Cub Scouts Go Orienteering in a Box

Cub Scout orienteering in a boxI’m a member of the 1st Facebook Scout Group which has members from around the world.  It’s fascinating to hear about Scouting in other countries, so check it.

A few months ago, Roger Marsh posted a video of a super fun activity to the group’s page.  Roger called it “cardboard box compass practice,” but I dubbed it “orienteering in a box.”  As I watched the video, I said, “We have to do this at day camp!”

This activity probably doesn’t meet the official definition of orienteering, so I hope the members of Orienteering USA don’t mind that I took some liberty with their term.  🙂 Continue reading

7 Cub Scout Recruitment Ideas

Those of us who are already involved in Cub Scouts know how much fun it can be for the boys, but if a boy has never been exposed to Scouting, we need to have some good Cub Scout recruitment ideas.  Many packs hold a recruiting event just after school starts in the fall.  It may be called a “Round Up,” a “Scout Rally Night” or a “Join Cub Scouts Event.”

Regardless of the name, this is an important event for your pack.  A Cubmaster was recently interviewed on CubCast (a BSA scouting podcast) about how he is so successful in recruiting new Cub Scouts.  What he said stuck with me.  He is “selling fun to the boys,” and he is “marketing positive experiences to the parents.” Continue reading

Cub Scout Activity: Alka-Seltzer Rockets

Alka-Seltzer Rocket Supplies

10, 9, 8, 7, 6…  This cool Cub Scout activity has all the elements for a fun den meeting or pack meeting:  boys, rockets and explosions!

This Alka-Seltzer rocket activity was such a hit at a Bear den meeting that I decided to do it with all the Cub Scout ranks during our Cub Scout Day Camp.  200 boys with 200 rocket explosions was GREAT! Continue reading

Cub Scout Community Service Projects and Involvement

Cub Scout Food DriveWhen I attended the Philmont training session for the new Cub Scout program, I heard a new term, participatory citizenship.  It encompasses civic awareness and patriotism, service and stewardship. This  topic was one of the organizing principles of the new Cub Scout program.

In the new program, a service project is included in a required adventure for every rank (and even some electives).  Here are the requirements: Continue reading

Cub Scouts Study Meteors

cub scout activities while watching for meteors

Photo by Trevor Bexon via Flickr.

According to the National Day Calendar, June 30th is National Meteor Watch Day.  It’s a day that “people turn their eyes to the heavens in hopes of spotting the glow of a falling star.”  It’s also a great day for your Cub Scouts to check off some requirements while they look for meteors.

Tigers can mark off one of the requirements for the elective adventure, Sky is the Limit, and Wolves, Bears and Webelos can complete a requirement for the Out of this World Nova award. Continue reading