Cub Scout Adventure: How to Build My Own Hero “Sandwich”

build my own hero sandwichOne of the requirements for the Build My Own Hero elective adventure for Webelos and Arrows of Light is to “discover what it means to be a hero.”  My first thought on how to do this was to talk about characteristics of heroes.

But most fourth and fifth grade boys have no interest in sitting around talking.

To make this activity a little more interesting, your Cub Scouts can build hero “sandwiches.” They make their hero sandwich by writing a trait of a hero on each ingredient. The ingredients are cut out and stacked up to make a hero sandwich! Continue reading

27 of the Most Helpful Cub Scout Service Project Ideas

Cub Scout Service Project IdeasComing up with good Cub Scout service project ideas can sometimes be difficult. There are many factors to consider when choosing a project for your den or pack.

  • Are the Cub Scouts old enough to participate? Can they do the work?
  • How much time or money will it take?
  • Is it big enough for the entire pack? Or is it small enough for the den?
  • Will the boys learn something? Is it worthwhile?

There are 11 Cub Scout adventures that have some type of service requirement, but the benefits of volunteering are much greater than simply crossing off a requirement.

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How to Make an Easy Cub Scout Robot Hand

cub scout robot handHow in the world do you make a Cub Scout robot hand?  That was my reaction when I saw that that was one of the requirements for the Bear elective adventure, Robotics.

It’s requirement 3. Build a robot hand. Show how it works like a human hand and how it is different from a human hand.

I researched it, and I found plans for what I thought would be a great Cub Scout robot hand.  But, the boys would have had to use a utility knife to cut notches in plastic straws.

No, thank you!  That’s just not a skill that I think 3rd grade Bear Cub Scouts have. We have enough to do in den meetings without a trip to the ER for stitches! Continue reading

9 Resources for the Looking Back, Looking Forward Adventure

looking back looking forward cub scout adventureWebelos and Arrow of Light Cub Scouts have the option to work on the Looking Back, Looking Forward adventure.  One of the takeaways from this adventure is that the Cub Scouts will see “how actions of the past have influenced the present.”

Making their own time capsules (one of the requirements for the adventure) will help the Cub Scouts understand their own place in history.  It will be fascinating for the boys to open up their time capsules when they get older.

While there is some helpful information in the Webelos handbook and leader guide, you’ll find these additional resources beneficial.  Continue reading

How to Make Awards for Heroes

my hero plaqueHaving heroes is important for kids.

In fact, some experts believe that heroes can help with character development. Some of the values that heroes exhibit are courage, honesty, civility, perseverance, loyalty, self-restraint, compassion, tolerance, fairness, respect for individuals, and responsibility.

I believe this is why BSA included adventures about heroes for Wolves (Hometown Heroes) and Webelos/Arrows of Light (Build My Own Hero). Both adventures start with identifying what it means to be a hero. This is a good opportunity to discuss why those traits are important. Continue reading

How to Make Fun Treats with Scout Law Candy Wrappers

Scout Law Candy WrapperDid you know that you can find cool Cub Scout stuff on Etsy? There’s everything from Blue and Gold and Pinewood Derby Cub Scout printables to Arrow of Light plaques to bracelets for moms and even vintage Cub Scout collectibles.

I shared one of the cool printables that helps the boys learn things like the Scout Oath and Law, the Leave No Trace principles, and the Outdoor Code. Another awesome Etsy find is this printable Scout Law candy wrapper kit.

There are so many things you can use these wrapped Hershey’s nuggets for! They can be favors for your Blue and Gold banquet or treats for your leaders or gifts for potential new Cub Scouts during your joining event. Continue reading