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Venturing Bronze AwardVenturing Religious Life Bronze Award Requirements  The Religious Life Bronze award works well for Crews who are organized as church youth groups as ours is. While none of our members have earned this recognition yet, I do present it to them as an option from time to time.

 

CompassionPublic Service Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts  The focus in this program feature is citizenship and service. Younger Boy Scouts can work on flag etiquette, flag ceremonies, and their rights and duties as US Citizens. Older Scouts could work on the Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World merit badges.

 

Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingTrustworthy Tommy Song  Trustworthy Tommy is a song to help Webelos and new Boy Scouts learn the Scout Law. Webelos need to memorize the law to earn the Arrow of Light. New Boy Scouts must memorize it for the Tenderfoot rank. Some boys who have trouble with rote memorization will find that learning the song helps it stick with them. Eventually they should be able to say the Scout Law without the song going through their heads.

 

Webelos Citizen Activity BadgeBSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 5 – Citizen  This meeting plan starts the Citizen activity badge. This is an important meeting, since Citizen is required for the Webelos badge.

 

Tiger Cub ScoutsTroop Running a Pack Meeting  Tonight, our Boy Scout Troop is running the Pack meeting for our Cub Scouts. They are going to divide into dens and each den will have several Boy Scouts doing skill instruction with them. They are working on things like knots and outdoor skills which relate to the advancement for each den. While they are doing that, the Scoutmaster (my husband), is going to talk to the Pack parents about the Boy Scout program.

 

Table Top DisplayTips for a Great Table Top Display  Table top displays are a way to show off a hobby, collection, event, or other project. Or you can showcase your unit's program. As part of the Hobbies Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts, table top displays are used in a hobby fair to show of each Scout's particular hobby. In addition, for several of the Venturing awards, Venturers must create a table top display.

 

Boy Scout BingoBoy Scout Bingo  A lot of the requirements for Arrow of Light have to do with learning about Boy Scouts. So to make this more fun, I made up a set of picture bingo cards.

 

Fire TrucksBSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 5: Know Your Home and Community and Be Safe at Home and on the Street  This plan covers part of Wolf Achievement 4 (Know Your Home and Community) and part of Wolf Achievement 9 (Be Safe at Home and on the Street).

 

Horsemanship Merit BadgeHorsemanship Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  This is one our older scouts sometimes work on at summer camp. They usually require them to be 13 or 14 years old though, because the smaller guys have a hard time saddling the horse without assistance. There is only one part they don't like - the test about the parts of the horse and diseases.

 

BicycleBSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 3 – Ride Right  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. This plan covers Bear Achievement 14 - Ride Right. I have included notes on resources and ideas which will help you with this meeting plan.

 

Nuclear Science Merit BadgeNuclear Science Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Our troop probably earns an unusual number of the Nuclear Science merit badges because my husband is a counselor. So that is a chance for our Scouts to learn about this topic from somebody who works with this material every day in his job. The Scouts especially enjoy getting to use a survey meter.

 

Venturing Bronze AwardVenturing Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award Requirements  This month, I am looking at the Arts and Hobbies Bronze award. This Bronze award lets Venturers explore an area of interest to them and learn about it in depth.

 

Astronomy Merit BadgeAstronomy Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  When I was camping with my Webelos a few weeks ago, they mentioned how much brighter the stars were at camp. So we talked about how light pollution affects star gazing. And I told them that when they are Boy Scouts, they can learn even more about astronomy. So maybe a few of them will be working on this merit badge.

 

Webelos Traveler Activity BadgeBSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 4 – Traveler and Athlete  This plan completes Athlete and does all of Traveler. It also completes the Geography belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.

 

Radio MicrophoneBSA Tiger Den Meeting 8 - Go See It: How I Tell It  This is the eighth in the series of Tiger den meeting plans provide by BSA. This meeting is a Go See It, so the main activity will be visiting a newspaper office, or radio or television station.

 

Chess Merit BadgeChess Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  The new Chess merit badge for Boy Scouts was just launched a few weeks ago. DS is especially excited about this badge. He has always loved chess.

 

BowlingBSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 4: Keep Your Body Healthy and Bowling Field Trip  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leaders. Meeting 4 completes Wolf Achievement 3 - Keep Your Body Healthy, and completes Elective 20g - Sports (Go Bowling), and completes the Bowling belt loop.

 

American eagle with flagBSA Bear Den Meeting 2 - What Makes America Special and The Past Is Exciting and Important  This plan covers most of Achievement 3 - What Makes America Special - and completes Bear Achievement 8 - The Past Is Exciting and Important - which was started in the first meeting.

 

Citizenship in the Nation Merit BadgeCitizenship in the Nation Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  LC and DS recently completed the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge. They seemed to enjoy this one more than some of the other Eagle required badges. We had taken a trip to Washington DC in the past year, so they had a chance to use some of the places we visited there to help fulfill the requirements.

 

Animal Science Merit BadgeAnimal Science Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  The Animal Science merit badge is all about farm animals. We live in the suburbs, so this one isn't even on the radar for the Scouts in our troop. But if you have Scouts from a rural area or if somebody who has a relative on a farm, this might be of interest to them.

 

Webelos Forester Activity BadgeBSA Webelos Den Meeting 3: Naturalist, Forester, and Webelos  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the third Webelos plan.This plan completes Naturalist and Forester. It also covers some Webelos badge requirements.

 

American Business Merit BadgeAmerican Business Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  The American Business merit badge can help Scouts understand the history of business in the United States and practical aspects of modern business. If you have a budding entrepreneur in your troop who runs his own lawn care service or summer snow cone stand, then this is the badge for him.

