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
- 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 .
- Draw a diagram of our solar system–identify the planets and other objects. See Draw the Solar System (Worksheet).
- 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.