Wolf Elective Adventures
These will be the requirements for the Wolf Elective Adventures
on or after June 1, 2015.
This material is still a DRAFT, and may change by the time
the 2015 Cub Scout Wolf Handbook is released.
There are 14 Elective Adventures in the Wolf program:
- Adventures in Coins
- Air of the Wolf
- Code of the Wolf
- Collections and Hobbies
- Cubs Who Care
- Digging in the Past
- Sky is the Limit
- Finding Your Way
- Grow Something
- Germs Alive!
- Hometown Heroes
- Motor Away
- Paws of Skill
- Spirit of the Water
- 1. Identify different parts of a coin.
- 2. Find the mint mark on a coin; identify what mint facility
it was made in, and what year it was made.
- 3. Play a coin game.
- 4. Choose a coin that interests you, and make a coin rubbing.
List information next to the coin detailing the pictures on it,
the year it was made, and the mint where it was made.
- 5. Play a game or create a game board with your den or family
where you can practice adding and subtracting coins.
- 6. Create a balance scale.
- 7. Do a coin-weight experiment.
- 1. Do the following investigations:
- a. Conduct an investigation about the weight of air.
- b. Conduct an investigation about air temperature.
- c. Conduct at least one of the following investigations
to see how air affects different objects:
- i. Make a paper airplane and fly it five times. Make
a change to its shape to help it fly farther. Try it at
least five times.
- ii. Make a balloon-powered sled or a balloon-powered
boat. Test your sled or boat with larger and smaller balloons.
- iii. Bounce a basketball that doesn't have enough air
in it. Then bounce it when it has the right amount of air
in it. Do each one 10 times. Describe how the balls bounce
differently when the amount of air changes.
- iv. Roll a tire or ball that doesn't have enough air
in it, and then roll it again with the right amount of air.
Describe differences in how they move.
- 2. Do the following:
- a. With other members of your den, go outside and record
the sounds you hear. Identify which of these sounds is the result
of moving air.
- b. Create a musical wind instrument, and play it as part
of a den band.
- c. With an adult, conduct an investigation on how speed
can affect sound.
- 3. Do the following:
- a. Explain the rules for safely flying kites.
- b. Make a kite using household materials.
- 4. If your den or your pack has a kite derby, space derby or
rain-gutter regatta, participate in the fun. Or build a kite or
rain-gutter regatta boat with your family. Explain how air helps
the vehicle move.
- 1. Do two of the following:
- a. With the members of your den or family, make a game with
simple materials that requires math to keep score.
- b. Play a game of “Go Fish for 10s.”
- c. Do five activities at home, at school, or in your den
that use mathematics, and then explain to your den how you used
- d. Make a rekenrek with two rows, and show Akela how you
would represent the numbers 4, 6, 9, and 14.
- e. Make a rain gauge or some other measuring device, and
- 2. Do one of the following:
- a. With other members of your den or family, identify three
different types of shapes that you see in nature.
- b. With other members of your den or family, identify two
shapes you can see in the construction of bridges.
- c. Select a single shape or figure. Observe the world around
you for at least a week, and write down where you see this shape
or figure and how it is used.
- 3. Do one of the following:
- a. With your den, find something that comes with many small,
colored items in one package. Count the number of items of each
color in your package. Keep track of each color. Then:
- i. Draw a graph showing the number of items of each
- ii. Determine what the most common color is.
- iii. Compare your results to the other boys'.
- iv. Predict how many items of each color you will find
in one more package.
- v. Decide if your prediction was close.
- b. With your den or family, measure the height of everyone
in the group and see who takes more steps to walk 100 feet.
- c. Have each member in your den shoot a basketball. Count
the number of shots it takes to make five baskets. Graph the
number of shots it takes for each boy using 5, 6–10, 11–15,
16–20, or more than 20.
- 4. Do one of the following:
- a. Use a secret code using numbers to send a message to
one of your den members or your den leader. Have that person
send a message back to you. Be sure you both use the same code
- b. Send a message to another member of your den or your
den leader using the pig pen code or another code that changes
letters into special shapes.
- c. Practice using a block cipher to decode a message.
- 1. Begin a collection of at least 10 items that all have something
in common. Label the items and title your collection.
- 2. Share your collection at a den meeting.
- 3. Visit a show or museum that displays different collections
- 4. Create an autograph book and get at least 10 autographs.
Start with members of your den.
- 5. Pick a famous living person, and write him or her a letter.
In your letter, ask the person to send you an autographed photo.
- 6. Play a game with your den that involves collecting.
- 1. With the members of your den, visit with a person who has
a physical disability.
- 2. Do four of the following, a through h:
- a. With other members of your den, try using a wheelchair
or crutches, and reflect on the process.
- b. Learn about a sport that has been adapted so that people
in wheelchairs or with some other physical disability can play,
and tell your den about it.
- c. Learn about “invisible” disabilities. Take part in an
activity that helps develop an understanding of invisible disabilities.
- d. With your den, try doing three of the following things
while wearing gloves or mittens:
- i. Tying your shoes.
- ii. Using a fork to pick up food.
- iii. Playing a card game.
- iv. Playing a video game.
- v. Playing checkers or another board game.
- vi. Blowing bubbles.
