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

Top 5 Reasons to Sell Cub Scout Popcorn

Top 5 Reasons to Sell Cub Scout PopcornSelling Cub Scout popcorn is a great way for a pack to earn money for its activities while teaching the boys that we earn our own way. Now, I know some people don’t like to sell popcorn for many different reasons. But your son can practice some valuable skills during your pack’s popcorn sale.

Recently, we had a “show and sell” event where we set up a table at Lowe’s and sold popcorn to people coming in and out of the store. During our shift, I started thinking about what Grant was learning through this process, and I realized that there are some great lessons to be learned by selling Cub Scout popcorn. Continue reading

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

Selling Cub Scout Popcorn With Video

Most of us these days have friends or family members who live in different cities or states from us. So, selling Cub Scout popcorn to these folks in person is almost impossible!  But even if your Cub Scout can’t sell to them in person, he CAN sell to them!

If your Counsel uses Trail’s End as their popcorn provider, you have the option to sell popcorn online.  I’m not familiar with the other popcorn suppliers, so check with your Popcorn Kernel to see if your supplier offers online sales. Continue reading