But it’s not as hard as you think! Your son is probably completing a Cub Scout requirement every day at home or at school, and you don’t even realize it.
That’s why I’m a big advocate of reading through your son’s requirements from time to time. If you’re waiting in line or for an appointment, just skim through them. Boy Scout Trail is a great resource to use if you don’t have the book handy.
To give you some examples, here are a few things that my boys have done:
|They played recreation league sports such as basketball and soccer||Local Sporting Venues||Sports Belt Loops & Webelos Sportsman|
|They listened to four different types of music||Music Class at School||Music Belt Loop|
|They identified the three primary colors and the three secondary colors that can be made by mixing them||Art Class at School||Art Belt Loop|
|They explained how clouds are made and described the different kinds of clouds||Science Class at School||Weather Belt Loop|
|They cut a pizza into halves then quarters then eights which is a home activity using math||Home||Math Belt Loop|
|They write thank you notes for gifts. They don’t really like it, but it’s a Mom rule! 🙂||Home||Good Manners Belt Loop|
|They learned to play a new video game (or 4!) that we approved||Home||Video Games Belt Loop|
|They’ve bowled and roller skated||Local facilities||Bowling and Roller Skating Belt Loops|
|They gave examples of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks||Science Class at School||Geology Pin|
|They made a 3-D model including five different landforms, such as mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, plateaus, and plains.||Social Studies Class at School||Geography Pin|
|They drew and labeled a compass rose||Social Studies Class at School||Map & Compass Pin|
|They have to do chores every day. Oh, how I love it when someone else empties the dishwasher!||Home||Tiger Rank Requirement|
|They read for school every night||Home||Tiger Elective|
|They’ve played board games||Home||Tiger Elective|
|They’ve used a hammer||Home||Wolf Rank Requirement|
|They have helped fix a meal for our family||Home||Wolf Rank Requirement|
|They got their own library cards||Public Library||Wolf Elective|
|As a family, we have taken day trips and gone out in the evening||Various Locations||Bear Rank Requirement|
|They’ve watched TV shows with us||Home||Bear Rank Requirement|
|They learned emergency phone numbers, and they’re posted on the bulletin board||Home||Bear Rank Requirement|
|We’ve baked cookies together. And we’ve eaten those cookies together!||Home||Bear Rank Requirement|
|They took part in a council-sponsored money-earning program by selling popcorn! My youngest was a little selling machine last fall. Check out his website.||Our Community||Bear Elective|
|They’ve had good attendance, behavior and grades at school||School||Webelos Scholar Activity Badge|
|During music class, they’ve drawn a staff with a clef, sharp, flat, natural, note and rest. They’ve explained what those mean.||School||Webelos Showman Activity Badge|
|They’ve taken several family trips by car and a couple by plane||Various Locations||Webelos Traveler Activity Badge|
|They’ve washed my car 🙂||Home||Webelos Handyman Activity Badge|
I hope this spurs your imagination of ways you can incorporate Cub Scouts into your every day life!
Yours in Scouting,
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