 

Fire TrucksBSA Tiger Den Meeting 7 - Go See It: Where I Live and How I Tell It  This is the seventh in the series of Tiger den meeting plans provide by BSA. If you are using this series, it works best if you do the plans in order. This meeting plan covers the Go See It for Tiger Achievement 2 - Where I Live and completes Tiger Achievement 4 - How I Tell It.

 

US FlagBSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 3: Your Flag, Keep Your Body Healthy, and Bowling Belt Loop  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Meeting 3 completes Wolf Achievement 2 - Your Flag, starts Wolf Achievement 3 - Keep Your Body Healthy, and covers part of the Bowling belt loop.

 

Cycling Merit BadgeCycling Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  We haven't had anyone earn this badge in recent memory. The Scouts in our troop always earn the Swimming merit badge their first year at summer camp. The troop does go out riding occasionally, especially on Grant's Trail which is very close to us. They have considered doing a longer camping/biking trip on the Katy Trail, but no Scout has stepped forward to plan that yet

 

BicycleBicycle Riding Log  For some cycling recogintions, Scouts must record the time or distance spent riding. A basic log sheet is located at the bottom of this post to help you complete this. If you really become interested in cycling, you might consider getting a simple bike computer to aid you in figuring out this data. These devices record the time spent riding, mileage, average speed, and more.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaHelp for Boy Scout Early Rank Requirements  Boy Scouts working on their Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks might want to check out the early rank requirements videos from the BSA. Troop Instructors will also find these videos helpful when preparing to teach younger scouts a skill. These videos give step by step instructions for all of the requirements for these three ranks.

 

FamilyBSA Bear Den Meeting 1 - The Past Is Exciting and Important and Building Muscles  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the first Bear plan and including some tips and ideas which are related to the covered requirements. If you don't already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 1 to follow along with this article.

 

Webelos Naturalist Activity BadgeBSA Webelos Den Meeting 2: Naturalist and Forester  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the second Webelos plan. This plan covers part of Naturalist and part of Forester.

 

Camping Merit BadgeCamping Information Sheet for Camping Merit Badge  I recently spent a week at Swift Base at S bar F Scout Ranch with our Boy Scout troop. Swift is normally a Venturing camp, so when they do a week for Boy Scouts, the only merit badges offered by the staff are Canoeing, Swimming, Lifesaving, Rowing, Water Sports, Small Boat Sailing, Climbing, Horsemanship, Rifle Shooting, and Shotgun Shooting. So the Scouters attending camp with their units were asked to offer additional outdoor oriented merit badges.

 

US FlagBSA Tiger Den Meeting 6 – Where I Live and How I Tell It  This is the sixth in the series of Tiger den meeting plans provide by BSA. If you are using this series, it works best if you do the plans in order. So do the previous meetings before this one. This meeting plan covers part of Tiger Achievement 2 - Where I Live and part of Tiger Achievement 4 - How I Tell It.

 

FitnessBSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 2: Your Flag and Feats of Skill  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the second Wolf plan. If you don't already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 2 to follow along with this article.

 

Lifesaving Merit BadgeLifesaving Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  LC earned this last summer. Even though he was a first year Scout, they let him do it because it was our second summer camp for the summer and he had completed Swimming merit badge at the first camp. LC is a good swimmer but is small. The only part he had trouble with was getting the 10lb weight out, but he managed to do it. If you are not a strong swimmer, I recommend you practice your skills before attempting this badge.

 

Webelos Fitness Activity BadgeBSA Webelos Den Meeting 1: Athlete and Fitness  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the first Webelos plan. This plan covers Bobcat and part of the Fitness and Athlete activity badges. If you don't have any new Cub Scouts in your den, then nobody needs to earn Bobcat, but it doesn't hurt to review the material anyway.

 

Environmental Science Merit BadgeEnvironmental Science Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  LC was at camp with our Boy Scout troop last week. One of the merit badges he finished there was the Environmental Science merit badge. He had to work on it two sessions every day, but he was glad to get it finished.Most of our Scouts do this one at camp. We don't have a registered counselor for this badge in our troop, and when the scouts do it individually, it seems to take them a very long time.

 

TreeBSA Tiger Den Meeting 5 – Let’s Go Outdoors and Song Time  This is the fifth in the series of Tiger den meeting plans provide by BSA. If you are using this series, it works best if you do the plans in order. So do the previous meetings before this one. This meeting plan covers Tiger Achievement 5 - Let's Go Outdoors. It also completes Tiger Elective 6 - Song Time.

 

Camping Merit BadgeCamping Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Our scouts frequently do this badge at summer camp. But they often come home from camp with an incomplete because they haven't complete requirement 9. They often think they have 20 days and nights of camping when they sign up for the badge, but they don't realize that those must all be tent camping and they can only count one summer camp. Or they haven't done the part where two of the campouts must include climbing to an elevation, rappelling, etc. So as a registered counselor, I can sign off on this badge when they finally get enough nights and days of tent camping.

 

US FlagBSA Wolf Den Meeting 1 - Bobcat and Your Flag  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leader on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the first Wolf plan. This plan covers Bobcat and part of Wolf Achievement 2 - Your Flag. If you don't have any new Cub Scouts in your den, then nobody needs to earn Bobcat, but it doesn't hurt to review the material anyway.

 

Swimming Merit BadgeSwimming Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Our first year Boy Scouts almost always work on Swimming merit badge at summer camp. At our council camps, it is always integrated into the program for first year campers. This works well because the requirements for this badge overlap with the aquatics requirements for Second Class and First Class.

 

Summer CampCamp Programs for First Year Boy Scouts  Summer camp is usually the highlight of the Scouting year. It can be particularly exciting for first year Boy Scouts. It can also be a little intimidating. A program designed specifically for new Scouts will help them adjust to camp life.