I’ve decided to work on Bear Elective 24 – American Indian Life. They have studied Native American culture this year in school and made model villages.
Cub Scout Themes
If you want a craft with a soccer theme, try making soccer themed zipper pulls. I’ve outlined a basic idea below, but you can get creative and change it up however you want. They can use the colored beads at the bottom to represent their school colors or the colors for their favorite team.
Our Cub Scouts participate in the local Scouting for Food program every November.
The three aims of Scouting are Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Mental and Physical Fitness. So how is citizenship incorporated into the Scouting programs offered by BSA?
This ceremony relates the seven principles of Kwanzaa to the values of Cub Scouting. It goes along well with the December theme of respect also.
Looking for some medieval ideas for your Cub Scouts? This book of knightly fun will add some pizzazz to your pack and den activities.
What’s the best way to get a picky eater to have a healthy snack? Make it funny!
The most familiar application of skill level limits is the swim tests which are administered at summer camp. But there are other examples as well.
This is a good time of year to review sun safety with scouts of all ages. Damage to the skin from sunburn can have lasting effects.
Both the Chess pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program and the Chess merit badge for Scouts BSA have requirements related to using chess notation and recording chess games. If you are not familiar with chess notation, this might seem a little daunting, but it really is pretty easy to learn.
Bughouse (or Bunk House) is a game which helps even the playing field. Basically, there are two teams which simultaneously play chess together. Each player has a direct opponent, but when he captures a piece, he passes it to one of his teammates to play on the board. The key is to have the direct opponents as evenly matched as possible and then to have the teams fairly well balanced in skill level.
Do you feel like you always lose when you play chess? If you are better at getting your own pieces captured than capturing your opponents pieces, then Antichess is the game for you. In Antichess (sometimes called Suicide Chess or Giveaway Chess) the object is to lose all of your pieces.
Happy Veteran’s Day. Here is a moving, patriotic tribute to our military, past and present. Thank you for your service!
Scouts always enjoy playing with their food! This would make a nice snack for any den meeting based on one of the ecology lessons.
Nobody wants to go out swimming and meet up with a shark! But if you are at a Cub Scout meeting and the shark is your popsicle snack, that is another story. So to go along with this month’s aquatics theme for Cub Scouts, here is a snack idea.
It’s baseball season. If you are doing a sports theme with your Cub Scouts, why not make some baseball cookies?
Here is a simple craft for your Fourth of July celebration which is actually functional. This craft could be used to fulfill Tiger Elective 2.
This pack meeting plan focuses on compassion. Cub Scouts learn about being kind to others.
Since I am featuring a chess theme this month, I thought I’d suggest making a checkerboard cake which will look similar to a chess board when sliced as a snack to go along with this theme. One easy way to make a checkerboard cake is with a special checkerboard cake pan.
When working with young Scouts, simpler is usually better. Every den has at least one or two boys who really find it unbearable to sit through lengthy instructions. Follow the Dribbler is a really simple soccer drill.
Here is another Christmas cookie. These are not very sweet. ZM and LC like to sprinkle these with colored sugar before we bake them.
Here is a another game to go with this month’s aquatic theme. It can be used to fuflill requirement 2 for the Swimming belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program: “Play a recreational game in the water with your den, pack, or family.” This is a good game to play if you have some kids in your group who are not strong swimmers. They can play this game in chest-deep water and still have a lot of fun. For swimmers who need more of a challenge, the group can go to deeper water and tread water while they play.
The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of June is Perseverance. According to the program helps perseverance is: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.
This is a Cubmaster minute which is based on one of the old program helps plans. It goes well with this month’s core value of responsibility.
A few years back, one of our son’s coaches had an end-of-season party for the soccer team. My husband likes to decorate cakes, so he made a soccer cake for the party. Since I am showcasing a soccer theme this month, I thought I’d share the idea with you.
Here is a “wheel shaped” snack to go with this month’s cycling theme. These are pretty easy to make and would be a good snack for a meeting. Younger Cub Scouts will need some help with these, but they are simple enough that they can do a lot of the recipe themselves.
July 20 is Moon Day. It commemorates the day the first man walked on the lunar surface. Celebrate Moon Day with some fun space themed activities.
Yesterday we went out to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and participated in the 61st annual Memorial Day Good Turn. This event really seems to help our Scouts understand what Memorial Day is all about.
A reader asks “Our cubmaster refuses to do Blue and Gold before Aug. Technically the new year starts June 1st…shouldnt these kids earn their advancements prior to then?” Cub Scouts should be presented their ranks as soon as they earn them. There is no need to wait for the Blue and Gold banquet.
January 2 is Science Fiction Day. This day encourages everyone to pick up a science fiction book and immerse themselves in a new reality. Science fiction encourages us to consider that the world can be different than it is now – better or worse – and our actions will make an impact on the future. So read a book, sing a song or play a game saluting Star Wars or Star Trek. Some books, songs, and games are suggested in this article.