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Tiger Adventure - Backyard Jungle
- Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike.
In 2015, when the new Cub Scout requirements were introduced to us, I remember thinking to myself... What on earth are you going to accomplish in doing a 1-foot hike? I have since changed my tune. The great thing about this requirement is the knowledge that is learned about what surrounds you. It requires you to stay in one spot and listen / look for living things that are near to you. It may surprise you the things that you will find in your back yard or in the park. Depending on your location, you may see the neighbors dog or cat, a chipmunk running across the fence, or a ton on ants attacking the root-beer popsicle you dropped on the sidewalk. An extra item that I like to do is take a 4-foot piece of rope and make a square on the the ground with it. Within this 1-square-foot area, count how many different insects you come across.
Feel free to leave a comment of the living things you and your Tiger Cubscout encountered during your own 1-foot hike.
Worldwide, it is estimated that 285 million people are visually impaired. Out of that number 246 million have low vision and 39 million are blind. Chances are, each one of us knows someone who is visually impaired. My next door neighbor is a sweet lady in her late 60's. While an infant, she contracted polo (which is not too big of a problem now-a-days thanks to vaccinations) which almost took her little life. As a result of having polo, she has been blind for most of her life. I say most of her life only due to some pretty amazing surgeries she underwent a few years ago that allowed her to have her vision back for about a year. Unfortunately her eyes reverted back to not being able to be used, but the time that she did have her vision back was one that she will cherish forever. Many of us take our vision for granted... when we wake up and open our eyes things just start working with little to no effort. My daughter wears glasses. Each day when she wakes up she is able to see without them. Things may be blurry until she puts her glasses on, but in many ways, she is able to see without her glasses. Reading without her glasses is a different story, and almost next to impossible. Being completely blind raises the question, how do individuals who are blind read?
With the help of amazing technology, those who are blind are able to have audio books and other dictation computer programs assist them. For those that still want to read a book on good-ole paper, there is braille. Braille is a from of written language for those who are blind. The characters are represented by patterns of raised dots that are felt with the fingertips. The next time you are in a public place, look for the raised braille on the restrooms signs.
While working on your Tiger Elective Adventure; Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries, you have the opportunity to use braille. In requirement 6, it has you spell your name in Braille. The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has a wonderful tool to assist you in completing this requirement at braillebug.afb.org/thenamegame.asp
This last weekend we went to the theater and watched the new Disney live action movie The Jungle Book. During multiple scenes involving Mowgli and the wolf pack, they remind each other what their duty to the pack is and how the pack protects the individual by reciting "The Law of the Jungle" led by Akela.
"Now this is the Law of the Jungle. As old and true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die... For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack..."
During the first scene that this happens, my wife leaned over and whispered, "It's just like Cub Scouts!" Cub Scouting was created based off of this wonderful story told by Rudyard Kipling. The Law of the Pack was recently replaced by the Scout Law, but still rings true throughout the dens and packs even though we do not recite it anymore.
Law of the Pack - The Cub Scout follows Akela. The Cub Scout helps the Pack go. The Pack helps the Cub Scout Grow. The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
Just like Mowgli, each Cub Scout is going through their own "jungles" and challenges. Along the journey each man cub comes in contact with some strange creatures (leaders) who help the young man cub become the best that he can. Let us as leaders, choose to be those individuals that help our man cubs grow and become the great leaders of the future when they eventually leave the pack in life's journey.
With summer in full swing, this is a great time of the year to work on the outdoor activity award. The following is the requirements form all ages of Cub Scouts.
Tigers, Wolfs, Bears Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award. Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive year the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.
- Complete the Backyard Jungle adventure, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below
- Complete the Paws on the Path adventure, and complete five of the outdoor activities listed below.
- Complete the Bear Necessities adventure, and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.
- Complete the Webelos Walkabout adventure, and complete seven of the outdoor activities listed below.
With your den, pack, or family:
Participate in a nature hike in your local area. This can be on an organized, marked trail, or just a hike to observe nature in your area.
Participate in an outdoor activity such as a picnic or fun day in a park.
Explain the buddy system and tell what to do if lost. Explain the importance of cooperation.
Attend a pack overnighter. Be responsible by being prepared for the event.
Complete an outdoor service project in your community.
Complete a nature/conservation project in your area. This project should involve improving, beautifying, or supporting natural habitats. Discuss how this project helped you to respect nature.
Participate in your pack's earning the Summertime Pack Award.
Participate in a nature observation activity. Describe or illustrate and display your observations at a den or pack meeting.
Participate in an outdoor aquatics activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den, pack, or family swim.
Participate in an outdoor campfire program. Perform in a skit, sing a song, or take part in a ceremony.
Participate in an outdoor sporting event.
Participate in an outdoor Scout's Own or other worship service.
Explore a local city, county, state, or national park. Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys park rules.
As of June 1st, there is a new option, "Invent an outside game, and play it outside with friends for 30 minutes.
Tiger Bites Adventure
Requirement 2. Show that you know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Eat one of each.
Lets start off with the main question, what is the difference between a fruit and a vegetable? The main difference involves flowers! Fruits are developed on the plant where the flower first forms, usually in the spring time. Examples of these are Apples, Oranges, Cherry's, and Plums. Vegetables usually are a part of the plant like Potatoes, Broccoli, Onions, and Carrots. But the question comes up on the following... what about Pumpkins, Tomatoes, and Peppers?? Don't they develop from flowers? Botanically speaking, the Answer is yes they do develop from flowers but for the most part they are considered vegetables in the culinary world as they are usually savory rather than sweet when used in meals.
What are some of your favorite combinations? Here are of few of ours.
- Potatoes and Onions
- Peas and Carrots
- Strawberries and Bananas
- Apples and Peanut Butter (did you know peanuts grow in the ground!?)
- Asparagus wrapped in bacon... (this one may be a stretch)
Your Challenge: Eat one Vegetable and one Fruit