Map and compass skills are important for all Scouts. It is good to introduce them to Cub Scouts since they will rely on them more when they become Boy Scouts. Cub Scouts can hone their skills by working on the Map and Compass pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.
Map and Compass Pin Requirements
Earn the Map and Compass belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
- Explain to your den or an adult family member what cartography means.
- Make a poster showing 10 map symbols and their meaning.
- Read a book or story about a famous explorer or navigator. Tell your den or family what you learned.
- Make a simple compass with a magnet and pin.
- Explain the difference between latitude and longitude and show them on a map or globe.
- Draw a compass rose for a map. Label north, south, east, and west.
- Study a blank map of the United States of America. Label your state, and the states that share its boundary lines.
- In the field, show how to take a compass bearing and how to follow it.
- Show how to measure distances, using a scale on a map legend.
- Measure your pace. Then layout a simple compass course for your den to try.
- Using a road map, determine how many miles it is between two major cities or familiar destinations.
- Explain what the different map colors can mean on a map.