Category Archives: Cub Scout Activities

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 knife 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

Cub Scout Project Idea: DIY Chess Board

chess board  webelos craftsmanWhen my older son was a Webelos, our  den made a chess set from nuts and bolts as part of an old requirement.  It is still a fun activity for the boys!

I wanted a chess board to go with the pieces.  Finding an inexpensive way to make the boards was important.  I turned to Pinterest and other online sources and wandered around Lowe’s, but I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t wood. Continue reading

Get Your Free Cub Scout Cootie Catcher Template

cub scout cootie catcher template
A couple of months ago, I shared a Cub Scout cootie catcher that the boys can use to help them learn what they need to know for the Bobcat badge.  Several of you asked for a version that you could personalize, so I modified the original one to make a Cub Scout cootie catcher template.

I’m sure many of us recall using a cootie catcher or fortune teller (as some call it) when we were young.  I know I do!  But did you know that they first appeared as early as the 17th century?  This article from Mental Floss gives us a brief history of the humble cootie catcher.
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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