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A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

Discovery Award Requirements

The Discovery award is the second level award in the newly remodeled award system for Venturers. This award emphasizes participation, skill development, and goal setting.

Venturers who were registered before June 1, 2014 begin with this award. Venturers who registered after that date complete the Venturing award first, and then move on to this award.

The Discovery award requirements are shown below. Upon completion of this adventure, Venturers receive a patch.
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Helping an Auditory Learner with Webelos Requirements

Cayti sent in this question:

Hey, I am a Webelos I leader this year (going through again with younger son), but this time, I have a kiddo in our group who is solely an auditory learner. Are there any videos or games geared towards helping these kids memorize/learn the Webelos requirements?

Songs are usually very helpful to auditory learners. You can use a song like Trustworthy Tommy to help him learn the Scout Law. Or make up your own songs. The whole den will enjoy singing the requirements.

Here are some other games and ideas related to the Webelos badge and the Arrow of Light emblem. I have similar pages for each of the Webelos activity badges. You can browse these to find other fun ways to work on requirements.

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Tiger Elective Adventure Requirements: Good Knights

This is a preview of one of the new Cub Scout requirements which will go into effect in the 2015-2016 program year. See the BSA Program Updates page for complete information.

Good Knights is one of the Tiger elective adventures. For this adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn about the Scout Law and knights, make a code of conduct, and participate in a service project.

The requirement for this adventure are shown below. Upon completion of this adventure, Tiger Cubs will receive a belt loop.

Tiger Adventure Requirements: Good Knights

  1. Do the following:
    1. With your den or adult partner, say the Scout Law. Explain to your den one of the 12 points of the law and why you think a knight would have the same behavior.
    2. If you have not already done so, make a code of conduct with your den that will describe how each person should act when you are all together. Vote on which actions should go in your den code of conduct. If your den has a code of conduct, discuss with your den the updates it might need to help den members become more chivalrous. Vote on which actions should go in your den code of conduct.
  2. Create a den shield and a personal shield.
  3. Using recycled materials, design and build a small castle with your adult partner to display at the pack meeting.
  4. Think of one physical challenge that could be part of an obstacle course. Then help your den design a Tiger knight obstacle course. With your adult partner, participate in the course.
  5. Participate in a service project.
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Arrow of Light Adventure Requirements: Scouting Adventure

This is a preview of one of the new Cub Scout requirements which will go into effect in the 2015-2016 program year. See the BSA Program Updates page for complete information.

Scouting Adventure is one of the Arrow of Light CORE Adventure Requirements.  In the current Webelos Cub Scout program, it is similar to some of the Arrow of Light requirements and the Outdoorsman activity badge

 For this adventure, Webelos learn what it will be like to be a member of a Boy Scout troop and they learn some outdoor skills.

The requirement for this adventure are shown below. Upon completion of this adventure, Webelos will receive a pin.

Arrow of Light Adventure Requirements: Scouting Adventure

Do all of these:

  1. Prepare yourself to become a Boy Scout by completing all of the items below:
    1. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain the meaning of each to your den leader, parent, or guardian.
    2. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe for your den leader, parent, or guardian some ways you have shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
    3. Give the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used.
    4. Describe the First Class Scout badge, and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
    5. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
  2. Visit a Boy Scout troop meeting with your den members, leaders, and parent or guardian. After the meeting, do the following:
    1. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
    2. Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement.
    3. Describe ranks in Boy Scouting and how they are earned.
    4. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.
  3. Practice the patrol method in your den for one month by doing the following:
    1. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that might be part of a Boy Scout troop.
    2. Hold an election to choose the patrol leader.
    3. Develop a patrol name and emblem (if your den does not already have one), as well as a patrol flag and yell. Explain how a patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell create patrol spirit.
    4. As a patrol, make plans with a troop to participate in a Boy Scout troop’s campout or other outdoor activity.
  4. With your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, participate in a Boy Scout troop’s campout or other outdoor activity. Use the patrol method while on the outing.
  5. Do the following:
    1. Show how to tie a square knot, two half hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
    2. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.
  6. Demonstrate your knowledge of the pocketknife safety rules and the pocketknife pledge. Earn your Whittling Chip card if you have not already done so.
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Scout Law

With BSA moving to One Oath and Law, the Venturing Code will be replaced by the Scout Law in late 2013 or early 2014. The Cub Scout Law of the Pack will be replaced by the Scout Law in 2015. So if you are not familiar with the Scout Law, you can see it below and become familiar with it. Some history of the Scout Law is also given at the bottom of this article.

