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It's important for our Cub Scouts to be safe and prepared whenever we're doing outdoor activities like hiking. The Boy Scouts of America compiled a list of the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking. Of course, these can be used for other outdoor activities, too!
Tom and I are Charlie's Cub Scout Den Leaders this year. So far, the boys have earned two of their Wolf adventures. Both of our completed adventures were earned by hiking, camping, and spending time outdoors.
One of the requirements for Paws on the Path and Call of the Wild (both requirements for Wolf rank) is that the boys must show they are prepared to hike safely in any outdoor setting by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on a hike.
As a den, we reviewed the Cub Scout Six Essentials and why each item is important.
1. First-aid kit: A leader will usually carry a larger first aid kit, but each cub scout should carry their own smaller first aid kit with items like adhesive bandages, moleskin, gauze, and antibiotic ointment. These items can be carried in a small plastic sandwich baggie.
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2. Water bottle: The water bottle should be filled and large enough to last until it can be filled again. This can be a regular water bottle or a hydration backpack.
3. Flashlight: Make sure the flashlight has fresh batteries before heading out. They also have some great crank flashlights, so no need to worry about batteries! The flashlight is for emergency use only.
4. Trail food: No one wants to worry about starving on a hike. You can pick up some trail mix or similar snack at a store or make some trail mix as a den activity prior to hiking or camping.
5. Sun protection: Don't forget the sunscreen, even if it's cloudy! Sunscreen should be at least SPF 30. Kids may like a hat or sunglasses, too!
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6. Whistle: Scouts will learn that the whistle is only for emergency use. You can practice using it at a den meeting by demonstrating the three blasts that mean “help”.
Scouts are responsible for carrying (and packing) their own gear. During a meeting, leaders can review what may happen if someone forgets to pack one of their six essentials.