One of the requirements for the Build My Own Hero elective adventure for Webelos and Arrows of Light is to “discover what it means to be a hero.” My first thought on how to do this was to talk about characteristics of heroes.
But most fourth and fifth grade boys have no interest in sitting around talking.
To make this activity a little more interesting, your Cub Scouts can build hero “sandwiches.” They make their hero sandwich by writing a trait of a hero on each ingredient. The ingredients are cut out and stacked up to make a hero sandwich! Continue reading →
Webelos and Arrow of Light Cub Scouts have the option to work on the Looking Back, Looking Forward adventure. One of the takeaways from this adventure is that the Cub Scouts will see “how actions of the past have influenced the present.”
Making their own time capsules (one of the requirements for the adventure) will help the Cub Scouts understand their own place in history. It will be fascinating for the boys to open up their time capsules when they get older.
While there is some helpful information in the Webelos handbook and leader guide, you’ll find these additional resources beneficial. Continue reading →
In fact, some experts believe that heroes can help with character development. Some of the values that heroes exhibit are courage, honesty, civility, perseverance, loyalty, self-restraint, compassion, tolerance, fairness, respect for individuals, and responsibility.
I believe this is why BSA included adventures about heroes for Wolves (Hometown Heroes) and Webelos/Arrows of Light (Build My Own Hero). Both adventures start with identifying what it means to be a hero. This is a good opportunity to discuss why those traits are important. Continue reading →
When we think about outdoor cooking, most of us think about a grill or a campfire. But did you know that you can cook in a pizza box oven?
All you need is a pizza box, a few basic supplies and the sun, and your Cub Scout can make some cool “solar” recipes, including English muffin pizzas and s’mores.
Because the only heat source is the sun, this is a great cooking activity for younger kids. You don’t have to worry too much about them getting burned. However, I would still supervise them especially when they take the food out of the oven because it will be hot.
The Webelos and Arrow of Light elective adventure, Looking Back, Looking Forward, is a fun way to show the Cub Scouts how the past has influenced the present.
One of the requirements is to “create your own time capsule.” I’ll tell you more about the time capsules my son’s den created in a later post.
As I was planning the den meeting where we made them, I found lots of printable time capsule questionnaires. But I wanted something that would help the boys remember their Cub Scouting career. Since there isn’t anything like that, I decided to create my own! Continue reading →
One of the things I love about Cub Scouts is that it teaches our boys life skills they need. One of these is how to safely use a pocketknife. According to BSA’s Age-Appropriate Guidelines, Bears, Webelos and Arrow of Light scouts can use a pocketknife.
In the Cub Scout Adventure program, the Bear and Arrow of Light ranks require knowledge of pocketknife safety.
Bear Adventure: Bear Claws 2: Learn knife safety and earn your Whittling Chip.
Arrow of Light Adventure: Scouting Adventure 6: Demonstrate your knowledge of the pocketknife safety rules and the pocketknife pledge. Earn your Whittling Chip card if you have not already done so. Continue reading →