Last updated: 28 March 2013

THE CUB SCOUT ADVENTURE AWARD

You should complete this award within one year of obtaining your Cub Scout Award. Apart from the mandatory items marked with *, you can choose one to two items from each category, based on your ability and interests. If you enjoy a challenge, you can choose more items. Please discuss this with your Akela.

These are the activities you may take part in:

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
(Apart from Knotting, which is mandatory, complete at least two of the other activities.)

Here are some outdoor activities you may take part in. While Knotting is a mandatory item, you will have to do at least two more activities out of six before you can earn the Cub Scout Adventure Award. Have a discussion with your leader, and choose your activities according to your own interests and talents. You can also do more if you like.
  1. Simple map reading
  2. Learn eight kinds of map legends and find them on a map.

    Have you ever read a map before? On a map, there are many different symbols representing constructions, roads, plants, rivers, etc. These symbols are called “legends”. Different colours on a map represent different things, too. Do you know what they represent?

    Find some legends on a map and then, in your drawing book, draw pictures (or mount photographs) of what the legends represent.

    Try for the Map Reader Badge.

  3. Outdoor cooking
  4. Cook some simple food on a barbecue stove (or on a self-constructed fire pit).

    Your leader will help you to make a fire and then you will learn how to do it.

    Caution: Do not put flammable materials (such as kerosene) directly on the fire because this is extremely dangerous. Also, do not put things like paper and dry branches near the fire.

    You can barbecue food, such as sausages, chicken wings, steak, pork chops and mushrooms.

    You can also use camp pot to boil eggs or potatoes. (Remember to place strong wire netting on the top of the stove so that the pot is kept steady during the cooking.) You can also bake potatoes or sweet potatoes wrapped in aluminium foil on or under the stove.

    Try for the Cook Badge.

  5. *Knotting
    • Sheetbend
    • Round turn and two half-hitches

    Do you know what are they used for?

  6. Use of compass
  7. Can you use a compass to find eight directions?

    Can you find out which direction a building or a particular object is from where you are standing?

    Try for the Map Reader Badge.

  8. Hiking
  9. If you plan to go hiking in the countryside, what do you have to prepare before you go?

    Complete a short trip accompanied by your leader or other adults. You can choose a nature trail or a family walk for your hike. You can buy or obtain brochures from the Visitor Centres in the country parks run by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department to help you to complete this task.

    Try for the Explorer Badge.

  10. Mini pioneering project
  11. Do you know how to use string, plastic tape, wooden sticks or bamboo canes to make a flag pole, a clothes hanger or a shoe rack?

    These simple appliances are very useful when camping.

    Try for the Knotting Badge.

  12. Camping or Pack Holiday
  13. Do you know how to help your Akela to pitch a tent?

    Do you want to sleep comfortably in a tent? Pay attention to the following tips:

    1. Put a groundsheet under the tent.
    2. When it rains, do not touch the surface of the tent from the inside—otherwise it will leak.
    3. Do not play inside, or run around the tent. You can hurt yourself if you trip over a tent peg or a tent rope. This may also damage the tent.
    4. Put your clothes and backpack on the mat. Do not put them against the sides of the tent as they will get wet.
    5. Do not eat or leave food in the sleeping tent. Food will attract pests such as insects, mice or snakes.

    Try for the Camper Badge.

    You should try a Cub Scout Pack Holiday. Your leader will arrange it for you.

    Do you know how to pack a rucksack?

    Do you know the camp rules? Can you follow the rules? Of course you can!

    (You MUST either go camping or go on a Pack Holiday. Of course you can do both, if you are interested.)

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SPORTS AND HOBBIES

It is great to participate in sports competitions, particularly when you win. However, if you had tried your best and still lost, would you feel jealous as you watched the winners receive their awards and get cheered on stage?

How would you feel if the other team deliberately violated the rules or cheated in the game and won the championship?

In a competition, your team was leading at the beginning, but fell behind because one member in your team performed badly. In the end, your team lost. Everyone blamed him:

  • “You let us down!”
  • “We lost only because of you!”
  • “We won’t have you on our team any more!”

How would you feel if you were the member who had done badly?

What is “sportsmanship”? What is team spirit”?

How do you demonstrate these qualities?

To fulfil this requirement, you should show sportsmanship in games and activities. Of course, you need to co-operate with your team-mates and demonstrate team spirit. Your leader will be observing all of you.

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HELPING OTHERS (Complete at least one activity.)

