The Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge encourages Boy Scouts to explore methods of communication, including Morse code, semaphore, braille, cryptography.
Having a secret code can be fun. There are several simple methods of coding communication so that only those who know the “secret” know what is being said.
Printable checkoff sheet for the Signs, Signals, and Codes to keep track of your patrol’s progress. The check off sheet can be printed directly or saved as a PDF file.
For the Tiger-iffic! adventure, Tigers and their adult partners play games and can even create their own games.
For the Tiger Theater adventure, Tigers and their adult partners learn about acting and theater, whether it be playing charades or putting on a simple play.
For the Aware and Care adventure, Webelos learn about the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
For the Earning Your Stripes adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners practice loyalty and good manners. They also do a service project.
For the Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn about magic, science, secret codes, and other “mysteries”.
For the Howling at the Moon adventure, Wolves practice their communication skills by creating a skit and performing it at a pack campfire program.
In the Camper Arrow of Light core adventure, Webelos learn how to camp and outdoor skills such as geocaching, knot tying, the Outdoor Code, and Leave No Trace.
For the Games Tigers Play adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn about teamwork while playing games. They also explore how active games and nutritious food keep us healthy.
Can a troop place requirements on how a Board of Review must be requested? For example, can a troop require that the Scout request the BOR by phone rather than in person?
Picture Telephone is a visual version of the classic telephone game. Our Crew recently played this during the Communication section of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course.
Sleeping Guard is a fun game for a den. The object of the game is for the Scouts to be quiet enough to sneak up on a blindfolded guard and steal an object. Perfect for a bunch of noisy Cub Scouts!
This weekend our Venturing Crew did the Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). This course teaches Crew members basic leadership skills. There is a corresponding course for Boy Scout troops (ILST).
This month I am featuring the BSA Abracadabra theme for the January Pack meeting. If you want to add some fun to your meeting, perform a simple magic trick. Cub Scouts will love it.
Every now and then people will contact me with a question about how I did this requirement or that. One question I have received a few times is “What are the rules for Tell It Like It Isn’t for Tiger Achievement 4?” The instructions can be found in the Tiger handbook, but I think sometimes […]
I can’t say there is any lesson to be learned from this skit other than don’t forget to bring your tent. And no, this is not my impression of bikers, so don’t write. Nor is a particularly good example of leadership. It’s just boy humor!
A few years back we had a Cubmaster who really enjoyed audience participation segments. The cornier the better! This is a classic along those lines. This would also work to help demonstrate the importance of clear communication when giving instructions.
Association with adults is one of the methods used in both Boy Scouts and Venturing. While these programs are youth-led, there are still adults present to mentor and help the youth leaders.