Category Archives: Cub Scout Activities

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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75 Pack Activities for the Summertime Pack Award

Summertime Pack Award ActivitiesThe National Summertime Pack Award is given to packs that have at least one activity each month during the summer. It’s intended to help keep packs active during those months when they might not otherwise meet.

A few years ago, our pack decided that we wanted to be active during the summer, but we didn’t want to have formal meetings.  The plan was to host something fun that didn’t take lots of planning and preparation.

Our summer activities are held on the third Thursday which is our normal pack meeting night.  We encourage our Cub Scouts to invite their friends.  You can read more about how the activities are used for recruiting new members. Continue reading

5 Super Fun and Simple Cub Scout Games

Five Cub Scout GamesThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

My son’s Cub Scout den loves to go outside to play!  We’re all trying hard to “put the outing back in Scouting,” and playing Cub Scout games outside before or after a den meeting counts.

Sometimes, it’s hard to think of a game they can play that’s simple and fun.  That’s where the folks at the Genius of Play can help!  Their website has 6 fun activities that make perfect Cub Scout games to play outdoors.  

I wrote about the Genius of Play in the past, so make sure you check out their suggestions for gathering activities, den games and adventure fun.
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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

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