Bear Adventures

The Bear Core Adventures

To earn the Bear Badge, a Cub Scout must complete 12 achievements out of a possible 24 that are offered in the book. The achievements are grouped into 4 major areas, GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY, and SELF. Within each group, a required number of achievements must be completed, as indicated below. Also, any achievements that they do NOT use to earn the Bear Badge may be used as Electives to earn Arrow Points.

(Note that these achievements, as were the Wolf activities, are primarily done at home and signed off by an adult family member after the boy has completed each one. The book is then shown to the Den Leader who records the progress in our Pack Software and also signs the boy's book.)

The Bear Achievements are as follows, page number references to the Bear Book are in parenthesis.

If the Cub Scout has not previously earned the Bobcat Badge, it must be earned first.

The Bear Core Adventures

(the program)

  1. Baloo the Builder

  2. Bear Claws

  3. Bear Necessities

  4. Fellowship and Duty to God

  5. Fur, Feathers, And Ferns

  6. Paws for Action (Duty to Country)

Baloo the Builder

Complete all of the following Requirement

    1. Discover which hand tools are the best ones to have in your toolbox. Learn the rules for using these tools safely. Practice with at least four of these tools before beginning a project.

  1. Select, plan, and define the materials for the project you will complete in requirement 3.

  2. Assemble your materials, and build one useful project and one fun project using wood.

  3. Apply a finish to one of your projects.

Bear Claws

Complete the following Requirement

    1. Learn about three common designs of pocketknives.

  1. Learn knife safety and earn your Whittling Chip.*

  2. Do one of the following:

    1. Using a pocketknife, carve two items.

    2. With a pocketknife, safely perform each of these tasks.

      1. Demonstrate how to cut a rope, twine or fishing line;

      2. Open a sealed box without damaging the contents;

      3. Open a can with a can opener tool on a pocketknife;

      4. Remove and replace the screws on an object with the screwdriver tool on a pocketknife;

      5. Open a letter.

*One of the items carved for Bear Claws requirement 3 may be used to fulfill Whittling Chip requirement 3.

Bear Necessities

Complete Requirement 1-4. Requirements 5 and 6 are optional.

    1. Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or another caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.

    2. Complete at least one of the following:

      1. Identify a person whose faith you admire, and discuss this person with your family.

      2. With a family member, provide service to a place of worship or a spiritual community, school, or community organization that puts into practice your ideals of duty to God and strengthens your fellowship with others.

    3. Complete at least one of the following:

      1. Earn the religious emblem of your faith that is appropriate for your age, if you have not already done so.

      2. Make a list of things you can do to practice your duty to God as you are taught in your home or place of worship or spiritual community. Select two of the items and practice them for two weeks.

** You will find the Whittling chip in the Academics & Special Awards Tab.

    1. While working on your Bear badge, attend one of the following:

      1. A daytime or overnight campout with your pack or family;

      2. An outdoor activity with your den or pack;

      3. Day Camp;

      4. Resident Camp;

    2. Make a list of items you should take along on the activity selected in Requirement 1.

    3. Make a list of equipment that the group should bring along in addition to each Scout's personal gear for the activity selected in Requirement 1.

    4. Help set up a tent. Determine a good spot for the tent, and explain to your den leader why you picked it.

    5. Demonstrate how to tie two half hitches and explain what the hitch is used for.

    6. Learn how to read a thermometer and a barometer. Keep track of the temperature and barometric pressure readings and the actual weather at the same time every day for seven days.

Fellowship and Duty to God

Complete the following Requirements.

Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

Complete Requirement 1 plus three others.

    1. While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living near the place where you choose to hike or walk.

    2. Visit one of the following:

      1. zoo, wildlife refuge, nature center, aviary, game preserve, local conservation area, wildlife rescue group, or fish hatchery.

      2. Describe what you learned during your visit.

    3. Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years and one animal that is currently endangered. Explain what caused their decline.

    4. Observe wildlife from a distance.

    5. Use a magnifying glass to examine plants more closely.

      1. Describe what you saw through the magnifying glass that you could not see without it.

    1. Learn about composting and how vegetable waste can be turned into fertilizer for plants.

    2. Plant a vegetable or herb garden.

Paws for Action (Duty to Country)

Complete Requirements 1 plus two others from Requirements 2-4.

    1. Learn about our nation's flag.

      1. Display it at home for one month.

      2. Say the Pledge of Allegiance and learn its meaning.

    2. Do at least one of the following:

      1. Find out about two famous Americans. Share what you learned.

      2. Find out where places of historical interest are located in your near your community, town, or city.

      3. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.

    1. Do at least two of the following:

      1. With your school or den, visit a local sheriff's office, police station, or fire department OR talk with a fire safety officer or law enforcement officer visiting your school or den. Find out what skills the officers use to do their jobs. Ask questions that will help you learn about to stay safe.

      2. Make a list of emergency numbers and discuss with your family where the list should be kept. Show your family that you know how to call for help in an emergency. talk with your family about people who could help you if a person is not available.

      3. With your family, develop a plan to follow in case of an emergency, and practice the plan at least three times. Your family can determine the emergency, or you can develop several plans.

    1. Do at least one of the following:

      1. Do a cleanup project that benefits your community.

      2. Participate in a patriotic community parade or another civic event that honors our country.

Cyber chip

Today’s youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

Netsmartz® has Cyber Chip resources, including grade-specific videos, for each level. Click here for more information

Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

Click here to be taken to the BSA Cyber Chip webpage to complete your scouts Cyber Chip.