Category Archives: Cub Scout Basics

How to Print New Cub Scout Requirements To Fit in Handbooks

new cub scout requirements By now, all of you have heard about the new Cub Scout requirements modifications that were implemented at the beginning of December 2016.

The Boy Scouts of America now has created an addendum for each rank that lists all of the rank and adventure requirements, including those that weren’t changed.  These documents will help us update our current handbooks.

Some of my Scouting friends who are involved at the national level tell me that BSA’s plan is to continue selling their current inventory of handbooks until it is deleted. When the book is reprinted, it will reflect the modifications.  It’s my understanding that the addenda will be printed and distributed with each handbook that is sold, but I’m not sure when they’ll be available. Continue reading

Unique Arrow of Light Plaques for Cub Scouts

arrow of light plaqueThis post was sponsored by Vince’s Arrows, but the opinions, as always, are my own.

A couple of years ago, I discovered Vince’s Arrows and purchased them for my older son’s den. I loved them so much that I asked Vince if he would like to work with me to get the word out to you about them.

So I didn’t hesitate when Vince asked me to tell you about his personalized Arrow of Light plaques.  He created one for my son so I could take a look at it.

As I removed the plaque from the wrapping, I was surprised to see that the plaque wasn’t smooth like others that I’ve seen. The wood is rough cut.  My immediate reaction was “well, that’s different.” I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, and I put it on my counter so I could see it every time I walked past it. Continue reading

Printable Time Capsule Questionnaire for Cub Scouts

time capsule questionnaire for cub scoutsThe Webelos and Arrow of Light elective adventure, Looking Back, Looking Forward, is a fun way to show the Cub Scouts how the past has influenced the present.

One of the requirements is to “create your own time capsule.”  I’ll tell you more about the time capsules my son’s den created in a later post.

As I was planning the den meeting where we made them, I found lots of printable time capsule questionnaires.  But I wanted something that would help the boys remember their Cub Scouting career.  Since there isn’t anything like that, I decided to create my own!
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Campfire Date Night + Giveaway

Valentine’s Day is almost here, so it’s the perfect time to start making plans to celebrate with your loved ones.  Since we love our readers, a few of my blogger friends and I have joined together to show our love with some fun Valentine’s Day ideas and giveaways!

My idea is to celebrate Valentine’s Day in front of a romantic campfire.  But it’s on a Tuesday.  In February.  That means most of us probably won’t be camping.

You can still snuggle outside by a warm fire if you have a chiminea or fire pit.  I think that counts as a campfire even if there isn’t a tent in the background.  🙂 Continue reading

Review Cub Scout Requirements Often

Review Cub Scout Requirements
When my older son, Parker, was a Bear Scout, my husband worked on wiring a ceiling fan for our patio. He was connecting the electrical into an outlet in one of our bedrooms, and he called Parker into the room to watch.

With my husband’s help, Parker used a pair of pliers to bend the ground wire into a hook.  He then used a screwdriver to screw the outlet cover back on.

Just like that, Parker had completed part of the Bear Adventure: Baloo the Builder 1Continue reading

15 of the Most Awesome Cub Scout Leader Gifts

cub scout leader gifts“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozick

Cub Scout leaders sometimes fall into this category. We appreciate what they do for our boys, but do we (and our boys) say thank you enough for our leaders’ dedication and hard work?

Leaders aren’t volunteering for the glory.  They just want our sons to have a great Scouting experience. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t show them our appreciation from time to time.

Whether you’re chipping in with the rest of the den families or purchasing a gift just from your family, you’ll find some great ideas in this Cub Scout leader gift guide. Continue reading

Cub Scout Position Trained Requirements

Have you wondered exactly what you have to do to wear the “Trained” badge that you see on some Cub Scout leaders’ left sleeve?

Since the online training has changed, what exactly do you need to take to ensure that you’re fully trained?

To answer these questions, the Boy Scouts of America has published a document with the requirements. Continue reading