Back in August, Michelle asked a question on the Cub Scout Ideas Facebook page. She wanted ideas for good but inexpensive scout and camping themed Christmas gifts.
Michelle, what’s up with planning your Christmas gifts in August?? It’s mid-November, and I haven’t even thought about gifts! 🙂
Our great group of Scouters on the page gave us some awesome suggestions! Using many of their ideas, I’ve put together a gift guide for Cub Scouts. I always have trouble finding inexpensive gifts that are small enough to put in a stocking. I usually wind up with things that are quickly discarded. Very frustrating!
This boys’ gift guide has 10 stocking stuffers (plus a bonus one!) that are less than $10. They make great gifts to wrap up and put under the tree too. You can purchase all of these through my affiliate links at no additional cost to you.
We have a fire striker, and there are a couple of things you should know. You need to scrape the black coating off before you try lighting a fire. The boys will need to be patient and keep trying. Once you get the hang of using it, you’ll be able to light a fire quickly.
This gift is for the older Cub Scouts. Not sure I would give a Wolf one of these! 🙂
Your Webelos and Arrow of Light Cub Scouts can use the fire striker to help them complete requirements for adventures.
The first requirement of the Webelos required adventure, Cast Iron Chef, is to light a fire. The activity doesn’t require that you light it without matches, but it would be fun to try. The Castaway elective adventure for Webelos and Arrow of Light has the boys demonstrating how to light a fire without matches!
Charging your flashlight by turning a crank is definitely cool when you’re on a Cub Scout campout!
This hand crank flashlight doesn’t need batteries because it’s powered by cranking it. My electrical engineer husband tried to explain to me how this works, but I still don’t totally understand. 🙂
Don’t you hate it when you need a flashlight and the one you grabbed has dead batteries? Nothing more frustrating! We have a couple of these, and they solve that problem. I would much rather crank for a bit than have to go drag out the battery box.
The 2015 Cub Scout program emphasizes camping more than in the past. Get these for your Cub Scouts, and you don’t have to worry about checking batteries as you’re packing up for the camping trip!
What boy doesn’t want to turn his cap into a beacon? 🙂 Seriously, a cap light is great when you need light but also need use of your hands.
Every rank except Webelos has a campfire program requirement. The boys need to do some type of performance–a song, skit, etc. The bright LED lights in the cap lights make incredible spotlights!
This is the perfect paracord starter kit! It comes with enough paracord and buckles to make 5 bracelets. Instructions are included for one type of bracelet, and there are free instructional videos for the other types.
Paracord is a bit on the expensive side, so the cost can’t be beat–even though the shipping is twice the purchase price!
We’ve made survival bracelets many times, and it’s a good activity to keep them busy during the winter months. If your son has never made them before, the starter kit is a great way to get him going.
This carabiner mug stocking stuffer is at the top of the coolness chart. The boys can take it on camping trips so they won’t have to use disposable cups.
Boys can pretend they’re drinking coffee just like Dad does when they use their carabiner mug. And walking around with it hanging on your belt will definitely give your son some “cred” with the other campers!
These knot reference cards will be great to have on hand for your Cub Scouts to use when they practice tying knots. Keep them at home, take them on a road trip and pack them in your camping gear. The boys will be able to practice their knots just about anywhere!
There are four adventures in the new Cub Scout program that require the boys to tie knots, so the cards will be a great gift for these ranks. Here are the knot requirements:
- Wolf Call of the Wild adventure – Overhand and square knots
- Bear Bear Necessities adventure – Two half hitches
- Arrow of Light Camper adventure – Bowline
- Arrow of Light Scouting Adventure – Square knot, two half hitches and taut-line hitch
Every Cub Scout should know how to use a compass! And the best way to learn is by practicing with your very own compass.
The Wolf Finding Your Way adventure requires that the boys complete three activities with a compass. Attach this to a key chain or zipper pull, and you’re ready to work on those adventures!
Why carry three eating utensils when you can carry just one? This handy “spork” is a spoon, fork and a knife all in one.
The spork is just fun! And it helps the environment because it’s reusable. My son’s Boy Scout troop just made the decision to stop using disposable plates, cups and eating utensils, so this will be perfect for him. The sporks are inexpensive enough that if he loses one, we’re not out a lot of money.
This just might be my favorite of the entire list. The survival bandana has survival and camping techniques printed right on it, so it’s a great reference tool.
Bandanas have so many different uses on a hike or campout. Here are just a few:
- Blow your nose
- Wipe your sweat
- Wipe your eyes
- Fix broken tent poles
- Flag for Capture the Flag game
- Bind a wound
- Sling for broken arm
- Binding for splint
- Signal a rescue crew
- Emergency toilet paper (gross, but it may be necessary! 🙂 )
If that isn’t reason enough to order a couple, check out this review by a purchaser who got them for some of the boys in his pack!
We all know that we can grab the super cheap rain ponchos at the dollar store, but for just a couple of dollars more, you can purchase one of these reusable ponchos.
They have buttons down the side to help keep the rain out when it’s windy. It’s definitely good to have a poncho or two in your pack!
Every Cub Scout should have a Swiss Army knife, but after they have earned their Whittling Chip (at least, for most boys!). They make perfect stocking stuffers! I made this bonus #11 because the knife is over $10. It’s still a great price at $14.95.
Not that I’m an expert of pocketknives, but it seems like the Victorinox Swiss Army knives are some of the best.
What other inexpensive Cub Scout stocking stuffers would you add? Leave a comment to let everyone know!
Yours in Scouting,
P.S. Are you looking for a meaningful activity you can do with your son during the holiday season? Try doing some Good Turn Random Acts of Kindness!