Category Archives: Bears

How to Make a Pizza Box Oven

pizza box oven When we think about outdoor cooking, most of us think about a grill or a campfire.  But did you know that you can cook in a pizza box oven?

All you need is a pizza box, a few basic supplies and the sun, and your Cub Scout can make some cool “solar” recipes, including English muffin pizzas and s’mores.

Because the only heat source is the sun, this is a great cooking activity for younger kids.  You don’t have to worry too much about them getting burned.  However, I would still supervise them especially when they take the food out of the oven because it will be hot.

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How to Make an Easy and Inexpensive Marble Maze

easy marble mazeAt last summer’s Cub Scout day camp, the boys each made a marble maze.  Now when you have almost 200 boys attending day camp, there are two important things to remember when you’re thinking about crafts.

1. Any crafts that you make must be inexpensive
2. Avoid glue, if at all possible.

It can be HARD to find the kind of craft you want that doesn’t use glue!  But we just don’t have the space to store 200 projects while the glue dries!

My friend, Beth, figured out a way to make these marble mazes inexpensively and without glue. Continue reading

Cub Scout Gathering Activity: The Smile Game

Cub Scout Gathering Activity: Smile Game
The smile game is such a fun game that can be played quickly as a Cub Scout gathering activity or as an active game when the boys have been sitting too long.

It can also be used to complete Bear Elective Adventure – Roaring Laughter 4:  With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.

The other wonderful attribute of this Cub Scout gathering activity game is that there are NO supplies required–just some boys! Continue reading

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

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

Handmade Hiking Sticks

handmade hiking stickA couple of years ago, one of the dads who was attending Cub Scout Day Camp with us shared his plans for making hiking sticks. They are awesome!  It will take the boys a few weeks to finish them, if they only work on them during den meetings.  The nice thing about this project is that the steps can be done during a den meeting or at home.

My Webelos den made these handmade hiking sticks, and they turned out great!  Parker used his on a cold January hike.  This is a good project for your Bears or Webelos. Continue reading