Cub Scout: Plants & Wildlife

Cub Scout: Plants & Wildlife

During your Walt Disney World vacation, your scout will have the opportunity to dig more into plants & wildlife as you plan for your vacation, while traveling to WDW, dining at the restaurants, and visiting the parks.

Throughout the Cub Scout ranks, there are many plant & wildlife goals built into the adventures including:

  • Being knowledgeable, responsible, and comfortable in the outdoors
  • Going fishing and having a hands-on experience to apply all the Bears have learned
  • Knowing it’s never too early to understand our animal and insect neighbors
  • Learning about the creatures and plants that share our living world
  • Learning about the types of fish near the Scouts’ homes
  • Learning how to observe and listen carefully
  • Learning how to protect the environment
  • Learning important life skills
  • Learning what the fish eat, how they can be caught, and how we can conserve and preserve our fish by using the concept of catch-and-release fishing
  • Practicing service to the community and the world
  • Practicing ways to conserve in the world around us
  • Taking care of plants and the environment
  • Understanding different types of equipment and making simple fishing tackle
  • Understanding our interconnection with the plant world
  • Working in teams
A Scout is thrifty, kind, clean and reverent while practicing plants & wildlife skills.

Scouting WDW

Scouting with the mouse ideas – practice home & family goals while:

Planning for your Disney World Resort & Park Visit

    Traveling to Walt Disney World

      Dining at Disney World Restaurants

        Visiting Disney World Parks


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          Related Cub Scout Adventure Electives:

          Tiger Core: Backyard Jungle

          Wolf Elective: Grow Something

          Bear Core: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

          Bear Elective: A Bear Goes Fishing

          Webelos Elective: Into the Wild

          Webelos Elective: Into the Woods

          Cub Scout: Aquatics

            Cub Scout Aquatics

          During your Walt Disney World vacation, your scout will have the opportunity to practice his aquatic skills.

          The Scouting program has included water activities since it began. Aquatics is an important part of Cub Scout summer camps AND most popular family vacation spots.  Learning and reinforcing safe swimming and boating practices may save the life of a Scout, or someone else.

          During your Walt Disney World vacation, your scout will have the opportunity to practice his aquatic skills at the resort pool or water parks, while using the boat transportation to/from the parks, and in the parks on the various water rides.

          Throughout the five Cub Scout ranks, there are many Aquatic topics built into the adventure electives including:

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          Water & Swimming
          • Water conservation
          • Water pollution
          • Swimming safety
          • Swimming as exercise
          • Gliding in the water
          • Water assistance & rescue
          • Swimming buddies
          • Visiting a public pool
          • Fastening a life jacket correctly
          • BSA swimmer classification skills
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          Boats
          • Types of boats
          • Boating equipment
          • Boating safety
          • Rowing and canoes

           

          Scouting WDW

          Scouting with the mouse ideas – practice aquatic goals while visiting:

          Planning for your Disney World Resort & Park Visit

            Traveling to Walt Disney World

              Dining at Walt Disney World 

                Visiting Walt Disney World 

                 


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                Related Cub Scout Adventure Electives:

                Tiger Elective Adventure: Floats and Boats
                1. Identify five different types of boats.
                2. Build a boat from recycled materials, and float it on the water.
                3. With your den, say the SCOUT water safety chant.
                4. Play the buddy game with your den.
                5. Show that you can put on and fasten a life jacket the correct way.
                6. Show how to safely help someone who needs assistance in the water,
                without having to enter the water yourself.
                7. Show how to enter the water safely, blow your breath out under the
                water, and do a prone glide.

                Wolf Elective Adventure: Spirit of the Water
                1. Demonstrate how the water in your community can become polluted.
                2. Explain one way that you can help conserve water in your home.
                3. Explain to your den leader why swimming is good exercise.
                4. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in
                swimming or boating.
                5. Show how to do a reaching rescue.
                6. Visit a local pool or public swimming area with your family or Wolf
                den. With qualified supervision, jump into water that is at least chesthigh,
                and swim 25 feet or more.

