Hikes for Cub Scouts
Hikes are simple and informal activities and usually
don't require a lot of advance preparation. But as simple as they
may seem, there are certain safety precautions that need to be
followed whenever you take Cub Scouts or Webelos Scouts to explore
Hiking Safety Rules:
- Avoid heavily
- When walking along any road, have the group
walk single file as far to the left as possible, facing oncoming
traffic. The den leader should be the first in line, with the den
chief or an adult at the end.
- Keep the hike speed consistent
with the short steps of the boys.
- Exhaustion is a common
complaint on hikes. Some boys can go on endlessly while others tire
easily. Take frequent rest stops. Use the time to talk about nature
or play quiet games. A snack is a good pick-me-up.
- Never drink
untested water. The safest water supply is a canteen of water
brought from home.
- Stay off private property unless you have
- Stay away from railroad tracks.
natural hazards such as fast-moving streams, steep cliffs, and areas
of loose rocks.
- Plan all hikes to start and end during
Types of Hikes
ONCE AROUND THE BLOCK
Hikers go once around the block then their
observations are tested. Who has seen the most round things? What
kinds of trees were seen? What did you see that was orange?
Other Hike Ideas
A Cub Scout hike is merely a 'walk with a
purpose". What better way to find out about the world around us
than to hike?
Take a hike for a purpose: to gather trash, to
collect leaves, to identify trees, to observe animal and birds, to
look for tracks, etc. Hikes can be taken in your neighborhood, local
nature area or at a nearby lake. Make the hike simple and
purposeful, but most of all fun.
Discussing rules before you leave can also help make
your hike a success.
Heart of America Council
- Craft Hike--Gather nature items to use for
- Knot Hike--Along a path tie ropes around
trees using knots. Instruct the boys in advance which direction to
go when they identify a particular knot.
- Rain Hike--hike
in a gentle rain. Be sure all boys have waterproof rain gear. Note
how plants and animal conduct themselves and appear in the
- Snoop Hike--Be snoopy, be aware. Explore everything
and collect everything.
- Stop, Look & Listen Hike--Hike
for 5 minutes or for a certain number of steps. Stop and write down
all that you see and hear. Make several different
- Evening Hike--Try flashlight signaling. Listen to
night sounds. Find north by the stars. Learn to recognize some
constellations. Tell stories about them.