Autumn is upon us, and you may be looking for some ideas for fall-related Cadet activities. A fall campout, fishing, or hiking trip is always a great idea, but here are a few others that might also be fun and rewarding – especially if you can find a way to combine them with badge-related tasks or put a service project twist on them.
Apple Orchard/Cider Mill – Lots of apple orchards or cider mills have special activities going on during this time of year. Take your cadre or club for a visit and participate in the usual bobbing for apples, cider and donuts tasting, and other diversions. Better yet, find someone in your church or community with a smaller orchard or farm and offer to help with the fall chores. Cadets can help with picking up dropped fruit, nuts, or even clearing leaves.
Corn Maze – Always popular, a corn maze can be a great way to spend an afternoon outside. For added adventure, work with a local farmer to make your own corn maze! Cadets can also volunteer to help dismantle a corn maze when the season is over.
Hay Rack Ride – Another popular fall activity, though this one requires a lot of attention to safety. Your cadets can also help get the bales where they need to be before or after the ride.
Many badges are appropriate for autumn and/or getting outside and doing something. Here’s just a few that could work for your cadets: Camping, Hiking, Geocaching, Food Preservation, Forestry, Gardening, Weeds & Wildflowers, Wildlife.
Leaves, apples, pumpkins, sticks – all these materials can be used in craft projects. For a few ideas, see the Project Ideas page on the counselor site or check out our YouTube channel for our Cadets Create craft project videos, like a Pinecone Birdfeeder or Rustic Container.
There are lots of ways cadets can help out with fall-related activities in the church and in the community. Yard work and similar winterizing jobs that can be difficult for the elderly, home-bound, or people with health issues can be ideal chores for cadets. Talk to your deacons or building and grounds caretakers to see how your cadre or club can help.
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