Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum

The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum on the campus of Brigham Young University was opened to the public in 1978.  The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and maintains membership in the Natural Science Collection Alliance.  The museum houses nearly three million specimens in nine separate research collections.  The museum currently has 8 exhibits.

- Our Living Planet
    - This exhibit explores the unique life-supporting physical characteristics of planet Earth.
- Fred & Sue Morris Bird Gallery
    - This remarkable collection features over 100 different birds from around the world.
- Protect Your Planet
    - This exhibit includes the museum's full mount bull elephant with information about species conservation-related issues.
- Life On Top: Apex Predators
    - This exhibit features interactive scenes highlighting issues related to top-predators.
- Life Submerged: Marine & Freshwater
    - This exhibit highlights features of both freshwater and marine ecosystems.
- Into Africa
    - This exhibit highlights key interactions in several of Africa's ecosystems.
- Our Sacred Stewardship
    - This exhibit teaches the inspired doctrines related to our divine stewardship responsibilities.
- Boyd K Packer Gallery
    - The Packer Gallery highlights President Packer's life and remarkable talent as a wildlife artist.


Along with the exhibits, the museum offers live animal shows in the evening during the week and two afternoon shows on Saturday involving at least 3 live animals.

Scout groups who visit have the opportunity to earn a patch offered by the museum.  The Museum patch was designed to motivate scouts to gain a greater appreciation and knowledge of the life sciences.  You can print the requirements here, or pick up a copy at the front desk as you enter the museum.

Admission is free! But donations are always greatly appreciated.

Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
Brigham Young University
645 East 1430 North, Provo, UT 84602


Information: (801) 422-5050
Office: (801) 422-5052
Scheduling: (801) 422-6698
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Closed Sunday

Den Doodles

On Thursday's, I tend to look at ideas that have worked in the past.  Den doodles have been around as long as there has been the organization of the dens in Cub Scouts. It is the one tool, besides the back of their book, which the scouts are able to measure up their progress.  This great visual aid sometimes creates a desire within the scout to complete more achievements to build up his own cord on the doodle.  Also, in some circumstances, it may create some competition between the scouts to see who’s cord has more bling on the doodle (didn’t someone important once say that scouting is a game with a purpose… oh yah, Baden Powell said that).  When creating your den doodle, do not do all the work. This is for the boys, so naturally it should be them who designs the doodle.  You as the leaders are the ones who keep it updated and you may be surprised at how proud your Cub Scouts are as they slip something as little as a pony bead onto their own cord of accomplishments.   

Cubmaster’s Packbook, 1973 printing Pg 329

A den doodle can proudly take its place beside the den flag at the pack meeting. If it’s a good den doodle, it’s distinctive. No two doodles should look alike, but every doodle should have the dens number and totem, a place for each member’s name, and a cord or thong for each Cub Scouts string of achievements. Spools, bottle tops, and Popsicle sticks are a few of the usual trophies used to show the completion of an achievement. Whatever the den chooses from then on, all members use the same trophy to mark their triumphs – each one should be marked with the achievement number and date.

1 Foot Hike

Tiger Adventure - Backyard Jungle

  1. 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

Our name in Braille

Our name in Braille

The Law of the Pack

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.

Items That Are Orange

How many items did you come across today that were the color orange?  Honestly, I could not give you an accurate number.  As adults, we have so much on our plate that requires our time and attention and we usually buzz right through the day.  What I enjoy about this simple Tiger Elective Adventure requirement is that it causes us to pause life for a moment with our Tigers and take a look at our surroundings. #TigerTuesday

Tiger Elective Adventure: Earning Your Stripes

  1. Bring in and share with your den five items that are the color orange.

No Food In The Tent

Last night we had a fun time helping complete my Webelos aged son's video for his movie making Webelos adventure.  From the beginning of the process, he wanted to involve the realness of not keeping any food inside your tent when camping.  

Hope you enjoy this little short that was written, directed, filmed, and produced by my awesome son. And always remember to be Bear Aware while camping.