Geography Belt Loop

Geography Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

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:

  1. Draw a map of your neighborhood. Show natural and man made features. Include a key or legend of map symbols.
  2. Learn about the physical geography of your community. Identify the major land forms within 100 miles. Discuss with an adult what you learned.
  3. 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.
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One Response to Geography Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

  1. Big Earth Explorers November 6, 2011 at 9:27 PM #

    A lot of times geography can seem like boring memorization… for both kids and adults. Schools make students memorize capitols and rivers they will never see or hear about again. It makes sense that the kids will quickly forget everything.

    These activities seem like a much better method. The scouts actually take note about what’s around them and why it is important to mark landmarks on both maps and in one’s memory.

    Global geography can be done in a similar, hands-on way. Kids who can feel connected to a place, whether by travel or just learning more about a place, will be much more likely to remember what they learn. Help kids associate places based on their own interests – local soccer teams, home to an interesting animal, etc.

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