Cub Scout Bear Electives

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Recently, I wrote about the importance of keeping track of electives when a boy is a Bear or a Wolf.  Both ranks have a long list of fun activities that are considered electives.  But the Cub Scout Bear electives list is a little longer.

Many of you know that there are 24 requirements in the Bear rank, but only 12 of them must be completed.  But did you know that any of the 12 that aren’t completed can be used as electives?  Continue reading

Keeping Track of Cub Scout Arrow Points

Cub Scout Arrow PointsBears and Wolves may earn Cub Scout Arrow Points by completing the electives that are in their handbooks.  They receive a gold Arrow Point for completing 10 electives.  After that, they earn a silver Arrow Point for each subsequent 10 electives they complete. Continue reading

Compassion & Disabilities Awareness Pack Meeting Idea

Cub Scouts learning about disabilititesTashia from Sandy Ridge Pack 465 recently held a compassion and disabilities awareness meeting for her pack.  She posted about the meeting on the Cub Scout Ideas Facebook page.  I was so impressed by what she did that I asked her if I could post about it here on the site.  She kindly agreed.

Tashia really put her heart and soul into planning a meeting that would help the boys learn how to have compassion toward everyone.  Here’s what she said, “Since the Core Value for March was Compassion, I incorporated it into having feelings, getting in touch with how other people felt with a disability and how the boys could help someone.” Continue reading

More Hiking Games

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More Hiking GamesAlthough we want our boys to simply enjoy nature, that often doesn’t happen without some type of entertainment–especially in today’s “there’s an app for that” society.

Hiking games are a great way to entertain your boys while getting (and keeping) them outside.

Recently, I gave you a list of hikes you can take with your Cub Scouts.  The list was too long for one article, so here’s more.

  • Color Hike - Give the boys a list of colors before the hike starts.  Their goal is to write down as many different items of that color as possible.  How many red or orange or brown things can they find?
  • Stop, Look and Listen Hike – Hike for 10 minutes then stop.  For 1 minute, the boys should write down everything they see.  Hike for 10 more minutes and stop again.  This time, the boys should write down everything they hear.  During the third stop, they write down everything they smell.
  • Square Foot Hike – Bring along a 4′ piece of string and a magnifying glass for each pair of boys.  Stop along your hike and have them lay out the string to form a square foot.  Give them 10 minutes to examine their square foot with the magnifying glass.  They share what they found with the rest of the group.
  • Paint Chip Hike – Ask your nearby hardware store for a few paint chip strips.  Give each boy one and have them find items that match each color on the strip.
  • Cookout Hike - This is just like it sounds.  Hike to a location, and have a cookout.
  • Pass It Back Hike – In this hike, the leader picks up something from the ground.  She passes it back for each boy to see.  The last person puts it back on the ground.
  • Egg Carton Walk – Have each boy bring an empty egg carton.  In the bottom of each cup, write a description such as hard, smooth, rough, prickly, etc.  The boys should look for something on the ground to put in each cup.
  • Unnatural Walk – For this hike, the leader should arrive early and place 15-20 man-made items along the trail.  Pair the boys up.  Every few minutes, stop along the trail and have the boys look for the man-made things they see.  They shouldn’t disturb the items–just write them down.  After the hike, see which pair found the most item.  And don’t forget to pick them up!

Check out the first list of hiking games for more cool ways to spice up your hikes.

Yours in Scouting,

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Cub Scout Neckerchief Slide Idea for Pinewood Derby

A few weeks ago, I posted this over on my Facebook page, and now it’s time to reveal what we made!



pinewood derby neckerchief slides1I searched for Cub Scout neckerchief slide ideas for our Pinewood Derby, and Alpine District Cub Scouts had this awesome one!  If you haven’t checked out their website, you need to.  They have lots of wonderful ideas.

Unfortunately, I procrastinated about ordering the checkered flag toothpicks online, and I knew they wouldn’t arrive in time.  I thought, “No worries.  I’ll find them locally.”  I called around to all the party supply and craft stores in our city, but no one had them! Continue reading