Viking Council Pow-wow Book
The word "traveler: suggests faraway places and long trips. Some of the Webelos may have already enjoyed such travels in their short lifetime!"
The Traveler activity badge will help the boys discover new things abut traveling, and they will have a great time "navigating" for mom and dad on the required trips.
Pilot, flight attendant, bus driver, trainman, taxi driver, luggage manufacturer, moving company, air traffic controller, travel agent, corporate transfer agent, travel guide, hotel operator.
Arrange a visit to the main office of the AA. Find out what services they offer. Ask to see a TripTik being set up. Look at maps, currency, information, and how to figure out time zones.
Visit a bus or airline terminal and observe the operation. How do people know where to go to get on board? If you were never in this city before, what would you learn by looking around the terminal? What is the view? What if someone had an emergency or needed to get help?
Many boys this age have never ridden a city bus. Pick a bus line near your home and ride as a group to the downtown area. Count how many people get on and off. Where do you think they are going? How do people occupy their time while riding?
Ask boys to bring in some vacation pictures for everyone to look at. Ask them to point out on the map where they went, tell how they traveled, and where they stayed.
Use an airline timetable to answer the following questions.
1. What is the earliest time you can depart from the airport and get to another destination over 700 miles away?
2. What is the flight number?
3. What kind of airplane is being used on that route?
4. When will you arrive at your destination?
5. How far is the trip in statute miles?
6. Does the time zone change as you travel?
7. How much time does your flight take?
Want to travel to a faraway land and learn all about the culture…for free? Browse around the local library to find travel movies, documentaries, or National Geographic-type shows that your den can watch. The library also has slide sets available with written descriptions or cassettes. Ask around to see if there are any "Armchair Travelers" clubs in your area that you could visit. Sometimes the library sponsors travel shows, as well as senior citizen clubs or churches.
Characters: Uncle Joe (dressed as an old man), Little Joe (dressed as Cub Scout)
Scene: Uncle Joe is standing at a bus stop in Smithtown, holding an old suitcase at his side. He looks lost. (Put up signs for the names of the buildings in the skit, a bench, and other hometown items for skit props.)
Little Joe: (Rushing in) Uncle Joe, there you are. I'm sorry I missed your bus. Did you have a nice trip?
Uncle Joe: Oh, yes! This was my first bus trip, and I learned so many new things! It's an amazing world out there, Little Joe.
Little Joe: Welcome to Smithtown. (Sweeping arms to show off the street.) It's not very much, but it's my home.
Uncle Joe: Well, well. (Looking around.) So it is!
Little Joe: You can practically see the whole town from right here at the bus stop. This is our town hall. (As he points to buildings Uncle Joe nods and smiles.) And down there is the Lairds' Grocery Store. (Points other way.) And way down at the end is the old Smith Manufacturing Company. That's our main business here!
Uncle Joe: (Stops nodding and looks very puzzled.) Where I come from, I know a lot of folks named Smith, But I didn't know they were all manufactured here!
How many cars have you ever had? What was the first one? Where did you like to go when you traveled? How has driving changed since you started? How many miles does your car have on it now?
Materials needed: 2" square piece of 1/2' scrap wood, old road map, piece of plastic pipe, glue, small platic car.
Directions: Sand wood smooth. Cut a piece of the map the same size as your wood, then glue it on. Hot glue the small plastic car on the map. Hot glue the pipe to the back of the wood to form the slide loop.
Materials needed: paper and pencil for each boy. Work alone or in pairs.
Instructions: Make a list of as many of the 50 states that you can think of. Score extra points if you also know the correct capital of the state.
Divide dens into teams. For each team have a suitcase with a hat, coat, gloves, and an umbrella inside.
To play: On Signal the first player on the team runs up to the suitcase, opens it, and puts on the clothes. Then he opens the umbrella (with gloves on) and runs back to the line. He removes the clothes and the next player puts them on. This boy now opens the umbrella (with gloves on!) and runs forward to the suitcase. There, he removes the clothes, puts them back into the case, and closes it.
Players continue in this pattern until each member has dressed for the trip. The members of the team that finishes first all are awarded a state map.
Ways to Go
Divide den into two teams. In this relay the players are to travel from one end of the room to the other. Each team member must travel in a different way; however, the opposite team may use the same ideas.
Suggestions are: front rollovers, cartwheels, skipping rolling.
Divide den into small groups. Give each group a different state map. Ask them to complete the following questions in the next 15 minutes.
1. What is the state capital?
2. Name a town with population over 100,000 people.
3. Name a state park.
4. What is the name of the third town beginning with "H"?
5. What states are around the border of your map?
6. What is the mileage scale used on your map?
7. Name two towns, which have detailed city maps shown.
8. Name a town, park, or site of interest in area C-4.
9. Are there any towns that start with the letters "X' or Z?"
List one interesting fact you found on your map.
When time is up, post a United States map on the wall. Ask the groups to come forward and point to their state. Let them tell the answers to a few of the questions depending how much time you have.
Webelos gather at the stage with items in hand to put into the suitcase which the leader is packing. They each describe one of the requirements for the Travelers activity badge as they hand over their item.
The leader closes the suitcase and proceeds to hand the boys "tickets" (badges" for their upcoming trip.
Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that USSSP, Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.