Category Archives: Cub Scout Basics

How to Make Fun Treats with Scout Law Candy Wrappers

Scout Law Candy WrapperDid you know that you can find cool Cub Scout stuff on Etsy? There’s everything from Blue and Gold and Pinewood Derby Cub Scout printables to Arrow of Light plaques to bracelets for moms and even vintage Cub Scout collectibles.

I shared one of the cool printables that helps the boys learn things like the Scout Oath and Law, the Leave No Trace principles, and the Outdoor Code. Another awesome Etsy find is this printable Scout Law candy wrapper kit.

There are so many things you can use these wrapped Hershey’s nuggets for! They can be favors for your Blue and Gold banquet or treats for your leaders or gifts for potential new Cub Scouts during your joining event. Continue reading

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

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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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