I like the simplicity of the Scout Law. It is brief and therefore easy for youth to memorize. But it covers a lot of ground.

For another interesting look at the Scout Law, see this article about how the Scout Law compares to the Ten Commandments.

Scout Law

A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent

History of the Scout Law

The Scout Law used in the US is based on Lord Robert Baden-Powell’s original Scout Law, published in Scouting for Boys in 1908. This law consisted of nine points. A tenth point (clean) was added by Baden-Powell in 1911. Baden-Powell was the founder of the Scouting movement, and so much of what he published was later adapted for other countries as the Scouting movement spread.

Baden-Powell revised the details in his Scout Law multiple times, but the ideas it contained have remained true over the years:

A SCOUT’S HONOUR IS TO BE TRUSTED. If a scout says “On my honour it is so,” that means it is so, just as if he had taken a most solemn oath. Similarly, if a scout officer says to a scout, “I trust you on your honour to do this,” the Scout is bound to carry out the order to the very best of his ability, and to let nothing interfere with his doing so. If a scout were to break his honour by telling a lie, or by not carrying out an order exactly when trusted on his honour to do so, he would cease to be a scout, and must hand over his scout badge and never be allowed to wear it again.

A SCOUT IS LOYAL to the King, and to his officers, and to his country, and to his employers. He must stick to them through thick and thin against anyone who is their enemy, or who even talks badly of them.

A SCOUT’S DUTY IS TO BE USEFUL AND TO HELP OTHERS. And he is to do his duty before anything else, even though he gives up his own pleasure, or comfort, or safety to do it. When in difficulty to know which of two things to do, he must ask himself, “Which is my duty?” that is, “Which is best for other people?”—and do that one. He must Be Prepared at any time to save life, or to help injured persons. And he must do a good turn to somebody every day.

A SCOUT IS A FRIEND TO ALL, AND A BROTHER TO EVERY OTHER SCOUT, NO MATTER TO WHAT SOCIAL CLASS THE OTHER BELONGS. If a scout meets another scout, even though a stranger to him, he must speak to him, and help him in any way that he can, either to carry out the duty he is then doing, or by giving him food, or, as far as possible, anything that he may be in want of. A scout must never be a SNOB. A snob is one who looks down upon another because he is poorer, or who is poor and resents another because he is rich. A scout accepts the other man as he finds him, and makes the best of him — “Kim,” the boy scout, was called by the Indians “Little friend of all the world,” and that is the name which every scout should earn for himself.

A SCOUT IS COURTEOUS: That is, he is polite to all—but especially to women and children and old people and invalids, cripples, etc. And he must not take any reward for being helpful or courteous.

A SCOUT IS A FRIEND TO ANIMALS. He should save them as far as possible from pain, and should not kill any animal unnecessarily, even if it is only a fly—for it is one of God’s creatures.

A SCOUT OBEYS ORDERS of his patrol-leader, or scout master without question. Even if he gets an order he does not like, he must do as soldiers and sailors do, he must carry it out all the same because it is his duty; and after he has done it he can come and state any reasons against it: but he must carry out the order at once. That is discipline.

A SCOUT SMILES AND WHISTLES under all circumstances. When he gets an order he should obey it cheerily and readily, not in a slow, hang-dog sort of way. Scouts never grouse at hardships, nor whine at each other, nor swear when put out. When you just miss a train, or some one treads on your favourite corn—not that a scout ought to have such things as corns— or under any annoying circumstances, you should force yourself to smile at once, and then whistle a tune, and you will be all right. A scout goes about with a smile on and whistling. It cheers him and cheers other people, especially in time of danger, for he keeps it up then all the same. The punishment for swearing or bad language is for each offence a mug of cold water to be poured down the offender’s sleeve by the other scouts.

A SCOUT IS THRIFTY, that is, he saves every penny he can, and puts it in the bank, so that he may have money to keep himself when out of work, and thus not make himself a burden to others; or that he may have money to give away to others when they need it.

