Cub Scout Science Experiments and Ideas

A child playing with silly putty, which is one of the Cub Scout science experiments suggested here.

Cub Scouts love science! It is almost like magic to them. You can spark and interest in science with these Cub Scout science experiments and ideas.

Use these ideas to promote STEM activities to the whole pack or add some spark to your den meetings.

Some Cub Scout Science Experiments and Ideas

Air Pressure Demonstration

Air Pressure Demonstration

This air pressure demonstration would be a fun way to end a pack meeting or den meeting with a science theme. I guarantee that Cub Scouts will have fun blowing up balloons and letting them fly.

Ziploc Bag vs Pencil Experiment

This simple experiment to demonstrate the scientific method is always a hit with the scouts. The results are not usually what they expect. This is one of my favorite Cub Scout science experiments for a crowd.

Invisible Ink Demonstration

An invisible ink demonstration will add fun to any Cub Scout meeting. If they haven’t seen this before, it will really get their attention. This would fit in with any science themed meeting or a communications themed meeting.

Inertia Demonstration

This demonstration fits in well with a science theme. It is a hands on example of Newton’s first law of motion.

Homemade Silly Putty Recipe

Having a science themed meeting with your Scouts? Instead of a craft, make up a batch of silly putty. This stuff is stretchy and fun to play with

Grow a Sugar Crystal

Scouts can grow a sugar crystal with common household supplies. This is a STEM activity they can start at a meeting and then take home with them.

Homemade Model Magic Recipe

try making homemade model magic type dough. Use it to make models and explore science with hands on activities.

A Simple Explanation of the Scientific Method

If you don’t have a background in science, helping your Cub Scout out with this might seem a little intimidating. But the scientific method is really very basic and only involves a few simple concepts. Use this as an introduction to Cub Scout science experiments.

Printable Explanation of the Water Cycle

Get some background information on clouds and rain and the weather. Then go outside and observe.

More Resources

Scouts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Today’s youth must be familiar with the STEM areas – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – to be prepared for the world of tomorrow. BSA programs offer many opportunities for Scouts to experience STEM activities. The Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts), and Venturers allow for in depth studies of STEM fields. There are also opportunities for STEM learning in the achievements for each program.

The Noble Captain Kirk Song

Everyone familiar with the Star Trek series knows how much they like to beam people back and forth the transporter. Sing this song as a tribute to the series before you start your Cub Scout science experiments.


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