Do you know that in case of an accident, you should get help from an adult at once?
You may be able to help others to treat minor injuries but make sure you tell an adult afterwards. Below are examples of minor injuries which you may be able to help with:

  1. First aid
    1. Do you know what to do if somebody has a nose-bleed ?
    2. First, let the person sit down. Then, squeeze on the cartilage (soft bone) of the person’s nose between your thumb and first finger. They should bend their head down and breathe through their mouth instead. Stop pressing only when the bleeding has stopped. Tell the person not to blow their nose for a few hours.
    3. Cuts and grazes.
    4. Germs can get into the body through small cuts and grazes, so make sure that wounds are clean . Clean the wound with boiled or distilled water and sterilized cotton. Gently remove any dirt from the wound. Then you can apply diluted antiseptic to the wound (Caution: do not apply mercurochrome and iodine together), and put a piece of sticking plaster, e.g. Band-aid,on it.
    5. Burns and scalds.
    6. For minor burns or scalds, flush the wound with cold tap water for at least five minutes until the pain decreases. Caution:
      • do not apply ointment to the wound
      • do not puncture any blisters
      • do not peel off any burnt skin
      • tell an adult about the injury. They will decide if it is necessary to see a doctor .
  2. Water safety
  3. Do you know the basic rules of water safety?

    When you’re at the pool:

    • Don’t push people into the pool
    • Don’t dive into the pool when it is crowded with swimmers
    • Don’t run and play around the pool
    • Don’t try to push anyone’s head under the water.

    Notes on Water Safety

    If you fall into the water and you can’t swim:

    • Keep calm
    • Do not throw your arms around
    • Float on your back
    • Call for help.

    If someone else falls into the water, you should:

    • Shout for help immediately
    • Find a stick, scarf or other object to help to pull them to the bank
    • Tell them to try to float if you cannot reach them

    Never take air mattresses, etc., toys to the sea. These are dangerous because tidal currents and winds could soon carry you out much farther than you can swim back in again.

    Try for the Water Safety Badge

    Safety for swimming

    • Obtain your parents’ consent before swimming.
    • Do not swim too soon after a meal.
    • Avoid swimming alone.
    • Avoid swimming in deep water.
    • When you are tired, leave the water.
    • Don’t dive from rocks.

    Design a picture, a poster, or make up a game to promote water safety.

    Try for the Swimmer badge.

  4. Home safety
  5. Is your home really a safe place?

    Do you know the safety hazards in your house which may have easily been overlooked?

    • Are there too many plugs in any socket?
    • Does the socket you are using meet the standard set by the Government?
    • Are your toys scattered all over the floor of your bedroom or the living-room?
    • Are there many boxes or cartons on top of bookshelves or cupboards?
    • Are knives and scissors in the right places?
    • Where do you store medicines?

    Do you know what kinds of risks you are taking if you don’t pay attention to the above home safety risks?

    Try to illustrate the safety hazards in your home with a picture. Also, design a picture , a poster or make up a game, to promote home safety.

    Try for the Handyman Badge.

  6. Special good turns

    You have to give extra time and make an effort to help others. You can:

    • Visit an elderly person in your neighbourhood and see if you can help with anything.
    • Help to clean the floor or help with any housework.
    • Help to wash your car.
    • Feed your brother or sister.

    Can you think of other good turns? Write them down in your notebook and tell Akela.

  7. Helping Akela

    Ask Akela to see what you can do for him/her.

    • Take care of new Cub Scouts. Teach them the skills you know.
    • Help Akela to set up a venue.
    • Help Akela to tidy up after a meeting.
    • When doing an outdoor activity, help to carry equipment, such as the first-aid kit.
    • Help Akela to prepare the flag before the meeting.
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TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF (You MUST complete this part.)

In this se ction, you should learn how to take care of yourself. See if you can do the following without your parents’ reminder:

  • Know how to keep your uniform clean and tidy.
  • Wash your hands before eating and after going to the toilet.
  • Brush your teeth every morning and before going to bed.
  • Know how to polish your shoes properly.
  • When you go home after school, fold or hang up your school uniform.

Try for the Home Help Badge.

  • Road safety

    Do you know what you should do when crossing the road?

    1. Cross at a safe place, such as a zebra-crossing, pedestrian crossing, footbridge, or subway. Do not cross in between, in front of or behind vehicles.
    2. If you can’t find any of the road facilities mentioned above, stop on the kerb and look carefully before crossing. You should also listen to the traffic.
    3. Look right, left, then right again. Cross the road when there is no vehicle coming.
    4. Don’t play on the pavement, and don’t play ball games near a road.
    5. When you cross the road at a pedestrian crossing, wait until the ‘green man’ of the traffic light is on. Also, before crossing, make sure that all cars have stopped.

