Last updated: 28 March 2013

THE CUB SCOUT ADVENTURE CREST AWARD

You should complete this Award within one and a half years of completing your Cub Scout Adventure Award. Apart from the mandatory items marked with *, you can choose one to two items from each category, based on your abilities and interests. You can choose more items, if you wish to be challenged. You can discuss this with your leaders, who will give you advice.

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

Even if you have completed some items for your Cub Scout Adventure Award, you can choose the same items again in order to learn more about the subjects. For example, even if you have completed the Map Reading for your Cub Scout Adventure Award, you can choose this again.

  1. Map reading

    To prepare for an outdoor activity, you must get a map ready. You should know what places you will pass on the way, what you will see, and approximately how long the journey will take to complete.

    When you use a standard map to help you plan a journey or a hike, you should know the meaning of the different coloured lines on the map. You must also know what the signs represent. Try to find their meanings from the explanations on the map. Do you know the actual distance represented by 1 centimetre on the map? How long will it take you to walk the complete journey?

    (People walk at different speeds. A normal 10-year-oldˇ¦s speed is 6 kilometres per hour.)

    Now design a journey using a standard map of Hong Kong. It can be a walk on a nature trail or a family walk. When you have designed the journey, discuss it with your Akela.

    Try for the Map Reader Badge.

  2. Fire lighting

    Go to a country park and find a barbecue stove. Make a charcoal fire (without the help of flammable liquids such as kerosene or petrol), and then cook some food over the fire.

    Here are the suggested procedures:

    1. Clear any ashes from the bottom of the stove. Do not let the ashes fly all over. Especially do not let the ashes get into your eyes, nose or mouth.
    2. Put some strips of torn paper (such as shredded newspapers) or dry branches at the bottom of the stove.
    3. Space out some fire-lighters (wicks) on the surface of the stove, and then put some small pieces of charcoal on top.
    4. Place some small pieces of charcoal around the fire-lighters so as to allow for good air circulation. With larger pieces of charcoal, build a layered structure above the small ones.
    5. Do not put too much charcoal on at the beginning. Add more charcoal only when the fire gets stronger.
    6. Twist a piece of old newspaper into a rod shape. Light it, and use it to ignite the paper shreds and branches at the bottom of the stove.
    7. Ensure good circulation of air. If necessary, fan the bottom of the stove.
    8. Attention: When the fire is burning, do not add kerosene, petrol or any other flammable liquids.
    9. Add some more charcoal when the fire is burning strongly. This can extend the burning time of the fire.
    10. Put a piece of strong wire netting over the fire. Now you can barbecue your food. You can of course use barbecue forks instead, but be careful not to injure yourself or others.
    11. After the barbecue, make sure that you put the fire out completely before leaving!

    Try for the Cook Badge.

  3. *Knotting

    Demonstrate tying a clove hitch and a bowline and describe their uses.

    Try for the Knotting Badge.

  4. Use of compass

    You should be able to use a Silva-type compass for outdoor activities.

    This is a Silva-type compass. [Diagram.] It not only shows the four directions of North, East, South, West, but it also defines direction in terms of 360 degrees, so that you can describe bearings very accurately. When you have learned to use this compass, you will be able to make use of a map and a compass on your journey to tell in which direction you are heading, or describe certain locations, such as the direction in which a building lies.

    Try for the Map Reader Badge.

  5. Hiking

    Did you design a journey when you were preparing your Cub Scout Adventure Award? Now try to plan and go on this journey with your leader.

    Try for the Explorer Badge.

  6. Building a bivouac

    Build an outdoor bivouac with materials that you have brought, such as oilcloth, nylon cloth and bamboo canes, or with natural materials such as grasses or leaves. Attention: You must not break off branches or pick leaves from trees.

  7. Camping

    Go camping with other Cub Scouts. Spend at least one night in a tent.

    Try for the Camper Badge.

  8. Constructing a camping gadget

    Design and construct some gadgets for the campsite, such as a towel rack, basin stand, shoe rack, etc., and make use of them at the campsite.

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SPORTS AND HOBBIES (You MUST complete this item.)

Choose at least two sports or hobbies. One of the two must be a current hobby or a sport that you do regularly. Introduce the benefits and special features of this hobby or sport to the other Cub Scouts and Akela of your pack.

You must include the following items in your record:

  1. How much time do you spend on the sport/hobby?
  2. Where do you engage in this sport/hobby?
  3. What is this sport/hobby like? (Please describe it.)
  4. What equipment or facilities are involved in this sport/hobby?
  5. Who instructs you?
  6. How do you improve your techniques?

