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.
Bear Cub Scouts, Bear Adventures, and the Bear Badge
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When Scouts build a catapult, they can learn about physics and energy. An easy way to do this is with a small scale catapult.
Picaria is a Native American board game. It is like a cross between tic-tac-toe and checkers. It could be used with Tiger, Wolf, or Bear electives or with a group working on the Indian Lore merit badge.
This month I am focusing on classic outdoor games. One game which is fun for kids to learn is marbles. My sons have marbles and they play against each other. All you need is a shooter, some marbles, and a piece of chalk to draw the ring on the driveway. If you are going to explain how to play marbles, you should know the terminology.
The US flag is the symbol of our country and every Scout should know how to handle it. One thing I emphasize when working with Scouts on flag etiquette is that the most important thing is respect. Scouts are going to make mistakes from time to time, but they should always do their best to be respectful.
Before embarking on a boating activity with your scouts, make sure everyone is aware of the Safety Afloat guidelines.
The US Flag is the symbol of our country. Scouts should know how to fold it, fly it, and handle it. Flag etiquette is part of many of the Scout requirements. In many cases, the rules are pretty straightforward. But in other cases, you just need to know the rules. For example, it gets more complicated when you are flying the US flag with flags from other nations. Here are the basics.
This is a traditional Native American game. The scoring systems seem to vary from one reference to another, so the system below is a simplified system which scouts should be able to follow.
These guidelines are appropriate for a front country adventure in an area like a park. That is the only type of hiking which is appropriate for Cub Scouts. If you are going on a back country hike, then you need to consider some other safety rules, like bringing a fire source and knife.
Foil packs are great for camp, but sometimes we get tired of having burger, potatoes, and carrots every time. Here is a different twist on the hobo dinner.
A little modification to a basic chicken and dumplings recipe combined with some preparation beforehand at home makes this an easy camp meal.
Some of you may have Scouts BSA in your families who are in the process of becoming members of the Order of the Arrow. Just when you thought you were getting a grasp on Scouts BSA, they threw something new at you!
I thought this would make a good Craftsman project for my Webelos. We’ll probably try this in December. They could make these and then give them to someone as a Christmas present.
Several years ago I attended a Cub Scout Pow Wow session on neckerchief slide crafts. They showed us a number of ways to make neckerchief slides from various materials.
Native American lore is an important part of the Scouts BSA and Cub Scout programs. This prayer is attributed to Chief Sealth (for whom Seattle is named).
Pahsahëman is similar to football. It has been played by the Lenape of the American Northeast for many generations. These instructions include tips for adapting this game for use with scouts.
A reader asks about cutting the corners from a Whittling Chip card when the owner commits a safety infraction.
Scouts who are doing a Native American themed meeting or activity can create a simple tipi model to get the idea of how these versatile dwellings are constructed. We made these at a Cub Scout training session and they were very easy.
Cub Scouts love to get their pocketknives out and strip bark from fallen sticks. Why not make it into a project?
What is the best way to treat a knife cut? This article from Boy’s Life magazine explains how to stop the bleeding, clean the cut, and dress the wound.
Here is an easy camp breakfast recipe for those who enjoy some eggs in the morning. I really enjoy Dutch oven recipes at camp because you can put all of your ingredients in and relax while it cooks. And relaxing and enjoying the moment is part of what really makes camping great.
Trail mix recipes are abundant. Basically, anything which holds up well in a ziploc bag can be used. Sunflower seed enthusiasts will enjoy this Sunflower Seed Trail Mix recipe.
Here is an easy and quick lunch for a campout. You can cook the quesadillas on a piece of foil on the grill or on a cast iron griddle.
At our March Pack meeting the Cub Scouts worked on the Nutrition belt loop. A nutritionist came in and did some great activities with the Cub Scouts, including bringing in a chicken wrap recipe and letting each Cub Scout make his own chicken wrap.
This was one of their favorite recipes. They all made their own quesadillas, and so our vegetarian just didn’t put chicken in his. Everyone was well fed and happy.
Conservation and Scouting go hand in hand. Since getting outdoors is a big part of the Cub Scout and Scouts BSA programs, it makes sense that we should teach Scouts about protecting our natural resources.
This song would be fun for any Cub Scout sing along or pets themed meeting. It is sung to the tune of Six Little Ducks.
One of the challenges of camp cooking is the amount of time it takes. Here is an easy and quick recipe for a breakfast at camp. It doesn’t require a lot of preparation or ingredients, but you still get a good breakfast to start a busy day.
One of the kid’s aunts, who is a nutritionist, came in and did some activities and made some healthy dishes with the Cub Scouts. One of the recipes she made with them was this fruit and yogurt parfait recipe.
My boys loved this book! It shows them how to make miniature catapults, bows, and other projectile machines out of common office supplies. This book would make a great basis for a open house or a just for a fun meeting.