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Cub Scout Awards Cub Scouts do not earn badges like Boy Scouts do, but there are a number of supplemental award programs they can work on. They should focus on rank achievements first, but these programs will provide an opportunity for some extra activities.
Pizza Man Song The Pizza Man song is a camp classic. This is one of those songs that has many different versions and they are all fun. All of the catch phrases rhyme (somewhat) with "man" and a lot of emphasis is usually put on the rhyme.
Making a Film Skit The Making a Film skit is one of the most versatile skits in a Scout's arsenal. It can be adjusted to any theme or holiday.
Gifts for Scout Christmas Celebration A Cub Scout leader asks "We plan to have a party before the winter break and wanted to get each boy a little gift. Do you have any suggestions?"
Information from New Scout Moms (or Dads) What do you which you knew when you started out in Scouting? What one piece of advice would you give to a new Scout parent?
BSA Wolf Supplemental Den Meeting Plan J - Machine Power In this idea from the series of BSA Wolf den meeting plans, Wolf Cub Scouts learn about working smarter with machines. This plan covers part of Wolf Elective 8 - Machine Power.
Den Doodles Den doodles are used to recognize Cub Scouts for participation in activities and any other behavior which needs encouragement.
Carve the Pumpkin Halloween Song If you have a den meeting or pack meeting near Halloween, then this song is a fun way to get everyone singing. And it is not just for Cub Scouts! This would be fun at any class party or Halloween party. It is not gory, so it is fine for very young children.
Home Repairs Merit Badge for Boy Scouts If you know a Boy Scout who likes to help out around the house, have him look at the requirements for the Home Repairs merit badge.
Pack Meeting Ideas It's important not to keep repeating the same meetings with Cub Scouts over and over again. By the time they reach the end of their Cub Scouting career they will have been in your pack for over four years. Young kids need variety to keep their interest level.
Bicycle Rodeo Applause A reader asked "Do you any applause that would work for the Bike Rodeo?" so here are an applause, a cheer, and a song you can use at your bicycle rodeo.
Video Games Pin for Cub Scouts I remember a couple of years ago when this recognition was introduced. There was a lot of buzz about an award for video gaming. Hopefully your Cub Scout will learn to use video games responsibly by earning the Video Games pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.
Truck Transportation Merit Badge for Boy Scouts A local trucking company offers Boy Scouts a skill center for the Truck Transportation merit badge every year. The last time our Scouts went, they said they learned a lot, but they were a little disappointed that they didn't get to learn to drive a truck. :-)
Marbles Belt Loop for Cub Scouts Marbles is a classic outdoor game which kids can still enjoy today. So have your Scouts grab a bag of marbles, draw a circle on the ground and earn the Marbles belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.
Pack Meeting Plan for January - Lights, Camera, Action (Positive Attitude) The Cub Scout core value for the month of January is Positive Attitude. BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Lights, Camera, Action related to this core value.
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.
Halloween Craft, Snack, and Game Ideas Craft, game, and snack ideas for your Halloween party or meeting. While some work best for younger kids, others are also appropriate for the older Scouts.
Railroading Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Boy Scouts who are fascinated by trains can earn the Railroading merit badge. Our local Museum of Transportation offers several skill centers for this badge.
Horseback Riding Belt Loop for Cub Scouts (Requirements) Whether you live in an urban or rural area, there are probably horseback riding opportunities available. So find a stable and arrange for your Cub Scouts to earn the Horseback Riding belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.
Whitewater Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Boy Scouts can choose between a canoeing option and a kayaking option when they earn the Whitewater merit badge.
I Like Bananas, Coconuts, and Grapes Song for Cub Scouts I Like Bananas, Coconuts, and Grapes is a very simple song, which makes it a perfect interlude for a Cub Scout meeting. It is sometimes called The Tarzan Song.
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Many of our Boy Scouts earned their Rifle Shooting merit badges at our August campout. Shooting is always a popular activity for our Scouts.
Stamp Collecting Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Boy Scouts can earn the Stamp Collecting merit badge.
Scouting Heritage Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Earning the Scouting Heritage merit badge helps Boy Scouts learn about the history of the Scouting movement and understand how the Boy Scout program developed.
Small-Boat Sailing Merit Badge for Boy Scouts When a few of our Boy Scouts earned their Small-Boat Sailing merit badge a couple of years ago, they would yell "Pirate Adventure!" as they walked down to the waterfront at camp. They loved doing this badge.
Archery Pin for Cub Scouts All of my sons earned the shooting sports recognitions as Cub Scouts, either at day camp or resident camp. If you have a Cub Scout who loves to shoot, find an opportunity for him to earn the Archery pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program.
July Cub Scout Theme - Cubs in Shining Armor (Courage) The newest theme for the July core value of Courage will be a Cubs in Shining Armor theme. This theme will revolve around the ideas of honor and service.
Collecting Belt Loop for Cub Scouts My sons collect all sorts of things. So the really enjoyed earning the Collecting belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. As a den leader, I always did this in conjunction with Wolf Achievement 6 - Start a Collection.
BSA Norman Rockwell's Boy Scouts of America A chronicle of Scouting in America - from campouts, hikes, and pinewood derby races to the Scouts public service initiatives throughout their long history.
Motorboating Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Boy Scouts learn about motor boat operation and safety while working on the Motorboating merit badge.
Beginning Boy Scouts An unofficial guide to help parents, new leaders, and even scouting youth to better understand scouting goals and participate in Boy Scouting
Fishing Pin for Cub Scouts One of the things our pack has done as a springtime activity is a fishing day at a local park. At this event, Cub Scouts can work on their Fishing pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program.
BSA Tiger Den Meeting Plans: #15 – Fun and Games BSA provides a set of Tiger den meeting plans for Cub Scout den leaders. This is a review of the 15th den meeting plan in the series. This den meeting idea covers Tiger Elective 3 – Fun and Games.
BB Shooting Pin for Cub Scouts A couple of years ago, ZM went to a shooting sports day camp offered by our district and earned the BB Shooting pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. Find out what opportunities there are for your Cub Scouts to earn their shooting sports recognitions in your area.
Collecting Pin for Cub Scouts Kids collect all sorts of things - trading cards, bottle caps, rocks, cars. If your Cub Scout has a collection, he can earn the Collecting pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. It will encourage him to organize all of those things which have collected in his room into something he can display and be proud of.
Encouraging a New Boy Scout What steps can a parent take in encouraging a new Boy Scout who has just joined a troop with little or no previous Scouting experience?
BSA Bear Den Meeting 6 - More Sawdust and Nails and Games, Games, Games! This Bear Den Meeting plan completes Bear Achievement 20 – Sawdust and Nails and covers part of Bear Achievement 15 - Games, Games, Games.
Four Facts Game This is an icebreaker game. It would also work well with any activity relating to personal history or storytelling. I think it could also be worked into a discussion about honesty.
Announcements Song The Announcements Song will add some laughs to the dry business parts of your meetings. Sing "Announcements, announcements, announcements" followed by one of the verses and then do an announcement. Sing it again and then do another announcement.
Sleeping Pirate Game This month I am featuring the Cultural Awareness Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts. The meeting plan for week two suggests playing Sleeping Pirate as a opening activity while the Scouts are gathering. This works well for this purpose since it doesn't require much equipment and additional Scouts can join in as they arrive.