Native American Indian Activities for Cub Scouts

native american activities
Bears and Wolves have electives related to Native American culture.  They should be used to help our Cub Scouts learn about the rich culture of American Indians.  Below you’ll find some activities and resources that can help complete these electives.

Wolf Elective 10 – American Indian Lore
1. Read a book or tell a story about American Indians, past or present.
2. Make a musical instrument American Indians used.
3. Make traditional American Indian clothing.
4. Make a traditional item or instrument that American Indians used to make their lives easier.
5. Make a model of a traditional American Indian house.
6. Learn 12 American Indian word pictures and write a story with them. Continue reading

Cub Scout Picnic-Themed Awards

picnic themed awardsAt our annual pack picnic in September,  we present awards earned over the summer.  Since we’re trying to add some fun to our Cub Scout awards ceremonies, I wanted to use the picnic idea as our theme.

My first thought was ants, but I couldn’t think of how to use them. Then I thought about picnic baskets, and after a quick look on Pinterest, I realized I could make them from brown paper lunch bags.  They would be really cute with a red gingham napkinBut our Cub Scouts don’t want cute!  Continue reading

Cub Scout Citizenship Ideas

citizenship2September 17, 1787 is the day the United States Constitution was signed, so we celebrate Constitution and Citizenship Day on September 17th every year.

One of the purposes of Cub Scouts is to learn citizenship.  In fact, that’s one of the main reasons we’re involved in Scouting.  I want my boys to grow up to be good citizens, and I’m not sure they can learn that without being involved in a group.  Not only will they learn about citizenship, but they will also have the opportunity to practice it too. Continue reading

Interview with Philmont Staffer Patrick Lynch

Patrick LynchIf you’ve read the September-October 2014 issue of Scouting magazine, then you know a little about Patrick Lynch.  He was featured as one of the “Super Scouters” in the article, “Our Heroes.”

Not long after I announced that my boys and I were going to Philmont, I was contacted by Patrick, who is a Cub Scout Ideas reader.  He told me that he would be working at Philmont while we were there!  He was a group leader with the Philmont Training Center’s family program.  Continue reading

Encouraging Cub Scouts to Read

encouraging cub scouts to read
It’s no secret–boys score lower on reading tests than girls. They read much less than girls, and they are much more likely to identify themselves as “non-readers.”

As the mom of boys, I worry about this–especially with my youngest son.  It’s not that he can’t read, it’s just not an activity that he’ll choose to do on his own.  Continue reading