    Visit a Road Safety Park with your leader, or demonstrate the correct way of crossing the road in a playground.

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SCIENCE AND NATURE (Complete at least one activity.)

In this sect ion, you are going to learn about the world around you. You will know more by doing experiments and through observations. You can also obtain information from a library or online. Complete at least one of the following :

  1. Simple experiment

    Get two paper cups. Punch a small hole in the bottom of each cup. Put a thin piece of string through one hole and tie a knot. Connect to the other cup in the same way. Speak softly into one of the cups and ask your partner to put the other cup to their ear. Remember to keep the string taut. Can your partner hear you? Then swap with your partner and see if you can hear your partner’s words.

    Try with four paper cups, as shown in the picture. One person speaks into a cup and the other three listen for the message.

  2. Stars and planets

    In Hong Kong, especially in the middle of the city, even when the sky is clear, you can hardly see the stars at night. This is because the electric lights at night in Hong Kong are too bright. You have to go to the countryside to be able to see stars more easily. You can see stars through a telescope on a tripod. Many holiday houses provide star-gazing facilities. Have you seen stars from there?

    If you want to know about certain constellations, you can search for information at the Hong Kong Space Museum. You will also find stories about them in the library or online . Do you know how to locate the North Star by the position of the constellation of the Great Bear?

  3. Gardening

    Do you know how to plant, and look after indoor plants? Try to grow an indoor plant and keep a log to record in detail its growing process and how you look after it. Report the process to your leaders and other Cub Scouts.

    These are some plants you can grow at home:
    African Violet (紫羅蘭), Asparagus Fern (文竹), Dieffenbachia Cultivars (萬年青), Bamboo (富貴竹), Ivy (長春藤), Hyacinth (風信子).

    Some of these plants can be grown from cuttings, such as leaves or stalks, or from bulbs or roots, and some from seeds. You can buy the seeds from a florist.

    Most indoor plants need to grow in soil. You can buy compost from a nursery. Compost has all the nutrients a plant needs. All you have to do is to water your plants regularly. After a while, you may need to add fertilizer to provide more nutrients and ensure healthy plant growth .

    Some indoor plants can grow in water. This is called “aqua-planting”. With plants such as Ivy and Dieffenbachia Cultivars, all you have to do is to put the plant in water and give it sunlight from time to time.

    Each plant has different needs for water and sunlight. Some plants cannot tolerate too much water. Some plants cannot grow in direct sunlight. You can get information from a library or online about how to care for plants, or you can ask your parents, your leaders or other Cub Scouts.

    Try for the Planting badge.

  4. Weather

    Pay attention to weather forecasts every day in newspapers, on the radio and on TV. Use a weather chart to record two weeks’ weather, including the highest and lowest temperatures, and whether it was fine, cloudy, rainy, etc.

  5. The natural world

    Use real objects or pictures to show a natural growth process, for example, the life-cycle of a frog or an insect, or the growth process of a bean.

    Try for the Naturalist Badge.

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CREATIVITY (Complete at least one activity.)

You should use your imagination and creativity to complete this section. The projects are interesting and enjoyable. Some are skill-based and some are service-oriented.

Now, put on your costume, take out your props and get ready for a good show for your friends ; or pick up your tools, create you own work of art, and impress your friends with your talents!

  1. Acting

    You can conduct a play or a mime with your friends, or make puppets with fabric or paper bags for a puppet show!

    Try for the Entertainer badge.

  2. Music

    You can either sing a song or play an instrument. If you could form a choir or a band with your friends, that would be even better.

    Try for the Musician badge.

  3. Worship

    Undertake some duties for the Scout’s Own, such as leading a prayer, or explaining and sharing the meaning of a section of the Scout Promise and Law.

    Try for the Religious Badge.

  4. Young reporter

    To be a young reporter, you have to interview someone, such as your headmaster, teacher or someone else related to your daily life, and then give an oral presentation; or report on an event, such as a school activity day, parents’ day or local activity .

    Try for the Writer Badge.

  5. Art

    Draw a picture with a theme, or draw a comic strip or set of cartoons ( at least four) to tell a short story.

    Try for the Artist Badge.

  6. Magic

    Have you watched a magic show ? You can also be a great magician. Try to learn some conjuring tricks from books. Prepare your props and perform in a Cub Scout meeting. Of course, you have to do a lot of practice at home in order to do your tricks well. Don’t tell your friends the secrets of your magic. See if they can come up with the right answers.

    Try for the Entertainer Badge.

  7. Handicrafts

    Use craft paper, cardboard, balsa wood or waste material such as plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, etc., to make a model or a useful tool. It can be a model aeroplane, a small boat, a car made of balsa wood , a model house, a lantern for the Mid-autumn festival or a paper kite. Use your imagination and creativity to the fullest.

