What is Scoutcraft? It is all of the skills which Scouts learn as part of their Scouting adventure. Scoutcraft is knot tying. Scoutcraft is learning to navigate with a map and compass. Scoutcraft is using knives, axes, and other tools safely around camp. Scoutcraft is building a fire to stay warm or cook a meal.
Scouts BSA Second Class Navigation Requirements Helps and Documents
Second Class requirement 3 is related to map and compass skills. Scouts learn how to use these tools. Then they put these skills to use on a hike. They also learn about hiking safely.
Scouts BSA First Class Navigation Requirements Helps and Documents
First Class requirement 4 is related to map and compass skills. Scouts learn to complete an orienteering course and how to use GPS.
Totin’ Chip Certification
A Scout who completes the requirement for the Totin' Chip certification shows that he or she has the knowledge and skills to safely handle wood tools, such as an ax, hatchet, pocketknife, or hand saw.
Orienteering Scavenger Hunt
This game requires some setup, but it is a fun way to introduce Webelos and Scouts BSA to orienteering. You can just set up one course and have them all do it together, or you can set up two or three courses and split them into groups. The courses don’t have to be long. Three points make a fine course. If you have different teams, use different colors of paper to designate which clues are for which teams.
Scouts BSA Second Class Cooking and Tools Requirements Helps and Documents
Second Class requirement 2 is related to cooking and outdoor skills. Scouts learn how to prepare a fire, cook outdoors, safely prepare and store foods, and tie some knots.
Orienteering Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA
The Orienteering feature teaches Scouts to navigate unfamiliar territory using a map and compass. It also introduces them to the sport of orienteering, where participants race to find markers called controls.
Scouts BSA First Class Tools Requirements Helps and Documents
First Class requirement 3 is about knots. Scouts learn to tie a few different types of knots and then use the skill to make something useful.
Make a Fake Pocket Knife for Safety Demonstrations
When discussing pocket knife safety with Cub Scouts, they demonstrated their safety knowledge with a fake pocket knife made from cardboard.
Pioneering Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA
The Pioneering feature teaches Scouts how to build structures and gadgets using rope, spars, creativity, and knot skills.
Fire Safety with Cub Scouts
I like to review some fire safety rules with my Webelos before the fire is built. That way they all know the expectations.
Scouts BSA Tenderfoot Knots and Tools Requirements Helps and Documents
Scouts working on the Tenderfoot rank learn the basic knots they need to use in the outdoors. They also learn how to care for their tools and how to use them safely.
The Science of Fire – The Fire Triangle
Knowledge of fire safety and the fire triangle is an essential outdoor skill. Scouts should understand the science of fire when camping. Newer scouts often struggle to get a fire going. Understanding the way fire works and what is required to start and sustain a fire not only helps them build fires. It also helps scouts know how to contain fires and put them out.
Land Navigation Ranger Core Requirement Helps and Documents
To earn the Land Navigation core requirement for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn and practice map and compass skills and then teach those skills to others.
Bear Claws Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Documents
Bear Claws is one of the Bear required adventures For this adventure, Bears learn how to use their pocketknives safely and carve a couple of items.
We Don’t Have a Skit Skit
The We Don't Have a Skit skit is great because it can be used with any number of Scouts. It is also a good skit to do with younger Scouts because they don't have to remember many lines.
Baloo the Builder Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Bear Cub Scouts make simple wooden projects while doing the Baloo the Builder adventure. They also learn about choosing the appropriate tool and tool safety.
What Is a Fuzz Stick and How Do You Make One?
A fuzz stick is a fire starting aid and a good way to practice knife skills. A fuzz stick is a stick which has been shaved on the side, leaving thin scraps of wood. These scraps catch fire easily, which helps get your fire going.
Whittling Chip Card Corners
A reader asks about cutting the corners from a Whittling Chip card when the owner commits a safety infraction.
Square Knot Song and Overhand Knot Song
Marianna from Pack 377 in Fort Meade, MD sent in these two songs which she made up to help teach herWolves about square knots and overhand knots.
The Parts of a Map Lesson
This short video from Leap Frog shows the different parts of a map including the compass rose, legend, and scale. It describes how these parts are used to read the map.
Hiking Stick Project
Cub Scouts love to get their pocketknives out and strip bark from fallen sticks. Why not make it into a hiking stick project?
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.
How to Build a Fire Skit
Skits can be a great way to start an instruction program. They get everyone's attention focused. I saw this How to Build a Fire skit at a camporee, but it would also work as an introduction to a session on fire building
Projects for Scouts
Projects for Scouts give youth an opportunity to build something useful. Make sure your project is appropriate for the age group and don't forget about safety instruction for any tools you will be using.
Whittling Chip Certification
When a Cub Scout earns his or her Whittling Chip, that means he or she is ready to handle a knife safely. Most units give the Cub Scout a Whittling Chip card upon completing these requirements.
Wolf Finding Your Way Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Finding Your Way is one of the Wolf Cub Scout elective adventures. For the Finding Your Way adventure, Wolves learn map and compass skills.
Webelos/AOL Castaway Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Documents
Castaway is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Webelos Castaway adventure, Cub Scouts learn survival skills for situations where shelter, water, and electricity might not be available.
Edible Campfires Recipe
Scouts should know how to build a fire. I am always amazed how many kids don't understand the concept of using tinder and small sticks. This snack will help introduce the concept.
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