Scouting programs spark an interest in culture, history, and art. Scouts learn about music, design, family history, other cultures, and American history. Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts), and Venturers learn to appreciate beauty, learn from the past, and discover new paths to creativity. See some examples below.
Tiger Tales Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Tiger Tales is one of the Tiger elective adventures. For this adventure, Tigers and their adult partners learn about folk history through tall tales. They also visit a historical museum or site.
Webelos/AOL Build It Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Build It is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Build It adventure, Webelos learn about using tools safely and carpentry. Then they use what they have learned to build a project.
Days of Knights and Damsels: An Activity Guide
Looking for some medieval ideas for your Cub Scouts? This book of knightly fun will add some pizzazz to your pack and den activities.
Passport to Other Lands Cub Scout Theme (Respect)
The Passport to Other Lands meeting plan features ideas for the core value of respect- games, group activities, songs, and more. These focus on the value of respect.
Tiger Theater Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Tigers learn about some creative ways to communicate for the Tiger Theater Adventure. The Cub Scouts learn about puppet shows, reader’s theater, and pantomime. They also put on a little show of their own and watch a play or attend a story time at a library.
Tiger Family Stories Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Documents
Family Stories is one of the Tiger elective adventures. For this adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn about their family heritage and make a family tree.
Tiger Stories in Shapes Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Stories in Shapes is one of the Tiger elective adventures. For this adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn about art and explore their own creativity.
Webelos/AOL Maestro Adventure Helps and Documents
Maestro! is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Maestro! adventure, Webelos learn about music from singing songs to musical instruments.
Webelos/AOL Art Explosion Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Art Explosion is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Art Explosion adventure, Webelos learn about all types of art - drawing, painting, sculpture, origami, digital art, graphic design, photography, comics, and more.
Turn Back the Clock Cub Scout Theme (Resourcefulness)
A supplemental meeting plan theme called Turn Back the Clock was provided by BSA a few years ago. "When you look back in time, it is easy to find many examples of resourcefulness, using human and other resources to their fullest. Whether it is the Ice Age, the Wild West, the Space Age, or the 1950s, each time period had people with goals who used the resources available to them to make their lives better."
Living History Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA
The Living History feature lets Scouts experience different cultures, times, and places in an interactive and hands on manner. They witness reenactments and learn about historical events and different ways of life.
National Trivia Day
January 4 is National Trivia Day. It celebrates all of those little bits of knowledge. This can be a fun one to celebrate with Scouts of all ages. Here are some ideas.
Make a Mbira from Bobby Pins
A mbira is a "thumb piano" of African origin. Music is made by plucking metal tines. Almost Unschoolers shows how to make a mbira from bobby pins, craft sticks, and thumbtacks.
Fearful Symmetry Cub Scout Nova Award (Mathematics) Helps and Documents
Fearful Symmetry is the Cub Scout Nova Award for investigating the properties of symmetry. To earn this award, Scouts must complete one of their adventure related to patterns and symmetry. They explore how symmetry is found in art and nature.
Native American Cub Scout Theme
Introducing Native American themes to Cub Scouts can be a way to teach our younger Scouts how to appreciate different cultures. It should be done in a respectful way which honors the traditions of the First Americans.
Historic Trails Program
This award recognizes young men and women in Scouts BSA and Venturing who have planned and executed a historic outdoor activity in cooperation with a local society.
Family Tree Template
Helping Scouts look back at their family heritage fits in with the Turn Back the Time program theme. Scouts can download this family tree template to write in their family back to their great grandparents.
Genealogy Requirements and Non Traditional Families
How do you do Cub Scout genealogy requirements when you have children from non-traditional families who may not know who their grandparents or even parents are?
New Year’s Day
On New Year's Day we remember the past year and look to the future. You probably aren't meeting on New Year's Day, but if you are meeting near this date you can add some time related activities for fun with these ideas.
The Legend of Pecos Bill
Here is some information about Pecos Bill written at a Cub Scout reading level. After they read the story, talk about how tall tales incorporated real ideas.
Crafts for Scouts
Crafts can be used to complete rank advancement requirements or just for fun. Crafts are especially important as a way for boys and girls in the Cub Scout program to express themselves and develop creativity. Do you have a craft that you’d like to share? Contact me and I’ll share it here with a picture of your creation.