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MY COMMUNITY (Complete at least one activity.)

Everyone belongs to a community. For example, you belong to the village, housing estate or the district where you live. There are many interesting things for us to explore. You may be able to make some contribution to your community!

  1. Information about my community
    Introduce the location, environment, history, historical sites and tourist attractions of your community. Find some objects or pictures which are representative of your community.
  2. Community survey
    Carry out a survey of the district you live in. Find out about its population, facilities, traffic conditions, etc. Write a report with charts and pictures about your findings.
  3. Try for the Hong Kong Historian Badge.

  4. Community visits
    Visit some facilities or organisations in your community, such as the fire station, the police station, a nursing home, etc., and make a report afterwards.
  5. Know the people in the community
    Get to know, and interview, some of the people in your community, such as doctors, nurses, policemen, firemen, cleaners, bank managers, etc. Write an interview report about their work and how they contribute to your community.
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COUNTRY AND CULTURE(Complete at least one activity.)
China is made up of many ethnic groups. They include the Han people, Manchus, Mongolians, Hui, Tibetans and many minority groups. Every ethnic group has its unique cultural heritage and customs. Which ethnic group do you belong to?

Hong Kong is a diverse society. While it is a place where Chinese culture interacts with Western culture, it also embodies many traditional Chinese customs and habits. Since you live in Hong Kong, you should be keen to explore such customs and habits!

  1. Chinese customs and traditions

    Find the origins of certain traditional Chinese festivals or customs, such as the Dragon Boat festival, the Mid-autumn festival and the Chung Yeung festival.

    Identify some Chinese arts and crafts, such as painting, sculpture, porcelain, jade, or lacquer work, etc., and find out about their characteristics, manufacturing processes and history.

    Keep a scrapbook. Show and introduce your findings to the other members of your Cub Scout Pack.

  2. The National Flag and Emblem, Regional Flag and Emblem

    Hong Kong returned to China on 1st July 1997. Do you know the regional flag and the emblem of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as well as the national flag, emblem and anthem of the People’s Republic of China? Do you know what they represent?

    1. The Flag of the HKSAR

    The regional flag is red in colour and rectangular in shape with a length to height ratio of 3 to 2. In the centre of the flag is a white bauhinia with five petals in a gyratory formation. On each petal there is a red five-pointed star and a red style. The bauhinia stands for Hong Kong. The five stars symbolise that Hong Kong belongs to China. The colours red and white stand for “One country, two systems”.

    2. The Emblem of the HKSAR

    The SAR Emblem is round. The outer ring is white, outlined in red, and emblazoned with “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China” in Chinese, and “Hong Kong” in English at the bottom. The centre of the Emblem is red, with a white bauhinia resembling that of the SAR flag.

    3. The National Flag of China

    The national flag is red in colour and rectangular in shape, with a length to height ratio of 3 to 2. In the top left-hand corner there are five yellow five-pointed stars. One star is larger than the others, with the four smaller ones forming an arc to its right.

    4. The National Emblem of China

    The national emblem is made up of the national flag, Tiananmen, a cogwheel and wheat sheaves. They symbolise the new democracy upheld by the people of China since the “May Fourth Movement”, and the new China under the leadership of the proletariat and the alliance of the workers and the peasants.

  3. Charitable organisations

    Do you know of any charitable organisations in Hong Kong? What do they do? What contributions do they make to Hong Kong?

    Below are some charitable organisations in Hong Kong. Can you describe their history and work?

    • Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
    • Po Leung Kuk
    • Red Cross
    • St. James’ Settlement
    • Caritas
    • YWCA/YMCA

    Can you name any other organisations and their work?

    Have you ever taken part in activities organised by these organisations? Have you ever taken any action to support these organisations?

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PROMISE AND LAW
The Cub Scout Promise and Law

Do you remember making the Promise in front of Akela and other Cub Scouts?

It is not easy to remember the Law and Promise all the time, but we should always try our best to live up to them. Write down in the space below some incidents in which you practised the Law and Promise, and then share your experience with your Akela.

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THE SCOUT FAMILY (Third Stage, Blue)
(You MUST complete both activities.)

  1. Know about the Scout section’s activities and their progressive badges
  2. Participate in one activity in your district and region, or organise a joint activity with other section members
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So you have completed all the items above! Congratulations! You will receive the Cub Scout Adventure Award, and also your third stage Scout Family Award. Your Akela will arrange to present the badges to you in a Pack meeting. Then you can sew the badges onto your uniform.

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