Outings and Field Trips
Excursions and field trips provide some of the most exciting parts
of Scouting. Cub Scouts enjoy many outdoor experiences as they participate
in the variety of activities that can be held outside, such as field
trips, hikes, nature and conservation experiences, and outdoor games.
Boys enjoy visiting museums, business establishments, parks, and other attractions. Here are some suggestions:
• How Things Are Made - Visit manufacturing plants such
as aircraft, automotive, appliance, or electronic firms; chemical,
paper, plastic, paint, furniture, or toy plants; and handicrafts or
other small-craft industries.
• How Your City Runs - Visit power, water, and sewage plants; a gas company; police and fire stations; city hall; municipal buildings; the county jail; a telephone company; the post office; the Red Cross; hospitals; newspaper plants; and radio, television, and weather stations.
• How Your City Is Fed - Visit truck and dairy farms, flour mills, and bakeries; food processing, canning, or bottling plants; stockyards and meat or poultry packing houses; a fish hatchery; beverage, candy, and ice-cream companies; markets; and food distributors.
• Learn About Your Heritage - Visit art galleries, museums, and memorials; celebrated old homes, monuments, and other historic sites; places of worship; civic centers; important local buildings; summer theaters and band concerts; and local historical celebrations.
When these field trips are coordinated with the monthly theme or
activity badge, they can help bring learning to life by allowing boys
to experience firsthand the things they have been learning about.
"Go See It"
In keeping with the Tiger Cub motto "Search, Discover, Share," Tiger Cubs and their adult partners should go on a Go See It outing each month. The Go See It may fulfill part of a Tiger Cub advancement requirement. By going on these outings, Tiger Cubs can learn about such things as their community or nearby communities, places where adults work, community services (fire, police, hospital, etc.), nature centers, animal care facilities, and other places of interest to young boys.
A well-planned Go See It will benefit everyone involved, providing an opportunity for boys and adults to acquire new interests and knowledge;develop a deeper understanding of and respect for other people; reinforce their attitudes of good citizenship, such as courtesy and kindness; and have fun.
Games and Sports
Outdoor games and sports provide opportunities for teaching boys skills of good sportsmanship, including following rules, taking turns and sharing, gettingalong with others, and fair play. They provide the opportunity for every Cub Scout to learn the basic skills of a sport, game, or competition while learning good sportsmanship and habits of personal fitness in an environment where participation and doing one's best are more important than winning.