5 Super Fun and Simple Cub Scout Games

Five Cub Scout GamesThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

My son’s Cub Scout den loves to go outside to play!  We’re all trying hard to “put the outing back in Scouting,” and playing Cub Scout games outside before or after a den meeting counts.

Sometimes, it’s hard to think of a game they can play that’s simple and fun.  That’s where the folks at the Genius of Play can help!  Their website has 6 fun activities that make perfect Cub Scout games to play outdoors.  

I wrote about the Genius of Play in the past, so make sure you check out their suggestions for gathering activities, den games and adventure fun.
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How to Print New Cub Scout Requirements To Fit in Handbooks

new cub scout requirements By now, all of you have heard about the new Cub Scout requirements modifications that were implemented at the beginning of December 2016.

The Boy Scouts of America now has created an addendum for each rank that lists all of the rank and adventure requirements, including those that weren’t changed.  These documents will help us update our current handbooks.

Some of my Scouting friends who are involved at the national level tell me that BSA’s plan is to continue selling their current inventory of handbooks until it is deleted. When the book is reprinted, it will reflect the modifications.  It’s my understanding that the addenda will be printed and distributed with each handbook that is sold, but I’m not sure when they’ll be available. Continue reading

Unique Arrow of Light Plaques for Cub Scouts

arrow of light plaqueThis post was sponsored by Vince’s Arrows, but the opinions, as always, are my own.

A couple of years ago, I discovered Vince’s Arrows and purchased them for my older son’s den. I loved them so much that I asked Vince if he would like to work with me to get the word out to you about them.

So I didn’t hesitate when Vince asked me to tell you about his personalized Arrow of Light plaques.  He created one for my son so I could take a look at it.

As I removed the plaque from the wrapping, I was surprised to see that the plaque wasn’t smooth like others that I’ve seen. The wood is rough cut.  My immediate reaction was “well, that’s different.” I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, and I put it on my counter so I could see it every time I walked past it. Continue reading

Printable Time Capsule Questionnaire for Cub Scouts

time capsule questionnaire for cub scoutsThe Webelos and Arrow of Light elective adventure, Looking Back, Looking Forward, is a fun way to show the Cub Scouts how the past has influenced the present.

One of the requirements is to “create your own time capsule.”  I’ll tell you more about the time capsules my son’s den created in a later post.

As I was planning the den meeting where we made them, I found lots of printable time capsule questionnaires.  But I wanted something that would help the boys remember their Cub Scouting career.  Since there isn’t anything like that, I decided to create my own!
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Cub Scout Gathering Activity: The Smile Game

Cub Scout Gathering Activity: Smile Game
The smile game is such a fun game that can be played quickly as a Cub Scout gathering activity or as an active game when the boys have been sitting too long.

It can also be used to complete Bear Elective Adventure – Roaring Laughter 4:  With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.

The other wonderful attribute of this Cub Scout gathering activity game is that there are NO supplies required–just some boys! Continue reading

How to Make Shapes with Tangrams

make shapes with tangramsDo you know what a tangram is?  You probably do, but you don’t realize it.  Tangrams are those square wooden puzzles that are cut into seven smaller shapes.  You use those shapes to make images.  There is a legend about the first tangram that might be interesting to read to your Cub Scouts.

One of the requirements for the Tiger elective adventure, Stories in Shapes, asks the boys to use tangrams to create shapes.  Allowing the Tigers to use their imagination in designing these images will spark their creativity.

This might be a bit difficult for some boys, especially using the black and white image that’s in the Tiger Leader Guide.  Instead, use the colorful printables available free from the Tangram Channel.   You can download a set of tangram pieces here. Continue reading

Cub Scout Whittling Chip Requirements: Pocketknife Safety

pocketknife safetyOne of the things I love about Cub Scouts is that it teaches our boys life skills they need. One of these is how to safely use a pocketknife. According to BSA’s Age-Appropriate Guidelines, Bears, Webelos and Arrow of Light scouts can use a pocketknife.

In the Cub Scout Adventure program, the Bear and Arrow of Light ranks require knowledge of knife safety.

Bear Adventure: Bear Claws 2: Learn knife safety and earn your Whittling Chip.

Arrow of Light Adventure: Scouting Adventure 6: Demonstrate your knowledge of the pocketknife safety rules and the pocketknife pledge. Earn your Whittling Chip card if you have not already done so. Continue reading