Use dried gourds to make a birdhouse. If you didn’t grow any yourself, you can probably find some in your area at a farmer’s market or even a craft shop.
Scouts will be interested to learn that the north indicated by their compasses is not really true north. Instead it points to the magnetic north pole, which is not fixed. The difference between true north and magnetic north is called declination.
Bear Achievement 19 – Shavings and Chips – was a favorite with both of my dens. Why? Because it’s all about pocketknives.
If your Cub Scouts attended day camp or resident camp over the summer, you might want to encourage them to work on their Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award.
These guidelines are appropriate for a front country adventure in an area like a park. That is the only type of hiking which is appropriate for Cub Scouts. If you are going on a back country hike, then you need to consider some other safety rules, like bringing a fire source and knife.
Some of you may have Boy Scouts in your families who are in the process of becoming members of the Order of the Arrow. Just when you thought you were getting a grasp on Boy Scouts, they threw something new at you!
Carpentry is another of the historical merit badges which is only being offered this year. This is also a very achievable merit badge for most Scouts. It only requires one project.
Hiking is one of the new additions to the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. I really like this added incentive to get our Cub Scouts outdoors.
This year Fall Fun Rally has been designated the BSA Centennial Year National Venturing Event.
This project is suitable for Webelos working on their Craftsman activity badge. It is simple enough for those not familiar with leatherwork, but it includes the basics of cutting, punching, and stamping.
One of the Scouters at Swift Base offered to do the Tracking merit badge. Thjis is another of the historic merit badges which are only being offered this year to celebrate the BSA 100th anniversary.
Swift offers weeks of summer camp for Venturers and Explorers. Activities include water skiing, tubing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, rappelling, ropes challenge courses, horseback riding, mountain biking, rifle shooting, and archery.
I received an email a few days ago from a Scouter Mom who was doing a nature station at a day camp and wanted information about making the eraser prints for Bear elective 12b. Here is some information about it in case anyone else wants to do this.
One of the requirements for Geologist is to talk about how mountains are formed. This very simple demonstration shows how mountains are formed by tectonic plates coming together.
It is helpful to go over the terminology with Scouts before working on learning a knot. That way we have a common vocabulary to start with.
With all of the first aid information in the various Cub Scout and Boy Scout handbooks, I never come across much information about the one problem we see most frequently at summer camp
Basketry merit badge is always a favorite for our first and second year campers. It doesn’t have a lot of requirements and is pretty straightforward.
This den meeting should take place at a nature center or park where forest trails are available. If you visit a nature center, see if there is a naturalist available to go on a hike with you.
Summertime activities in the outdoors are great, but watch out for poison ivy. The best way to avoid problems is to avoid poison ivy.
This activity for the Webelos Forester activity badge is perfect if the Scouts in your den like to draw.
Homemade neckerchief slides are a Scouting tradition. This slide is a fun way to get Cub Scouts involved in this tradition.
Summer camp is the highlight of the Scout year. It takes a lot of planning beforehand to pull it off smoothly though.
Here is a simple frame craft to fulfill Webelos Craftsman activity badge requirement 3. You can also do this project with younger Cub Scouts if you do the gluing for them.
Camping with a coed Scouting unit presents its own set of concerns and challenges. It is important to have a clearly defined Code of Conduct beforehand.
This is a traditional Scout game which might date back to Baden-Powell himself. It practices Scoutcraft (lashings) as well as cooperation and problem solving.
The Boy Scouts of America have released four historic merit badges for the 100th BSA anniversary. The Pathfinding merit badge is all about finding your way around the local area.
In honor of Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!), today my focus is on the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Astronomy Belt Loop. Help your Scouts reach for the stars by encouraging them to work on this belt loop.
One of the requirements for Bear Elective 1: Space is to locate the North Star and two constellations in the night sky. This printable aid will help find it.
Doing a scavenger hunt while hiking will help scouts really explore the world around them while they are walking. This post includes a suggested list in printable format.
Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics program which encourages responsible use of outdoor resources. The frontcountry guidelines are the guidelines for day-use areas like parks and trails.
A den meeting plan to fulfill Tiger Achievement 5: Let’s Go Outdoors and Tiger Elective 33: Cleanup Treasure Hunt.
Making and collecting neckerchief slides is a Scouting tradition. A neckerchief slide holder will help keep them organized. This project can be used to fulfill one of the Webelos Craftsman activity badge requirements.
Make pinhole planetariums to fulfill Cub Scout Bear Elective 1b. This project involves hammers, nails, and flashlights, so it should be a hit with the Cub Scouts. Includes patterns for the pinholes.
One thing new scouts (and new leaders) often ask the first few times they go camping is “What do I need to bring?” Download a suggested list of personal camping gear.
Get your Cub Scouts outside to work on their Weather Belt Loop. If you don’t have time to do this at a meeting, send a copy of the requirements home with your scouts.
Take the fear out of being a grubmaster for their Boy Scout patrol by giving your scouts an instruction sheet.
A weekend campout planning guide will let your Boy Scout troop share the planning responsibilities for monthly camping trips, but will still provide consistency from one campout to the next.
Make a print using leaves and paint. Cub Scouts can use this to fulfill or enrich Tiger Requirement 5D, Tiger Elective 2, Tiger Elective 12, Wolf Elective 12, Bear Elective 12, Webelos Artist activity badge, or the Art belt loop and pin.
This project will demonstrate the water cycle to scouts. This demonstration can be used with requirement 1 for the Weather belt loop for Cub Scouts or with requirement 6 for the Weather merit badge for Boy Scouts.
Making a terrarium is a great springtime activity. Plus – it reuses a plastic soda bottle, which is great for starting a discussion about Earth Day approaching.