Sustainability Merit Badge

Sustainability Merit Badge

The Sustainability Merit Badge was added as a new merit badge in the summer of 2013. This badge focuses on lifestyle adaptations which use our planet’s natural resources more wisely.

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Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout painting

Crossover Bridge Design

Chip sent in this question: “Hi, We are looking to build a crossover bridge and was wondering if you know where we could find some plans Thanks, Chip”

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Wolf Say It Right

BSA Wolf Supplemental Den Meeting Plan O – Say It Right

Today’s plan is a supplemental den meeting plan in which Wolf Cub Scouts learn about language and storytelling to fulfill some requirements from Wolf Elective 22 – Say It Right.

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April Cub Scout Theme – Soaring the Skies (Faith)

One theme for the April Cub Scout core value of Faith is a Soaring the Skies theme. This theme focuses on depending on faith to reach lofty goals.

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Mining in Society

Mining in Society Merit Badge

The Mining in Society merit badge encourages Boy Scouts to learn more about how materials are obtained, the different types of mining, safety and environmental concerns in the mining industry, and careers in mining.

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Pet Care Belt Loop

Who 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.

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Hispanic Man, Woman and Child having fun in the park.

BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan P – Family Fun

In this idea from the Bear den meeting plans, Cub Scouts go on a short trip with their families for one of the requirements for Achievement 10 – Family Fun.

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Backpacking Troop Program Feature

This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Boy Scout troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.

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US Flag

Flag Retirement and Grommets

A reader asks about what to do with the grommets after a flag retirement ceremony. What are your opinions?

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Programming Merit Badge

Programming Merit Badge

Today’s youth are more and more connected via technology. Understanding programming will help them understand how to use that technology safely and effectively.

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Cub Scout Awards

Cub Scout Badges and Awards

Kristy asked about Cub Scout badges and awards. The Cub Scout advancement program can be confusing. Here is an explanation, but it will be changing in about a year.

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Sportsman Bicycling

BSA Arrow of Light Den Meeting Plan 14 – Sportsman

In this idea from the Webelos den meeting plans, Cub Scouts learn about cycling safety, go for a bike ride, and earn their Bicycling Belt Loop.

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Boy Scout Merit Badges

Age Requirements for Merit Badges

A reader asks about how old a Scout should be to work on a merit badge. The Guide to Advancement provides some answers.

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Cub Scouts - Strong Values - Strong Leaders - Character Counts

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.

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Silent Prayer

Faith Requirements for Cub Scouts and Agnostics

Two Cub Scout leaders ask about how to complete Wolf Achievement 11 – Duty to God with Cub Scouts who are raised in agnostic homes.

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Bear Cub Scout Build a Model

BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan O – Build a Model

In this idea from the Bear den meeting plans, Cub Scouts take a trip to see a building model for the requirements for Bear Achievement 21 – Build a Model.

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Going on a Bear Hunt

Like many skits, it has multiple versions. It is actually based on the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

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An Unconventional Arrow of Light Award

Stephen made a light up Arrow of Light for his son and was kind enough to send in pictures and instructions if anyone else would like to make one.

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March Pack Meeting Plan – Pet Pals (Compassion)

The Pet Pals Cub Scout pack meeting plan features ideas for the core value of compassion- games, group activities, songs, and more.

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CyberChip

Cyber Chip Program

The BSA Cyber Chip program encourages Scouts to learn how to use their electronic devices safely. Some of the issues the program addresses are protecting personal information, cyber bullying, appropriate use of social media, cell phones, texting, and netiquette.

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