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Hiking Belt LoopHiking Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  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.

 

venturinglogoFall Fun Rally | BSA Centennial Year National Venturing Event  This year Fall Fun Rally has been designated the BSA Centennial Year National Venturing Event.

 

HammerLeather Bookmark Project  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.

 

BSA Centennial LogoHistorical Merit Badges | Tracking  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.

 

Sailing at Swift BaseCamping at Swift Base  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.

 

CraftsEraser Prints of Animal Tracks  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.

 

Geology How Mountains Are Formed by Tectonic Plate Collision  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.

 

RopeKnot Terminology  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.

 

First aidHow to Prevent Chafing at Camp  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 BadgeBasketry Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  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.

 

Webelos Forester Activity BadgeWebelos Forester Activity Badge Den Meeting Plan  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.

 

Poison IvyPoison Ivy Fact and Fiction  Summertime activities in the outdoors are great, but watch out for poison ivy. The best way to avoid problems is to avoid poison ivy.

 

TreeDraw the Layers of the Forest  This activity for the Webelos Forester activity badge is perfect if the Scouts in your den like to draw.

 

Wolf Neckerchief SlideWolf Neckerchief Slide Craft  Homemade neckerchief slides are a Scouting tradition. This slide is a fun way to get Cub Scouts involved in this tradition.

 

Summer CampPlanning for Summer Camp  Summer camp is the highlight of the Scout year. It takes a lot of planning beforehand to pull it off smoothly though.

 

HammerTwig Picture Frame Craft  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.

 

venturinglogoCamping With a Coed Venture Crew  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.

 

RopeSnapper Fishing Game  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.

 

BSA Centennial LogoHistorical Merit Badges | Pathfinding  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.

 

Astronomy Belt LoopAstronomy Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  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.

 

SpaceFinding the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the Little Dipper  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.

 

LeafOutdoor Scavenger Hunt  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 TraceLeave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines  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.

 

TreeTiger Den Meeting Plan – Let’s Go Outdoors  A den meeting plan to fulfill Tiger Achievement 5: Let's Go Outdoors and Tiger Elective 33: Cleanup Treasure Hunt.

 

Neckerchief Slide HolderNeckerchief Slide Holder  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.

 

SpacePin Hole Planetariums  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.

 

Camping EquipmentCamping Packing List  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.

 

Weather Belt LoopWeather Belt Loop for Cub Scouts  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.

 

GrubmasterHelp for Grubmasters  Take the fear out of being a grubmaster for their Boy Scout patrol by giving your scouts an instruction sheet.

 

lanternWeekend Campout Planning Guide  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.

 

LeafLeaf Print Craft  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.

 

WeatherWater Cycle Demonstration  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.

 

Earth DayMake a Soda Bottle Terrarium  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.

 

BirdYour Living World - Printable Match Puzzle and Key  This puzzle would make a good gathering activity for a meeting focused on Wolf Achievement 7 - Your Living World.

 

CraftsSeed Mosaics Craft  Here's a spring craft idea for all of you Tiger leaders. Have the scouts make a seed mosaic to give to mom for Mother's Day. You can even fulfill Tiger elective 2: Make a decoration with your family or den. Display it or give it to someone as a gift.

 

GrubmasterSharing the Grocery Shopping Load   The Committee recommended that the patrol leaders try to convince some of the other scouts to take a turn.

 

HorsesHorseback Riding  The troop is going horseback riding at Beaumont Scout Reservation this weekend. Hopefully it won't rain