger hunt.​
  6. ​​At the end of the walk, ask ​ each Cub Scout ​to ​share about the four different animals they ​saw or could have seen ​during the walk.

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 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. 

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