At the same time, you should try a new sport or hobby, and make a record of your experience.

Here are some sports you can participate in, or hobbies you can develop.

  1. Track and field.
  2. Ball games: soccer, basketball, table-tennis, volleyball, badminton, tennis, etc.
  3. Board games: Chinese Checkers, Chess, Go, Backgammon, etc.
  4. Gardening: keeping plants, growing vegetables, etc.
  5. Martial Arts: Judo, Taekwondo, etc.
  6. Music: singing, playing musical instruments, etc.
  7. Arts and crafts: drawing, sculpting, model making, etc.
  8. Collecting: stamps, coins, matchboxes, phone cards, train or bus tickets, etc.
  9. Cycling, rowing, swimming, archery, etc.
  10. Dancing, acting, etc.
  11. Keeping a pet.
  12. Reading.
  13. Computing.
  14. Star gazing.
  15. Others.
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HELPING OTHERS (Complete at least one activity.)

  1. First aid

    To stop bleeding by direct pressure

    If someone cuts himself, the most important thing is to stop the bleeding, as prolonged bleeding will lead to very serious consequences. Always remember to seek help from an adult, but as a Cub Scout you should know how to stop bleeding.

    To control bleeding from a wound, you can follow this procedure:

    1. Immediately press the wound firmly with your fingers or palm. (You should avoid making direct contact with blood; you should wear plastic gloves for protection.)
    2. If the wound is too large, try to push the edges of the wound together with your fingers.
    3. Help the injured person to lie down.
    4. If the wound is in the arm or leg, raise the position of the injured limb, so as to reduce the bleeding.
    5. Put a piece of sterilised dressing on the wound, and bandage the injured part. Make sure that the bandage is not too tight.
    6. If the bleeding continues, put another piece of dressing on top of the original one.
    7. Take the injured person to the hospital.

    Two ways to use a triangular sling

    A triangular sling can immobilise an injured limb, and hence prevent an injury from worsening, such as a fracture or other further injury.

    Your leader, or maybe an instructor from the Red Cross or St. Johnˇ¦s Ambulance, can demonstrate how to fix the position of an arm with a triangular sling.

    Try for the First Aid Badge.

  2. Water safety

    Learn the water safety rules, and demonstrate in a simulated environment the skills of rescuing someone who has fallen into the water. Learn the importance of seeking help from adults.

    Do you still remember the water safety rules mentioned earlier in this book?

    If circumstances permit, you can go to a swimming pool with your Akela, and practise life-saving techniques in the shallow end or in the training pool. If it is not possible to go to a swimming pool, you can practise the skills in a simulated environment.

    Before attempting to rescue someone, ask another Cub Scout to seek help from adults.

    1. Do not jump into the water. Find something which can be used to pull the person back to shore; for example, a piece of rope, a wooden stick a bamboo cane or even some clothes or belts tied together.
    2. Lie on your stomach in order to avoid being pulled into the water yourself.
    3. If you are too far from the person, try to throw him something floatable that he can grab in the water, such as a lifebelt, a football, a large piece of foam, etc.
    4. Donˇ¦t jump into the water even though it may be shallow. The other person may pull you under the water.
    5. You must seek help from adults.

    Try for the Water Safety Badge.

    If you can swim, you may try to improve your skills.

    1. See how long you can float on water facing upward. The longer, the better.
    2. Learn how to tread water.
    3. Learn how to get out of the water onto the poolside. Learn the skill in the shallow end first and then go to practise in the deep end.
    4. Learn how to pull a person from the water onto the poolside at the deep end of a pool.
    5. Practise throwing a life-saving instrument to a certain target. (You may practise with a lifebelt.)

  3. Home safety

    Learn how to prevent crime (e.g. burglary) and accidents at home, and the proper action you should take if there is an accident at home or in the group meeting place.

    What should you do to prevent burglary if no one is at home? Go to a nearby police station or a district office of the Home Affairs Department to get a crime prevention pamphlet and read the instructions.

    What should you do if there is a fire in your home or in your group meeting place?

    You should always be aware of the following:

    1. Is the anti-smoke door always closed?
    2. Is there anything blocking the staircase?
    3. Can people escape from fire by passageways without obstruction? How many passageways are there in the building?
    4. Are the fire fighting facilities (e.g. portable fire extinguishers) adequate, and are they checked regularly? Where are they placed?
    5. Are there any regular fire drills?

    If there is a fire, you should:

    1. Leave the place as soon as possible, and not run.
    2. Not take anything with you or go back to search for anything.
    3. Not panic, but keep calm and quiet and follow instructions.
    4. Gather at a safe place as instructed. Do not leave the scene before the head count is completed.
    5. Dial 999 to call the emergency services.

