Cub Scout Bobcat Cootie Catcher

Cub Scout Bobcat Cootie Catcher
Do you remember cootie catchers?  Some of you may know them as fortune tellers.  I used to love those things!  I remember playing with my oldest friend, Susan, when we attended Brandon Elementary School.  So fun!

Back in the day (and I’m not going to say how long ago that day was! HA!), we used these for fun.  Now, cootie catchers are being used as learning tools.  If you search for “cootie catchers” on Pinterest, you’ll find them for math, reading comprehension, an author’s purpose, the Bill of Rights, the scientific method, writing prompts and more. Continue reading

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

We all want our Cub Scouts to be safe especially when we’re doing outdoor activities.  That’s why the Boy Scouts of America has compiled a list of the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking.  The essentials can also be used for other outdoor activities as well.

If you search online, you’ll find many different lists of hiking essentials.  But how did these lists get started?

An outdoor recreation, education and conservation nonprofit organization called The Mountaineers published a book called Mountaineering:  The Freedom of the Hills.  Written by a team of over 40 experts, it’s considered standard reading for mountaineering and climbing. Continue reading

17 Ideas for Planning Webelos and Arrow of Light Projects

In the pre-2015 Cub Scout program, the Webelos Craftsman activity badge was my favorite of all the activity badges.  The boys had opportunities to make very fun projects, and they learned valuable new skills in the process.

So, I was a little bummed when I realized that there wasn’t an equivalent adventure in the new Cub Scout program.  As I read through the requirements, I discovered that there are several Webelos/AoL elective adventures that have the boys building or creating something.

These Webelos/AoL projects take time to complete–especially if you pick a project that is a little more advanced.  However, don’t let that deter you from doing the fun projects that the boys really want to do.  Yes, a craft stick picture frame is much easier to make than a cool Pinewood Derby car display, but which one will the boys still have 6 months from now?  Which one will help him learn skills he doesn’t already have? Continue reading

The 9 Most Epic Cub Scout Inspired Halloween Costumes

Cub Scout inspired Halloween costumesHalloween is just around the corner!  Have your Cub Scouts decided what Halloween costumes they want this year?

Some years, pop culture gives them fun choices.  In 2015, I’ll bet the summer release of the Star Wars movie inspired a lot of Kylo Rens.  Kids will probably want to dress up in Pokemon Halloween costumes in 2016 because of the Pokemon Go game. Continue reading