Category Archives: Arrow of Light

Cub Scouts: Rope Knot Tying

Cub Scout Knots

Knot tying is an essential skill for many outdoor activities.  If they’re going to participate in them, every Cub Scout or Boy Scout needs to know how to tie knots.

But knots aren’t just for the outdoors.  We usually don’t think about how we use knots at home.  We tie our shoes, we tie a package and the boys tie their own ties.  We can’t forget that for some folks, knot tying is a hobby.

In the Cub Scout program, Wolves, Bears and Arrow of Light ranks have knot tying in their required adventures. Continue reading

Free Printable Arrow of Light Certificate Template

Arrow of Light Certificate TemplateThe Arrow of Light is the highest rank a Cub Scout can earn.  It is also the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.

The Arrow of Light requirements are intended to help prepare the Webelos to become Boy Scouts.  The requirements familiarize the boys with the Boy Scout Oath and Law and give them an opportunity to learn more about the troop.  Continue reading

Jeopardy Game for Building a Better World Adventure

Building a better world
The Arrow of Light required adventure, Building a Better World, helps teach our Cub Scouts about participatory citizenship.  But before they can contribute to their communities and our country, the boys need to learn more about how our form of government works.

Building a Better World asks the boys to “learn” about the rights and duties of citizens and to “discuss” the concept of rule of law.  That sounds a bit like school, doesn’t it?

Instead of a boring lecture or a discussion with only blank stares, turn these activities into a fun competition. Continue reading

Modifications to the Cub Scout Program

changes to the cub scout programThe Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to the Cub Scout program.  They are effective immediately.  A document detailing the changes can be found on the Program Updates page of the Scouting website.

If you have already downloaded or printed this document, please check to make sure it is the latest version.  The easiest way is to check the number of pages.  The old version had 56 pages.  The new one has 57. Continue reading

How to Help Cub Scouts with the Genius of Play

genius-of-playThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

Tell a boy that Cub Scouts will prepare him to “make ethical and moral choices”, and you’ll probably get a blank stare.  In his mind, Cub Scouting is a fun activity where he gets to play.

As adults, we sometimes forget that play has an important part in our child’s development. Many of the skills we want them to learn are easily taught through play.

Exactly how does playing help our kids?  The folks at the Genius of Play explain it and give us some cool activity ideas. Continue reading

How to Complete the Game Design Adventure with Bitsbox + A Discount!

Game Design AdventureDo your Cub Scouts love playing games on your smartphone or tablet?  Then they’re going to love Bitsbox!  It’s a super fun way to learn to code for kids by allowing them to make their own apps.  If you have a Webelos or Arrow of Light Cub Scout, he can use Bitsbox to complete the Game Design elective adventure. Continue reading