    Try for the Handyman Badge.

  4. Special good turns

    A Cub Scout should do a good turn every day. You can lead, or assist, in doing something useful in your Six or Pack.

    Good turns include:

    1. Cleaning up public places, such as beaches, housing estates, assembly halls, your group meeting place, etc.
    2. Planting trees. Join tree-planting activities organised by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department or other organizations.
    3. Visiting nursing homes, conducting performances for elderly or helping the solitary elderly to clean up their homes before a festival.
    4. Joining charity activities, such as the Community Chest Walks for Millions, estate charity donations, flag days, etc.

  5. Helping Akela and other leaders

    Help your Akela or other leaders to handle general duties for at least four weeks.

    The duties include:

    1. Folding the flag.
    2. Helping to put back equipment and cleaning up after meetings.
    3. Teaching newcomers skills that you are familiar with, such as knotting and helping them to adapt to Scout life.
    4. Managing simple equipment and facilities.
    5. Assisting in organising games.
    6. Helping your Akela to take attendance.
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TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

  1. Keeping healthy

    Learn the importance of personal hygiene as a habit.

  2. Keeping fit

    Learn how to keep your body in good condition. Avoid eating food which is bad for your health. You can find out what is harmful to your health by asking your doctor or from your General Knowledge textbook. Tell Akela and other Cub Scouts what kind of food is bad for health and why.

    There are things which you should always keep a distance from:

    • cigarettes
    • alcohol
    • narcotics

    How can you keep healthy? Have you joined a Physical Fitness plan? The plan will help you to keep your body in good condition.

    Try for the Physical Fitness Badge.

  3. Healthy eating

    Do you know what kind of food is good for your body? Do you know the harmful effects of eating only certain kinds of food? Tell your Akela about them. Make a record of your meals for a week, to see if you are having a balanced diet.

    Here is a table below. You can use it to record your meals. (You should make your own chart on a piece of card.)

     

    Mon

    Tue

    Wed

    Thur

    Fri

    Sat

    Sun

    Breakfast

    Food

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nutrients

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lunch

    Food

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nutrients

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dinner

    Food

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nutrients

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  4. Road safety

    Learn about the facilities and traffic signs for pedestrians and road users. Learn the safety regulations for cycling and how to behave safely as a passenger in a vehicle.

    The common facilities, traffic signs and information about road safety for pedestrians and road users can be found in textbooks, reference books or from the Transport Department.

    Transport Department information:
    Address: 41/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
    Telephone: 2804 2600
    Website: http://www.td.gov.hk

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SCIENCE AND NATURE

  1. Weather station

    Set up a weather station. There should be at least three kinds of instruments that can be used to measure the weather; for example, a rain gauge, a wind-speed indicator, a wind-direction indicator, a thermometer, a barometer. Use these instruments to record the weather for at least two weeks.

    Here is a table for recording the weather.

    Date: ________________ to ________________

    Time of recording: ____________________

     

    S

    M

    T

    W

    T

    F

    S

    S

    M

    T

    W

    T

    F

    S

    Wind Direction

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Wind Speed

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Relative Humidity

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Rainfall

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Temperature

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If your school has these instruments, you can ask your teacher to let you take down the readings.

    If your group meeting place is available, you can set up an observatory. You and other Cub Scouts can make some instruments for measuring the weather by yourselves, such as a wind-speed indicator or a wind-direction indicator. You can also use instruments purchased from outside for the purpose of record-keeping.

    If you cannot go to the Group meeting place to take readings every day, you can take readings when you have a meeting. On other days, you can listen to the radio or watch TV weather forecasts and take down the readings from them.

    Try for the Scientist Badge.

  2. Maintenance

    Help an adult to repair some household equipment. For example, you could learn how to service a bicycle and lubricate its parts, repair broken toys, etc. Learn how to use the equipment in your home properly as they can help to reduce the chance of breakdowns.

    Try for the Handyman Badge.

  3. Model making

    Construct a model with moving parts, such as a wind gauge, a merry-go-round lamp, or make a model car or boat from a model kit. Describe the process in detail to your Akela and other Cub Scouts.

    Try for the Artist Badge.

  4. Technical equipment

    Learn how to use a piece of technical equipment, such as a computer, a video camera, a camera, a microwave oven, a hi-fi set, etc. Demonstrate to your Akela and the other Cub Scouts how to operate the equipment.

    Try for the Computer Badge and the Photographer Badge.

