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snowsportsSnow Sports Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  I think the biggest barrier to our scouts earning this badge is the cost. But for those who have the means, this is a really fun badge


Bowling Belt LoopBowling Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  Bowling is a great winter activity for those days off. So when you head to the bowling alley with your family or den, don't forget to complete the requirements for the Bowling belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.


Basketball Belt LoopBasketball Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  Just because it has turned bitter cold outside this week doesn't mean that Cub Scouts can't stay active. Encourage your Cub Scouts to earn their basketball beltloop this month. If they are on a team, they have almost earned it already.


SkiCrew Activities - Skiing  At our Crew meeting this past Sunday, the focus was on skiing. Our council is having a ski night for Venturers at a local ski resort in January. The original plan had been to have a guest speaker come in and give some skiing tips. He couldn't make it at the last minute, so our Crew president made a presentation instead.


FitnessLog Sheet for Personal Fitness Merit Badge   Part of the requirements for this badge include doing some fitness tests periodically and recording a fitness plan over a period of 12 weeks. There are some worksheets available for this on the web, but the ones we looked at didn't really fit in with the fitness plan which LC and his merit badge counselor agreed to. So we came up with one which works for him.


FitnessAims of Scouting - Fitness  The three aims of Scouting are Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Mental and Physical Fitness. So how are physical and mental fitness is incorporated into the Scouting programs offered by BSA?


sports-merit-badgeSports Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  We all know Scouts who are trying to juggle their Scouting activities with other commitments. In many cases, this might mean finding time for Scouting and sports. So help your Scouts find a way to make them complement each other. Introduce them to the Sports merit badge.


Boy Scouts of AmericaThe Aims of Scouting  The Boy Scouts of America enumerates three aims of Scouting – Character, Citizenship, and Fitness.


Soccer Belt LoopSoccer Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  Fall sports season is upon us! Here in the Midwest, soccer is very popular with the kids.So encourage your Cub Scouts to earn their Soccer belt loop this month.


Kickball Belt LoopKickball Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  Thanks to the recent addition of the kickball belt loop and pin, Cub Scouts can now use their recess skills to earn an award.


BucketHail Storm Game  This game doesn’t take much space, so it can be played indoors. If you think ahead and take the materials to camp with you, you can even play it under a fly on a rainy day.


FitnessCaterpillar Race Game  Here is a fun game for Cub Scouts. They will have to work together to match their movements, so it teaches them teamwork and coordination.


Swimming Belt LoopSwimming Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  If your Cub Scouts go to the pool during the summer, they can earn their Swimming belt loop without a lot of effort.


Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Physical Fitness  Anyone who has ever been to camp with a bunch of Scouts knows that safety needs to be our first priority. The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety describe the measures we should use at all Scouting activities. The second point of the Sweet 16 is Physical Fitness.


FitnessWolf Achievement 3: Keep My Body Healthy - Healthy Habits Worksheet  To help the Wolves complete Wolf Achievement 3 - Keep Your Body Healthy at home, send them home with a check-off chart of healthy habits already printed out.


Bike Helmet and Water BottleBike Hike Safety and Etiquette   Before going on a bicycle ride with a group of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturers, review some bike safety and etiquette rules. Includes a printable discussion aid.


FruitsBuild Your Own Food Pyramid  Most Scouts are probably familiar with the food pyramid from school. To make the nutrition and fitness components of the Scout program more interesting, turn them into a hands-on activity.


Baseball Belt LoopBaseball Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program lets Cub Scouts at all levels receive recognition for whatever their special interests are. Look at the baseball belt loop this month. If your Cubs are on a baseball team, they have probably almost earned this award.


FitnessIsland Tug of War Game  Island tug-of-war is an adaptation of traditional tug of war which not only requires strength but also agility and balance. This game is appropriate for all ages from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts to Venturers.


FruitsCub Scout Nutrition Game - Food Pyramid Go Fish Game  This is basically a go fish game with different types of food. I liked how the kids talked about the different types of food they saw on the cards.