A SCOUT IS CLEAN IN THOUGHT, WORD AND DEED. Decent Scouts look down upon silly youths who talk dirt, and they do not let themselves give way to temptation, either to talk it or to do anything dirty. A Scout is pure, and clean-minded, and manly. (Added in 1911)

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How the Boy Scout Law Relates to the Ten Commandments

In the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem program for Boy Scouts, one of the exercises is to compare the Ten Commandments to the Boy Scout Law. This is an interesting activity for any Boy Scout group, not just those working on Ad Altare Dei.

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The Scouting Way

Purchasing information: The Scouting Way

From the publisher:

The stories in The Scouting Way will appeal to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Packmasters, Scoutmasters and every youth and adult interested in promoting honesty, integrity, and other Scouting values. In fact, The Scouting Way can help everybody: men and women, young and old, Scouts and non-Scouts alike incorporate the core ethics and principles of Scouting into their daily lives, in just minutes a day.

The Scouting Way books are the perfect gift for graduations, birthdays, advancements, and, of course, Eagle Scout ceremonies. Any occasion when someone is starting or completing an important stage of their life.

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The Scoutmaster Minute: Your Handbook for Inspiring Moments

Purchasing information: The Scoutmaster Minute: Your Handbook for Inspiring Moments

From the publisher:

To a group of Scouts, a Scoutmaster is teacher, friend, guide and role model. Moments are frequent when a scout leader has a true opportunity to teach, inspire, and help to shape the minds and souls of young individuals. From closing a pack meeting to sitting around the campfire, this pocket guide of inspirational quotes and stories offers the ability to make the most of these times. The Scoutmaster Minute presents verses of honesty, courage, service, sacrifice and more-right at your fingertips and right when they’re needed, fitting easily into a pocket or backpack.

Covering topics such as Integrity and Honor, Obedience and Reverence, Patriotism and Respect, Service and Sacrifice, Courage and Valor, and Humility and Consequences. All the important topics are included, for all the important moments when an inspiring word is called for. The Scoutmaster Minute is a perfect companion for anyone in need of a quick lift for the spirit.

“How a person plays the game shows something of his character. How that person loses shows all of it.”

“A woman went up to a violinist after his concert and told him, “I would give half my life to be able to play as well as you do.” To this the violist replied, “That is exactly what I have done.” Even great talent requires sacrifice and work. To have the reward, we must put forth the effort.”

Abraham Lincoln said, “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have. I must stand with anybody who stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

“You may make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”

Ron Wendel is an Eagle Scout with more than 15 years’ experience in the Cub Scout and Boy Scout Organizations. He lives with his family in Utah.

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The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook

Purchasing information: The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook

From the publisher:

With his first book Mark Ray revolutionized the Eagle Scout court of honor, showing tens of thousands of readers how to make Scouting’s greatest moment truly great. Now, he turns his attention to an even bigger task: building great Boy Scout troops.

In this unique and highly personal book, Ray offers hundreds of proven ideas for building strong, successful, sustainable troops that truly achieve the promise of Scouting. Beginning with Scouting’s aims and methods, the book moves quickly through every aspect of the program, from troop meetings and outings to fundraising and administration.

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Fresh Start Scoutmaster (or Cubmaster) Minute

The New Year is traditionally a time for beginning again. The thoughts below can be used as a Scoutmaster or Cubmaster Minute to encourage Scouts to look forward to a fresh start rather than focusing on the past.

Fresh Start Scoutmaster Minute

Mary Pickford was a Canadian born actress. She was a star in and a producer of the silent movies of old and she had a significant impact on the early film industry. She also had some ideas about what it means to make a fresh start. She once said

If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

We all make mistakes. We can either focus on what we have done in the past or start anew, trying even harder in the future. Just remember that the real failure in life is letting our past mistakes hold us back from doing the good things we are truly capable of.

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Scoutmaster Minute – Cheerful Service

With Order of the Arrow elections approaching in the coming months, I though I’d share this Scoutmaster minute about cheerful service.  It will help the troop remember what they should be basing their votes on and it should help current OA members remember the ideals they should be trying to live up to.

Scoutmaster Minute – Cheerful Service

Service is part of Scouting. Every Boy Scout must participate in service projects to advance in rank. But service goes beyond advancement requirements. It is part of the growing process. As you move from childhood to adulthood, you progress from only working for what you want to what is good for the community as a whole.

