Category Archives: Cub Scouts Outdoors

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

Cub Scout Shooting Sports Guide

Cub Scout Shooting Sports GuideYou may have read my earlier post about the Cub Scout Shooting Sports awards.  Now BSA has released the Cub Scout Shooting Sports Guide.

The guide gives you information about the purpose of the awards.  You’ll find “teaching tips” for each of the awards and materials you can use while you’re teaching.  For example, there is a BB gun sighting chart and a diagram showing the types of archery bows. Continue reading

Great American Campout

great american campoutWe’ve all heard about the benefits of being outdoors, and Great Outdoors Month, celebrated in June, is a perfect time to enjoy nature–especially during the Great American Campout!

One of the Great Outdoors Month events, the Great American Campout is “part of the National Wildlife Federation’s efforts to inspire Americans to protect wildlife, including a three-year campaign to get 10 million kids to spend more time outdoors.Continue reading

Cub Scout Wood Projects: Build a Chest

Cub Scout wood projects - chestI love that we build Cub Scout wood projects at our day camp.  The boys get to use tools that many of them have never used before.  And they are creating something that is a lasting memory of their day camp experience.

Our Cub Scout wood projects vary in difficulty depending on rank. The Tigers build a birdhouse, and the Webelos 2s build a chair.  If a boy comes to day camp every year that he is eligible, he’ll have five different projects.

With 200 boys coming to our camp, running the wood shop requires lots of volunteers.  We’re fortunate to have Boy Scouts from our local troops who help us.  We send many of them to the wood shop! Continue reading

Cub Scout Wood Project: Build a Wooden Chair

Cub Scout Wood Chair Project
Our local day camp does awesome Cub Scout woodworking building projects!  Each rank does a different project, so if a boy comes all five years that he is eligible, he will have constructed five unique wood items.

Here’s a list of the projects by rank:

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Cub Scout Wood Projects: Build a Tray

Tray wood projectsOne of the most awesome things we do at our Cub Scout day camp is building wood projects.  For some of our boys, this is the first time they’ve used hammers and screwdrivers.  The boys (and their parents) are so proud of their projects!

Our wood projects list by rank has been the same for at least the last seven years since I’ve been involved with the camp.  The items vary in difficulty depending on rank. We continue doing the same wood projects every year so that if a boy comes to day camp every year, he’ll have five different projects.

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