A reader asks about how old a Scout should be to work on a merit badge. The Guide to Advancement provides some answers.
Two Cub Scout leaders ask about how to complete the faith related requirements with Cub Scouts who are raised in agnostic homes.
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.
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.
The Pet Pals Cub Scout pack meeting plan features ideas for the core value of compassion- games, group activities, songs, and more.
Larry sent in this helpful suggestion for a site with lots of pioneering projects.
Nancy sent in this question: “I would like ideas for a winter camp that we either play inside or outside in the snow at a cub camp with 3rd year Beavers.”
The best way to handle possible conflicts between unit fundraisers is to talk it out.
All Tiger Cub activities are to be done with an adult partner. The adult partner can be a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc. I’ve even had a college aged sibling do activities with Tiger Cubs.
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.
A reader is looking for a tool to determine if an activity in the community corresponds/matches-up with a requirement toward an Activity Badge for Webelos.
Karen asked this question: “How many boys from a Patrol does there need to be to qualify as doing “anything” as a Patrol?”
A reader asks “What is an adventure trail for Wolf Elective 18?”. An adventure trail is five activities or games set up in different areas of a park.
A reader asks “I have quite a number of different little patches that I would like to give out to my scouts. Is there a list with pictures of what these different patches would be awarded for? “
Reader Evelyn asked this question: Our Webelos are crossing over to Boy Scouts and I was trying to think of a project for the tiger cubs to make or do for the boys crossing over? Just so that the TC can be a part of the excitement. Any ideas?
Arrow points can be confusing. Each part of an elective counts toward arrow points. In addition, Bears can use the requirements from any achievements they did not do as part of the Bear badge.
The Cub Scout core value for the month of February is Resourcefulness. BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Litter to Glitter related to this core value.
For requirements, the Scout must do the requirement as written. The Advisor, consultant, merit badge counselor, etc interprets those requirements to the best of their ability to ensure that the Scout fulfills them. They may not add to or subtract from the requirement.
A Citizenship-themed Pack meeting need not be boring. Add a little fun to your teaching, and good luck!
Karah asks “Is there anything I can do to bring new life to the Crew? ” Readers, what are your ideas for breathing new life into a Crew?
A reader asks “What should we do if we know some of the boys won’t be continuing on to Boy Scouts? What about boys not completing AOL requirements? “
Tracy asked this question: Has anyone had experience combining the wolf and bear dens (due to low numbers)? Is it possible and what is the best way to do this?
A reader’s troop is handing out mothers ribbons to some of the moms at a Court of Honor. How should this be handled since not every mom paid for a ribbon.
This wilderness survival program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with a focus on outdoor skills and survival techniques.
Reader Beth asked “Should I do a Broken Arrow Ceremony for boys who have just come into Scouting in Webelos 1? I did one when the other boys earned the Bear in the Spring, but now I have 3 new boys.”
Do you happen to have an award check list like your Merit Badges? I love your format and would love to either have or put together a template.
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.
What should be on a service hours form for Scouts or units wanting to record their participation in service projects?
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?”
Here are some links which will help you with the food choices and menu planning requirements for the Webelos Fitness activity badge.
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?
The Passport to Other Lands Cub Scout pack meeting plan features ideas for the core value of respect- games, group activities, songs, and more.
Cindy asked if merit badges her son earned before attaining the rank of Eagle can be used toward Eagle palms.
Reader Bruce asked “Does anyone know where I can buy a pin for scouts who completed a 50 mile canoe trip? I would ideally like a paddle shaped pin with 50 Mile on the paddle.”
This cooking program feature for Boy Scouts offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with food and cooking theme. The featured activity for this month is a patrol feast.
Reader Shelley asked “I’m a new Troop Committee Chair and was wondering if anyone has some great questions that they ask their Scouts during their Board of Reviews?” Sometimes committee members struggle to come up with good Board of Review questions.
Den doodles are used to recognize Cub Scouts for participation in activities and any other behavior which needs encouragement.
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.
If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk. Robert Baden-Powell
A reader writes in asking for help with Character Connection activities. See my list of resources and add your own.