                Bear Elective Adventure: Salmon Run
                1. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in
                boating.
                2. Identify the equipment needed when going boating.
                3. Demonstrate correct rowing or paddling form. Explain how rowing and
                canoeing are good exercise.
                4. Explain the importance of response personnel or lifeguards in a
                swimming area.
                5. Show how to do both a reach rescue and a throw rescue.
                6. Visit a local pool or swimming area with your den or family, and go
                swimming.
                7. Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family.
                8. Name the three swimming ability groups for the Boy Scouts of
                America.
                9. Attempt the BSA beginner swimmer classification.

                Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Aquanaut
                Complete 1–5 and any two from 6–10.
                1. State the safety precautions you need to take before doing any water
                activity.
                2. Recognize the purpose and the three classifications of swimming
                ability groups in Scouting.
                3. Discuss the importance of learning the skills you need to know before
                going boating.
                4. Explain the meaning of “order of rescue” and demonstrate the reach
                and throw rescue techniques from land.
                5. Attempt the BSA swimmer test.
                6. Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive
                head first into the water, and attempt a front surface dive.
                7. Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl,
                sidestroke, breaststroke, or trudgen.
                8. Invite a member or former member of a lifeguard team, rescue squad,
                the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, or other armed forces branch who
                has had swimming and rescue training to your den meeting. Find out
                what training and other experiences this person has had.
                9. Demonstrate how to correctly fasten a life jacket that is the right size
                for you. Jump into water over your head. Show how the life jacket
                keeps your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the
                water, remove the life jacket and hang it where it will dry.
                10. If you are a qualified swimmer, select a paddle of the proper size and
                paddle a canoe with an adult’s supervision.

                 

                Disney Pools

                Disney Pools

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                During a visit to Walt Disney World, scouts will be able to complete these elective requirements while swimming at the resort pool:

                • Show that you can put on and fasten a life jacket the correct way.
                • Show how to enter the water safely, blow your breath out under the water, and do a prone glide.
                • Visit a local pool or public swimming area with your family.
                • Explain to your den leader/parent why swimming is good exercise.
                • With qualified supervision, jump into water that is at least chest-high, and swim 25 feet or more.
                • Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family.
                • Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive headfirst into the water, and attempt a front surface dive.
                • Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, or elementary backstroke.
                • Demonstrate how to correctly fasten a life jacket that is the right size for you. Jump into water over your head. Show how the life jacket helps keep your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the water, remove the life jacket, and hang it where it will dry.

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                Want a little more Disney magic?  Experience the ultimate in Disney World swimming at one of the Disney Water Parks: Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.


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                Cub Scout: Faith

                Cub Scout: Faith

                During your Walt Disney World vacation, your scout will have the opportunity to practice his faith as you plan for your vacation, while traveling to WDW, dining at the restaurants, and visiting the parks.

                Throughout the Cub Scout ranks, there are many Faith goals built into the adventures including

                • Beginning to strengthen their faith together with other family members
                • Learning about individuals who have demonstrated fellowship, and creating plans to help us develop characteristics that will benefit our community
                • Learning about what duty to God means to you and your family.
                • Observing different ways a person can be reverent
                • Practicing one’s religion—walking the “footsteps”—shows reverence and duty to God.
                • Religious freedom is one of the founding principles of our country, and Scouting honors that freedom.
                • Showing our duty to God by participating in service projects designed to help a neighbor or community organization
                • We should show reverence for those of great faith who came before us.
                • With their adult partner, discovering their family’s faith
                • Worshipping together to strengthen our faith in God
                A Scout is reverent.

                Scouting WDW

                Scouting with the mouse ideas – practice your faith while:

                Planning for your Disney World Resort & Park Visit

                Traveling to Walt Disney World

                  Dining at Disney World Restaurants

                    Visiting Disney World Parks


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                    Related Cub Scout Adventure Electives:
                    • Tiger Core Adventure: My Family’s Duty to God

                    This adventure will help Tigers understand what duty to God means in Scouting, and also what it means for them and their families.

                    • Wolf Core Adventure: Duty to God Footsteps

                    This adventure will help each Wolf Scout develop a consistent awareness of his duty to God. He will also explore ways that he can practice his family’s beliefs as part of living out his duty to God.

