Cub Scout Gathering Activity: The Smile Game

Cub Scout Gathering Activity:  Smile GameThe 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

Cub Scout Wood Projects: Build a Tray

Tray wood projectsOne of the most awesome things we do at our Cub Scout day camp is building wood projects.  For some of our boys, this is the first time they’ve used hammers and screwdrivers.  The boys (and their parents) are so proud of their projects!

Our wood projects list by rank has been the same for at least the last seven years since I’ve been involved with the camp.  The items vary in difficulty depending on rank. We continue doing the same wood projects every year so that if a boy comes to day camp every year, he’ll have five different projects.

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Arrow of Light Arrow Striping

Arrow of Light Arrow StripingThe Arrow of Light is Cub Scout’s highest rank. In many packs, it’s customary to honor Arrow of Light recipients with a plaque, a ceremonial arrow or both. One of the traditions observed by many packs is to put stripes on the shaft of the arrow to symbolize the boys’ achievements during their Cub Scout careers.

One of three methods is typically used to add the stripes. Some will paint the stripes on to the shaft of the arrow. Some will wind colored embroidery floss around it. Others will use adhesive vinyl strips.

Each method has its pros and cons. Paint may last longer, but it is the most difficult to apply. You have to paint carefully and stay in the lines, and it can get messy. 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

Bicycle Safety Printable Activities for Cub Scouts

Bicycle Safety PrintablesBikes and boys just go together, and as parents, we want our boys outside exercising as much as possible.  But it’s important that we and our Cub Scouts both know the bicycle safety rules for kids.

One of the Tiger electives in the new Cub Scout program, Rolling Tigers, is all about bicycle safety.

Tiger Elective Adventure – Rolling Tigers:
1.  With your den or adult partner, discuss two different types of bicycles and their uses.
2.  With your den or adult partner, try on safety gear you should use while riding your bike. Show how to wear a bicycle helmet properly.
3.  With your den or adult partner, learn and demonstrate safety tips to follow when riding your bicycle. Continue reading

My 7 Favorite Cub Scout Crossover Ceremonies

Webelos Crossover CeremoniesWhile sending our little Cub Scouts off to Boy Scouts is bittersweet, most of us want to celebrate this milestone in their Scouting careers.  Many packs do this by holding one of these Cub Scout Crossover Ceremonies.

Crossover ceremonies are a way for the pack to say goodbye and for the troop to welcome them.  Just like the Arrow of Light ceremonies, you can find a plethora of crossover ceremonies online.  While I was researching this post, I read through quite a few and picked my 7 favorites.

Some of the 7 are very simple, and others are more elaborate.  Most of them use small wooden bridges, but there is one that uses a rope instead of a bridge.  I also included the ceremony we used for my son, Parker’s crossover where the boys were taken across a lake in canoes.

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