Bears Update 3/2/2020

Bear Adventure: Fur, Feathers, and FernsThe Bears took on the adventure of Furs, Feathers and Ferns Monday night. The scouts were able to plant their own herbs or vegetables, their choice of the seeds available. They should keep the plant in sunlight, and the soil moist. Most of the seeds will begin to form seedlings in 5-12 days, depending on what they chose. When the plant grows even more, they can transfer the starter pot to a larger planter. The scouts talked about wildlife they’ve seen before, as well as composting. We discussed some of the benefits of composting and the scouts can look in their Bear handbook for more information, and how to start it at home, if they desire.

 

To finish this adventure, the scouts will be going on a weather permitting one-mile hike during their meeting next week. In preparation for this, the scouts went over the six essentials. Please ensure the scouts bring a flashlight and water bottle next week, as well as proper clothing, stay tuned on the weather. The route will be shared with everyone before we depart. Put on those walking shoes and see you all next week!

Bear Update 01/27/2020

Bear Adventure: Grin and Bear ItOn Monday the Bears started working on the Grin and Bear It Adventure. We covered what the adventure entailed and how we will complete while doing some painting and telling some great jokes.  We are keeping the details a “secret” until we are completed and ready to share with everyone.

If you wish to review a bit more about Grin and Bear It, just click the link to review the requirements.

Bear Den Update 01/20/2020

Bear Adventure: Super ScienceTonight the bear den completed the Super Science Adventure in full (requirements 1 through 5). While the Bear Scout may have gotten a little messy they gained a lot of knowledge. With science being an everyday wonder that Scouts can learn more about by simply using ordinary household supplies, their actions created amazing reactions in fun investigations while exploring static electricity, oil and water, sinking versus floating, and color morphing and layering.

The specific requirements covered were:

  1. Make static electricity by rubbing a balloon or a plastic or rubber comb against another material, such as a fleece blanket or wool sweater. Explain what you learned.
  2. Conduct one other static electricity investigation. Explain what you learned.
  3. Do a sink-or-float investigation. Explain what you learned.
  4. Do a color-morphing investigation. Explain what you learned.
  5. Do a color-layering investigation. Explain what you learned.

Their takeaways for the evening were: following directions; introduction to the scientific method; learning the scientific law of action and reaction; and finding new ways to be creative.

Here are a few of their creations:

Super Science - Color Layering & Density Bear Adventure: Super Science

 

Bears Update 3/12/2018

Bear Adventure: Bear NecessitiesOn Monday, the Bears began working on the core adventure Bear Necessities to prepare for upcoming camping trips in spring and summer.

We discussed some of the items that our Bears have taken camping in the past, as well as what items they should always bring to be prepared; how to pick a decent spot for a tent site; and what to look out for when setting one up.

Afterwards the scouts learned how to properly set up and take down a tent, practicing with an 8-man tent that they could all run around in.

Bears Update 2/19/2018

Bear Adventure: Bear Picnic BasketThe bears finished up the Bear Picnic Adventure and the bears in attendance were no longer growling with hunger. After a quick review of what was learned last week, the different food groups and how to make healthy choices last week, the scouts used the ingredients they selected to create a meal and snack that they could enjoy on a camping trip. They put together foil packs, containing steak, brown rice, and various veggies and while they were waiting for those to cook they created a delicious trail mix that will keep them fueled on hikes and they finished it up by making something a camping just possibly cannot be a camping trip without enjoying – smores.

As the different items were prepared, the scouts learned about the importance of cleanliness, proper hygiene when cooking, safety when cooking and more. After tasting their foil packs and trail mix, scouts were asked to share their meals at home. If they liked their meal, they were asked to write it down as a recipe to bring in next week. If they didn’t like it, they were asked to write down a variation that either added or removed something which they felt improved their their recipe.

Bear Update 2/12/2018

Bear Adventure: Bear Picnic BasketOn Monday the bears began working on the Bear Picnic Basket elective Adventure.  We reviewed the food groups and what each group provides our bodies and discussed the importance of healthy eating, especially when engaged in physical activities such as camping and hiking. They looked through sale ads and food posters to aid them in creating a “shopping list” of healthy foods items to make a healthy snack and meal that incorporated all of the food groups for a balanced meal.

Next week the bears will learn how to prepare and make a trail mix as well as a meat, veggie, rice dish. They will also write down the recipes they created to take home.

For those that missed Monday’s meeting please work with your scout and help them come up with two healthy recipes – a snack and a main dish. They should understand the ingredients and how they correspond to the food groups. This will ensure that they cover last weeks requirements before finishing the adventure next week.

Bears Update 11/6/2017

Bear Adventure: Baloo the BuilderOn Monday, the Bears began working on Baloo the Builder Adventure, which will expose the scout to the proper use and safety of hand tools, how to choose the correct type of wood for a project, and also how to construct a project.

The scouts were introduced to various tools and their functions, tool safety, and hands on practice to give them a better understanding of how they work and how to use them.

Homework: The scouts were asked to come up with ideas for projects over the course of the week. Also don’t forget the scouts were asked a few weeks ago to display a flag somewhere in their home for 30 days. It can be a picture of a flag, or a miniature flag.  They can take a picture of it and bring it in or send it in an email.

Have a great week!

Bear Den Update 10/09/2017

Bear Adventure: Paws for ActionOn Monday, the Bears and the Wolves worked together.The Bear portion of the meeting focused on completing the Paws for Action Adventure which has it’s root in the Duty to Country part of Scouting.

The meeting started with those who went to the Revolutionary Germantown festival sharing their experience with the dens. They talked about famous people and places along with their significance in history to complete requirement 2.  The discussion then turned to the meaning of freedom, the significance of the American flag, and the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to complete most of requirement 1 (see homework).

They then switched pace and worked with the wolves learning about and trying to use Morse code, nautical flags, and semaphore flags which expand ones understanding of the many ways in which we can communicate.

At Home (Homework)

To finish requirement 1, the scouts should work with an adult to display the American flag in the home for one month. For those that attended both Germantown and Monday’s meeting. This assignment will complete the Paws for Action adventure.

 

 

Bear Den Update 10/02/2017

Bear Adventure: Fellowship and Duty to GodOn Monday, the bear den started by going through the advancement requirements and discussed a little about what each adventure entails and they were very excited to hear that they will get started this year with pocket knives. They then started with a generalization of the Fellowship and Duty to God adventure in which Bear Cub Scouts will have opportunities to be good neighbors as they reach out in fellowship to those in their communities. Cub Scouts will experience the universal principle, common to many religions, that we should treat others the way we want to be treated.

Next week they will go deeper into this adventure and explain how they do their duty to God, to name and discuss someone of faith that they admire, and how they will continue to show their duty to God.

At Home (Homework)

This adventure requires the assistance of families and loved ones in order for the scouts to make the most of the adventure.

  • Please discuss with your scouts someone of faith that they admire. It can be a person within your family, someone you know, or even a holy figure in your particular faith.
  • Help your scouts prepare a list of things that they can do to practice their duty to God according to their beliefs. We will then ask the scouts to select two of them to practice for two weeks.
  • The scouts are welcome to bring in something religious and meaningful to them to discuss.