                    • Bear Core Adventure: Fellowship and Duty to God

                    To practice their duty to God, Bear Scouts will have opportunities in this adventure to be good neighbors, reaching out in fellowship to people in their communities. They will experience the universal principle, common to many religions, that we should treat others the way we want to be treated.

                    • Webelos Core Adventure: Duty to God and You

                    A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. The BSA Statement of Religious Principle “maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God.” This adventure provides each Webelos Scout an opportunity to learn about and practice his religious faith.

                    • AOL Core Adventure: Duty to God in Action

                    A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.


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                    Daily Flag Retreat Ceremony at the Magic Kingdom

                    Daily Flag Retreat Ceremony at the Magic Kingdom

                    At Walt Disney World, honoring America and it’s people are common themes. You’ll find the flag and other patriotic emblems throughout the parks.
                    According to Disney, one of the longest traditions is the daily Flag Retreat in Town Square on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.

                    This patriotic ceremony is performed daily at 5pm in Town Square on MainStreet USA at the Magic Kingdom. The ceremony typically includes the Park Security Honor Guard, including a veteran choosen daily, The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet, The Main Street Philharmonic marching band and The Mayor of Main Street.

                    In the video above, a daily flag ceremony at the Magic Kingdom Park includes an honor guard of Walt Disney World Security Officers, The Main Street Philharmonic marching band, The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet (singing “God Bless America”), and announcements by The Mayor of Main Street. As the Philharmonic marches down Main Street to John Philip Souza’s “The Liberty Bell,” a honored veteran carries the folded flag.

                    Scouts will enjoy the daily Flag Retreat ceremony at the Magic Kingdom. | ScoutingWDW.com

                    Religious Freedom and the American Adventure

                    Religious Freedom and the American Adventure

                    The American Adventure Pavilion and feature attraction takes guests on a trip through America’s history. The 30 minute show chronicles Americas illustrious past and promising future through audio-animatronics, film and music.

                    Beginning with the landing of the Mayflower, watch and see how the American ideals ~ Freedom, Innovation, Independence, and Compassion precipitated more key events like the Boston Tea Party, the winter at Valley Forge, the penning of the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War, industrialization and the Great Depression. Along the way, you’ll also meet inspiring Americans:

                    Susan B. Anthony
                    Alexander Graham Bell
                    Chief Joseph
                    Frederick Douglass
                    Thomas Jefferson
                    John F. Kennedy
                    Martin Luther King Jr.
                    Will Rogers
                    Teddy Roosevelt

                    The American Adventure Pavilion also includes:

                    • quotes from famous Americans
                    • paintings of American life throughout history
                    • the Hall of Flags exhibit, a display of the different flags throughout U.S. history 
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                    The Pilgrims were among the first Americans to look for religious freedom.

                    Seeds of Hope | Painting This painting portrays a Native American teaching the Plymouth Pilgrims how to plant corn.

                    Freedom | Pilgrim Statue Statues personifying various American ideals are located throughout The American Adventure theatre.

                    Church Services at Disney?

                    Church Services at Disney?

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                    Would your family like to incorporate family worship and church services into your vacation planning? While Disney does not regularly offer on property church services, there are a variety of ways your scouting family may worship while on vacation.

                    Attend a local church service

                    An excellent choice would be Trinity Christian Center, a non-denominational, Bible believing fellowship of Christians, which meets in the Theater of Life (inside the Temple building) in the center of the park. Services begin at 10:30 AM.  Please note: The Holy Land Experience exhibits are closed on Sundays.

                    A list of area churches and denominations is available here.

                    Private family worship

                    While on vacation, consider having private family worship time. A simple private service may include reading from the Bible, singing a favorite family hymn and prayer.

                    In your Disney resort room, you will find a Bible placed by Gideons International, each member of the family could take turns sharing their favorite Bible verses.

                    If your vacation time happens while your scout is completing their faith core adventure, consider using this workbook to plan a simple service with a scouting twist. Please note the size of the workbook and only print pages as needed.

                    Faith Core Adventure requirements:

                    During the Holidays

                    Disney traditionally offers church services in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for Easter and Christmas.

                    There are usually three services, a Catholic Mass at 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m and a Protestant service at 9:00 a.m. Please check with your resort concierge to verify times and locations.

