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Ultimate Pin for Cub Scouts I've noticed more ultimate and disc golf courses being built at local parks. Ultimate seems to be an up and coming sport. So if your den has some time on a beautiful fall weekend, consider grabbing a frisbee and playing some ultimate.
BSA 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.
Soccer and Scouting Program The Soccer and Scouting program seeks to bring the values of Scouting to boys who might not be currently involved in a Cub Scout program. It is a 12 week program for boys in the 1st through 5th grades.
Venturing Sports Bronze Award Requirements Since I am focusing on soccer this month, I thought this would be a good time to introduce the Venturing Sports Bronze Award. By earning this award, Venturers can learn about fitness, sports safety, and sportsmanship. This award especially fits in well with sports teams which have chartered as Venture Crews.
Communications Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Communications merit badge is one of the Boy Scout merit badges which is required for the rank of Eagle. Unlike many of the Eagle required badges, this one really lends itself to being worked on in a group meeting setting. So this is one that could be the basis for a series of troop meetings.
Follow the Dribbler Soccer Drill When working with young Scouts, simpler is usually better. Every den has at least one or two boys who really find it unbearable to sit through lengthy instructions. Follow the Dribbler is a really simple soccer drill.
Soccer Word Search Puzzle If you are looking for a gathering activity to go with this month's soccer theme , try this word search puzzle. As I mentioned in my post a few days ago, when teaching a new skill one of the first things you need to do is develop a common terminology.
BSA 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.
Ideas for October Pack Meeting – Responsibility The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of October is Responsibility. According to the program helps responsibility is fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves. Responsibility is fulfilling our duty to help others and take care of ourselves. It is behaving safely and appropriately without having to be told.
Citizenship 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.
Soccer Drill - Soccer Croquet This month I am featuring a soccer theme for Cub Scouts. A soccer drill can make a fun gathering activity or an end of the meeting game for a soccer themed meeting. This drill emphasizes teamwork, dribbling skills, and passing accuracy.
Soccer Marbles If you are having a soccer or sports themed meeting, a soccer drill can be a fun way to burn of some energy. Soccer marbles is a three person soccer drill. It is simple enough for young Scouts.
BSA Insignia Guide We often get questions about Cub Scout and Boy Scout uniforms. "Where do I put ....?" Fortunately, BSA provides an online insignia guide. This online resource has all of the information parents and scouts need to figure out where all of the various emblems are worn.
Soccer Tennis When my den meetings were immediately after school, I often did a physical activity during the gathering time. The Scouts needed to run around and burn off a little energy before they were ready to concentrate on the den activities.
What is Good Sportsmanship? Scouting and sports go together. Many recognitions require that the Scout discuss sportsmanship. So what does good sportsmanship mean?
Soccer Terminology One suggestion I have when working with Cub Scouts is to draw up a large soccer field on poster board and use some Lego figures or something similar to be players. Then you can give a visual demonstration of these terms. Or make a game of it by showing them something and asking if anyone knows the term. For very young Scouts, simplify this list of terms even more.
Soccer Theme for Cub Scouts Soccer is a great sport for young boys because most of them can pick up the basic skills quickly. And it also promotes the BSA aim of fitness. So if you are looking for a theme for your pack meeting or a pack activity, consider soccer.
Soccer Pin for Cub Scouts Here comes soccer season again! If you have Cub Scouts who play soccer, they can receive recognition for their efforts. The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program includes a belt loop and pin for soccer.
Cycling and Mountain Biking Ranger Elective This month I am featuring posts related to cycling. Venturers can also receive recognition for their cycling knowledge and ablitiy. Cycling and Mountain Biking is one of the electives for the Venturing Ranger award.
Cycling 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
Ideas for September Pack Meeting – Cooperation The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of September is Cooperation. According to the program helps cooperation is being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal. Cooperation is a key element in teamwork. Cub Scouts will gain a better understanding of the importance of supporting each other as they play games and learn new skills.
Bicycle 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.
