May Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 7, Issue 10
Webelos Traveler & Artist
Tiger Big Ideas 17
Circle 10 Council
The Traveler Activity Badge explores the preparation involved in
taking a trip. Traveler is in
the Mental Skills group of badges. The
word “traveler” suggest faraway places and long trips. Some of the Webelos Scouts may have enjoyed such travels, but
they won’t add much to their mileage while working on this activity badge.
They will, however, be able to learn something about trip planning
and scheduling and hopefully they will have a chance for a short trip or
two, mainly for practice of what they have learned.
Through the badge requirements, Webelos Scouts will learn to read
maps and timetables or railroad, buses, or airlines serving your area.
They will learn how to read highway maps and plan trips.
Not only does this badge help prepare the boys for travel experience
but also enables them to get the most out of a trip and to learn more about
this great country.
Notice that the two trips listed in the requirement are family
trips and not Webelos Den activities. You
can help the boys secure some of the travel items they will need and teach
them how to read maps and timetables as they prepare for the family trips.
To introduce Webelos to the excitement of traveling to see new
places and meet new people.
To show Scouts some of the practical skills that are needed to
get “there” successfully and efficiently so that when “there,” they
can have a rewarding experience.
To have the Scouts practice planning in a fun way.
Where To Go And What To Do
Invite a travel agent to explain to your den about planning for a
trip and the use of computers in making reservations.
Visit an automobile club office and find out what they do.
Hang travel posters around den meeting place and discuss ways to
travel to these places.
As a den, visit the control tower of an airport.
Invite a parent or other resource person to tell of an unusual
vacation he/she has taken.
Just for fun, keep a notebook of funny or unusual Vanity License
Visit a county, state, or National Park with den families.
Visit a Historic site nearby.
Take a bus or train trip (could be a city bus trip around the
Calculate cost and speed of a plane trip.
Make car first aid kits.
Have a speed contest of locating specific destinations and how to
get there, using maps and timetables.
Teach proper packing of a suitcase.
Invite a Boy Scout to bring his backpack and show how to pack
Show how to use a fire extinguisher. How to check to see if the fire extinguisher is in proper
Show how to place, light, and use road flares.
Show when to use them.
Tourism bureaus are an endless source from which you can obtain
maps, brochures on tourist attractions and motel and hotel directories.
When you inquire for this information, let them know the month when
the den plans to “travel” because some of the attractions are seasonal,
and let them know what area of the state you are most interested in.
Most of the literature is free or at a minimal price.
This will be useful for the map exercise and will make working on the
Traveler Activity Badge a much more colorful and pleasant experience.
Using Public Transit
The Transit Authority will provide you with a system map and
schedules of bus routes that serve your area.
Explain to the Webelos that they can go anywhere that they want on
this outing provided they could get there by bus.
This will teach them the use of timetables to plan a trip and they
will be taking a trip to someplace that interests them.
How Much Per Mile?
Webelos Woody’s dad had offered to take him to the Nature
Center to work on his Naturalist Activity Badge.
Woody’s father tells him that they could go by bus, taxicab, or he
will drive the family car. The
bus would cost $1.50 each for Woody and his father.
The taxicab would cost $22.00 for both Woody and his father.
The family car cost $0.25 per mile to operate and the trip would
require 2 gallons of gas at $1.00 per gallon.
Woody’s father says that they can leave as soon as Woody figures
out what it would cost per mile to travel to the Nature Center by bus, by
taxicab, and by car. The Nature
Center is 20 miles away. Answers:
Bus $0.l5 per mile, Taxi cabs $1.10 per mile, and car, $0.35 per
Find The Mystery City
Divide the den into two teams.
Give each team captain a state highway map. Call out the names of various cities in the state and have
the team locate them on the map. The
first team to locate the city wins the round (win or lose, make sure both
teams locate the town before moving on to the next).
The team that locates the most towns first wins.
Packing A Suitcase
Provide a medium size suitcase and bring plenty of items to pack
into it. Included in the items
should be the necessities of any trip (extra clothes, toiletries, etc.).
Be sure that you deliberately bring too much to fit into the suitcase
so that the Webelos are forced to select only what they cannot do without
for the trip. Have the Webelos
select items and practice packing the suitcase.
One person thinks of a person, place or thing for everyone else
to identify. The rest of the
family members may asked questions that can be answered “yes’ or
“no”. If no one guesses
after 20 questions have been ask, the person who thought of it has stumped
the others and is declared the winner.
Take turns presenting the mystery to be solved.
Find The Most
The point is to see who can count the most of something by the
time you reach your destination or within a specified time limit.
People choose different objects to count: green cars versus red cars,
cows versus horses, pickup trucks versus trailer trucks, Chevrolets versus
Fords, or the license plates of two nearby states.
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