Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.
Tiger Scouts, Tiger Adventures, and the Tiger Badge
Printable helps for requirements:
Other helps for Tiger den leaders:
Click on one of the links below for helps, ideas, and requirements for working on a specific Tiger adventure
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 Boy Scouts to Venturing.
When working with Cub Scouts, remember KISMIF – Keep It Simple. Make It Fun. Sometimes we come up with elaborite or complicated plans when our young Scouts would really be just as happy with something simple. Red Light Green Light is a great example of this. It is simple and requires no preparation or materials. […]
Phone etiquette does not come naturally to most kids. It needs to be taught. Here are some very basic rules for talking on the phone.
This makes a great snack for any space themed meeting. We used it when ZM’s den worked on Bear Elective 1 – Space. It can be a little messy, so we went outside.
A den leader asked me recently about ideas for gathering activities. I suggested paper bag puppets.
This shortened version of the tall tale of Rip Van Winkle is appropriate for Cub Scouts
Do you have a Pack hike planned for this spring? If not, now is the time.
This is a simple game which works in well with a holiday themed meeting. It only requires a few materials and not much preparation, which makes it ideal in my mind. And it works indoors.
The Go See It for Tiger Achievement 2 (Where I Live) is always a lot of fun. I haven’t met a first grade boy yet who doesn’t want to see a fire truck or police car up close.
Even as winter approaches and it gets to cold for the Cub Scouts to get out tent camping, we can still get them outdoors on a day hike. Make sure your Cub Scouts know the 10 Outdoor Essentials.
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.
Every Scout who is spending time outdoors should be familiar with the Outdoor Code. It is especially important for Webelos, Boy Scouts, and Venturers who are out camping regularly.
Use dried gourds to make a birdhouse. If you didn’t grow any yourself, you can probably find some in your area at a farmer’s market or even a craft shop.
Ahoy there me hearties! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. So in honor of the occasion, I have a pirate game.
The story of the Paul Bunyan at a Cub Scout reading level . It includes a variety of tall tales from Paul Bunyan lore.
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.
It is really important for kids to learn how to say “Thank You”. Gratitude is something which needs to be taught, and Cub Scouts is a perfect forum for doing this.
This game doesn’t take much space, so it can be played indoors. If you think ahead and take the materials to camp with you, you can even play it under a fly on a rainy day.
In this relay, the Scouts are doing the laundry. They hang out towels on a clothesline and then bring them back in.
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.
Dealing with Scouts who won’t listen when somebody is speaking can be a real challenge. Here are some tips and a code of conduct to help them listen and ask questions respectfully.
One of the requirements for Bear Elective 1: Space is to locate the North Star and two constellations in the night sky. This printable aid will help find it.
Doing a scavenger hunt while hiking will help scouts really explore the world around them while they are walking. This post includes a suggested list in printable format.
Before going on a bicycle ride with a group of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturers, review some bike safety and etiquette rules. Includes a printable discussion aid.
Make pinhole planetariums to fulfill Cub Scout Bear Elective 1b. This project involves hammers, nails, and flashlights, so it should be a hit with the Cub Scouts. Includes patterns for the pinholes.
Most Scouts are probably familiar with the food pyramid from school. To make the nutrition and fitness components of the Scout program more interesting, turn them into a hands-on activity.
Before embarking on a boating activity with your scouts, make sure everyone is aware of the Safety Afloat guidelines.
The story of the Pony Express at a Cub Scout level. Can be used to introduce the concept of storytelling.
Fire drills are encouraged throughout scouting programs, from the Lions to Boy Scouts. Print out a basic plan for conducting a home fire drill.
This is basically a go fish game with different types of food. I liked how the kids talked about the different types of food they saw on the cards.