Family Activities –
Circle Ten Council
Have a family talk about the ways
people can care for the Earth in the home, school or community?
Name some natural resources found
in the school, home or community?
about ways he can help take care of the Earth?
Take the family on an Earth
(natural resources) walk around the neighborhood.
On the walk, ask the children to
look for things the Earth provides (natural resources).
As resources are observed, have the
children stop, look at the resources, then use their senses to describe them
(what they see, how it feels, what it smells like, how it sounds).
Ask the children: "In what ways
have people taken care of the natural resources in our neighborhood?"
Ask the children: "How have the
natural resources in the neighborhood been changed to make life better for
If possible, take children to areas
where people have not cared for the Earth. (This could be a site with a lot of
trash, absence of trees and grass, etc.)
Ask the children: "If some natural
resources have been damaged, how can we repair or fix them?"
Come home and let the children draw
a picture showing what they are going to do to help. Hang it for all the
family to see and be reminded of what they are going to do to help the earth.
Circle Ten Council
You'll need for each boy -
3 feet of string
Birdseed or cereal for each boy.
Cut lengthwise grooves in the apple
on all four sides.
Cut the top off about 1/2-inch
from the stem of the apple.
Scoop out some of the insides of
the apple with a spoon, being careful not to break the skin.
Fill the center of the apple with
birdseed or cereal.
Re-attach the top of the apple to
the bottom using the string:
Criss-cross the string underneath
the apple and tie it above the stem.
Use the remaining string to hang
the apple outside where it will be protected from rain.
(Note: you could also use an
orange, pear, nectarine or turnip, green tomato, gourd or firm squash.)
You'll need for each Monster
Two paper lunch bags,
Markers, scissors and glue.
Cut an oval opening in the bottom
of one lunch bag.
Open the other lunch bag and slide
the first one inside it so the hole is at the top (monster's mouth) and the
other bag's bottom is on the bottom.
Decorate the bag, as you like with
construction paper eyes and accordion-folded arms.
Or use markers.
Set the monster on a desktop and
feed it small pieces of trash!
Milk Jug Bird Feeder
Need for each feeder:
Gallon milk jug with lid
Sharp pointed scissors
Rinse out an empty plastic gallon
milk jug with lid.
Cut a window in the front of the
jug, and make two small poke holes for the perches.
Insert pencils for perches and fill
the bottom of the jug with birdseed.
You can either rest the bird feeder
on a ledge or punch holes near the top, add string, and hang from a branch.
WHERE DOES GARBAGE GO
Circle Ten Council
This one would work well with every level of Cub
Scout. The Bear Achievement, Take Care of Your Planet, came to mind
immediately. The visual images are great and last longer with our Cubs. CD
the Den arrives, set up a recycling bin to look like a big garbage can.
the book "Where does garbage go?" up through the part about Americans
generating 4 lbs. of trash a day. Ask the boys to name the kinds of things
they throw away.
the boys hold a bag with four pounds of trash in it to see/feel how much trash
it contains (4 lbs.). Line seven bags up in a row to show them how much trash
one person makes every week (28 lbs.).
Demonstrate what goes into a landfill. Ask the boys to pretend that the bin
(recycle bin you disguised earlier) surrounded by a white sheet is a hole in
the ground (landfill). More than half of the trash in landfills is paper. Ask
a boy to put the paper provided into the landfill. Repeat the procedure with
the correct proportions of other landfill trash (glass, metal, plastic, food
and yard waste, other).
the pages about how many communities now recycle. Why do they recycle? (By
recycling, these people cut down on the amount of trash they send to the
landfills. By throwing away less trash, the people help to make the Earth a
the boys to look at the landfill again and name the things in the landfill
that cannot be recycled. After taking out "other" and "food and yard waste,"
remove the sheet and show them that the pretend landfill is really a recycling
bin. All of the items remaining in the bin can be recycled.
the boys a poster that shows the recycling symbol ("chasing arrow"). Ask the
boys if they have seen these symbols before? Where? What do they mean? Explain
that the boys and their partner will now work together. They will be recycling
detectives and will look for these symbols on different items in their home to
determine if the items can be recycled or not. Explain that not ALL of the
objects that can be recycled have the symbol on them (like magazines and some
cardboard, etc.), but many of the objects do. Looking for the symbol is a very
good way to try and figure out if you can put the object out for the recycling
truck or take it to a recycling center. Have them bring their list to the
next meeting to share with each other. Have each boy name one thing on their
list and continue until all items on each list have been named.
Go See It Outing
Circle Ten Council
Tour a fast food restaurant or small restaurant
Tour an energy conservation home
Tour a Wildflower center and learn about landscaping that will
Tour Electric plant or company and have them explain ways to
Tour the local Water Company and ask for ways to conserve water.
Tour the Gas Company and ask about ways to conserve during
Tour the local or county landfill and have them talk about
This last one was a big hit
with our Den when my wife and I were Den Leaders. CD