Category Archives: Arrow of Light

Knot Tying: The Best Resources to Learn How

Cub Scout Knot TyingKnot 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.  This post will help you find great resources to help teach the boys how to tie knots. 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

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

17 Ideas for Planning Webelos and Arrow of Light Projects

In the pre-2015 Cub Scout program, the Webelos Craftsman activity badge was my favorite of all the activity badges.  The boys had opportunities to make very fun projects, and they learned valuable new skills in the process.

So, I was a little bummed when I realized that there wasn’t an equivalent adventure in the new Cub Scout program.  As I read through the requirements, I discovered that there are several Webelos/AoL elective adventures that have the boys building or creating something.

These Webelos/AoL projects take time to complete–especially if you pick a project that is a little more advanced.  However, don’t let that deter you from doing the fun projects that the boys really want to do.  Yes, a craft stick picture frame is much easier to make than a cool Pinewood Derby car display, but which one will the boys still have 6 months from now?  Which one will help him learn skills he doesn’t already have? Continue reading