Category Archives: Bears

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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How to Make an Easy Cub Scout Robot Hand

cub scout robot handHow in the world do you make a Cub Scout robot hand?  That was my reaction when I saw that that was one of the requirements for the Bear elective adventure, Robotics.

It’s requirement 3. Build a robot hand. Show how it works like a human hand and how it is different from a human hand.

I researched it, and I found plans for what I thought would be a great Cub Scout robot hand.  But, the boys would have had to use a utility knife to cut notches in plastic straws.

No, thank you!  That’s just not a skill that I think 3rd grade Bear Cub Scouts have. We have enough to do in den meetings without a trip to the ER for stitches! Continue reading

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