  5. Protecting the environment

    Design and participate in an activity with a theme related to environmental protection and submit an illustrated written report. This activity can be carried out in with a small group of Cub Scouts.

  6. Protecting wildlife

    Choose an endangered species and find out detailed information about it from a library or online. Produce a brochure to introduce this species.

  7. Green Farm

    Participate in a 'green' farming project. Grow some edible plants such as vegetables or tomatoes, etc., in your school or in pots. Take care not to use any fertilizers that may pollute the environment.

    Try for the Naturalist Badge, the Planting Badge and the World Conservation Badge.

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CREATIVITY
(Complete at least one activity. Do not choose the same activity you chose for the Cub Scout Adventure Award.)

Refer to the Cub Scout Adventure Award section for details of the individual items.

  • Music
  • Acting
  • Magic
  • Worship
  • Reporter
  • Art
  • Handicrafts
  • Photography

Any other innovative ideasˇXyou should consult your Akela first.

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OUR COMMUNITY (Complete at least one item.)

  1. Community improvement

    Participate in an activity to develop and improve your community, such as a Clean The District campaign, a crime prevention campaign, a paper recycling campaign, etc. Plan a similar activity and describe it in detail to your Akela and other Cub Scouts.

  2. Young volunteer

    Contact an organisation in your neighbourhood to see if you can do some voluntary work for it. For example, you could serve in a youth centre library, help clean a community centre, visit a home for the aged and conduct a performance for the elderly, lead a game at a child day-care centre, etc. You should discuss your plan with your Akela and your parents first and obtain their consent before carrying out any of these activities.

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COUNTRY AND CULTURE (Complete at least one activity.)

  1. International exchange

    Participate in an activity to gain a better understanding of the cultures and customs of other countries or participate in an international Scout activity. For example, you could participate in the Jamboree-On-The-Air/Jamboree-On-The-Internet, or contact Scouts from other regions and pay them a friendly visit. Be sure to obtain the consent of International Branch for such contact or visit.

  2. International organisations

    Identify at least two international organisations which help the needy all over the world regardless of race and political boundaries. For example, the Red Cross, World Vision, Medecins Sans Frontieres, etc. Collect information about them and describe their work in detail to your Akela and other Cub Scouts. Also tell how you can help to support the work of these organisations.

  3. Cultures of other countries

    Identify countries and ethnic groups that have a culture different from that of the Chinese. Find out about their traditions, customs, religions and costumes, etc. Collect relevant information and produce a brochure for presentation to your Akela and other Cub Scouts.

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PROMISE AND LAW

Live up to the Cub Scout Promise and Law in your daily life.

Keep a log book to record what you have done to live up to the Cub Scout Promise and Law.

Action & Evaluation

The Promise

Duty to
God

Duty to
my Country

Helping Others

Do A Good Turn Daily

To live up to the Law and Promise, I …

 

 

 

 

To continue to follow the Law and Promise, I shall …

 

 

 

 

Self evaluation:
Good/Satisfactory/ To be improved

 

 

 

 

Akela’s/Parents’/Teachers’ Evaluation:
Good/Satisfactory/ To be improved

 

 

 

 

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THE SCOUT FAMILY (Fourth Stage, Green)

  1. Know the patrol system and operation of the Scout Troop

    Can you tell how a Patrol in a Scout troop is different from a Six in a Cub Scout Pack? List three differences below.

    1. __________________________________________________________________

    2. __________________________________________________________________

    3. __________________________________________________________________

  2. Know the badge system of the Scout Troop

    How are Scout badges different from those of Cub Scouts? Are there any similarities? How many progressive badges are there for Scouts? What are the categories of proficiency badges? What is the highest award in a Scout Troop?

  3. Participate in a Scout Troop activity

    Ask your Akela to make arrangements for you to join an activity of a Scout Troop, so that you can experience the fun of Scout activities yourself.

    If your group does not have a Scout Troop, ask your Akela to contact the other groups in the district. You can be sure that he or she can make the arrangements for you.

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On completion of all of the activities above, you will have earned the Cub Scout Adventure Crest Award. Congratulations! At the same time you will have also obtained the fourth stage of your Scout Family Badges. Now that you have finished all the required courses in Cub Scout training, have you started on your Golden Bauhinia Award? Donˇ¦t worry! Youˇ¦ll make it! Your Akela will arrange to present the Adventure Crest Award to you at a pack meeting. At the same time, he or she will prepare for your advancement to a Scout Troop. Your Scout section will provide you with activities which are more fun, more enjoyable and more challenging. Talk to your Akela about your ambitions.

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