Bike Rodeo Our pack might be doing a bike rodeo this year. I have visited these before, but we have never put one on ourselves. So I am researching possible "stations" which the kids can rotate through for the activity.
Bicycle Helmet Fitting This month I am focusing on cycling. Helmets are required for all BSA cycling activities. It is important to note that this applies to adults also. Your helmet isn't going to do you much good if it doesn't fit correctly. Here are some guidelines.
Bicycling Pin for Cub Scouts If your Cub Scout has earned the Bicycling belt loop, he can take it one step further and earn the Bicycling pin. Both recognition are from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. So find some nice bike trails in your area, pack some snacks and plenty of water, and go riding!
Bicycling Belt Loop for Cub Scouts Today I am highlighting the Bicycling Belt Loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. This fits in well with the cycling theme I am featuring this month. Fall is approaching and is wonderful time to get out biking with the Cub Scouts. This belt loop would make a good starting point for a pack meeting or pack bike hike.
Cycling Theme I am featuring a Bikes theme this month. This theme has lots of useful information for Cub Scouts, but much of it applies to Boy Scouts and Venturers also. Boy Scouts can use the aids you will see this month with the Cycling merit badge. And Venturers will find this information useful for the Cycling/Mountain Biking elective for the Ranger Award.
BSA 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.
Spud Game Here is a game which works well for a group of 8 to 10 Scouts. This goes with my Classic Outdoor Games theme for this month. I'm sure many of us played this as children. Playing games helps Cub Scouts run off energy. learn to cooperate, and understand sportsmanship.
Ideas for August Pack Meeting – Honesty The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of August is Honesty. According to the program helps honest is: Telling the truth and being worthy of trust. A Scout is honest. As boys have fun and interact in their den and pack, they learn that honesty can simply be defined as a refusal to lie, cheat, or steal in any way. Honesty is simply the truth.
Badminton Pin for Cub Scouts A badminton tournament would make a fun activity for a pack campout. This pin goes along well with my Classic Outdoor Games theme this month.
BSA 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.
Capture the Flag Capture the Flag is a great game for a large group. Our Boy Scout troop plays it often as an interpatrol activity during meetings. Cub Scouts can play it also. We had a joint Pack/Troop flag retirement ceremony at a local park in the spring. When the ceremony was over, the Boy Scouts organized a game of capture the flag, putting some Cub Scouts on each team. They used most of the park as their play area. It was legendary. :-)
Kick the Can Kick the can is a classic game which combines tag and hide and go seek. This is a great wide area game for a large group. Use it as an activity at a pack campout or to add some physical activity to a pack meeting.
Bear Den Meeting Plan: What’s Cooking? ZM's den had a blast when we did Achievement 9 - What's Cooking? We were able to use the kitchen at our church, which made this achievement fun. I'm always amazed when I do cooking achievements with Cub Scouts that some of them rarely cook at home. For those Scouts, these achievements are especially exciting. I always enjoy it when their parents pick them up and they ask if they can start cooking at home.
Classic Outdoor Games For this month's theme, I am focusing on classic outdoor games. These are games which would have been played by the Scout's parents or even grandparents. There are a few ideas listed on the right, and more will gradually be shown on the Classic Outdoor Games Theme page.
Archery Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Archery is another favorite merit badge for Boy Scout summer camp. DS earned this one a couple of years ago. When the guys sign up for this, they think it will be all shooting, but there is really a lot more to it than that. They have to learn a lot about the sport. The even make an arrow and a bowstring.
How to Fold the US Flag The US flag is the symbol of our country and every Scout should know how to handle it. One thing I emphasize when working with Scouts on flag etiquette is that the most important thing is respect. Scouts are going to make mistakes from time to time, but they should always do their best to be respectful.
Badminton Belt Loop for Cub Scouts If you are getting together with family this summer, you might have a chance to play some badminton. Then your Cub Scout can earn the Badminton Belt Loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. So string a net between a couple of trees. Get out the rackets and the birdies. And have some family fun. Webelos who earn the Badminton Belt Loop while a Webelos also complete part of requirement 3 for the Sportsman activity badge.
BSA 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.