Category Archives: Cub Scout Basics

Cub Scout Patch Placement

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Cub Scout patch placement can be very confusing–especially for a new Cub Scout family.  In this article, we’ll cover the basic Cub Scout patches and badges so that you can get your son’s uniform ready for his first Cub Scout meeting!

If you aren’t a seamstress, consider using Badge Magic!  It’s an easy, no-sew, no-iron solution to sewing those Cub Scout badges. Continue reading

Connections in the 2015 Cub Scout Program Changes

connections screen shotNote:  This document was updated in June 2015.

I have a great resource to share with you!

With the Academic and Sports program (aka belt loops) being incorporated into the new adventures, many of us are concerned about program planning for multiple ranks.  For example, we could offer a baseball or geography program where all boys–Tigers through Webelos–could earn a belt loop.  The new adventure program isn’t set up that way. Continue reading

Boys’ Life Magazine App

Reading Boys' Life
“There’s an app for that”  Yes, Boys’ Life magazine now has an app!  Available for both iPhone/iPad and Android devices (through my affiliate links), the app offers a mobile version of our Cub Scouts’ favorite magazine to current subscribers.

Simply download the app and follow the directions to enter some basic information from the mailing label on your magazine, and you’ll have free access to all the issues published since your son first became a Boys’ Life subscriber. Continue reading

New Cub Scout Handbooks

New Cub Scout Handbooks
People often search for a pdf or electronic version of the Cub Scout handbooks.  I’m excited to tell you that BSA has made the new Cub Scout handbooks and leader guides available in a Kindle version.

If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry!  There are free Kindle reader apps available for your tablet, smartphone or computer!  Just click on over to Amazon to download them.  I’ve been reading Kindle books on my iPad for years. Continue reading

Temporary Cub Scout Patch Placement & Display Ideas

Cub Scout Patch PlacementCub Scout patch placement is always a big question for parents–especially those temporary badges.  How can boys earn them and where do they go?

There are many opportunities to earn temporary badges.  When our Cubs participate in activities such as the annual popcorn sale, the Memorial Day flag placement or the Scouting for Food drive, they get a new patch.  Scouting anniversary events and camporees have patches for the attendees.  The boys who go to Cub Scout Day Camp get a patch.  Often, an organization such as a minor league baseball team will host a Scout Night and will give patches to the boys who are there. Continue reading

Outdoor Ethics Awards Discontinued for Cub Scouts

outdoor ethics awardsWhen I was at the Philmont Training Center a few weeks ago, one of our instructors told us that the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award and the Outdoor Ethics Action Award had been retired.

This wasn’t a secret, but I didn’t want to share with you until I had some documentation.  The news has now been shared on the Scouting Program Updates page.

Here is the statement regarding the retirement of these awards. Continue reading