Monday, May 4, 2020
“May the fourth be with you!” Happy Star Wars Day. Engage your Scouts with these Star Wars and space related ideas:
Pin Hole Planetariums
Pinhole planetariums are fun for Scouts to make because the creation process involves hammers, nails, and flashlights. And they encourage Scouts to look up at the night sky to see what they have learned about constellations.
Use the Force Star Wars Game
The idea of this game is for each player to "use the force" to keep a balloon on a pool noodle light saber.
Dock Your Flying Saucer Game
The idea of this game is to put the flying saucer (a Frisbee) in its space dock (a box). This is a good game for indoors or out.
Star Wars Song
A while back, I posted the Fast Food Song. This week, I have a Star Wars song with the same tune. Sure, Star Wars isn't science, but it is science fiction and it's fun. That's enough reason to use it to add some pizazz to any science themed meeting.
Finding the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the Little Dipper
One of the requirements for Bear Elective 1: Space is to locate the North Star and two constellations in the night sky. This printable aid will help find it.
Astronaut Pudding Recipe
This makes a great snack for any space themed meeting. We used it when ZM's den worked on Bear Elective 1 - Space. It can be a little messy, so we went outside.
Dad’s Favorite Star Cookies Recipe
Here is another Christmas cookie. These are not very sweet. ZM and LC like to sprinkle these with colored sugar before we bake them.
Out of This World Cub Scout Nova Award (Space Exploration Science) Helps and Documents
Out of This World is the Cub Scout Nova Award for space exploration science. To earn this award, Cub Scouts explore topics such as planets, space, space exploration, or astronomy. They must also complete one of their adventures related to astronomy, health, or design or they must do a related investigation.
Science Theme for Cub Scouts
Cub Scouts love science! It is almost like magic to them. You can spark and interest in science with these ideas, achievements, and activities which are related to science.
Tiger Sky Is the Limit Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Sky Is the Limit is one of the Tiger elective adventures. For this adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn about astronomy and do some star gazing.
Astronomy Merit Badge Helps and Documents
Scouts who are doing the requirements for the Astronomy merit badge learn about telescopes, binoculars, light pollution, planets, stars, and constellations. They visit a planetarium, spend some time observing the sky, or host a star party. They also explore careers related to astronomy.
Astronomy Word Search Puzzle
This word search puzzle features astronomy terms. Use it as a gathering activity at a space themed meeting or for an astronomy related achievement. It would work well with the Astronomy Merit Badge or the Out of this World Nova Award for Cub Scouts.
Gifts for a Someone Who Loves Star Wars
A reader is looking for a gift for someone in the Scouting unit who loves Star Wars. I was asked for suggestions, so here are some in a wide range of prices.
Draw the Solar System Worksheet
If you are working on an astronomy related achievement, a good place to start is by learning about the solar system. Here is a worksheet I created which will help get you started.
Space Cub Scout Theme
Thinking about space can encourage the imagination and spark an interest in science and engineering. Cub Scouts find these topics fascinating.