The Geography belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program is a good enrichment activity if you are planning to take a hike around your neighborhood. Because of the similar requirements, it can also be a companion to the Map and Compass belt loop.
I did this activity with my dens and they enjoyed it. The maps they make of their neighborhood are really funny. The things kids notice as landmarks and draw on their maps are not always the things adults would consider landmarks. For example, they might not know the street name, but in a pinch “the street with the penny stuck in it” will do.
Webelos who earn the Geography Belt Loop while a Webelos also complete requirement 12 for the Traveler activity badge.
Geography Belt Loop Requirements
Complete these three requirements:
- Draw a map of your neighborhood. Show natural and man made features. Include a key or legend of map symbols.
- Learn about the physical geography of your community. Identify the major land forms within 100 miles. Discuss with an adult what you learned.
- Use a world globe or map to locate the continents, the oceans, the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres. Learn how longitude and latitude lines are used to locate a site.