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. Kids 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 required and elective adventures, they can help bring learning to life by allowing Scouts to experience firsthand the things they have been learning about. Most adventures will include opportunities for a den outing that may fulfill part of an advancement requirement.
It is important that you plan in advance for field trips. Be prepared for safe and fun adventures by addressing all possible challenges, including:
- Arranging for the visit with the point of contact at your destination (if needed),
- Working with parents or guardians to arrange safe transportation,
- Ensuring that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and
- Making sure that the right equipment is available for the adventure.
A good plan also helps to organize safe and appropriate transportation to and from an outing, and it defines driver qualifications and minimum limits of insurance coverage for drivers and vehicles used to transport participants. A well-planned den outing will benefit everyone involved, providing an opportunity for Scouts 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.