Category Archives: Cub Scouts Outdoors

How to Help Cub Scouts with the Genius of Play

genius-of-playThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

Tell a boy that Cub Scouts will prepare him to “make ethical and moral choices”, and you’ll probably get a blank stare.  In his mind, Cub Scouting is a fun activity where he gets to play.

As adults, we sometimes forget that play has an important part in our child’s development. Many of the skills we want them to learn are easily taught through play.

Exactly how does playing help our kids?  The folks at the Genius of Play explain it and give us some cool activity ideas. Continue reading

Completing Cub Scout Rank Requirements While Camping

Cub Scout Requirements Camping

Cub Scouts always enjoy a fun camp out!  As den leaders, this is a wonderful opportunity to complete some rank adventure requirements.

But if we haven’t reviewed all of the requirements looking for activities that can be done on Cub Scout camp outs, we may miss out on the opportunity.

That’s why I compiled lists of activities by rank that can be done without equipment during a camp out that will satisfy adventure requirements.  So that it’s easier for you to use, I’m making the lists available in a pdf format.  There is a master list of all ranks as well as one for each individual rank. 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

How to Host a Cub Scout Geocaching Event

Geocaching Scouts
I love to geocache!
  It’s such a fun way to get outdoors with our families or friends.  So I was excited to see that it’s being incorporated into Cub Scouts.  Going on a geocaching adventure is one of the Arrow of Light required adventures in the new Cub Scout program.
Arrow of Light Adventure – Camper 6:  Go on a geocaching adventure with your den or family. Show how you used a GPS unit or a smartphone with a GPS application to locate a geocache.
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S’mores

smoresNational S’mores Day is August 10th.  Who knew there was an entire day to celebrate these ubiquitous campfire treats?

No one knows who invented s’mores.  According to Wikipeida, the Campfire Marshmallow company published the first s’mores recipe in the early 1920s where it was called the Campfire Graham Cracker Sandwich.  Here’s that recipe as it was originally printed:

Place a thin layer of sweet chocolate on a graham cracker, then a toasted marshmallow.  Cover with another graham cracker.  Especially for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  To be made around an open fire.

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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