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.
Bear Cub Scouts, Bear Adventures, and the Bear Badge
Printable helps for requirements:
Other helps for den leaders:
Click on one of the links below for helps, ideas, and requirements for working on a specific Bear adventure
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.
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.
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.
This Bear den meeting plan covers the requirements for the Bear Necessities adventure. The focus of this meeting is all about preparing for an outing. Going on the outing (an outdoor activity, day camp, resident camp or a pack/den camp out) will complete requirement 1 for the adventure. You can use this meeting to prepare for your specific activity.
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.
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.
Many of our kids have not been exposed to flag etiquette before their first flag ceremony, so take the time to give them some basic instruction. This is a very simple flag ceremony for Cub Scouts to use at Den and Pack meetings.
When retiring a United Stated flag, some people will say that you must do it this way or that way, but according to the Flag Code, it just needs to be done with dignity.
A reader asks “Curious as to what others had done for the putting on a carnival (Bear Requirement for Grin & Bear It). Any ideas would be appreciated!”
When preparing for a campout, one of the most common questions from less experienced campers is “What should I bring?” This article from Boy’s Life magazine is a good list of must haves for that campout.
The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.
If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities.
With Memorial Day approaching, it might be time to review how to raise and lower the United States flag. These are some basic rules for raising and lowering the US flag.
Two Cub Scout leaders ask about how to complete the faith related requirements with Cub Scouts who are raised in agnostic homes.
When discussing pocket knife safety with Cub Scouts, they demonstrated their safety knowledge with a fake pocket knife made from cardboard.
Flip the Bird tag is an active game which is a combination of tag and keep away. In it, a players work together to keep their friends from being tagged.
When you think of kids playing marbles, you are probably picturing Ringer in your mind – a circle on the ground and kids shooting at the marbles within.
Since I am focusing on an aquatics theme this month, I thought I’d post about water rescue methods. These are methods used to rescue someone who is in trouble in the water. You will see these methods throughout the BSA programs from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA to Venturing.
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.
The goal of this game is for two Scouts to work together to make a simple lunch. The challenge is that they each have one hand tied behind their back.
Emergency preparedness is part of every level of Scouting program. For younger Scouts, that primarily means knowing how to get help.
This is an icebreaker in which a group must work together to “untie” themselves from a knot. This is a cooperative rather than competitive game.
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.
The most typical foil pack ingredients are ground beef, potatoes, carrots, and onions. But don’t get stuck in a rut! Try some new combinations.
The new Cub Scout program introduces the SCOUT water safety chant. This helps younger Scouts learn the rules for safe aquatics activities.
Plaster of Paris is messy, which means Scouts will enjoy it. You can use this versatile medium to make plaster molds and casts. This technique can be used to make shoe prints or tire track casts or fossil casts.