National 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.
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
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
You 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
We’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
I 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
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: