This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Food Lion. All opinions are 100% mine.
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.
We picked up everything we needed for the kids to make their own first aid kits at Food Lion.
CareOne offers a full array of clinical healthcare and personal care products that, at a minimum, deliver the same efficacy and quality as national brands, but always at a lower price.
Endorsed by pharmacists and affordable, CareOne is the one brand to provide clinical solutions for all the everyday healthcare needs of my family—and I can find it conveniently at my grocery store. Available exclusively at Food Lion.
The quality of these products are great, while remaining super affordable. Of course, all private brand items have a double your money back guarantee! For More Information about Food Lion’s Private Brand labels click here.
Being able to stock up on first aid and health products without breaking the bank brings another great phrase to mind: “A scout is thrifty”!
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!
We snagged CareOne sunscreen at Food Lion, too! Be sure to learn more about all of the CareOne products that Food Lion carries.
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.