Core values

Participate in an outdoor sporting event

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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 the park rules.

    Den Meeting Ideas

    • Collect leaves for identification. Boys could mount them or make leaf prints.

    • Bring a log to den meeting or find a tree stump and have the boys count the annual rings to determine the age of the tree. See if they can tell something about the kind of weather -dry or wet spells -- through which the tree lived by looking at the rings.

    • Visit a lumberyard or saw mill, nursery, or tree farm. A local lumber dealer can help the boys by furnishing wood samples for their collections.

    • Check the local forester about advice on planting projects and seedlings.

    • Plant a tree.

    • Make a tree survey in your area.

    • Have a den cook-out

    • Learn aluminum foil cooking techniques

    • Have campout planning session with the boys. Make a list of items you will need for backyard camping and for Adult-Son overnighter.

    • Make sure they are familiar with fire safety principles, which include no flame lights in tents or liquid fire starters.

    • Go on a Parent-Son campout

    • Make insect zoos or terrariums

    • Learn to identify poisonous plants and reptiles.

    • Make bird migration maps, using large USA maps. Then go bird watching and see how many of the species you can identify.

    • Take a nature hike and look for animal tracks. Make plaster casts of tracks.

    • Study wildlife homes

    • Make bird feeders, and then observe birds that use them.

    • Make an ant farm.

    • Make bird feeders and observe the birds.


    1. Select a tree that is near your home so there can be daily contact, finding out what is going on in, under, and around the tree. Select more than one kind of tree to compare the action in each type of tree.
    2. With a notebook in hand, visit the “adopted” tree.
    3. Describe the tree as it is right now, today.
    4. Look at its physical characteristics (size, leaf, shape, bark, color, and other features).

    5. Look to see whether it is alive. How can you tell?

    6. Look to see whether it appears to be asleep or awake. How can you tell?

    7. Listen to find out if it makes any noise.

    8. Smell to find out whether it has an odor. Do different parts of the tree smell differently? The leaves? The bark? Does the smell change during the day or in different seasons?

    9. Repeat the visits throughout the year and compare observations.

    10. Look to see how the tree has changed. Look to see how the tree remains the same.

    11. Think and talk about what the tree might look like the next time you visit.

    12. Are there any animals calling the tree home?

    13. Write a poem about the tree and sketch a picture of it.

    14. Did the leaves turn colors before the fall?
    15. Keep your notebook and come back to the tree in the years to come.

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