Category Archives: Cub Scout Basics

Active and Passive Activities at Cub Scout Den and Pack Meetings

Active and Passive ActivitiesIf you want your Cub Scouts to feel like this poor kid, then keep them sitting at a table the entire meeting doing passive activities.  If you are a parent of a boy, you know that we can’t keep them sitting for long before boredom sets in.

But, we don’t want our den meetings to become a free-for-all either.  It’s important that the boys have both active and passive experiences.

One of the things I love about the 2015 Cub Scout program is that there is less emphasis on “school-like” activities and more emphasis on keeping the boys engaged–even during a “passive” activity. Continue reading

Printable Cub Scout Cards: Fun Resource

printable Cub Scout cardsI discovered this awesome printable Cub Scout cards on Etsy!  It is so cute, but in a rugged, Cub Scout way.  When I saw them, I knew they would be perfect to give to our Cub Scouts as we started the new year–especially the new Cub Scouts.

On a single page, you’ll find the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Cub Scout motto, the Outdoor Code, the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids, and the Scout slogan.  You can print the page and cut it so that you have individual cards for each of these.

The printable Cub Scout cards are a fun way to learn some of the things they need to know to earn their Bobcat rank.  The other boys can use them to review their Cub Scout basics.  Continue reading

Cub Scout Patch Placement

Cub Scout Patch Placement - Sleeves

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

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!

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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
NOTE:  The Boy Scouts of America made modifications to the Cub Scout Program effective December 2016.  The handbooks have NOT been updated yet.  However, you can download (or print) an addendum for each handbook.

The addenda give you all of the rank requirements, but they don’t provide any of the supporting information that your Cub Scouts will need.

As soon as the new versions of the handbooks are available, I’ll post links to them here. Continue reading