Category Archives: Cub Scout Events

How to Celebrate Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath

Scout SundayTwo very special days for the Boy Scouts of America are Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath. First observed in 1914, the days honor the contributions of boys and adults to Scouting.

Celebrating Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath can help introduce the Scouting program to congregation members who may not know about it.  Because most Scout units are chartered to faith-based organizations, Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath also give the boys an opportunity to give back by performing acts of service.

Whether with your pack or with your family, commemorating one of these important days will show your Scout spirit to your community.

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50 of the Most Incredible Blue and Gold Themes

50 blue and gold themes
Most Cub Scout packs have a Blue and Gold banquet in February to celebrate Scouting’s birthday.  It’s a great evening of fun for all members of Cub Scout families.

The Blue and Gold banquet does take some planning.  There are several excellent planning guides available online.  You can find links in this post to several of them.

Your Blue and Gold banquet theme is one of the first decisions that you need to make.  An internet search will give you lots of ideas, but to help you out, I decided to compile a list of 50 theme ideas.   Continue reading

Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Pit Pass

Pinewood Derby Pit Pass

Many, many thanks to The Idea Door Files for this uber-cool Pinewood Derby Pit Pass!  I decided to print these for our Derby contestants, and they were a huge hit!  We had several Boy Scouts who helped us with the Derby, and they wanted one too.

When you go to The Idea Door Files, you’ll see the link for a pdf file with 4 passes on a page.  I printed that one on card stock, wrote numbers on the lines and cut them out.  I then laminated them.  I used some lanyards that I had from another project so that the kids could wear them around their necks. Continue reading

Cub Scout Neckerchief Slide Idea for Pinewood Derby

A few weeks ago, I posted this over on my Facebook page, and now it’s time to reveal what we made!



pinewood derby neckerchief slides1I searched for Cub Scout neckerchief slide ideas for our Pinewood Derby, and Alpine District Cub Scouts had this awesome one!  If you haven’t checked out their website, you need to.  They have lots of wonderful ideas.

Unfortunately, I procrastinated about ordering the checkered flag toothpicks online, and I knew they wouldn’t arrive in time.  I thought, “No worries.  I’ll find them locally.”  I called around to all the party supply and craft stores in our city, but no one had them! Continue reading

Pinewood Derby Award Ideas

pinewood derby award ideas

One of my readers, Jace, asked about ideas for Pinewood Derby awards.  I thought I would compile a quick resource list for you.  Some of these may have duplicate ideas, but hopefully, they’ll be helpful to you.

Pinewood Derby Cars has a very extensive list of 93 award categories!  My favorites from the list are:  Best TV Show or Movie Themed Car, Best Jungle Car, Most Likely To Be On Front Cover of Motor Trend and Least Wood Left On Car.

Agent Z offers another set of Pinewood Derby award ideas.


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Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

I’ll never forget my first Pinewood Derby.  My older son was a Tiger.  Although I had heard about it, I had never witnessed a Derby before.  I walked into the meeting room and was shocked at all the activity going on around me.

On one side of the room, boys were lined up for weigh-in.  The Derby volunteers took their cars, numbered them and put them on display for others to see, but not touch.

About every third boy took his car back from the volunteer and walked to the other side of the room where boys and parents were gathered to make last minute modifications. Some were adding weights to the bottom, some were trying to remove weights and some simply drilled out holes to make the car lighter.  Fingers were stained black with the graphite that can be used on the axles. Continue reading

Rocket Academy: Cub Scout Recruiting Event

rocket academyHosting a fun community event is a great way to introduce Cub Scouting to new families. It’s a way for kids to have fun while parents get information in a more relaxed environment than a traditional round up.  Last year, my pack hosted a geocaching event.

This year, we decided to do a Rocket Academy.  BSA has a great outline for a Rocket Academy, but I had something else in mind.  I envisioned having different stations with rocket-related activities.  Here’s how we planned and executed our Rocket Academy. Continue reading