That is why so many good people spend so much time volunteering. Think of all of the adults who help out this troop. They give their time willingly to help you, even though they are busy. These Scouters don’t complain about the commitment. They are happy to spend their precious free time helping you, not because it benefits themselves, but because they know it is a good cause.  They demonstrate cheerful service every week at our meetings.

Next month you will elect new members into the Order of the Arrow. It is a great honor to be elected. When you are making your decision about who to vote for , consider that it is not a popularity contest. Remember, the Order of the Arrow is a “brotherhood of cheerful service”. So when you are voting, think about how the candidates have demonstrated their dedication to the ideals of Scouting. Are they willing to live by the Scout Law, not just when it benefits themselves, but for the good of everyone?

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A Scout’s Prayer by Lord Baden-Powell

This prayer is attributed to Lord Baden-Powell himself. B-P clearly believed that faith was an important component of his Scouting program. So while Scouting is not specific to any particular faith, there is a spiritual aspect to it. This prayer, based on the Scout Law, would be appropriate for most groups of Scouts.

A Scout’s Prayer

Our Father, make us Trustworthy, for there are those who trust us.

Make us Loyal, for through loyalty we reach our highest ideals.

Teach us to be Helpful, for through helpfulness do we forget our selfness.

Make us Friendly, for there are so many who need a friend.

Train us in Courtesy, for courtesy is the carpet on life’s floor.

Make us kind for kindness is the oil in the cogs of life’s machinery.

Insist upon our Obedience, for victory comes only to him who obeys.

Make us Cheerful, for cheerfulness is the green grass among the rocks in the path of life.

Train us in Thrift, for thrifty habits brighten our future.

Make us Brave; brave in the dark and brave in the light; but save us from becoming fakers in bravery.

Help us to be Clean – clean in thoughts, in speech, and in deed. And may we remember that our bodies are Thy holy temples, and that any abuse thereof is to tamper with Thy Great Plans.

Above all, O God, help us to be Reverent toward all things which Thou hast made for our enjoyment when we are in Thy great out-of-doors, among the trees, along the streams, and on the Hillsides. May we know it was Thee who made the waters to flow, the trees to reach heavenward, the mountains to endure to all ages.

In all these things we ask that Thou wilt help us. And may we never forget the Scout Oath to which we all have pledged ourselves, so that through Thy help we may live these points of our Scout Law.


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Scout Law Prayer

Since it is Thanksgiving weekend, I thought I’d go ahead and post another prayer. I came across this prayer in my files a little while ago. I don’t know the origin of this prayer, but it ties in with the Boy Scout Law.

Scout Law Prayer

Dear Lord, Bless all those everywhere who contribute to shape the hearts, minds and bodies of young people. Let us remember what they have taught and apply it daily.

When facing deceit and dishonesty, let us be Trustworthy.
If we see hypocrisy and faithlessness, let us be Loyal.
Where disregard of others and mere materialism prevail, let us be Helpful.
When we find people in despair, let us be Friendly.
In an atmosphere of ill manner, let us be Courteous.
Where some measure manliness in brutality and crudeness, let us be Kind.
Though lawbreaking and rule-scoffing are common, let us be Obedient.
While others grumble and grouch, let us be Cheerful.
In an environment blighted by waste and extravagance, let us be Thrifty.
When confronted with danger and temptation, let us be Brave.
As we see filth and pollution everywhere, let us be Clean.
While witnessing impiety, let us remember to be Reverent.

In short, in a world that has for generation after generation lamented the lack of good examples, let us, as Scouts, stand out, grow up, and be real adults.

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Trustworthy Tommy Song

Webelos need to learn about the Scout Law for their Webelos badge and their Arrow of Light Award. This classic Scout song is a fun way to help them learn it.

Boy Scouts also need to learn the Scout Law for their Scout badge.

Trustworthy Tommy

This song is sung to the tune of Yankee Doodle

Trustworthy Tommy was a Scout,
Loyal to his Mother,
Helpful to the folks about and
Friendly to his brother.

Courteous to a girl he knew,
Kind unto his rabbits
Obedient to his father, too and
Cheerful in his habits.

Thrifty saving for a need
Brave and not a faker
Clean in word and thought and deed and
Reverent to his Maker

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