Category Archives: Cub Scout Events

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

7 Cub Scout Recruitment Ideas

Those of us who are already involved in Cub Scouts know how much fun it can be for the boys, but if a boy has never been exposed to Scouting, we need to have some good Cub Scout recruitment ideas.  Many packs hold a recruiting event just after school starts in the fall.  It may be called a “Round Up,” a “Scout Rally Night” or a “Join Cub Scouts Event.”

Regardless of the name, this is an important event for your pack.  A Cubmaster was recently interviewed on CubCast (a BSA scouting podcast) about how he is so successful in recruiting new Cub Scouts.  What he said stuck with me.  He is “selling fun to the boys,” and he is “marketing positive experiences to the parents.” Continue reading

Cub Scout Activity: Alka-Seltzer Rockets

Alka-Seltzer Rocket Supplies

10, 9, 8, 7, 6…  This cool Cub Scout activity has all the elements for a fun den meeting or pack meeting:  boys, rockets and explosions!

This Alka-Seltzer rocket activity was such a hit at a Bear den meeting that I decided to do it with all the Cub Scout ranks during our Cub Scout Day Camp.  200 boys with 200 rocket explosions was GREAT! Continue reading

The Benefits of Scouting: A Grandfather’s Reflection

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Matthew & I are on the left, and Jessica & Grant are on the right. They were both less than a year old!

We have some family friends that we’ve known for generationsLiterally.  My grandmother and my friend, Jessica’s, grandfather went to school together in the 1930s.

Our families have been woven together so long, we sometimes we forget that we aren’t related!  🙂

I want to share a Cub Scout story that comes from our dear friends.

Jessica has a son named Matthew who is the same age as my son, Grant. Matthew is a Cub Scout too.  Check out their then and now pictures!  What cuties! Continue reading

Ultimate Guide to the Best Star Wars Blue & Gold Banquet

star wars blue and gold banquetWith the release of Star Wars:  The Force Awakens, everyone has contracted Star Wars fever. 🙂 And the Cub Scouts are no exception. So it’s only fitting that our Cub Scouts would want to have a Star Wars themed blue and Gold banquet.

Recently, a reader asked about ideas for a Star Wars Blue and Gold banquet. Wow!  When I started researching this, I couldn’t believe all the great ideas I found.

Below you’ll find some suggestions. I hope they make planning your Star Wars blue and Gold banquet just a little bit easier. Continue reading

Articles to Help You With Your Pinewood Derby

8 pinewood derby articlesPinewood Derby season is here!  It’s probably my favorite Cub Scout event.  I’m always amazed at the creative designs the boys come up with.  And the excitement when the race starts is something you just have to experience to understand.

There are several Pinewood Derby articles here on Cub Scout Ideas, so I wanted to make sure you had easy access to them.  I’ve included links to each one below.

Whether you want to learn about the history of the Derby or you need ideas for Pinewood Derby awards, you’ll find what you need here. Continue reading