Cub Scout Archives: Language and Culture Belt Loop and Pin

Language and Culture Belt Loop and Pin

The Language and Culture 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 Language and Culture Belt Loop while a Webelos also complete requirement 6 for the Scholar activity badge.

Language and Culture Belt Loop and Pin Requirements

When Must Belt Loop and Pin Requirement Be Fulfilled

Emily sent in this question

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)? Or can they work on the requirements throughout their entire year in scouts. I had a den leader turn in a bicycling BL for a boy who refuses to bike and therefore did not complete requirement 3 of riding for at least half an hour. She says she’s sure he’s ridden for half an hour sometime in the last 2 years. Thanks for your help.

Emily is referring to the belt loops and pins which can be earned in the Academics and Sports program. 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.

The only exception is when Webelos are earning belt loops and pins to fulfill activity badge requirements. In this case, they must do all of the requirements since becoming Webelos. This is true even if they have earned the belt loop or pin in the past as a Tiger, Wolf, or Bear.

This will be a moot point soon since the Academics and Sports program will be discontinued as of May 2015.

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Who Can Earn Belt Loops

Auntie Scout sent in this question:

Can grade 2 children (He’s currently earning his Wolf Badge) earn Belt Loops? Can he earn the Pet Care belt loop if he hasn’t fulfilled all the Wolf achievements?

Any Cub Scout can work on the belt loops and pins in the Academics and Sports program at any time. This is a supplemental program though, so doing the achievements for the Wolf badge should be his first priority. But if he is interested in one of the areas in the Academics and Sports program, such as pet care, and he is making progress on Wolf, then yes, he should work on the belt loop.

The Academics and Sports program will be discontinued in May 2015 when the changes to the Cub Scout program are rolled out.

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December Cub Scout Theme: Passport to Other Lands (Respect)

BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. One theme for the December core value of Respect s a Passport to Other Lands theme.

Here is what the  program helps say about this theme:

Today we recognize that people of many different nationalities live in our communities. Learning about the ways of others helps lead to understanding, which in turn leads to respect. Respect means showing regard for the worth of something or someone. This month we focus on having respect for others by learning about the customs, religions, foods, and traditions of our friends from other countries.

Cub Scouts will enjoy learning about different cultures and traditions. If you have parents or Scouts who were born or lived in other lands, they can share what they personally have experienced.  Or have a party with traditions and games from other countries. Below are some other requirements and recognitions you can  tie in with this theme.

December Cub Scout Theme: Passport to Other Lands (Respect)

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Language and Culture Pin for Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts who are interested in other parts of the world can earn their Language and Culture pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. Maybe it will even interest them enough to find a Scout in another country who is interested in being a pen pal.

Language and Culture Pin Requirements

Earn the Language and Culture belt loop, and complete seven of the following requirements:

  1. Earn the BSA Interpreter Strip.
  2. Write the numbers 1-10 in Chinese or another number system other than the one we normally use (we use the Arabic system).
  3. Visit an embassy, consulate, or chargé d’affaires for another country.
  4. Make a display of stamps or postcards of another country. Explain the importance or symbolism of the things depicted to that country’s culture.
  5. Learn 30 words in a language other than your own. Practice saying these words with your den or an adult family member.
  6. Learn a song in another country’s language. Sing he song for your den or an adult family member, and then tell what the words mean.
  7. Say five words in American Sign Language. One of these words could be your first name.
  8. Visit a restaurant that specializes in recipes from another country.
  9. Watch a TV show or movie in a foreign language. Tell how easy or difficult it was to understand what was happening.
  10. With your parent’s or adult partner’s permission, interview an interpreter. Find out what his or her job is like.
  11. Make a list of 30 things around your home that were made in another country.
  12. Read a book or story about an immigrant to the United States.
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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.

Webelos who earn the Language and Culture Belt Loop while a Webelos also complete requirement 6 for the Scholar activity badge.

Language and Culture Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:

  1. With your parent’s or adult partner’s permission, talk with someone who grew up in a different country than you did. Find out what it was like and how it is different from your experience.
  2. Learn 10 words that are in a different language than your own.
  3. Play two games that originated in another country or culture.
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December Cub Scout Theme – Holiday Lights (Respect)

BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. One theme for the December core value of  Respect is  a Holiday Lights  theme.

Here is what the  program helps say about this theme:

Many of our holiday traditions this month involve lights—the star of Bethlehem, miracle of the lamps, the morning star that enlightened Buddha, the bonfires at yule. We show respect for the customs of others by sharing our holiday traditions with the pack and den: lights on a Christmas tree, candles on a menorah for Hanukkah, or on a Kwanzaa kinara. Boys can light the way this month by brightening someone’s holiday season while learning more about how others celebrate this season.

So this theme will revolve around the ideas of cultures and service. Below you’ll find some ways to form your pack and den programs around this theme.

You might also want to check my Winter Wonderland theme and my Christmas theme.

December Cub Scout Theme – Holiday Lights (Respect)

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Wolf Cub Scouts

Bear Cub Scouts

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Interpreter Strips

An interpreter strip shows which foreign languages a Scout is familiar with.  It is worn above the “Boy Scouts of America” strip on the uniform. This emblem can be worn by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Varsity Scouts, or adults.

BSA supply carries interpreter strips in stock for a number of languages and American Sign Language. If the language is not available, ask at your local scout shop about obtaining a custom interpreter strip.

In May 2012, BSA introduced an interpreter strip for Morse Code. This strip shows Morse spelled out in Morse Code. Neat!

Cub Scouts who earn an interpreter strip fulfill one of the requirements for the Language and Culture pin.

Interpreter’s Strip for Spoken Language or Sign Language

Show your knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired by:

  1. Carrying on a 5-minute conversation in this language.
  2. Translating a 2-minute speech or address.
  3. Writing a letter in the language (Does not apply for sign language)
  4. Translating 200 words or more from the written word.

Interpreter’s Strip for Morse Code

Show your knowledge of Morse Code by

  1. Carrying on a five-minute conversation in Morse Code at a speed of at least 5 words per minute.
  2. Copying correctly a two-minute message sent in Morse Code at a minimum of 5 words per minute. Copying means writing the message down as it is received.
  3. Sending a 25 word written document in Morse Code at a minimum of 5 words per minute.
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Ideas for December Pack Meeting – Respect

The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of December is respect. The program helps give this explanation of respect: “Showing regard for the worth of someone or something. Through interacting with pack families, Cub Scouts will develop appreciation and respect for different families and traditions. Through pack service projects, they will learn to treat the environment with care.”

So that gives us some general ideas. How can you incorporate this into your Pack meeting? Here are a few ideas:

What are your ideas for December? Comment below.

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Helps 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. […]

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