“The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. ” First, let’s get the facts straight.
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.
This tutorial from Twodaloo shows how to make a simple sistrum from a forked stick from a tree, some craft wire, and buttons or beads. For fun, paint and decorate the stick first.
Kathy asks if a fifth grader who did not earn the Webelos badge can earn the Arrow of Light. Yes he can. The Webelos badge is not required for the Arrow of Light.
Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist and engineer who drew elaborate contraptions to accomplish simple tasks. This article from TinkerLab gives step-by-step details for creating a Rube Goldberg machine.
Know how to STOP when you are lost or separated from your group. Review this acronym with your group before going out on a campout or hike with your group. Being prepared can assist searchers who are looking for a missing person or group.
Todd sent in some ideas his Cub Scout pack do for the holidays, including some games and a service project. What are your favorite Cub Scout traditions for this time of year? Packs which are chartered by a church might have faith based activities. Or if your pack includes Cub Scouts from different faith traditions, you might have more generic holiday ideas.
Reader asks what types of service projects can be used to fulfill service hour requirements.
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.
If your son or daughter really enjoys Scouting, then they will appreciate a gift they can use for their Scouting adventure. Scout leaders will appreciate some of these ideas also.
Needra sent in this question: “My grandson who is 6 would like to join a tiger cub program. How do I find one in my area??” This one is easy to answer!
A reader asks what to do when the money for the unit popcorn sale doesn’t add up.
Debbie asks if winter camping is appropriate for Cub Scouts. The age-appropriate guidelines provide some insight. But how cold is too cold for Cub Scouts?
Coming up with feasible service project ideas for young Cub Scouts can be a challenge. Lions (who are in kindergarten) need to do a good turn for the Pick My Path adventure. And Tigers (who are in first grade) need to do a service project for the Tiger Circles adventure. There are many possibilities though.
This is a funny skit just because it is so messy. I have seen this performed by camp staff many times. Cub Scouts love watching their counselors cover each other in shaving cream!
This kit can be used to create a working robot. The robot is a crab which will walk around under it’s own power and avoid obstacles.
A while back John M sent in this Webelos Crossover certificate he had made to share with everyone. However, many readers have asked for an easy way to use this with their own unit, award, etc. Now we have it! I have taken what John sent and turned it into a certificate you can create with your own information. Since the you enter the information, you can use it for ranks, awards, merit badges, or whatever you like. #CubScouts #BoyScouts #BSA
TakeMeFishing.org has an interactive map which will help you to locate the places to fish closest to you. Just enter your zip code. You might be amazed to find local parks that allow fishing!
Almost Unschoolers shows how to make a mbira from bobby pins, craft sticks, and thumbtacks. A mbira is a “thumb piano” of African origin. Music is made by plucking metal tines.
Does your unit want to send a care package to our troops? This article will help you locate a USO center to get started and has some ideas for what to put in the perfect care package.
Rev. Jim sent in this question: “I was asked for do prayers for two cub scout packs for their Blue and Gold ceremony o the Crossover. where would I find appropriate Prayers. Thank you.” Thanks for the question, Rev. Jim. Since Cub Scouts should be familiar with the Scout Law, I suggest you use a prayer based on it.
Looking for games or resources related to pirates, desert islands, or sea ships? Check out this Shipwrecked theme page for ideas. Many of these would work well with my Ocean theme or my Under the Sea theme for Cub Scouts. #CubScouts #Ocean #Shipwrecked
When perfectly toasted, the sugar coating on the Peep caramelizes. And the marshmallow insides becomes really gooey, just like in a regular toasted marshmallow
Run ons are the little brothers of skits. They are very brief intermission in a campfire program. Sometimes it is just a single interruption to the program, sometimes they are in series.
Starting in the 2018-2019 program year, the Lions program for kindergarten aged boys and girls will be an official Cub Scout rank.
This Tiger den meeting plan covers most of the requirements for the Games Tigers Play adventure. This meeting is all about having fun and cooperating. For the final requirement, the Tigers can go to a sporting event. Note that it does not have to be a professional sporting event. There is nothing wrong with completing this requirement by watching a third grade soccer game. #CubScouts #BSA #ScoutMeIn
One of the requirements for the Lion Fun on the Run adventure is “Understand the importance of rest.” A suggested activity for this requirement is to discuss nocturnal and diurnal animals and play a matching game. I have made a set of cards to help you with this. #CubScouts #Lions #BSA
This article from Metals Wired includes simple explanations for obverse (heads), reverse (tails), field, relief, rim, edge, legend, motto, date, and mint marks.
This article shows how to make a rekenrek using foam board, pony beads, and pipe cleaners. A rekenrek is a visual tool to help children learn how to add and subtract via fives and tens.
A reader is being pressured. With the changes to the BSA membership policies, how will we handle challenges like this? Read the article to see my answer.