Astronomy Belt Loop

Astronomy Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

In honor of Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!), today my focus is on the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Astronomy Belt Loop.

Help your Scouts reach for the stars by encouraging them to work on this belt loop. Use it as a supplemental program to a den or pack meeting. Or just email the requirements and printable helps out to your den parents and suggest that any who are interested work on this with their sons.

Astronomy Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:
  1. Set up and demonstrate how to focus a simple telescope or binoculars. (A local astronomy club may be a resource for this activity.) See How to use binoculars .
  2. Draw a diagram of our solar system–identify the planets and other objects. See Draw the Solar System (Worksheet).
  3. Explain the following terms: planet, star, solar system, galaxy, the Milky Way, black hole, red giant, white dwarf, comet, meteor, moon, asteroid, star map, and universe. See Astronomy Terms Scramble.
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5 Responses to Astronomy Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

  1. Andrea February 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM #

    Thank you so much from a busy mom, for putting the work into this BL. We are having our Blue and Gold theme Space this year and am excited to have them receive this BL that night.

  2. kelly July 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM #

    We are having a back yard camp out and Reach for the Stars program for Aug 11, 2012. The plan is to work on the belt loop and watch the Meteor Showers!

  3. Julie October 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM #

    Thank you! This is the first time I’ve been asked to teach a belt loop lesson and this is such a great help!

  4. Amy February 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM #

    Thanks for the resources! I’m using the scramble for our Blue and Gold tonight!

  5. Janell Millyard January 16, 2015 at 12:59 PM #

    Great resource!!! A rock in space is called a meteoroid and then it goes through the Earth’s atmosphere it is a meteor when it hits the Earth it is a meteorite.

    Pluto was not demoted but reclassified with the discovery of more objects like it that called for a new classification, dwarf planets.

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