Cub Scout Archives: Chess Belt Loop and Pin

Chess Belt Loop and Pin

The Chess belt loop and pin are part of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. This program gives Cub Scouts the opportunity to receive recognition for exploring different areas of interest.

Webelos who earn the Chess Belt Loop while a Webelos also complete requirement 8 for the Scholar activity badge.

Chess Belt Loop Requirements

Chess Pin Requirements

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Bicycling Belt LoopWhen Must Belt Loop and Pin Requirement Be Fulfilled  A reader asks "In working on BL and pin requirements, do the scouts need to complete the requirements during a current "year" (their Wolf or Bear year for example)? " The requirements are not year specific, so we have always allowed our Cub Scouts to work on the requirements at any time since they joined Cub Scouting.


Pet Care Belt LoopWho Can Earn Belt Loops  A reader asks when a Cub Scout may work on a belt loop. Any Cub Scout can work on the belt loops and pins in the Academics and Sports program at any time.


More Ideas for January Pack Meeting - Positive Attitude  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of January is Positive Attitude. According to the program helps, this means being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.


Chess PinChess 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.


Chess Pieces on Chess BoardAntichess 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.


Checkerboard Cake PanCheckerboard Cake  Since I am featuring a chess theme this month, I thought I'd suggest making a checkerboard cake which will look similar to a chess board when sliced as a snack to go along with this theme. One easy way to make a checkerboard cake is with a special checkerboard cake pan.


Chess RookAtomic 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?


Chess BoardUsing 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.


Chess Pieces on Chess BoardBughouse 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 Pieces on Chess BoardChess Terminology  I always go over terminology first when introducing something new to Cub Scouts. This is a good practice for Boy Scouts and Venturers to learn also whenever they are doing skill instruction. So if you are having a chess themed meeting or activity, make sure you are all speaking the same language first. These are some very basic definitions to get you started.


Boy Playing ChessChess 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.


Chess Belt LoopChess 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.


Ideas for June Pack Meeting – Perseverance  The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of June is Perseverance. According to the program helps perseverance is: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.


Cub Scout Academics and Sports ProgramHelps and Requirements for the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Belt Loops and Pins  The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program gives Cub Scouts the opportunity to receive recognition for exploring different areas of interest. Cub Scouts earn belt loops which can be worn on the official Cub Scout belt when they investigate one of these areas. When they explore one of the topics further, they earn a pin. The pins are not worn on the uniform.