Insect Investigations

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Insect Investigations
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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 2:56pm

Yesterday, our pack did the Insect Investigations program at our State Park that I scheduled.  We have done something there for 4 years in a row now and this one was fabulous for this age group once again.  They talked about what insects were and how they were different from other things.  Very good "large" images so the kids could see body parts and face features.  They also had large plastic insects for kids to touch.  Then a 10 minute hike to an old abandoned cabin on the property that is currently home to an impressive hive of honey bees... they used caution tape as a boundary, but we still got fairly close.  We also got to touch real honeycomb.  The walk back was only about 3 minutes and surprised the kids that we were so close to the environmental center!  Then each got a net and learned how to catch insects carefully and we went to it capturing butterflies, caterpillars, moths, stink bugs, grasshoppers, flies, and many others!  We put most of them into bug containers... some stayed for the duration of our adventure... some were released after 2-3 minutes (once each kids got to take a look).  The coolest thing by far was learning about and seeing the Ugly Butt Spider (not an insect- but along the trail).  Kids thought that was well worth a few minutes time!

Bad side was that we only had 4 cub scouts show up (2 Boy Scout siblings, a couple sisters and 3 adults)... back when I scheduled it, I chose this day because many people said it was a good day... nobody objected.  Even the day before I only had about 4 families who told me they were away (out of about 18 families).  Had I known that even the people I specifically was trying to accomodate would not show up, I would have chosen a different day because the 3 families who did come all got home very late the night before- including my family at nearly midnight.  The ranger assured me that it was ok because we met the minimum of 10 by including the adults and siblings who were there too... but if he does programs for fewer than 10 people, the state gets upset at him.  Some of the excuses I got after the fact was - school shopping, kids didn't want to wake up (the program was at 10am- with probaby a 20 minute drive), and many other "sorry we didn't make it's" with no excuse.  Very frustrating. 

Next time, we may request the geology program at the mineral springs location of the park!  This would be an awesome way for the new webelos to earn their geologist activity pin.  I didn't know about this program before yesterday.

Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
Sat, 08-11-2012 - 5:13pm
The program sounds fantastic :smileyhappy: I'm glad you were able to take part in it with the boys.

As for the no shows - I'm really having a hard time letting it roll off my shoulders. The same thing happens here. I have to call people tomorrow to see if I can talk a few people into attending an upcoming tour we have scheduled. The date was determined in May. We changed the time to not leave out the soccer families, but I'm still not sure if we will be able to get to the total required. We also have the pack ice cream social and regaata boat race. Only a few families RSVP'ed fo a boat for their scouts and siblngs. I'm not sure if that means we don't have very many peoplecoming or if we are going to be short boats. Oh well.

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Registered: 04-26-2002
Mon, 08-13-2012 - 11:51am
I know. As of now, we don't have any dates secured for den or pack meetings, no trips or visits scheduled, nothing. And none of it will happen unless I go fill our paperwork to request space at the church for our pack and den meetings and tell people when to show up. And I'm sure they will have nothing planned to do when they do show up. There's no 2nd August activity. The one mom who said she was going to do a science day scheduled it for Aug 2nd and then canceled it when not enough kids would be there. And she said she can't schedule it again until probably a den meeting... and no other people have stepped up to do an August activity, so only the 4 who showed up at the Insect investigations will be getting the summertime activity pin this year. It's very frustrating.