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(Meridian, Idaho)
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Bear Den


 Boy's Den Leader:

Dennis Bankhead 208-484-2488

Girl's Den Leader:

Sean O'Doherty 

The Bear rank is for children who are in 3rd grade. 

To earn the Bear badge, a scout must complete six required adventures and one elective adventure. His/her parent or guardian and Den Leader approves each requirement by signing his/her book, and the scout receives an adventure loop for each adventure. When the scout has met all requirements, the Bear badge is presented to his/her parent or guardian at the next Pack meeting. During an impressive ceremony, the parent or guardian then presents the badge to the scout.

After the scout has earned the Bear badge, a Bear Scout can work on the remaining 12 Bear electives until he/she finishes third grade. The scout can choose elective adventures that may show new hobbies and teach new skills that will be useful during his/her Boy Scout years. When he/she completes an elective adventure, he/she receives an additional adventure loop to wear on the scouting belt.

See attached for PROGRAM MODIFICATION as of November 2016.

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Bear_Addendum-sm.pdf Bear Addendum  

Adventure Loops

REQUIRED Adventure Loops

   Bear Claws

1. Learn about three common designs of pocketknives.
2. Learn knife safety and earn your Whittling Chip.
3. Using a pocketknife, carve two items.

   Bear Necessities

1. While working on your Bear badge, camp overnight with your pack. If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.
2. Attend a campfire show, and participate by performing a song or skit with your den.
3. Make a list of items you should take along on your campout.
4. Make a list of equipment that the group should bring along in addition to each Scout’s personal gear.
5. With your den, plan a cooked lunch or dinner that is nutritious and balanced. Make a shopping list, and help shop for the food. On a campout or at another outdoor event, help cook the meal and help clean up afterward.
6. Help your leader or another adult cook a different meal from the one you helped prepare for requirement 5. Cook this meal outdoors.

7. Help set up a tent. Pick a good spot for the tent, and explain to your den leader why you picked it.
8. Demonstrate how to tie two half hitches. Explain what the name means and what the hitch is used for.
9. Learn how to read a thermometer and a barometer. Keep track of the temperature and barometric pressure readings and the actual weather at the same time every day for seven days.

   Fellowship and Duty to God   (Completed at home)

Do either requirement 1 OR requirement 2.
1. Earn the religious emblem of your faith.
2. Complete 2a and at least two of requirements 2b–2d.
     a. Working with a parent or guardian, spiritual advisor, or religious leader, provide service to help a place of worship or spiritual community, school, community organization, or chartered organization that puts into practice your ideals of duty to God and strengthens your fellowship with others.
     b. Name some people in history who have shown great faith in God as they worked to make our world a better place. Discuss with an adult one or more of the characteristics of a person you admire, and make a plan to develop one of the selected characteristics in yourself. Share your plan with your family, and carry it out for two weeks.
     c. Make a list of things you can do to practice your duty to God as you are taught in your home or place of worship or spiritual community. Select two of the items, and practice them for two weeks.
     d. Attend a religious service, den or pack meeting worship service, or time of family reflection and discussion about your family’s beliefs.

   Fur, Feathers and Ferns

1. While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any animals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living nearby the place where you choose to hike.
2. Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years. Tell why the animal became extinct. Name one animal that is on the endangered species list.
Visit a government website to learn about endangered species in your area.
3. Visit one of the following: zoo, wildlife refuge, nature center, aviary, game preserve, local conservation area, wildlife rescue group, or fish hatchery. Describe what you learned during your visit.
4. Observe wildlife from a distance. Describe what you saw.
5. Use a magnifying glass to examine plants more closely. Describe what you saw through the magnifying glass that you could not see without it.
6. Learn about composting and how vegetable waste can be turned into fertilizer for plants.
7. Plant a vegetable or herb garden.

   Grin and Bear It

1. Play a challenge game or initiative game with the members of your den. Take part in a reflection after the game.
2. Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at your pack meeting.
3. Help younger Cub Scouts take part in one of the events at the Cub Scout carnival.
4. After the Cub Scout carnival, discuss with the members of your den and your den leader what went well, what could be done better, and how everyone worked together to make the event a success.
5. Make and present an award to one of the adults who helped you organize the activities at the Cub Scout carnival.

   Paws for Action

1. Do the following:
     a. Find out about two famous Americans. Share what you learned.
     b. Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your community, town, or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.
     c. Learn about our flag. Display it at home for one month. Say the Pledge of Allegiance and learn its meaning.
2. Do the following:
     a. Visit a local sheriff’s office or police station, or talk with a law enforcement officer visiting your den. During the visit, take turns with your den members asking questions that will help you learn how to stay safe.
     b. During or after your visit with a law enforcement officer, do at least two of the following:
          i. Practice one way police gather evidence by taking fingerprints, taking a shoe print, or taking tire track casts.
          ii. Make a list of emergency numbers to post in your home, and keep a copy with you in your backpack or wallet.
          iii. With your family, develop a plan to follow in case of an emergency, and practice the plan at least three times. Your family can determine the emergency, or you can develop several plans.
          iv. Discuss with your parent or another adult you trust any worries you have about your safety or a friend’s safety.
          v. If you have younger brothers and sisters, make sure they know how to call for help in an emergency.
3. Do the following:
     a. Learn about the energy your family uses and how you can help your family decrease its energy use.
     b. Do a cleanup project that benefits your community.

ELECTIVE Adventure Loops

   Baloo the Builder 

Learn how to use tools and build projects out of wood. 

   A Bear Goes Fishing 

Learn about local fish & their habitat, fishing regulations, learn about fishing equipment and go fishing together.

   Bear Picnic Basket 

Cooking using recipes, meal planning, grocery shopping, budgeting and creating your own cookbook. 

   Beat of the Drum 

Learn about the history & culture of Native Americans, make a drum & dreamcatcher, visit a ceremonial dance event and learn dance steps.  

   Critter Care 

Care for pet, learn about a new pet, learn about rabies, train your pet to do a trick and visit a veterinarian. 


Crime solving, fingerprints, chromatography, collecting evidence, visit a police station and learn about jobs in law enforcement.  

   Make it Move 

Pulleys, levers, exploding stick reactions, create and use a simple machine.  

   Marble Madness 

How to play different Marbles games, make a marble maze & obstacle course, create your own marble games. 

   Roaring Laughter 

Sharing jokes, tongue twisters & things that make you laugh, practice & performs skits.


Learn about robots and tasks they perform, visit a place that uses robots, build a robot and robot hand. 

   Salmon Run 

Boating rules & safety, rowing & canoeing, water rescues, visit a pool and swim together, demonstrating techniques.  

   Super Science 

Experiments with static electricity, color-morphing, color-layering and sink-or-float. 

   World of Sound 

Make an mbira, a sistrum and a rainstick.