How to Celebrate Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath

Scout SundayTwo very special days for the Boy Scouts of America are Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath. First observed in 1914, the days honor the contributions of boys and adults to Scouting.

Celebrating Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath can help introduce the Scouting program to congregation members who may not know about it.  Because most Scout units are chartered to faith-based organizations, Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath also give the boys an opportunity to give back by performing acts of service.

Whether with your pack or with your family, commemorating one of these important days will show your Scout spirit to your community.

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Cub Scouts: Rope Knot Tying

Cub Scout Knots

Knot tying is an essential skill for many outdoor activities.  If they’re going to participate in them, every Cub Scout or Boy Scout needs to know how to tie knots.

But knots aren’t just for the outdoors.  We usually don’t think about how we use knots at home.  We tie our shoes, we tie a package and the boys tie their own ties.  We can’t forget that for some folks, knot tying is a hobby.

In the Cub Scout program, Wolves, Bears and Arrow of Light ranks have knot tying in their required adventures. Continue reading

Review Cub Scout Requirements Often

Review Cub Scout Requirements
When my older son, Parker, was a Bear Scout, my husband worked on wiring a ceiling fan for our patio. He was connecting the electrical into an outlet in one of our bedrooms, and he called Parker into the room to watch.

With my husband’s help, Parker used a pair of pliers to bend the ground wire into a hook.  He then used a screwdriver to screw the outlet cover back on.

Just like that, Parker had completed part of the Bear Elective Adventure: Baloo the Builder 1Continue reading

Webelos Fitness Chart for Stronger Faster Higher

webelos fitness chart stronger faster higherThe Webelos required adventure Stronger Faster Higher encourages physical activity.  Since most kids don’t get as much exercise as they should, this is a fun way to encourage them.

In this adventure, Webelos do a series of six exercises and are asked to record their results. The six are:

  • 20 yard dash
  • Vertical jump
  • Lifting a 5 pound weight
  • Push-ups
  • Curls
  • Jumping rope

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Webelos Cast Iron Chef Nutrition Goals

Cast Iron ChefIn the Webelos Cast Iron Chef adventure, our Cub Scouts will learn about good nutrition. For requirement 2, they will set “personal nutritional goals,” keep a food journal for a week and review the journal to see if they’ve met their goals.

A while ago, I put together a food journal that can be printed. There is a space on the form for boys to write down their goals.  Every time the boys record what they’ve eaten, they’ll see their goals.

Recently, my son’s den started working on the Cast Iron Chef Webelos adventure.  As he and I discussed what his goals should be, I realized that I didn’t know what goals he should set. I looked in his Webelos handbook and in the Webelos leader guide, and there wasn’t much guidance on how to set the goals. But the books did refer us to Choose My Plate. Continue reading