The Map and Compass belt loop is part of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. This belt loop is a good way to introduce Cub Scouts to the basic principles of reading a map and using a compass. These are basic skills which all Scouts should be familiar with. When your Cub Scouts move on to Boy Scouts it will be helpful for them to have some basic map and compass skills already.
Webelos who earn the Map and Compass Belt Loop while a Webelos also complete requirement 13 for the Traveler activity badge. I usually do this belt loop in conjuction with the Geography belt loop since there is some overlap between them.
Map and Compass Belt Loop Requirements
Complete these three requirements:
- Show how to orient a map. Find three landmarks on the map
- Explain how a compass works.
- Draw a map of your neighborhood. Label the streets and plot the route you take to get to a place that you often visit.