Bill's Unofficial Cub Scout Roundtable
A compendium of Ideas For Cubmasters, Den Leaders and those who help them.
Blue & Gold
Character & Ethics
Cheers & Stunts
Dist & Council
Den Prog Plans
Good Turn For America
Places to Go
Prepare For Scouts
3 Magic Words
Naturalist Activities Badge
Scouting and the outdoors go hand-in-hand. The Naturalist
Activities Badge makes a Webelos aware of all the living
things in the outdoors; it is in the Outdoor group.
Official Boy Scout Handbook,
RELATED SCOUT MERIT BADGES
Some locations have special trails for educational purposes.
AUDUBON HOUSE: 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Portland. - (503) 292-6855. Nature Center and Store hours: Mon.-Sat 10am 6pm, Sunday 10am 5pm. Hiking, Bird Sanctuary, Nature Center, Classes, Wildlife Care Center, Conservation Advocacy, Nature Store, Field Trips, Guided Sanctuary Tours, Volunteer Programs.
BONNEVILLE FISH HATCHERY: Exit 40 on 1-84. (503) 374-8393. Daily 7:3O-dusk. Free. Check out the Free Fishing Weekend held annually in early June. Great for beginning anglers.
ELK HERDS: Feed the elk! Jewel mist Elk reserve in Vernonia (503) 755-2264.
HART'S REPTILE WORLD: 1264 5. Macksburg Rd., Canby, OR (503) 266-7236 l lam to 7pm daily May through Oct. l lam to 5pm Nov. through April. Lot's of hands on reptiles. Be sure to go at feeding times. $3 for 7 yrs. and older. Call for good instructions on how to get there. Fairly difficult to find.
JACKSON BOTTOM WETLANDS: Areas for Nature hikes and observation, in Hillsboro.
TUALATIN HILLS NATURE PARK AND INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 15655 SW Millikan Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97006-5595. A unique habitat for many plants and animals. Come and explore the ponds, creeks, marshes and forests on approximately 1.5 miles of paved trails and 3 miles of secondary trails. A 2 hour program for 8-13 year old scouts, $6.00 per scout. 503-644-5595
I looked up phenology in Merriam Webster's Dictionary since I wasn't sure exactly what it is : )
Phenology: a branch of science dealing with the relations between climate and periodic biological phenomena (as bird migration or plant flowering)
Buy (or have the Webelos make) blank calendar pages and have the boys write in this month's dates. Have them post it in the kitchen, so it's handy to jot down "things of nature." List one or two things each day: cardinals at the bird feeder, grass turning green, saw the full moon, etc.
If the boys enjoy this activity, encourage them to keep a phenology calendar for a whole year. Then they can look back and compare nature's cycles.
BB, Viking Council
THE COMING OF THE FROGS
(Tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic)
Chorus: repeat after each verse)
The frogs have grown in numbers and their croaking fills the air.
The world's largest bird, the ostrich, can weigh as much as 300 pounds. (True)
The hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world. (True)
Swifts can fly faster than Peregrine falcons. (True)
Aviators have seen ducks flying at 30,000 feet altitude. (False, about 8,000 feet.)
The number of species of bird is about 5,000. (False, about 800.)
All birds build nests. (False, cowbirds deposit their eggs in the nest of other birds.
Pidgeons can lay as many as 18 eggs at one time. (True)
Robins lay blue eggs. (True.)
No bird can fly backwards. (False, the hummingbird can.)
The Trumpeter Swan is the heaviest of all flying fowl. (True, at 38 pounds.)
BB, Viking Council
Try a night hike in the woods, Have the boys identify objects in the dark. How do they describe it? Is the tree's bark smooth or rough? Is there any particular odor connected with it'? Get to know plants and trees without using eyesight.
The use of all five senses should be emphasized. It is not enough to merely look and listen but they should taste, feel and smell, too.
At the end of the hike, get each boy to describe what he liked the most. they usually remember the simple things. Don't worry about knowledge. Get out in the fascinating world of nature and enjoy it! See the Cub Scout Leader How-To Book for many ideas for theme hikes.
Make up outlines of various animal footprints, which are ../common in your area. Number the tracks. Write the animal name on a separate card. Lay out the footprints and give each boy a chance to match the correct animal name to the footprint number.
Practice this game several times before going out on a hike to look for footprints in the mud or sand. Take along casting materials and bring back "real" footprints. Take this game to the pack meeting and let adults try it.
Scene: Cub 1 is standing on the street corner, and the other boys approach him one at a time.
Cub 1: Where did you go on vacation?
Cub 2: My family went fishing at the lake.
Cub 1: Can't catch nothin' there! Everybody knows that these lakes are very poor for fishing!
(These lines are repeated by Cubs 2 through 5.)-
Cub 2: No sir, I caught this Sole. (hold up an old shoe on a line.)
Cub 3: No sir, I caught this Snapper. (Rubber band sling shot.)
Cub 4: No sir, I caught these Shellfish. (Shell Oil cans in a net.)
Cub 5: No sir, I caught this Skate. (Roller skate.)
Cub 6: (Enters running and hands a pole to Cub 1.)
Cub 1: Wait a minute, what did you catch?
Cub 6: An old crab. Gotto go (And runs off quickly.)
Cubmaster enters with a large foil hook attached to the seat of the pants.
What do you get if you cross an insect with a rabbit?
What is black and white and red all over?
A sunburned zebra.
A skunk with diaper rash
A blushing penguin.