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    Tracking?

    Has anyone done this with their cubs?

    Meant to be doing chip shop survey with them last night but due to my akela picking the only night the chip shops near the hut are closed i decided to do tracking with them as we have just been on camp.

    Also decided to do tracking with them as the leader of the group near to us where i started out scouting died and we were doing a gone home thing at the end in memory of him as he was a great man and got taken to young.

    Anyway my cubs loved it i didnt think i would be able to hold their attention all night as few have adhd and cant focus for long. Anyways it gets to 7.45 when we stop and have quick tidy and end game and they refuse to stop they wanted to carry on and loved laying out tracks for the other cubs to follow.

    Finally i had to convince them at 7.55 we really did need to stop and do closing ceremony as it was important for charlie gone home!!

    They have asked if we can do it again everyweek ive said they would get bored and we can do it again soon! So next weekend when we have a group sleepover at our hut we will be doing tracking to the campfire and tracking back. xx
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    Well done!

    That's another thing I need to sort out for our lot. With the summer around the corner (he says hopefully..) the kids want to get out of the hut as much as possible.

    Did you just use the scout signs or include some stalking type tracking?
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    Yeah, I like combining this on a camp with hikes for the Cubs. Gets them to pick up sticks, get their hands dirty and keeps them alert - plus you get massive, tree size "This way's". In the past I've tried this at night with those cheap glow sticks you can get, just for a different approach. Stops me getting bored of the activity too.

    I also taught tracking to my adults (who look after kids) at an open dayI I did quite a lot of Cub Scouting, fire lighting, cooking dough bread, tracking, and so on, everyone seemed to enjoy it.

    Trick with tracking is to make the activity exciting for Cubs that have done it before....

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    found it to be a good activity.
    have you seen http://www.shurdington.org/Downloads/woodcraft.pdf

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    Yes have done it at camp many times. My favorite was when I took some planks that were around a fire pit - (they were the seats), each was about 8 foot long and I formed them into a giant arrow. The cubs followed the previous marker to the fire pit, all run up to the fire pit and immediately stand upon the planks as they were bouncy being 4" off the ground. They spent ten minutes staring around and searching trying to find the arrow before one of them clued in that they were standing on it!
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    Sounds great - are there any good online resources for me to read-up on this? (eg at 'the dump'?
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    Tracking, got that one for them tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shandy View Post
    Sounds great - are there any good online resources for me to read-up on this? (eg at 'the dump'?
    See here http://www.scoutingresources.org.uk/..._tracking.html
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    We're doing it with ours in a few weeks. A good urban alternative is to get them to make the patterns out of flour

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    Also "hashing" is good alternative, although you need a fit runner to go ahead and lay the trail with several "false" trails.

    Think the rules are 1 six goes down the trail and calls back "Checking" until they find a flour blob. If they find one, they call back "ON", so everyone else follows, they then call back "ONON" if find more than 1. Trail continues every 20 yds or so. If they find a cross they have to call back "NOGO" and come back to main group.

    Then the next six goes down the other trail and so it continues.

    Ideally to a sausage supper finish!


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    We used the new scouting skills book akela brought! Has anyone else noticed that it doesnt have the gone home sign init?

    I thought it would seing as it on bp grave! X

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    yes they have missed it out,

    The factsheet has a better selection,
    we have run it as part of a wide game, with other clues.
    amazing the ways you can hide a qrrow out of all sorts of materials they would not expect.

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