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April 2012 Achievement of the Month – Tiger #5: Let’s Go Outdoors

April’s Core Value is Faith and the supplemental theme is Cub Scouts Give Thanks. While I could have chosen the Religious Emblem as our achievement of the month, I decided against it as it is generally not a craft-friendly award and the requirements are different based on faith. This months Achievement of the Month is Tiger #5: Let’s Go Outdoors, which features the Character Connection for Faith.

Tiger #5 – Let’s Go Outdoors:

  • 5F. Family Activity
  • Go Outside and watch the weather
  • Character Connection – Faith
    • Know. Discuss things about the weather that you know to be true, but you cannot see at the moment, such as is the sun still there although you only see clouds? Is the moon there, even though it is day? Can you see wind? Do you know that the rain will eventually stop? Do you have faith in other things you can’t see?
    • Commit. What makes it difficult to believe in things you cannot see? What helps you to develop faith?
    • Practice. Do Requirement 5F
  • 5D. Den Activity
  • With a crayon or colored pencil and a piece of paper, make a leaf rubbing
  • 5G. Go See It!
  • Take a hike with your den

5F. Family Activity
Go Outside and watch the weather

Character Connection – Faith

  • Know. Discuss things about the weather that you know to be true, but you cannot see at the moment, such as is the sun still there although you only see clouds? Is the moon there, even though it is day? Can you see wind? Do you know that the rain will eventually stop? Do you have faith in other things you can’t see?
  • Commit. What makes it difficult to believe in things you cannot see? What helps you to develop faith?
  • Practice. Do Requirement 5F
Making a weather station is a great way to watch the weather. With a few simple materials most people will have lying around the house, your boy can make an anemometer for measuring wind speed, a wind vane for measuring wind direction, a thermometer for measuring temperature, a barometer for measuring air pressure, and a rain gauge for measuring rainfall.

The images below are from Se7en, where I found the craft.

  
  
In the interest of time (because I was out of town for work last week), forgive me for cheating on this craft and instead just posting link to the source. I found this great weather station craft over at Se7en. Poke around on the site as well as there are a lot of other neat ideas there as well.  Check it out and build yourself a weather station. Make you sure you make a chart and record your data for other achievements.

5D. Den Activity
With a crayon or colored pencil and a piece of paper, make a leaf rubbing 

A leaf rubbing can be a fun way to talk about nature and the various trees in your area. Here in AZ, we don’t have a lot of trees with large foliage on them (save for palm trees – but I’m not climbing my palm trees to get a branch).  Making a leaf rubbing is extremely simple and quick.

Materials:

  • Leaf (the larger the better – unless you want to make a leaf rubbing collage)
  • 2 pieces white paper
  • Crayons

Instructions:

  • Lay your leaf down on a piece of the paper, vein side up
  • Place your other piece of paper over top of the leaf
  • Take your crayon and remove the paper from it (If your house is like mine, this is what all the crayons look like anyways)
  • With the crayon on it’s side, gently rub over the top sheet of paper. The leaf image will start to appear

Your leaf rubbing is as simple as that. If you would like, you could customize the Campfire Picture Frame to display your leaf rubbing.


5G. Go See It!
Take a hike with your den 

Taking a hike can be a fun and exciting experience. However, even on short hikes, danger is always present and scout must always be prepared. Make a No-Sew Hiking Bag to carry a basic first aid kit, trail food, or other essentials it. This is small and lightweight, perfect for a Tiger cub to carry.

Materials:

  • Cloth Pouch (Roughly 5″ x 7″ – I ordered mine from PouchDepot.com. A Pack of 10 only runs $4.80 plus shipping)
  • Suede cord
  • Wooden beads
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Cardboard

Instructions:

  • My cloth pouches came with two drawstrings. The drawstrings are not used for closing this pouch as it will be folded over instead. Remove one of the drawstrings and un-knot and add wooden beads to the ends of the other.

  • Place a piece of cardboard inside the pouch so the fabric glue will not run through. Glue 3 pieces of suede cord approx. 2″ long to the front of the bag.

 

  • Fold the top of the pouch down to create a flap that will be used to close the pouch. Across the top of this flap, glue another piece of suede cord.

  • Cut a length of suede cord long enough to hang the pouch around your neck. Glue this cord along the underside of the flap.


Achievements Fulfilled:

  • Tiger #5
  • Tiger Elective #2
  • Bear Elective #2a
  • Bear Elective #2b
  • Bear Elective #2c
  • Bear Elective #2d
  • Bear Elective #9a
  • Bear Elective #12c (partial)
  • Bear Elective #25a (partial)
  • Webelos Artist #5
  • Webelos Craftsman #4 (1/4)
  • Weather Belt Loop #2
  • Weather Pin #9
  • Art Pin #5
  • Hiking Belt Loop #2 (partial)
 
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