                    Identifying Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

                    Identifying Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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                    Wildlife Field Guides are available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. As you enter the expansive lobby of the Jambo House, there is a gigantic picture window with a view to 30 acres on the Savannah, enjoy the African animals from the elevated viewing area, Arusha Rock.   

                    All three Savannahs were specially built for the lodge animals, which are cared for separately from the Animal Kingdom Park animals. Alcoves in the hallways and additional viewing spots are available througout the resort. To find the largest variety of animals, search at both Jambo House and Kidani Village.

                    Want a little more Disney magic? Chat with an Animal Kingdom Lodge Cast Member, ask them questions about their country and their traditions. Many are on a cultural exchange program and it is like having your own personal guide into African life and the land. Cast Members are usually available on the overlooks and trails, especially at sunset on the overlook near the pool where a number of night vision goggles are shared for viewing the animals.

                    Would your scout like a preview of the AKL Wildlife Field Guide? Request a PDF copy here:

                    Disney Campfires

                    Disney Campfires

                    Disney Campfires are a great way to unwind after a busy park day. Enjoy a crackling campfire and many activities including stories, sing-alongs, and marshmallows.

                    Campfire activities available at:

                    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
                    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
                    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
                    • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
                    • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
                    • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
                    • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
                    • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
                    • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
                    • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
                    • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
                    • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
                    • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
                    • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
                    • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
                    • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
                    • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

                    Come for the Campfire – Stay for a Movie!
                    Disney invites guests to cozy up for outdoor screenings of their favorite Disney films immediately following the campfire activities, at select resorts.

                    Want a little more Disney magic?  Experience the ultimate Disney campfire at Chip ‘n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long. Bring your own marshmallows and sticks, or purchase a s’mores kit from the Chuckwagon Snack Bar.


                     

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                    Geocaching at Walt Disney World

                    Geocaching at Walt Disney World

                    Finding a hidden treasure is right up Disney’s alley…it’s magical! The anticipation of the hunt, the excitement of the journey, and the jubilee of discovery combine to create a thrilling game-like adventure for scouts. Geocaching at Walt Disney World is a fun activity to reinforce the Geocaching Merit Badge and Camping scouting requirements.

                    When the Geocaching Merit Badge requirements were first released in 2010, Bryan on Scouting highlighted these learning points:

                    • Precautions necessary to have a safe time while searching for geocaches
                    • Geocaching etiquette and how the principles of Leave No Trace apply
                    • Geocaching terms
                    • How GPS technology works
                    • Steps for finding and logging a cache
                    • How to use geocaching.com, the official online home of geocaching

                    Traditionally, geocaching involves using GPS technology and other clues to find hidden cache boxes and physically logging in your find. There are a few physical caches in the Orlando area, some very near Disney property.

                    Geocaching at Walt Disney World and nearby Orlando
                    An off property geocache location may be found near this grove of trees.

                    However, because of security precautions, on property geocaching is limited to virtual hunts only. Virtual hunts are also available on geocaching.com, they still use GPS reference points and may include other ‘criteria’ to complete the hunt. Bookmarked Disney hunts are available here and here.

                    As an alternative to traditional geocaching, scouts may also enjoy looking for Hidden Mickeys or Waymarking Disney Benchmarks.

                    Hidden Mickeys is a fun variation of geocaching at Walt Disney World.
                    Hidden Mickeys App

                    Hidden Mickey hunts involve finding Mickey shaped heads or Mickey shaped profiles hidden in plain site. Disney Imagineers have incorporated these shapes into the landscape, buildings, attraction ques, signs and more. Hidden Mickeys are located throughout the Disney Resorts & Parks and clues may be found using this app or in the book Hidden Mickey’s.

                    Geocaching at Walt Disney World with Disney Benchmarking & Waymarks
                    Located in Fantasyland near Ariel’s Grotto.

                    Waymarking is similar to geocaching as you use posted coordinates to find interesting places. Disney Benchmarks are survey markers, placed by surveyors commissioned by Walt Disney World during the land development surveys.

                    Read more about Geocaching at Walt Disney World here.

                    Read more about Waymarking at Walt Disney World here.

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