Category Archives: Arrow of Light

Cub Scout Adventure: How to Build My Own Hero “Sandwich”

build my own hero sandwichOne of the requirements for the Build My Own Hero elective adventure for Webelos and Arrows of Light is to “discover what it means to be a hero.”  My first thought on how to do this was to talk about characteristics of heroes.

But most fourth and fifth grade boys have no interest in sitting around talking.

To make this activity a little more interesting, your Cub Scouts can build hero “sandwiches.” They make their hero sandwich by writing a trait of a hero on each ingredient. The ingredients are cut out and stacked up to make a hero sandwich! Continue reading

27 of the Most Helpful Cub Scout Service Project Ideas

Cub Scout Service Project IdeasComing up with good Cub Scout service project ideas can sometimes be difficult. There are many factors to consider when choosing a project for your den or pack.

  • Are the Cub Scouts old enough to participate? Can they do the work?
  • How much time or money will it take?
  • Is it big enough for the entire pack? Or is it small enough for the den?
  • Will the boys learn something? Is it worthwhile?

There are 11 Cub Scout adventures that have some type of service requirement, but the benefits of volunteering are much greater than simply crossing off a requirement.

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9 Resources for the Looking Back, Looking Forward Adventure

looking back looking forward cub scout adventureWebelos and Arrow of Light Cub Scouts have the option to work on the Looking Back, Looking Forward adventure.  One of the takeaways from this adventure is that the Cub Scouts will see “how actions of the past have influenced the present.”

Making their own time capsules (one of the requirements for the adventure) will help the Cub Scouts understand their own place in history.  It will be fascinating for the boys to open up their time capsules when they get older.

While there is some helpful information in the Webelos handbook and leader guide, you’ll find these additional resources beneficial.  Continue reading

How to Make Awards for Heroes

my hero plaqueHaving heroes is important for kids.

In fact, some experts believe that heroes can help with character development. Some of the values that heroes exhibit are courage, honesty, civility, perseverance, loyalty, self-restraint, compassion, tolerance, fairness, respect for individuals, and responsibility.

I believe this is why BSA included adventures about heroes for Wolves (Hometown Heroes) and Webelos/Arrows of Light (Build My Own Hero). Both adventures start with identifying what it means to be a hero. This is a good opportunity to discuss why those traits are important. Continue reading

Unique Arrow of Light Plaques for Cub Scouts

arrow of light plaqueThis post was sponsored by Vince’s Arrows, but the opinions, as always, are my own.

A couple of years ago, I discovered Vince’s Arrows and purchased them for my older son’s den. I loved them so much that I asked Vince if he would like to work with me to get the word out to you about them.

So I didn’t hesitate when Vince asked me to tell you about his personalized Arrow of Light plaques.  He created one for my son so I could take a look at it.

As I removed the plaque from the wrapping, I was surprised to see that the plaque wasn’t smooth like others that I’ve seen. The wood is rough cut.  My immediate reaction was “well, that’s different.” I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, and I put it on my counter so I could see it every time I walked past it. Continue reading

Printable Time Capsule Questionnaire for Cub Scouts

time capsule questionnaire for cub scoutsThe Webelos and Arrow of Light elective adventure, Looking Back, Looking Forward, is a fun way to show the Cub Scouts how the past has influenced the present.

One of the requirements is to “create your own time capsule.”  I’ll tell you more about the time capsules my son’s den created in a later post.

As I was planning the den meeting where we made them, I found lots of printable time capsule questionnaires.  But I wanted something that would help the boys remember their Cub Scouting career.  Since there isn’t anything like that, I decided to create my own!
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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 pocketknife 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