15 of the Most Awesome Cub Scout Leader Gifts

cub scout leader gifts“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozick

Cub Scout leaders sometimes fall into this category. We appreciate what they do for our boys, but do we (and our boys) say thank you enough for our leaders’ dedication and hard work?

Leaders aren’t volunteering for the glory.  They just want our sons to have a great Scouting experience. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t show them our appreciation from time to time.

Whether you’re chipping in with the rest of the den families or purchasing a gift just from your family, you’ll find some great ideas in this Cub Scout leader gift guide.

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Gift Cards
gift-cards

Gift cards are always a great choice.  Give your leader and his or her spouse a date night with a restaurant or movie gift card.  Throw in babysitting by inviting the leader’s kids over for a sleepover that evening.

Department store and Amazon gift cards are always welcome.  This gives your Cub Scout leader lots of choices for his or her gift.

Cub Scout Leader-Themed Gifts

cub scout leader coin
cub-scout-leader-tshirt
This Cub Scout den leader coin will remind your leader of how important he is to our boys.
We all need a Cub Scout Leader shirt.  I love the tent!
dad-key-chain
scouting_volunteer_stainless_steel_travel_mug
Your Cub Scout leader dad will like this cool keychain that features the Cub Scout Motto.
I love the words on this Scouting volunteer insulated travel mug.

Outdoor Gear Gifts

hammockFor the days when your Cub Scout leader gets to relax on a campout, he or she will appreciate this Eno hammock.

It’s lightweight and packs up to the size of a softball inside the included stuff sack.

The hammock comes in 17 different colors–my choice would be the fuchsia and purple!  🙂

hot-dog-forksNow, this is how a real Cub Scout leader roasts hot dogs and marshmallows!

The Rolla Roaster Marshmallow and Hot Dog Roasting Fork Set  is super impressive.  The pair of forks collapse down to 12″, but when you’re ready to roast, they extend out to 42″ to keep those Cub Scouts safely away from the fire.

Notice that little black knob on the handles?  That allows you to rotate the fork so that your marshmallows for S’mores will burn evenly.  🙂

rei-flex-lite-chair

When my friend Betsy’s den found out that her husband and her two sons had a Flex Lite chair but she didn’t, they all pitched in to buy her one!

Weighing just over a pound and half, the chair is easy to carry whether you’re backpacking or heading to the soccer field.

It’s comfortable too.  I sat in Betsy’s Flex Lite when we went to the Philmont Training Center this summer, and I really didn’t want to give it back to her.

usb-power-bank
Many of us use our phones as our cameras. It’s easy and convenient. Until the battery dies.

That usually happens about the time you’re ready to snap the kids’ picture when you’re out on a hike.  The Kodiak Mini 2.0 Power Bank can solve that problem for you!

Small enough to fit into your pocket, the rugged design is made to go outdoors with you. The power bank is waterproof with the lid closed and water resistant with the lid open.

And the great thing is that you can use the Kodiak Mini 2.0 Power Bank  anywhere–not just in the great outdoors.

Backyard Fun

ladderball
If your Cub Scout leader enjoys backyard time with his or her family, they’ll love this Double Ladderball Game.  The set Includes 2 goal uprights, 3 red bolas, 3 blue bolas, and instructions all in a convenient carrying and storage bag.

Take it along to your next den meeting for a fun gathering activity.  And it’s great to have at a campout for the Cub Scouts or their parents to play.

kan-jam

Now, this looks like a blast!  Kan Jam is a flying disc (aka Frisbee!) game where you and your partner try to get the disc into the can.

Partners stand at opposite ends of the playing field.  One partner tosses the disc toward the can, and the other partner tries to deflect it so that it hits or goes into the can.

I’m thinking that our Cub Scouts would love  Kan Jam too.

flickin-chicken
I just bought Flickin’ Chicken for myself!  I can’t wait to get it so that my family can play.  Thanks to Amazon Prime, it’ll be here soon.

I watched the video of a family playing the Flickin’ Chicken, and I can just see Nana trying to throw the chicken under her leg!  🙂

The game encourages you to make up your own rules about how to flick the chicken.  Given how creative some of our Cub Scouts can be, I expect all kinds of wacky rules.

Did you know that Amazon Prime has a FREE 30 day trial?  I joined a few years ago about this time of year to get Christmas gifts here more quickly.  I loved it so much, I decided to keep my membership. 

Scrapbooking Gifts

cub scout cricut

If your den leader is crafty, he or she might want the Cricut Cub Scout cartridge!  There’s also a Boy Scout cartridge for when their Cub Scout crosses over.

Cricut machines aren’t just for scrapbooking any more.  The images can be used to decorate for just about any Cub Scout event.  Some of them were hanging in my classroom at the Philmont Training Center this summer!

You can read more about the cartridges here.

cub-scout-scrapbookWhat better way to keep Cub Scout memories than in a Cub Scout scrapbook?  Your den leader can decide to use the scrapbook for their own son’s photos or make it a den photo album.

For a den album, take photos of all the boys in their uniforms and give them to your leader to use in the scrapbook.

There are only a few of these left on Amazon, so grab one while you can.

Thank You Notes

Gifts don’t have to cost money to be treasured.  Have the boys in your den write thank you notes to their leader, and encourage them to talk about what the leader has taught them in Cub Scouts.  I promise these will bring a tear to eyes of your Scouter.

What other gifts have you given your Cub Scout leader?

Yours in Scouting,
Sherry

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3 Comments

  1. Mork Jason December 8, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    As a Den leader I was given a great gift two years ago: a hiking staff that was personalized with my name burned into it. It also has our pack number on it, too. I will likely have it forever and since it was from my first year as a leader, I will always cherish it.

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    1. Sherry December 11, 2016 at 8:50 am

      That is so awesome! What a special gift.

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  2. Kevin Kunz March 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Have the boys sign and neckerchief. Simple, inexpensive, thoughtful. A photo book that the boys could sign with pictures of the scouts in Action.

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