BSA provides Webelos den meeting ideas for Cub Scout den leaders on the Scouting.org website. The thirteenth in the Arrow of Light series of Webelos den meeting plans covers part of the Communicator Activity Badge. Webelos visit a library, learn how to use computers, and earn their Computers Belt Loop during this meeting.
It might be difficult to fit all of these activities into one meeting. Split this plan into two meetings if necessary.
If you don’t already have the BSA Webelos den meeting plans, download BSA Arrow of Light Meeting Plan 13 to follow along with this article.
Webelos Den Meeting Plans: Communicator
Preparation and Before the Meeting
Arrange to visit a library and use the computers there. You can visit a public library or a school library.
If all of your Webelos have access to computers at home, some parts of this meeting could be done at home and brought to the meeting, such as writing a letter to a friend on the computer. Look at the activities and decide which would be better done at home. Then the Webelos can just tell what they did at the meeting.
See my gathering activities page for some ideas. Or make thank you notes for the library you are visiting.
Hand out recognition items.
This whole meeting focuses on computers. They can start by sharing the letters they wrote for requirement 11:
Use a personal computer to write a letter to a friend or relative. Create your letter, check it for grammar and spelling, and save it to a disk. Print it.
Also do requirement 12:
Under the supervision of a parent or other trusted adult, search the Internet and connect to five Web sites that interest you
Be careful with this one. I recommend you give them a choice of a few different topics to search for. Pre-search these topics using the same search engine to make sure nothing unseemly comes up.
Requirement 13 is also best done at home. They can just tell who they emailed:
Under the supervision of a parent or other trusted adult, exchange e-mail with a friend or relative.
Requirement 14 is to earn the Computers belt loop. They did the third requirement when they printed their letter to their friend.
While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Academics belt loop for Computers. Complete these three requirements:
1. Explain these parts of a personal computer: central processing unit (CPU), monitor, keyboard, mouse, modem, and printer.
2. Demonstrate how to start up and shut down a personal computer properly.
3. Use your computer to prepare and print a document.
The librarian where you are visiting will probably be happy to help you with Requirement 6:
With your den or your family, visit a library and talk to a librarian. Learn how books are cataloged to make them easy to find. Sign up for a library card if you don’t already have one
Next do requirement 4:
Identify and discuss with your den as many different methods of communication as you can (at least six different methods)
There are many examples in the downloadable den meeting plan.
Finally do requirement 3:
Invent a sign language or a picture writing language and use it to tell someone a story.
Let them use their imaginations. Webelos can usually come up with something clever for this one.
After the Meeting
Have the Webelos thank the librarians. Don’t forget to ask some parents to help you with the next meeting.