The Legend of Rip Van Winkle
This shortened version of the tall tale of Rip Van Winkle is appropriate for Cub Scouts
Bear Paws for Action Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Paws for Action is one of the Bear required adventures. For this adventure, Bears learn about history, law enforcement, and conservation.
The Legend of Bigfoot
Tall Tales was one of the activities my den enjoyed doing this past year. The only problem I had was finding versions of the tales which were appropriate for their age and reading levels.
Outdoor Living History Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To complete the Outdoor Living History elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must research a culture and time period, learn to participate in that history, and teach others about what they have learned.
Science Fiction Day
January 2 is Science Fiction Day. This day encourages everyone to pick up a science fiction book and immerse themselves in a new reality. Science fiction encourages us to consider that the world can be different than it is now - better or worse - and our actions will make an impact on the future. So read a book, sing a song or play a game saluting Star Wars or Star Trek. Some books, songs, and games are suggested in this article.
How to Make a Simple Rainstick
Kix cereal has an article which gives step-by-step instructions to make a rainstick from common household materials. A rainstick is an instrument which sounds like rain when you turn it.
The Legend of Paul Bunyan
The story of the Paul Bunyan at a Cub Scout reading level . It includes a variety of tall tales from Paul Bunyan lore.
Faith and Our Ancestors Game
The Faith and Our Ancestors Game is an icebreaker activity with a genealogy twist. Players ask each other questions about how they think their ancestors lived.
Songs for Scouts
These songs for Scouts are a fun way to add some fun to a meeting or to get everyone involved in a campfire program. What’s your favorite song? Do you have the lyrics or a video of it? Contact me and I’ll share it here.
Bear A World of Sound Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Bear Cub Scouts learn about musical instruments from around the world while working on the A World of Sound adventure. They make a mbira, a sistrum, and a rain stick .
Doctor Seuss Day
Dr. Seuss Day is a day to celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the wonderful books he wrote, and reading in general.
Tips for Starting a Collection
There are several Scouting achievements related to collecting. So how do you start a collection? Here are some tips to get started.
The Legend of The Pony Express
The story of the Pony Express at a Cub Scout level. Can be used to introduce the concept of storytelling.
Audience Participation – The Story of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
This an audience participation story about the cold winter when Paul Bunyan found Babe the Blue Ox. A few words and names are repeated throughout the story. Your audience will be divided into groups and assigned a word or name. Whenever they hear it, they must say something - loudly and with enthusiasm - and do an action. Cub Scouts usually enjoy these "action stories".
Project Family Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Project Family is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Project Family adventure, Webelos learn about family history and discover different ways they can participate as a family member.
Webelos/AOL Moviemaking Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Documents
Moviemaking is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Webelos Movie making adventure, Webelos learn write a story and make a movie.
International Strange Music Day
International Strange Music Day is a day to listen to new types of music. We all have our favorite music, but this day encourages us to listen to a new genre and appreciate different types of music. Here are some ways to celebrate this day with your Scouting program.
Wolf Digging in the Past Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Documents
Digging in the Past is one of the Wolf Cub Scout elective adventures. For the Digging in the Past adventure, Wolves learn about dinosaurs and fossils.
Circle Art – A Simple Activity to Explore Art
This circle art project uses circles to create a mosaic based on circular shapes. All you need is card stock, cardboard, scissors, and contact paper. And maybe some circular items for tracing.
Bear Beat of the Drum Adventure Helps and Documents
Beat of the Drum is one of the Bear elective adventures. For the Beat of the Drum adventure, Bears learn about native American culture.
Tips for Coin Collectors from Scout Life Magazine
Scout Life magazine has some tips and tricks for new coin collectors. These tips will help you get started and become a collector in no time. And they will help you appreciate and understand your coins.
Webelos/AOL Looking Back Looking Forward Adventure Helps and Documents
Looking Back Looking Forward is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Looking Back, Looking Forward adventure, Webelos learn about the past and create a time capsule.
My Story Mystery Game
The My Story Mystery Game is a great way to get to know some "history" about a group of individuals. It makes a great icebreaker. It can also serve as an introduction to a discussion about oral history and storytelling.
Here is a silly song for the Cub Scouts to sing on Thanksgiving. Use this for any of the Cub Scout music requirements
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