- e. Paint a picture two different ways: Paint it once the
way you usually would paint it and then again by using a blindfold.
Discuss with your den the ways the process was different.
- f. Demonstrate a simple sentence or at least four points
of the Scout Law using American Sign Language.
- g. Learn about someone famous who has or had a physical
disability, and share that person's story with your den.
- h. Attend an event where people with disabilities are participants
or where accommodations for people with disabilities are made
a part of the event.
- 1. Play a game that demonstrates your knowledge of dinosaurs,
such as a dinosaur match game.
- 2. Create an imaginary dinosaur. Share with your den its name,
what it eats, and where it lives.
- 3. Make a fossil cast.
- 4. Make a dinosaur dig. Show and explain the ways a paleontologist
works carefully during a dig.
- 5. Make edible fossil layers. Explain how this snack is a good
model for the formation of fossils.
- 6. Be a paleontologist, and dig through the dinosaur digs made
by your den.
- 1. Do the following:
- a. Using a map of your city or town, locate where you live.
- b. Draw a map for a friend so he or she can locate
your house, a park, a school, or other locations in your neighborhood.
Use symbols to show parks, buildings, trees, and water. You
can invent your own symbols. Be sure to include a key so your
symbols can be identified.
- 2. Pick a nutritious snack, and find where it came from. Locate
that area on a map.
- 3. Do the following:
- a. Identify what a compass rose is and where it is on the
- b. Use a compass to identify which direction is north. Show
how to determine which way is south, east, and west.
- 4. Go on a scavenger hunt using a compass, and locate an object
with a compass.
- 5. Using a map and compass, go on a hike with your den or family.
- 1. Select a seed, and plant it in a small container. Care for
it for 30 days. Take a picture or make a drawing of your plant once
each week to share with your den.
- 2. Find out the growing zone for your area, and share the types
of plants that will grow best in your zone.
- 3. Visit or research a botanical or community garden in your
area, and learn about two of the plants that grow there. Share what
you have learned with your den.
- 4. Make a terrarium.
- 5. Do one of the following:
- a. Using a seed tray, grow a garden inside your home. Keep
a journal of its progress for 30 days. Share the results with
- b. Grow an avocado tree or a sweet potato plant in water.
Keep a journal of its growth for two weeks. Share it with your
- 1. Wash your hands while singing the “germ song.”
- 2. Play Germ Magnet with your den. Wash your hands again afterward.
- 3. Conduct the sneeze demonstration.
- 4. Conduct the mucus demonstration with your den.
- 5. Grow a mold culture. Show what formed at a den or pack meeting.
- 6. Make a clean room chart.
- 1. Talk with your family and den about what it means to you
to be a hero. Share the name of someone you believe is a hero. Explain
what it is that makes that person a hero.
- 2. Visit a community agency where you will find many heroes.
While there, find out what they do. Share what you learned with
- 3. With the help of a family member, interview one of your heroes,
and share the information with your den. Tell why you think this
person is a hero.
- 4. As a den or family, adopt a hometown serviceman or –woman,
and send a care package along with a note thanking them for their
- 5. With your family or den, find out about service animals that
are trained to help others in your community.
- 6. Participate in or create an event that celebrates your hometown
- 1. Do the following:
- a. Create and fly three different types of paper airplanes.
Before launching them, record which one you believe will travel
the farthest and what property of the plane leads you to make
- b. Make a paper airplane catapult. Before launching it,
record how far you believe it will travel and explain what information
you used to make this prediction. After you make your prediction,
launch the plane and measure how far it flies.
- 2. Make two different boats and sail them. Choose different
shapes for your boats. Sail your boats in the water by blowing air
on the sail. While sailing your boats, notice how they are similar
and how they are different. Discuss your findings with your den,
and decide if you think the differences will affect the way they
propel through the water.
- 3. Create a car that moves under its own power.
- 1. Talk with your family and den about what it means to be physically
fit. Share ideas of what you can do to stay in shape.
- 2. With your den, talk about why it is important to stretch
before and after exercising. Demonstrate proper warm-up movements
and stretches before and after each activity you do that involves
- 3. Select two physical fitness skills and practice them daily.
See if you can improve over a two-week period.
- 4. With your family or your den, talk about what it means to
be a member of a team. Working together, make a list of team sports,
and talk about how the team works together to be successful. Choose
one and play for 30 minutes.
- 5. With your den, talk about sportsmanship and what it means
to be a good sport while playing a game or a sport. Share with your
den how you were a good sport or demonstrated good sportsmanship
in requirement 4.
- 6. Visit a sporting event with your family or your den. Look
for ways the team works together. Share your visit with your den.
- 7. With your den, develop an obstacle course that involves five
different movements. Run the course two times and see if your time
- 1. Demonstrate how the water in your community can become polluted.
- 2. Explain one way that you can help conserve water in your
- 3. Explain to your den leader why swimming is good exercise.
- 4. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating
in swimming or boating.
- 5. Show how to do a reaching rescue.
- 6. Visit a local pool or public swimming area with your family
or Wolf den. With qualified supervision, jump into water that is
at least chest-high, and swim 25 feet or more.
2015–2016 Cub Scout Requirements
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May 31, 2014