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Journalism Merit Badge for Boy Scouts The Journalism merit badge provides Boy Scouts who like to write or report the news with a way to investigate the various aspects of the journalism profession.
Genealogy Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Boy Scouts who enjoy delving into their family history can earn the Genealogy merit badge. There is a local LDS church which holds a skill center for this badge every year. Some of our scouts have attended and it has sparked an interest in genealogy.
BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan F - Jot It Down Cub Scout Bear den meeting plans are step by step guides to carrying out a den meeting. This plan covers Bear Achievement 18 - Jot It Down.
Computers Pin for Cub Scouts Some kids today seem to be more proficient at using computers than their parents. For your Cub Scouts who know their way around a keyboard and mouse, there is the Computers pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.
Law Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Boy Scouts from our troop often earn the Law merit badge at a skill center at the historic Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis - a great venue to see how law has shaped our history. They even get to have a mock trial in one of the courtrooms.
Reading and Writing Pin for Cub Scouts My kids all enjoy reading. I often find them sitting in a quite corner reading a book. Cub Scouts who are interested in books and writing can earn the Reading and Writing pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.
Collections Merit Badge for Boy Scouts If your Boy Scouts aren't interested in the Coin Collecting merit badge or Stamp Collecting merit badge, maybe they will like the more general Collections merit badge.
Language and Culture Belt Loop for Cub Scouts Children like to learn what is different and what is the same for kids in other countries. Cub Scouts who enjoy learning about life in other parts of the world can earn the Language and Culture belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.
BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 15 - Scholar and Artist BSA provides meeting plans are full of Webelos den meeting ideas. The 15th Webelos den meeting plan covers Scholar activity badge and part of Artist activity badge.
Mathematics Pin for Cub Scouts I have always found science and mathematics fascinating. If you have a Cub Scout who is really into math, have him look at the requirements for the Mathematics pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program.
BSA Bear Den Meeting Plans # 11 - The Past Is Exciting and Important and Information, Please Bear Den Meeting Plans: Bear Achievement 8 – The Past Is Exciting and Important and Bear Achievement 17 – Information Please.
Tips for a Great Table Top Display Table top displays are a way to show off a hobby, collection, event, or other project. Or you can showcase your unit's program. As part of the Hobbies Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts, table top displays are used in a hobby fair to show of each Scout's particular hobby. In addition, for several of the Venturing awards, Venturers must create a table top display.
Chess Pin for Cub Scouts This month I am featuring a chess theme for Cub Scouts. If your Cub Scout has already earned the Chess belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program, and he still wants to learn more, he can work on the chess pin from the same program.
Antichess Game Do you feel like you always lose when you play chess? If you are better at getting your own pieces captured than capturing your opponents pieces, then Antichess is the game for you. In Antichess (sometimes called Suicide Chess or Giveaway Chess) the object is to lose all of your pieces.
Chess Terminology Scramble Puzzle Earlier this month, I wrote about basic chess terms. So today I am presenting a word scramble puzzle to reinforce the meanings of some of those terms.
Atomic Chess Game Do you think regular chess is boring? Then try atomic chess. In atomic chess, pieces don't just capture other pieces, they explode! Both pieces involved in the capture are destroyed along with any in the surrounding area. Sound like fun?
Using Chess Notation Both the Chess pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program and the Chess merit badge for Boy Scouts have requirements related to using chess notation and recording chess games. If you are not familiar with chess notation, this might seem a little daunting, but it really is pretty easy to learn.
Bughouse Chess Game Bughouse (or Bunk House) is a game which helps even the playing field. Basically, there are two teams which simultaneously play chess together. Each player has a direct opponent, but when he captures a piece, he passes it to one of his teammates to play on the board. The key is to have the direct opponents as evenly matched as possible and then to have the teams fairly well balanced in skill level.
Chess Merit Badge for Boy Scouts The new Chess merit badge for Boy Scouts was just launched a few weeks ago. DS is especially excited about this badge. He has always loved chess.
Chess Theme for Scouts This month I am featuring a Chess theme in honor of the launch of the new Chess merit badge. Chess is a game which requires the player to focus, analyze, and think ahead. So this month I will feature awards related to chess as well as some aids to meet the requirements and some fun ways to help beginners learn the game.
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.
Communicating Belt Loop for Cub Scouts Learning how to express ideas is important for people of all ages. Cub Scouts can practice storytelling, writing, and presentation skills by working on the Communicating belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program.
Chess Belt Loop for Cub Scouts Chess is a great game. And it really isn't as difficult to learn as you might think. I know many young kids who can grasp the concepts and play a good game of chess. Chess also teaches kids to look ahead and to stick with something, In today's world of video games and instant gratification, chess teaches Scouts to look, observe, and persevere. I have seen kids who are normally bouncing off the walls sit down and become very absorbed in a chess game.
Communicating Pin for Cub Scouts If you have Cub Scouts who like to read, write, and talk, then they might want to check out the Communicating Pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. They will have to earn the Communicating belt loop first, and then they can choose five of the requirements from the twelve options for the pin.
Scholarship Merit Badge for Boy Scouts School is almost out. Don't let that end of the school year indifference set in. Instead, maybe you can motivate the Scouts in your troop with the Scholarship merit badge.
The Legend of Rip Van Winkle This shortened version of the tale is appropriate for Bear Scouts working on Bear Achievement 4 – Tall Tales
Mathematics Belt Loop for Cub Scouts Today is 3-14. Happy Pi Day! In honor of this special occasion, let's take a look at the Mathematics belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.
Boom Chicka Boom Song The lyrics in the post are the ones we used at the pack meeting. Feel free to add your own variations in the comments.
Reading Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Today is Dr. Seuss's birthday. He was born on March 2nd in 1904. It is also the National Education Association's Read Across America Day. So today I am promoting the Reading merit badge.
Tiger Den Meeting Plan - Making Music This den meeting plan completes Tiger Elective 6 - Song Time and Tiger Elective 7 - Play Along. It also completes the requirements for the Music belt loop.
Music Merit Badge for Boy Scouts With all of the holiday concerts this time of year, some of your Scouts might want to work on the Music merit badge.
Reading and Writing Belt Loop for Cub Scouts Here is a beltloop from the Cub Scouts Academics and Sports Program for the bookworm in your family. After he completes these three requirements, he can start working on the pin.
The Legend of Pecos Bill Here is some information about Pecos Bill for Bears working on Bear Achievement 4 - Tall Tales.
The Legend of Paul Bunyan The story of the Paul Bunyan at a 3rd grade level - written for use with Cub Scout Bear Achievement 4: Tall Tales
The Legend of Bigfoot Tall Tales was one of the activities my den enjoyed doing this past year. The only problem I had was finding versions of the tales which were appropriate for their age and reading levels.
The Legend of The Pony Express The story of the Pony Express at a 3rd grade level - written for use with Cub Scout Bear Achievement 4: Tall Tales