Bear Cubs is open to any child in the third grade. As a Den, children work together with their parents to achieve the rank of Bear.

Pack 506 has an established Bear Den, with Scouts who have been working together since the rank of Tiger. New Scouts are always welcome to join the fun!

For more information and meeting details, contact the Bear Den Leader.

Continue reading to see what the Bear Den has been up to lately…

Bear Den

Apples and Firefighters and Bears, Oh My!

With Halloween almost upon us, we started off our last meeting with an all-Pack apple bobbing competition!

It was a lot of fun but cut into our den meeting time, so we had to be flexible and skip one of the activities we had planned: making Kid Friendly Baked Apples. Since we’re working on our Bear Picnic Basket elective, each of the Bears received a basket with ingredients to make this tasty snack. To make yours at home, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Ask a grown-up to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, and help cut and core your apple. (You got one apple in your basket, but this recipe will make enough streussel topping for 4 apples. If you have more apples in your house you can make enough for the whole family, or save some of the topping for another time.)
  2. In a bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, spice mix, and butter. (You were given pre-measured amounts of each item, but if you’d like to make more yourself, click here for the full recipe!) Depending on whether your butter has been in the fridge it might be a little hard to mix in–I like to use a fork to work the ingredients into a crumble.
  3. Place your apples cut side up in a baking dish, top each apple with streussel mix, and drizzle with whipping cream.
  4. Ask your grown up to help you put the apples into the hot oven, and set a timer for 40 minutes, or until your topping is golden and apples are soft. Let them cool down for about 10 minutes, then enjoy!

While we weren’t able to make our apples together this week, we DID have the chance to talk to Heather about her role as an on-call firefighter with the East Bay Regional Parks District. We got to hear about how she helps protect our parks, and how we can be safe and responsible park-goers. Thank you so much, Heather, for the important work that you do and also for taking time to talk to our Den!


By Katie Dai, ago
Bear Den

Bears Vote!

It was so good to gather again, for the first time as Bears!

We started off this year by beginning the PAWS FOR ACTION adventure, which emphasizes duty to country. We talked about the design and colors of the flag and the meaning behind those attributes, as well as why our flag now looks different than it did when first adopted in 1777.

We also talked about how one of the most important duties Americans have is to vote. Though our Scouts are still many years away from casting official ballots, they got to exercise their voting rights as members of our Den to decide which of the offered electives they want to work on this year. The highest vote-getter was the BEAR PICNIC BASKET elective, so we’ll be starting work on that adventure at our next meeting.

By Katie Dai, ago
Bear Den

Welcome Back!

To all current and prospective Bear Scouts, welcome to a new year of Scouting!

It was great to see many of you at our virtual Join Night event last week, and I can’t wait to get the whole group back together to start working towards earning our Bear badges. This year we’ll be learning about building, how to safely use a pocket knife, planning and setting up for a camping trip, learning about duty to God and our country, and, of course, hiking. In addition, there are plenty of exciting electives offered this year–we’ll discuss those at our next meeting and decide which adventures to tackle first!

This year will be different, for sure, but I know we’ll all DO OUR BEST to adapt to new circumstances, and find new ways to have fun and serve our community together.

By Katie Dai, ago